## Simple test to see if year is a leap year

I just stumbled across this on my own. I find that all leap years in the current calendar are multiples of 16. Therefore, to see if a year is a leap year, one need only to divide the year by 16 and see if there is a remainder. If so, the year is not a leap year. If not, the year is a leap year. Note that this only works for dates in the Gregorian calendar, which was created in 1582 AD but was not universally adopted for a few years. So you'll need to know when the country of interest adopted the Gregorian calendar.
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 I don't think this is correct. Any year divisible by 4 is a leap year unless it is divisible by 100. For example 2004 and 2008 were leap years and neither one is divisible by 16.
 I don't follow your logic. 2012 is a leap year. I get 125.75 when I divide 2012 by 16.

## Simple test to see if year is a leap year

Iirc a year is leap if it is divisible by four, unless it ends in two zeros then it must be divisible by sixteen.

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 Quote by phyzguy Any year divisible by 4 is a leap year unless it is divisible by 100.
Almost. Years that are divisible by 400 are also leap years. One way to write this:
$$(N = 0\mod 4) \wedge ((N \ne 0 \mod 100) \vee (N = 0 \mod 400))$$

The test for whether a year is a leap year can be written in a number of ways, but it will always involve three modulus calculations. For example, this also works:
$$(N = 0\mod 16) \vee ((N = 0 \mod 4) \wedge (N \ne 0 \mod 25))$$
 I thought this pseudocode from wikipedia was useful. if year modulo 400 is 0 then is_leap_year else if year modulo 100 is 0 then not_leap_year else if year modulo 4 is 0 then is_leap_year else not_leap_year It helps to see how 2000 was a leap year but 1900 was not.

 Quote by Ynaught? I don't follow your logic. 2012 is a leap year. I get 125.75 when I divide 2012 by 16.
Got it. But the remainder is 3/4.

Updated: If there is a remainder, and its denominator is 4, then the year is a leap year.

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 Quote by moonman239 Got it. But the remainder is 3/4. Updated: If there is a remainder, and its denominator is 4, then the year is a leap year.
No! That would make 1900 a leap year, which it wasn't. It's a three-way test. See posts #5 and 6.
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 Quote by Ynaught? I get 125.75 when I divide 2012 by 16.
 Quote by moonman239 Got it. But the remainder is 3/4.
I thought the remainder upon dividing 2012 by 16 is 12, not 3/4.

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