1975 AHSME Problems/Problem 10

Problem 10

The sum of the digits in base ten of $(10^{4n^2+8}+1)^2$, where $n$ is a positive integer, is

$\textbf{(A)}\ 4 \qquad  \textbf{(B)}\ 4n \qquad  \textbf{(C)}\ 2+2n \qquad  \textbf{(D)}\ 4n^2 \qquad  \textbf{(E)}\ n^2+n+2$

Solution

We see that the result of this expression will always be in the form $(100\text{ some number of zeros }001)^2.$ Multiplying these together yields: \[110\text{ some number of zeros }011.\] This works because of the way they are multiplied. Therefore, the answer is $\boxed{(A) 4}$.

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