In this thread we use 32-bit signed integers (assuming the usual two's complement). For simplicity I shall call this type Int32. The range is from
2147483647. Any two values can be successfully multiplied (the result is an Int32 as well) since we use multiplication without overflow checking (we only keep the 32 least significant bits of the product).
For example, we have:
2147483647 * 2 == -2
and so on.
If your language does not have native support for 32-bit signed integers (with two's complement), you must emulate it.
Your task is to solve the equation:
a * x == b
b are given as input, and it is assumed that
a is an odd number (i.e. least significant bit is
1). You output an Int32 value.
- The input to your program shall be two Int32 values
awill be odd
- The output must be one Int32 value such that (if we call the output
a*x == b
- You do not have to handle invalid input; in particular, if the argument
ais an even number, it does not matter what your code does
- Code golf
Input Output 1,42 42 3,126 42 5,5 1 -3,126 -42 3,-126 -42 -3,-126 42 2147483647,-2 2 2147483647,2 -2 2147483647,666 -666 3,0 0 3,1 -1431655765 3,2 1431655766 -387907419,1342899768 1641848792 348444091,1076207126 -1334551070 10,14 irrelevant (illegal input)
In the last case
[a,b]==[10,14], even if there is a solution
x = -1717986917 (not unique,
x = 429496731 also works), you do not have to handle that case (
10 is not odd).