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Twelve Period Tease (Posted on 2012-11-30) Difficulty: 2 of 5
Find the smallest base ten positive integer with period 12.

Note: The period of an integer is the length of the repeating pattern of reciprocal. For example, repeating pattern of the reciprocal of 7 is 1/7 = 0.142857142857..... having a length of 6. So the period of 7 is 6.

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re: This may be right (Why it isn't.) | Comment 4 of 5 |
(In reply to This may be right by Jer)

When I factored

999999999999 = 3³*7*11*13*37*101*9901

I failed to consider that a product of two of these: 7 and 101 could give the desired result.  I didn't check that there are not both factors of some shorted string of 9s.

When I looked up 9901 in OEIS I got
so I assumed I was right.  I didn't read it carefully enough because I didn't notice this sequence is of primes.  Of course 707 is not.

It is mysterious (to me anyway) that the product of 101 [period 4] and 7 [period 6] should have period 12.

  Posted by Jer on 2012-12-01 00:35:54

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