# Difference between revisions of "2019 AIME I Problems/Problem 14"

## Problem 14

Find the least odd prime factor of $2019^8+1$.

## Solution

The problem tells us that $2019^8 \equiv -1 \pmod{p}$ for some prime $p$. We want to find the smallest odd possible value of $p$. By squaring both sides of the congruence, we get $2019^{16} \equiv 1 \pmod{p}$. This tells us that $\phi(p)$ is a multiple of 16. Since we know $p$ is prime, $\phi(p) = p(1 - \frac{1}{p})$ or $p - 1$. Therefore, $p$ must be $1 \pmod{16}$. The two smallest primes that are $1 \pmod{16}$ are $17$ and $97$. $2019^8 \not\equiv -1 \pmod{17}$, but $2019^8 \equiv -1 \pmod{97}$, so our answer is $\boxed{097}$.

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