Try this beautiful problem from Singapore Mathematics Olympiad, SMO, 2012 based on Prime numbers.

Problem on Prime Numbers – (SMO Test)

Let A be a 4 – digit integer. When both the first digit (leftmost) and the third digit are increased by n, and the second digit and the fourth digit are decreased by n, the new number is n times A. Find the value of A.

  • 1201
  • 1551
  • 1818
  • 2000

Key Concepts


Prime Number

Check the Answer

But try the problem first…

Answer: 1818

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Try with Hints

First hint

If you got stuck you can follow this hint:

We can assume the 4 digit number to be A = \(\overline {abcd}\)

If we expand it into the equation

1000(a+n) + 100(b – n) + 10(c+n) + (d-n) = nA

Try the rest of the sum ………..

Second Hint

After the previous hint :

If we compare the equation it gives :

A + 909 n = nA or

(n-1)A = 909 n

Now one thing we can understand that n and (n-1) are relatively prime and 101 is a prime number . So n= 2 or n= 4.

We have almost got the answer .So try to do the rest now ……….

Final Step

If n = 4 then A = 1212, which is impossible right?

as b<n given .so

n=2 and A = \( 909 \times 2\) = 1818

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