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Fri June 17, 2011 By:

sir, please help with this question show that the one and only number in n,n+2,n+4 which is divisible by 3

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Sat June 18, 2011

To prove one of n, n+2 or n+4 is divisible by 3.

Case 1: Let n is divisible by 3

So n = 3k for some positive integer k

Now n+2 = 3k+2 which is not divisible by 3

n+4 = 3k +3+1 =3(k+1)+1 =3m+1 not divisible by 3

Case 2:  n+2 is divisible by 3 so

n+2 =3k

so n =3k-2  not divisible by  3

n+4 = 3k+2 = not divisible by  3 

Case 3: Let n+4 is divisible by 3 so n+4 = 3k

n =3k-4=3(k-1)-1=3m-1 not divisible by 3

n+2 = 3k-2 not divisible by 3 

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