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**kubes****Member**- Registered: 2017-11-20
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Hi all

I was playing around with numbers when I noticed a fun little pattern involving numbers ending in 9.

So the numbers 19, 29, 39, 49.... 99 are equal to the sum of their digits plus the product of their digits. An example: 19 = (1*9) + (1+9), and 99 = (9*9) + (9+9).

You can take this a step further to include 109 119 and so on, by doing the following: 109 = (10*9) + (10+9).

I generalized this form to be: 10a + b = ab + (a + b). Which nicely reduces into b = 9, explaining why this only occurs for digits ending in 9. You can also include just "9" in this pattern, assuming you allow a = 0.

Nothing really more than that, just thought it was fun and I couldn't find this online, but I imagine I just didn't search for the right stuff.

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**ganesh****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-06-28
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Hi kubes,

Nice post to start.

Welcome to the forum!

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**bob bundy****Administrator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi kubes

Welcome to the forum.

I've not met this before so I think you can call it kubes theorem. Well done for finding an algebraic proof. What about 3 or more digits ?

Bob

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Hello kubes,

Welcome! Thank you for your contribution. Can you generalise your work to 3 or 4 digits?

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**mr.wong****Member**- Registered: 2015-12-01
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Hi kubes ,

It seems your rule can also be applied to numbers with bases other than ten .

For a 2-digited no. ab with base x , which value = a * x + b .

The equation a * x + b = a * b + ( a + b ) ⇒ a * x = a * ( b + 1 )

⇒ x = b + 1

⇒ b = x - 1 .

For examples :

(1) Base 2 :

11 = 3 while 1*1 + 1+1 = 3 also .

(2) Base 8 :

77 = 7 * 8 + 7 = 「63」 while 7 * 7 + 7 + 7 = 「63」 also .

(3) Base 16 :

3 「15 」 = 「 3 * 16 + 15 」= 「63」 while 「 3 * 15 + 3 + 15 」= 「63」also .

(4) Base 100 :

「90 」「99」= 「9099 」 while 「90 * 99 + 90 + 99 」= 「9099 」 also .

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