2017 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 14
Problem
An integer is selected at random in the range . What is the probability that the remainder when is divided by is ?
Solution 1
Notice that we can rewrite as . By Fermat's Little Theorem, we know that if . Therefore for all we have . Since , and is divisible by , of the possible are divisible by . Therefore, with probability or .
Solution 2
Note that the patterns for the units digits repeat, so in a sense we only need to find the patterns for the digits . The pattern for is , no matter what power, so doesn't work. Likewise, the pattern for is always . Doing the same for the rest of the digits, we find that the units digits of , ,, ,, , and all have the remainder of when divided by , so .
Solution 3 (Casework)
We can use modular arithmetic for each residue of
If , then
If , then
If , then
If , then
If , then
In out of the cases, the result was , and since each case occurs equally as , the answer is
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