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## Comment on

Units Digit of Large Powers## Brent,

Could you elaborate on more complicated cycles? (n > 3) I'm still confused on how to find the units digit in those situations after I find the cycle and cycle length.

## Sure thing.

Sure thing.

Let's try the units digit of 7^33

First find the pattern AND the cycle:

7^1 = 7

7^2 = 49

7^3 = --3

7^4 = --1

7^5 = --7

7^6 = --9

7^7 = --3

7^8 = --1

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So, the CYCLE = 4

Now focus on the MULTIPLES OF 4 (the cycle)

7^4 = ---1

7^8 = ---1

7^12 = ---1

etc

We want the units digit of 7^33

Since 32 is a multiple of 4, we know that 7^32 = ---1

Since the cycle is 7, 9, 3, 1, 7, 9, 3, 1, etc, we know that the NEXT POWER, 7^33, has units digit 7

Does that help?

Cheers,

Brent

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