# 2009 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 21

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## Problem

What is the remainder when $3^0 + 3^1 + 3^2 + \cdots + 3^{2009}$ is divided by 8?

$\mathrm{(A)}\ 0\qquad \mathrm{(B)}\ 1\qquad \mathrm{(C)}\ 2\qquad \mathrm{(D)}\ 4\qquad \mathrm{(E)}\ 6$

## Solution

The sum of any four consecutive powers of 3 is divisible by $3^0 + 3^1 + 3^2 +3^3 = 40$ and hence is divisible by 8. Therefore

$(3^2 + 3^3 + 3^4 + 3^5) + \cdots + (3^{2006} + 3^{2007} + 3^{2008} + 3^{3009})$

is divisible by 8. So the required remainder is $3^0 + 3^1 = \boxed {4}$. The answer is $\mathrm{(D)}$.