2004 AIME I Problems/Problem 1
Problem
The digits of a positive integer are four consecutive integers in decreasing order when read from left to right. What is the sum of the possible remainders when is divided by ?
Solution
A brute-force solution to this question is fairly quick, but we'll try something slightly more clever: our numbers have the form , for .
Now, note that so , and so . So the remainders are all congruent to . However, these numbers are negative for our choices of , so in fact the remainders must equal .
Adding these numbers up, we get
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