# Ex.1.1 Q5 Real Numbers Solution - NCERT Maths Class 10

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## Question

Use Euclid’s division lemma to show that the cube of any positive integer is of the form $$9\,m , 9\, m + 1$$ or $$9\,m + 8.$$

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## Text Solution

To Prove:

The cube of any positive integer is of the form $${9\,m, 9\,m + 1}$$ or $${9\,m + 8.}$$

Reasoning:

Suppose that there is a positive integer ‘$$a$$’ . By Euclid’s lemma, we know that for positive integers $$a$$ and $$b,$$ there exist unique integers $$q$$ and $$r,$$ such that $$a=b q+r, 0 \leq r \lt b$$

If we keep the value of $$b = 3$$, then $$0 ≤ r < 3$$  i.e. $$r = 0$$ or $$1$$ or $$2$$ but it can’t be $$3$$ because $$r$$ is smaller than $$3.$$ So, the possible values for $$a = 3q$$ or $$3q + 1$$ or $$3q + 2.$$ Now, find the cube of all the possible values of $$a.$$ If $$q$$ is any positive integer then its cube (let’s call it as “$$m$$”) will also be a positive integer. Now, observe carefully that the cube of all the positive integers is either of the form $$9\,m$$ or $$9\,m+ 1$$ or $$9\,m + 1$$ for some integer $$m.$$

Steps:

Let \begin{align}{“a”} \end{align} be any positive integer and $$b=3.$$

Then, $$a=3q+r$$ for some integer $$q\ge 0$$ and $$0\le r<3$$

Therefore, $$a=3q$$ or $$3q+1$$ or $$3q+2$$

Case – I. When $$a=3q$$

${{\left( a \right)}^{3}}\!=\!{{\left( 3q \right)}^{3~}}\!=\!27{{q}^{3}}\!=\!9\left( 3{{q}^{3}} \right)\!=\!9\,m$

Where $$m$$ is an integer such that $$m=3{{q}^{3}}$$

Case – II. When $$a=3q+1$$

\begin{align}{{\left( a \right)}^{3}}&={ }{{\left( 3q{ }+{ }1 \right)}^{3}} \\{{\left( a \right)}^{3}}&={ }27{{q}^{3}}+{ }27{{q}^{2}}+9q{ }+1 \\ {{\left( a \right)}^{3}}&={ }9\left( 3{{q}^{3}}+{ }3{{q}^{2}}+q \right){ }+1 \\ {{\left( a \right)}^{3}}&={ }9 m +1 \\\end{align}

Where $$m$$ is an integer such that $$m=3{{q}^{3}}+{ }3{{q}^{2}}+{ }q$$

Case – III. When $$a=3q+2$$

\begin{align}\,{{\left( a \right)}^{3}}&={ }{{\left( 3q+2 \right)}^{3}} \\ {{\left( a \right)}^{3}}&={ }27{{q}^{3}}+{ }54{{q}^{2}}+36q{ }+{ }8 \\ {{\left( a \right)}^{3}}&={ }9\left( 3{{q}^{3}}+{ }6{{q}^{2}}+{ }4q \right){ }+{ }8 \\ {{\left( a \right)}^{3}}&={ }9 m+8 \\\end{align}

Where $$m$$ is an integer such that $$m=3{{q}^{3}}+{ }6{{q}^{2}}+{ }4q$$

Thus, we can see that the cube of any positive integer is of the form $$9 m,\; 9{m}+ 1$$ or $$9 \, m +8.$$

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