Divisibility Tests 2-12

Divisibility Tests:

A number is divisible by 2 if its last digit is even (0,2,4,6 or 8)

A number is divisible by 3 if the sum of its digits is divisible by 3.

A number is divisible by 4 if the number's last two digits are divisible by 4.

A number is divisible by 5 if its last digit is a 0 or 5.

A number is divisible by 6 if it is divisible by 2 and 3 (see rules above).

There is no simple test for divisibility by seven, you need to do the division and check there is no remainder!

A number is divisible by 8 if the last three digits form a number that is divisible 8.

A number is divisible by 9 if the sum of the digits is divisible by 9.

A number is divisible by 10 if its last digit is 0.

A number is divisible by 11 if the alternating sum of its digits is divisible by 11. Alternating sum means a-b+c-d+... – m

A number is divisible by 12 if it is divisible by 3 and 4.

 

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Sunday, September 22, 2019

"The divisibility test for 7 is thanks to a 12-year old pupil, Chika Ofili, from Westminster School. You can read more about him here.

In a bored moment, Chika had turned his mind to finding a divisibility test for seven and this is what he came up with. He realised that if you take the last digit of any whole number, multiply it by 5 and then add this to the remaining part of the number, you will get a new number. And it turns out that if this new number is divisible by 7, then the original number is divisible by 7. What an easy test!

For example, take the number 532
53 + 2 x 5 = 63
63 is a multiple of 7, so 532 is divisible by 7

Well done Chika!"

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