# Discrete Math - Modular Arithmetic

by hammonjj
Tags: arithmetic, discrete, math, modular
 P: 33 1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data For which values of n≥2 does the implication: axb=0 ⇔ a=0 or b=0 For some Zn (n should be a subscript) NOTE: For the a x b, the x should be the x that has a circle around it. I didn't see that symbol in the "quick symbols" :) 2. Relevant equations I know that this is true when n is a prime (answer in back of book), but I don't understand why. For example, if a=5 and b = 4, then that would also be 0 for n=5, right? Do I just not understand how to do modular arithmetic? Thanks!
 Math Emeritus Sci Advisor Thanks PF Gold P: 39,353 What is your definition of that symbol? I would have interpreted as a "tensor product" but that doesn't really make sense here. I suspect it is a "special operation" your text is defining for this problem.
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 Quote by hammonjj For which values of n≥2 does the implication: axb=0 ⇔ a=0 or b=0 … I know that this is true when n is a prime (answer in back of book), but I don't understand why. For example, if a=5 and b = 4, then that would also be 0 for n=5, right?
ah, but 5 = 0

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