Question

# your student maricela asks you why the divisibility of 3 rule works. what is the divisibility...

your student maricela asks you why the divisibility of 3 rule works. what is the divisibility rule of 3 and what would you tell her? why does it work?

I tell her with following explanation like this way

Let's take any random number. So for the sake of simplicity, assume a three digit number abc. [eg. 583]

abc could literally be any number! This abc is intrinsically written as:

a*100 + b*10 + c*1.

we can rewrite this as

abc = a*(1 + 99) + b*(1 + 9) + c

Using the distributive property of multiplication, you get:

abc = a.99 + b.9 + a + b + c

Now, 99a and 9b are obviously divisible by 3.

So the entire sum is divisible by three if and only if (a + b + c) is divisible by 3.

Divisibility rule of 3:

If the sum of the digits of a number is divisible by 3, then the number is divisible by 3.

A N-digit number was just simply reduced to addition of digits only and thus to identify whether it is divisibility by 3 or not in simplest way.

It is used for testing or checking the number divisible by 3 or not.

#### Earn Coins

Coins can be redeemed for fabulous gifts.