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## 'There's Always One Isn't There' printed from http://nrich.maths.org/

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?