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Show that any positive odd integer is of the form (4m + 1) or (4m + 3), where m is some integer.


Solution

Let n be any arbitrary positive odd integer.

On dividing n by 4, let m be the Quotient and r be the remainder. So, by Euclid’s division lemma, we have

n = 4m + r, where m ≠ 0 and  r < 4.

As m ≠ 0 and  r < 4 and r is an integer, r can take values 0, 1, 2, 3.

⇒⇒ n = 4m or n = 4m + 1 or n = 4m + 2 or n = 4m + 3

⇒⇒n = 4m + 1 or n = 4m + 3

Thus, any positive odd integer is of the form (4m + 1) or (4m + 3), where m is some integer.






 

Let be any positive integer

We know by Euclid's algorithm, if a and b are two positive integers, there exist unique integers q and r satisfying, where.

Take

Since 0 ≤ r < 4, the possible remainders are 0, 1, 2 and 3.

That is, can be , where q is the quotient.

Since is odd, cannot be 4q or 4q + 2 as they are both divisible by 2.

Therefore, any odd integer is of the form 4q + 1 or 4q + 3.





 


Mathematics
Secondary School Mathematics X
Standard X

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