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There's Always One Isn't There

Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3 Challenge Level:3

Take any pair of numbers, say 9 and 14.

Take the larger number, 14, and count up by that amount :


Then divide each of the values by 9, your chosen smaller number, and look at the remainders.

Notice there's a one.

Now do the same again but using different numbers, say 7 and 12.

Counting in twelves and dividing each result by 7 :

Again somewhere in those remainders is a one.

Pick the pairs how you like, somewhere there'll always be a one - won't there?

What actually happens?

Why?