modular arithmetic


Definition of modular arithmetic

: arithmetic that deals with whole numbers where the numbers are replaced by their remainders after division by a fixed number in a modular arithmetic with modulus 5, 3 multiplied by 4 is 2

First Known Use of modular arithmetic

1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Modular arithmetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Sep. 2020.

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