Suppose that we have two operations that we can perform on an integer:
Multiply it by any positive integer.
Delete the 0's in its decimal representation.
Beginning with any positive integer can we always obtain a single-digit number after a finite number of operations? For example, beginning with 7, we can multiply by 15 to obtain 105, delete the 0 to get 15, multiply by 2 to get 30, then delete the 0 to end with 3.
I have been thinking about numbers of the form 99, 999, 9999, etc.
Here is a contention:
When such number is multiplied by any integer i that is n digits long
yielding a product j, j will _not_ have either of these properties:
1) j, a number that contains n embedded "0"s
2) j, number that contains n-1 embedded "0"s and, when they are stripped-out, is even, and when this is divided by 2, will be less than i.
e.g. 9999 x 9999 has 3 embedded "0"'s and comes out odd.
I think this is true of all the other "nut" numbers I found (see below) like 11, 33, etc. I implied this below, but now I am wondering why this is so and how does such a number become predictably multiplied into a "non-nut" number?
Edited on September 12, 2019, 2:02 am