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+ | Since <math>a</math>, <math>b</math>, and <math>c</math> are digits in base eight, they are all 7 or less. Now, from the given equation, <math>121a+11b+c=512+64b+8c+a \implies 120a-53b-7c=512</math>. Since <math>a</math>, <math>b</math>, and <math>c</math> have to be positive, <math>a \geq 5</math>. If <math>a = 5</math>, then by casework we see that <math>b = 1</math> and <math>c = 5</math> is the only solution. Since the question asks for the lowest working value, we can stop here. Finally, <math>515_{11} = 621_{10}</math>, so our answer is <math>\boxed{621}</math>. | ||
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Problem
Solution
Since , , and are digits in base eight, they are all 7 or less. Now, from the given equation, . Since , , and have to be positive, . If , then by casework we see that and is the only solution. Since the question asks for the lowest working value, we can stop here. Finally, , so our answer is .
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