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# Sum of digits Problem | PRMO 2016 | Question 6

Try this beautiful problem from Number theory based on sum of digits from PRMO 2016. You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

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## Sum of digits | PRMO | Problem 6

Find the sum of digits in decimal form of the number $$(9999….9)^3$$ (There are 12 nines)

• $200$
• $216$
• $230$

### Key Concepts

Number system

Digits

counting

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Answer:$216$

Source

PRMO-2016, Problem 6

Pre College Mathematics

## Try with Hints

First hint

we don’t know what will be the expression of $$(9999….9)^3$$. so we observe….

$$9^3$$=$$729$$

$$(99)^3$$=$$970299$$

$$(999)^3$$=$$997002999$$

……………..

……………

Second Hint

we observe that,There is a pattern such that…

In $$(99)^3$$=$$970299$$ there are 1-nine,1-seven,1-zero,1-two,2-nines & $$(999)^3$$=$$997002999$$ there are 2- nines,1-seven,2-zeros,1-two,3-nines….so in this way…..$$(999….9)^3$$ will be 11-nines,1-seven,11-zeros,1-two,12-nines……….

Therefore $$(999….9)^3$$=$$(99999999999) 7 (00000000000) 2(999999999999)$$

can you finish the problem?

Final Step

Therefore $$(999….9)^3$$=$$(99999999999) 7 (00000000000) 2(999999999999)$$…….

total numbers of Nines are (11+12) and (7+2)=9(another one) …..so total (11+12+1)=24 nines and the sum be $$(24\times 9)$$=$$216$$

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