Verify and explain that (a-n)≡(mod b)

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Janlin O. | Experienced Math Teacher, Northridge, CAExperienced Math Teacher, Northridge, CA

Louie,

When you see the word "mod" it means you are working as if on a clock. MOD(30) means you are working on a 30 hour clock.

So 67-7 = 60, and on a 30 hour clock every time you go to 30 you arrive at zero. Just as, on a our common 12 hour clock, every 12 hours both hands stand straight up and point to 12, which is the same as zero.

So on a 30 hour clock 30 is the same as zero, and so is 60.

So we write 67 - 7 ≡ 0 mod(30) or alternatively 67 - 7 = 0 mod(30). You can also say 67 ≡ 7 mod(30).

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