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Try this beautiful problem from the PRMO, 2018 based on Digits of number.

## Digits of number – PRMO 2018

Consider all 6-digit numbers of the form abccba where b is odd. Determine the number of all such 6-digit numbers that are divisible by 7.

- is 107
- is 70
- is 840
- cannot be determined from the given information

**Key Concepts**

Algebra

Numbers

Multiples

## Check the Answer

But try the problem first…

Answer: is 70.

Source

Suggested Reading

PRMO, 2018, Question 3

Higher Algebra by Hall and Knight

## Try with Hints

First hint

abccba (b is odd)

=a(\(10^5\)+1)+b(\(10^4\)+10)+c(\(10^3\)+\(10^2\))

=a(1001-1)100+a+10b(1001)+(100)(11)c

=(7.11.13.100)a-99a+10b(7.11.13)+(98+2)(11)c

=7p+(c-a) where p is an integer

Second Hint

Now if c-a is a multiple of 7

c-a=7,0,-7

hence number of ordered pairs of (a,c) is 14

Final Step

since b is odd

number of such number=\(14 \times 5\)=70.

## Other useful links

- https://www.cheenta.com/smallest-perimeter-of-triangle-aime-2015-question-11/
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ST58GTF95t4&t=140s

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