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Exam Review 2 UPDATE – review of division and remainders

Hi everyone,

First, the answer key for the Exam 2 review is now complete (it follows the questions in the Review document). Ā Second, you will notice that there are a few places (especially in problems 8 and 12) that I use basic facts aboutĀ remainders when one number is divided by another. Ā These are facts that you understand intuitively from working with dividing numbers, but it might help to have them stated explicitly. Ā This is the basic fact about dividing and remainders:

Fact (The Division Algorithm). Ā Given two integersĀ a andĀ b with b>0, there exist unique integersĀ q andĀ r for which a=qb+r and 0\leq r <b.

What does this mean? Ā It expresses the fact that when we divide one integerĀ a by another integerĀ b, and it will go in some number of timesĀ qĀ with a remainder ofĀ r. Ā The remainder rĀ must be less than the numberĀ b that we are dividing by. Ā If the remainder is zero, then b dividesĀ a (becauseĀ r=0 means a=qb), and if the remainder is not zero, thenĀ b does not divideĀ a.

If you have any questions, feel free to leave a comment here. Ā Best of luck with your studying!

-Prof. Reitz