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TESTS OF DIVISIBILITY

TESTS OF DIVISIBILITY

There are certain tests of divisibility that can help us to
decide whether a given number is divisible by another
number.

  1. Divisibility of numbers by 2:
    ► A number that has 0, 2, 4, 6 or 8 in its ones place is
    divisible by 2.
  2. Divisibility of numbers by 3:
    ► A number is divisible by 3 if the sum of its digits is
    divisible by 3.
  3. Divisibility of numbers by 4:
    ► A number is divisible by 4 if the number formed by its
    last two digits (i.e. ones and tens) is divisible by 4.
  4. Divisibility of numbers by 5:
    ► A number that has either 0 or 5 in its ones place is
    divisible by 5.
  5. Divisibility of numbers by 6:
    ► A number is divisible by 6 if that number is divisible
    by both 2 and 3.
  6. Divisibility of numbers by 7:
    ► A number is divisible by 7, if the difference b/w twice
    the last digit and the no. formed by the other digits is
    either 0 or a multiple of 7. eg. 2975, it is observed that the
    last digit of 2975 is ‘5’, so, 297 –(5×2) = 297 – 10 =287,
    which is a multiple of 7 hence, it is divisible by 7
  7. Divisibility of numbers by 8:
    ► A number is divisible by 8 if the number formed by its
    last three digits is divisible by 8.
  8. Divisibility of numbers by 9:
    ► A number is divisible by 9 if the sum of its digits is
    divisible by 9.
  9. Divisibility of numbers by 10:
    ► A number that has 0 in its ones place is divisible by 10.
  10. Divisibility of numbers by 11:
    ► If the difference between the sum of the digits at the
    odd and even places in a given number is either 0 or a
    multiple of 11, then the given
    number is divisible by 11.
  11. Divisibility of number by 12:

► Any number which is divisible by both 4 and 3, is also
divisible by 12. To check the divisibility by 12, we i. First
divide the last two-digit number by 4. If it is not divisible
by 4, it is divisible by 4 is not divisible by 12. If it is
divisible by 4 them. ii. Check whether the number is
divisible by 3 or not.
Ex: 135792 : 92 is divisible by 4 and also (1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + 9
+2 =) 27 is divisible by 3 ; hence the number is divisible
by 12.

  1. Divisibility by 13:
    Oscillator for 13 is 4. But this time, our oscillator is not
    negative (as in case of 7) It is ‘one-more’ Oscillator. So,
    the working Principle will be different now.
    Eg: Is 143 divisible by 13 ? Sol: 14 3 : 14 + 3 x 4 = 26
    Since 26 is divisible by 13, the number 143 is also
    divisible by 13. Eg 2 : Check the divisibility by 13. 2 416 7
    26/6/20/34 [ 4 x 7 ( from 24167 ) + 6 ( from 24 167) =
    34] [4 x 4 ( from 3 4 ) + 3 (from 3 4 ) + 1 (from 24167)]
    =20 [4 x 0 (from 2 0 ) + 2 (from 20) + 4 (from 24 167)= 6]
    [4 x 6 (from 6 ) + 2 (from 24 167)= 26] Since 26 is
    divisible by 13 the number is also divisible by 13.

  1. Divisibility by 14:
    ► Any Number which is divisible by both 2 and 7, in also
    divisible by 14. That is, the number’s last digit should be
    even and at the same time the number should be divisible
    by 7.

  1. Divisibility by 15:
    ► Any number which is divisible by both 3 and 5 is also
    divisible by 15.
  2. Divisibility by 16:
    ► Any number whose last 4 digit number is divisible by
    16 is also divisible by 16.
  3. Divisibility by 17:
    ► Negative Oscillator for 17 is 5. The working for this is
    the same as in the case 7. Eg: check the divisibility of
    1904 by 17
    Sol: 1904 : 190 – 5 x 4 = 170 Since 170 is divisible by 17,
    the given number is also divisible by 17. E.g 2: 957508 by
    17
    So1:95750 8: 95750 – 5 x 8 = 95710 9571 0 : 9571 – 5 x 0
    = 9571 957 1 : 957 – 5 x 1 = 952 952 : 95 – 5×2 =85
    Since 85 is divisible by 17, the given number is divisible
    by 17.
  4. Divisibility by 18:
    ► Any number which is a divisible by 9 has its last digit
    (unit-digit) even or zero, is divisible by 18. Eg. 926568 :
    Digit – Sum is a multiple of nine (i.e, divisible by 9) and
    unit digit (8) is even, hence the number is divisible by 18.
  5. Divisibility by 19:
    ► If recall, the ‘one-more’ osculator for 19 is 2. The
    method is similar to that of 13, which is well known to us.
    Eg. 1 4 9 2 6 4 19/9/12/11/14
    General rules of divisibility for all numbers:
    ♦ If a number is divisible by another number, then it is
    also divisible by all the factors of the other number.
    ♦ If two numbers are divisible by another number, then
    their sum and difference is also divisible by the other
    number.
    ♦ If a number is divisible by two co-prime numbers, then
    it is also divisible by the product of the two co-prime
    numbers.

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