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12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by obinnaokeke225: 8:08pm On Nov 11, 2019 
Master Chika Ofili, a 12yearold Nigerian boy based in the UK, has bagged a special award for recognition after making a shocking new discovery in mathematics. He is said to have discovered a new formula for divisibility by 7 in mathematics. Every other number from 1 to 9 has a formula for divisibility except for 7. See More Details And Photos Here: https://www.anaedoonline.com/2019/11/11/12yearoldigboboybagsawardfornewdiscoveryinmathematics/

Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by bskyb(m): 8:12pm On Nov 11, 2019 
Congratulations!!! But, it's significant that someone still took the pains to edit the original headline in order to include the boy's ethnicity. Well, there's still hope 2 Likes 
Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by prospero5(m): 8:13pm On Nov 11, 2019 
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Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by 0ppa(m): 8:14pm On Nov 11, 2019 
Young Chika deserves a standing ovation. I just hope all new Mathematics text books include his findings. 1 Like 
Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by Asnafsaeed(m): 8:16pm On Nov 11, 2019 
It's a lie his not Ibo!! His from River state..why do u nyamuri flat.heads like to lie? obinnaokeke225: 1 Like 
Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by Mightyhaiz: 8:20pm On Nov 11, 2019 
Congrats son.. 
Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by dangermouse(m): 8:28pm On Nov 11, 2019 
Asnafsaeed: really! last time I checked chika ofili is a full ibo name. Had it been a negative story your ilks would have shouted ibo!. my advise little one is to shun ethnic and tribal bigotry. it gets you no where!. Give kudos to whoever deserves it! 3 Likes 
Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by budaatum: 8:45pm On Nov 11, 2019 
Chika’s Test Something very exciting happened last Friday when one of my pupils, Chika Ofili, popped into the classroom and asked if he could tell me something he had thought of over the summer holidays. I was intrigued. I had given him a book called First Steps for Problem Solvers (published by the UKMT) to look at over the holidays and inside the book was a list of the divisibility tests, which are used to quickly work out whether a number is exactly divisible by either 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 or 9 before you actually start dividing. Except that there was no test listed for checking divisibility by 7. The reason why it was missing is because there is no easy or memorable test for dividing by 7, or so I thought! In a bored moment, Chika had turned his mind to the problem and this is what he came up with. He realised that if you take the last digit of any whole number, multiply it by 5 and then add this to the remaining part of the number, you will get a new number. And it turns out that if this new number is divisible by 7, then the original number is divisible by 7. What an easy test! For example, take the number 532 53 + 2 x 5 = 63 63 is a multiple of 7, so 532 is a multiple of 7 (and therefore divisible by 7) Or take the number 987 98 + 7 x 5 = 133 13 + 3 x 5 = 28 28 is a multiple of 7, so both 133 and 987 are multiples of 7 In fact if you actually keep going, you will always end up with either 7 or 49, if the original number is divisible by 7. For example, take the number 2996 299 + 6 x 5 = 329 32 + 9 x 5 = 77 7 + 7 x 5 = 42 4 + 2 x 5 = 14 1 + 4 x 5 = 21 2 + 1 x 5 = 7 7 is a multiple of 7 and so is 21, 14, 42, 77, 329 and the original number 2996. The opposite is also true in that if you don’t end up with a multiple of 7, then the original number is not divisible by 7. For example, take the number 114 11 + 4 x 5 = 31 3 + 1 x 5 = 8 And since 8 is clearly not divisible by 7, neither is 31 nor our original number 114. Chika demonstrated his test to 8E before lunch on Friday and no one could find a counterexample to disprove it. But mathematically we needed to find a proof. Once a theorem is proved mathematically it will always be true. Pythagoras proved his famous theorem over 2500 years and when he died, he knew it would never be disproved. It is important to realise that a result cannot be proved by finding thousands or even millions of results which support it. I woke up early on Saturday morning still thinking about Chika’s test and rang my younger brother, Simon Ellis, who also happens to teach Maths, and asked him if he had ever come across the test. He hadn’t and immediately set about trying to write a proof. An hour later he sent me a watertight algebraic proof! He also discovered that the test works if you start by multiplying the last digit by 12, 19, 26, 33 … and then add it to the remaining part of the number. And furthermore, it works if you double the last digit and then subtract it from the remaining part of the number, of if you multiply the last digit by 9, 16, 23, 30 … and subtract. And actually the doubling and subtracting test can be easily found on the internet. But we both agreed multiplying the last digit by 5 and adding it to the remaining part of the number is much more appealing! Mr O’Donnell urged me to tell the school about Chika’s discovery, so an impromptu demonstration followed in Monday’s assembly. We are now trying to figure out how to make this test more widely known, as it is so simple that it really should be taught alongside the other divisibility tests. For all those interested, the proof can be currently found on my brother’s website: www.simonellismaths.com/post/newmaths Also, to be entirely accurate, the test for divisibility by 6 was also missing from the book but this is because you only have to apply both the divisibility by 3 test and divisibility by 2 test (as 2 and 3 are coprime) to a number to determine if it is divisible by 6. And finally thank you to Stephan for telling me on Tuesday about a Russian test, which involves multiplying the truncated number (without its last digit) by 3 and then adding the last digit. It does work but it is harder on the whole. So for example, take 154: 15 x 3 + 4 = 49, so since 49 is a multiple of 7, so is 154. 5 Likes 
Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by edoairways: 9:58pm On Nov 11, 2019 
lalasticlala can you move this please? Let's celebrate our own 
Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by lovemko(m): 10:51pm On Nov 11, 2019 
Woud hit FP if only the OP didn't decided to become tribal and also gave the whole gist instead of throwing links around 
Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by HenryHenry177: 1:22am On Nov 12, 2019 
Whereas one fool somewhere is claiming to b a Martian SMH 1 Like 
Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by QFOComNg: 6:42am On Nov 12, 2019 
Congrats to the young champ 
Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by rex444(m): 8:34am On Nov 12, 2019 
bskyb:hahahahahahahaha very subtle 1 Like 
Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by rex444(m): 8:36am On Nov 12, 2019 
dangermouse:hahahahahhahahaha very good lesson to learn tho.....what they don't know is ,it could be anybody....and it's cool with just some love for oneself 
Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by Paulofili: 11:26am On Nov 12, 2019 
Congratulations,keep shinning. 
Re: 12yearold Igbo Boy Bags Award For New Discovery In Mathematics by iTearHerToto: 6:16pm On Nov 12, 2019 
What's so special if a Zoogerian succeeds outside his/her dung of a Country it's not like he would have made it if he was brought up in the Pukes 
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