## Test if a number is divisible by 3

Posted November 17th, 2007 by Isoscel

How to test if a number is divisible by 3?

You just add its digits and test if the result is divisible by 3.

Examples:

24 is divisible by 3 because 2+4=6 is divisible by 3.

84 is divisible by 3 because 8+4=12 is divisible by 3.

123 is divisible by 3 because 1+2+3=6 is divisible by 3.

Why is this so?

Because the difference between a number and its sum of digits is a multiple of 3:

For example:

- (a + b + c + d) = a 1000 + b 100 + c 10 + d - (a + b + c + d) =

= 999 a + 99 b + 9 c = 3(333 a + 33 b + 3 c)