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Prove that if a^2+b^2 is a multiple of 3 then both a and b are multiples of 3.

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Common Divisor

Find the largest integer which divides every member of the following sequence: 1^5-1, 2^5-2, 3^5-3, ... n^5-n.


Stage: 4 Challenge Level: Challenge Level:2 Challenge Level:2

This problem has two steps. Students may be familiar with factorisation methods for finding divisors but in this situation the numbers do not divide exactly but instead have a common remainder - providing an opportunity for students to look for a step which will allow them to apply something familiar in a new and extending case.