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The sum of the digits of a two digit number is 11. When 28 is subtracted from the number, the digits become equal. Find the number.

Here is what I am doing:

I want to know if there is a way that does not involve trying all values of x one by one.

Is there a second equation I can form?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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Any other method? That can be done using pen and paper?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Use your head here a bit...

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Yes, I tried banging my head on the desk. It hurts.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Well then stop that immediately or use someone else's head.

Why do you think the problem only is a 2 digit number?

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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Please rephrase that question. I cannot purse it.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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It is a two digit number so that you will not have to try so many!

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Are you saying that there is an Intelligent Design or Creationism in the question?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Not an intelligent design but some design nonetheless.

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That is like hacking the mind of the examiner. Is it allowed?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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A short while back I was discussing that with Agnishom version 1.0. He did not seem clever enough to understand that problem solving is war and any and all means are fair. This mostly applies to school and book problems. In short, yes hacking the mind is a powerful tool. Perhaps, Agnishom version 2.0 is smarter.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Agnishom wrote:

Any other method? That can be done using pen and paper?

You had the right idea.

Consider your equation, 9y - 17 = 11x. What can you say about that equation, mod 11?

**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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I did this. Still involves some trial I'm afraid.

Let x = 10a + b and x - 28 = 11c where a, b and c are whole numbers under 10.

b = 11 - a therefore x = 10a + 11 -a = 9a + 11

So

28 + 11c = 9a + 11

Therefore 9a - 28 must be a multiple of 11.

a must be > 3

So I tried a = 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 got it. Why didn't I start with 9 and work down.

Bob

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zetafunc. wrote:

Agnishom wrote:Any other method? That can be done using pen and paper?

You had the right idea.

Consider your equation, 9y - 17 = 11x. What can you say about that equation, mod 11?

Please tell me more. I do not know much about modular equations

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Bob, Isn't that the same solution as mine?

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

bob bundy wrote:

I did this. Still involves some trial I'm afraid.

Let x = 10a + b and x - 28 = 11c where a, b and c are whole numbers under 10.

b = 11 - a therefore x = 10a + 11 -a = 9a + 11

So

28 + 11c = 9a + 11

Therefore 9a - 28 must be a multiple of 11.

a must be > 3

So I tried a = 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 got it. Why didn't I start with 9 and work down.

Bob

I don't think any trial and error is needed. Although it's probably quicker just to plug in a few numbers, you can use Agnishom's equation;

9x - 17 = 11z, for some positive integers x, z. Thus, working in modulo 11;

By the Euclidean algorithm,

.Hence:

Hence, x = 8, y = 3 is a solution.

**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Well it was hidden so I wouldn't know.

Just had a look. It's very similar but I had less trials. I think your method is fine. Don't think you can get straight to a single solution.

Bob

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

I used different variables to Agnishom's post -- apologies. The principle is the same however.

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Neat solution. OK I stand corrected.

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Hi zetafunc.,

What does the bar over the digits mean?

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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Repeating decimal, sample mean, negation in boolean algebra, sometimes a vector (generally it's an arrow) or a complex conjugate.

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zetafunc. wrote:

By the Euclidean algorithm,

.

Please tell me that algorithm.

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**zetafunc.****Guest**

Agnishom wrote:

Hi zetafunc.,

What does the bar over the digits mean?

ShivamS wrote:

Repeating decimal, sample mean, negation in boolean algebra, sometimes a vector (generally it's an arrow) or a complex conjugate.

Not in this context. Here,

denotes the set of elements congruent to a. More precisely:Let n be a fixed positive integer. For a,b ∈ **Z**, we write a ≡ b (mod n) if b - a is a multiple of n and say a is *congruent* to b.

**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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The Euclidean algorithm is a way to find the greatest common divisor of two positive integers.

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