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

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Recent Examples on the Web To see how p-adic number systems emerge from modular arithmetic, start by classifying all integers modulo a specific prime number. Quanta Magazine, 19 Oct. 2020 The p-adic numbers are based in modular arithmetic, which is a method of counting that loops back on itself, like a clock. Quanta Magazine, 19 Oct. 2020

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1941, in the meaning defined above

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“Modular arithmetic.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Sep. 2021.

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