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Solutions for Session 1 Homework

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Problem H1


Yes, this is true for this system, since it is true for real numbers. We can also check this from our table, which is symmetrical across its main diagonal.


Yes, this is true for this system, since it is true for real numbers.

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Problem H2


If we wanted to find the answer to 83, we'd want to find a number such that when multiplied by 3 results in 8. So we are looking for solutions to the equation 3 • b = 8. To find any such number, we look across the row for 3 to find an 8. According to the table, the only place where this happens is in the intersection with the column for 6 (we'll find the same in the column for 3 and row for 6). This means that 3 • 6 = 8, so 6 is the solution to 83.


There are limits. Some division problems will not work because not every number shows up in every row. For example, if we try to find 75, we are looking for a 7 in the row for 5. There is no 7 in that row, so there is no answer for this division problem.

Also, there are some division problems that give more than one answer! For example, if we try to find 86, we are looking for an 8 in the row for 6. This happens twice (in the columns for 3 and 8), so both 3 and 8 are solutions.

In either case, division is not defined for divisors 0, 2, 4, 5, 6, and 8, because you cannot get a unique answer when dividing by these numbers.

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Problem H3

Yes, this system is closed under multiplication. When we multiply the units digits of two numbers, the result has a unique units digit.

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Problem H4

Yes, the distributive law holds here, since it holds for real numbers.

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Problem H5

Yes, it is possible to categorize numbers as even or odd. All even numbers are multiples of 2 and appear in the row and column for 2 in the multiplication table. The even numbers are 0, 2, 4, 6, and 8.

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Problem H6

To find these multiples, look across the rows for 3, 4, or 5 in the multiplication table. According to the table, every number is a multiple of 3, which may seem surprising; what it means, though, is that any units digit can be the result when we multiply by 3. The set of multiples of 4 is {0, 4, 8, 2, 6}; when we multiply any whole number by 4, the units digit must be in this set. The set of multiples of 5 is {0, 5}.

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Problem H7

The perfect squares are the numbers on the main diagonal of the multiplication table (0 • 0, 1 • 1, 2 • 2, etc.). According to the table, the set of perfect squares is {0, 1, 4, 9, 6, 5}. These are the only numbers that can result when we look at the units digit of any perfect square.

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Problem H8

In the real number system, if the product of two numbers is 0, and we know that one of the numbers is not 0, we can be certain that the other number is 0. This, however, is not true in the finite number system. Here, 0 times any number in the system yields 0, but so do other products, such as 5 • 2, 5 • 4, or 8 • 5. (Notice that one number in such products is always 5. This is because any number multiplied by 5 will have a units digit of 0 or 5.)

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Problem H9

You can find the length of by using the Pythagorean theorem. Construct a right triangle with legs of lengths 1 and . The hypotenuse will be . Another way is to construct an equilateral triangle with side length of 2; the length of any altitude of this triangle is . The value of is approximately 1.732.

For more information on using the Pythagorean theorem, see Learning Math: Geometry, Session 6, Part C.

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