January 7th, 2012, 09:42 AM  #1 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2011 Posts: 400 Thanks: 15  6 digit no.
A Digit no. is Multiplied by . then the resulting no. is Then no. is 
January 7th, 2012, 12:38 PM  #2 
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142857

January 7th, 2012, 08:14 PM  #3 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,184 Thanks: 481 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: 6 digit no.
Consider the following: We might look for a repeating decimal x having six unique digits: We want To get a repeating decimal of period 6, we need to let abc = 2·71 = 142, thus: and then: Thus, def = 857, and the number abcdef = 142857. 
January 8th, 2012, 01:09 AM  #4 
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(100a + 10b + c) / (100d + 10e + f) = 994 / 5999

January 8th, 2012, 08:07 AM  #5 
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Thanks mrtwhs, Markfl and Denis

January 10th, 2012, 01:11 PM  #6 
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It should be pointed out that this exact problem is in the (excellent book) Algebra by Israel M. Gelfand. The solution appears in said book, which is noticing that A must be 1 and working backwards from there. I have seen this problem elsewhere with no sources attributed to Gelfand. It is proper etiquette to cite sources when quoting from a popular algebra book. He has books for geometry, trigonometry, functions, as well. 
January 10th, 2012, 03:07 PM  #7 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,184 Thanks: 481 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: 6 digit no.
This problem is probably in other books as well, and there is more than one way to solve it. To me, after some thought on it, a repeating decimal of period 6 seemed to be the way to go.

January 10th, 2012, 06:43 PM  #8 
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I thought your way was really good and it reminds me of demonstrations of repeating rational numbers. I just thought if people found this in a search engine they might like to see this book, which has other similar problems. Also, to remember if you do cite a book written for a popular audience to remember to include the name. 
January 10th, 2012, 06:51 PM  #9 
Senior Member Joined: Jul 2010 From: St. Augustine, FL., U.S.A.'s oldest city Posts: 12,184 Thanks: 481 Math Focus: Calculus/ODEs  Re: 6 digit no.
Oh, I wholeheartedly agree, if an interesting problem is found outside of a curricular textbook, the author and the title of the book should be cited, not just to give credit where it is due, but also so folks can check out the book for themselves if they are so inclined. 

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