1988 AIME Problems/Problem 9

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Problem

Find the smallest positive integer whose cube ends in 888.

Solution

A little bit of checking tells us that the units digit must be 2. Now our cube must be in the form of $(10k + 2)^3$; using the binomial theorem gives us $1000k^3 + 600k^2 + 120k + 8$. Since we are looking for the tens digit, $\mod{100}$ we get $20k + 8 = 88 \pmod{100}$. This is true if the tens digit is either $4$ or $9$. Casework:

  • $4$: Then our cube must be in the form of $(100k + 42)^3 \equiv 3(100k)(42)^2 + 42^3 \equiv 200k + 88 \pmod{1000}$. Hence the lowest possible value for the hundreds digit is $4$, and so $442$ is a valid solution.
  • $9$: Then our cube is $(100k + 92)^3 \equiv 3(100k)(92)^2 + 92^3 \equiv 200k + 688 \pmod{1000}$. The lowest possible value for the hundreds digit is $1$, and we get $192$, which is our minimum.

The answer is $192$.

See also

1988 AIME (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Followed by
Problem 10
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