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Problem A. 393. (February 2006)

A. 393. Prove that if n>1 is an integer such that 3n+4n is divisible by n then n is divisible by 7.

(5 pont)

Deadline expired on March 16, 2006.

The number 3n+4n is odd and not divisible by 3, therefore n is odd as well and not divisible by 3.

Write n=2k+1. Then

3n+4n=3.9k+42k+1\equiv3.(-1)k-1 (mod 5).

This number is not divisible by 5 for any value of n, so neither 5 is a divisor of n.

Let p be the smallest prime divisor of n and c is that residue class for which 4c\equiv3 (mod p). Then

4n(c2n-1)=(cn-1)((4c)n+4n)\equiv(cn-1)(3n+4n)\equiv0 (mod p)


(1)c2n\equiv1 (mod p).

By Fermat's theorem,

(2)cp-1\equiv1!(mod p).

Let d be the order of c modulo p. By (1) and (2), d is a common divisor of 2n and p-1, so d is a divisor of their GCD which is 2. Therefore d|2 and


If p|c-1 then 4\equiv4c\equiv3 (mod p) which is a contradiction. So we have p|c+1 and

0\equiv4(c+1)=4c+4\equiv3+4=7 (mod p).

This implies p=7.


10 students sent a solution.
5 points:Erdélyi Márton, Estélyi István, Fischer Richárd, Gyenizse Gergő, Jankó Zsuzsanna, Kisfaludi-Bak Sándor, Nagy 224 Csaba, Paulin Roland, Tomon István.
1 point:1 student.

Problems in Mathematics of KöMaL, February 2006