Problem 42418. Divisible by 16
Write a function to determine if a number is divisible by 16. This can be done by a few different methods. Here are two:
 If a number has four or more digits, take the last three digits. Add eight to it if the thousands digit in the original number is odd (zero if even). If this threedigit number is divisible by 16, so is the original number. The resulting number can also be reduced by the following method.
 Take the last two digits and add them to four times the remaining number. Apply this method recursively until a twodigit number remains. As usual, if the resulting number is divisible by 16, then so is the original number.
A few of the function restrictions have been lifted.
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Another trick: if the last 4 digits of the number are divisible by 16, the full number is divisible by 16. So far as I know, if the last X digits of a number are divisible by 2^X, the entire number is divisible by 2^X.
@James: nice trick! (and I guess the proof arises from 10^x being always exactly divisible by 2^x, so "iff" also applies?)
perhaps less interesting but I guess you could do the same with powers of 5, iff the last X digits of a number are divisible by 5^x, then the entire number is divisible by 5^x...
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