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Choose two digits and arrange them to make two double-digit numbers. Now add your double-digit numbers. Now add your single digit numbers. Divide your double-digit answer by your single-digit answer. Try lots of examples. What happens? Can you explain it?


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Producing Zeros

Age 11 to 14 Short
Challenge Level

Answer: Two zeros

You could write this problem out as $1\times3\times4\times6\times7\times8\times9\times(2\times5)\times10$. The product of the first seven numbers is not a multiple of ten, but the last part gives us $10\times10$ so the overall product must be a multiple of $100$, but not a multiple of $1000$. So the answer is two zeros.

This problem is taken from the UKMT Mathematical Challenges.
You can find more short problems, arranged by curriculum topic, in our short problems collection.