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# Factors and multiples: days of the week

Sal uses factors and multiples to figure out days of the week. Created by Sal Khan.

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- I did it in a simpler way: so I knew that they wee 7 days in a week and needed to figure out the 300th day. I just divided 300 by 7 and got a decimal number. It as around 42 so I multiply 7 by 42 and got 294 and I just needed 6 more to have 300. and so I was left with 6 and well there were 7 days and the 6th day was sat and that was my answer. (this method works every time hope this helps with u guys!(60 votes)
- It's not simpler. You did it in two steps (divided, than multiplied), but Sal did it in one - just divided, which gave him a remainder that shows what day it is.

Also, using Sal's method, you don't need to know anything about decimals.(37 votes)

- If there is like a number 140 and there is no remainder so can we find that(14 votes)
- Forget 140 for a moment. Let's take 14 alright.

7 divides evenly into 14, leaving 0 as remainder.

If we refer Sal's table in the video, we see that 14 is Sunday.

And Sunday is 1 day before the day we started on which was Monday.

So what did that tell us?

It tells us that if the remainder is 0, then the answer (in our case = Sunday) is going to be the previous day from the day we started on (in our case = Monday)

Try figuring out what 140's gonna be now. ;)

All the best, hope that helped!(25 votes)

- If every month has a different amount of days (e.g. October has 31 days, November has 30), does this formula still work?(10 votes)
- The days in the month do not affect the final calculation of what day of the week it is.(20 votes)

- Day 1 is Monday. how about day 490? Find out the day of day 490.

So it goes like this:

490 divide 7, if there is no remainder, it is Monday, if there are 1 remaining number, it is Tuesday, if there are 2 remaining numbers, it is Wednesday.......

If there are 6 remaining numbers, it is Sunday.

Remember, there are no seven remaining numbers! (6 is the maximum)

Hot questions:

1. If there is 17 remainder, what day is it?

2. a) How many remainders are there if there are 900 days?

b) What is that day at day 900?

If you think this is helpful to you, pls vote for my questions, help me to get to more than 50 votes. I believe that if everybody can vote for my questions, it will be just an easy one to achieve!(13 votes)- Correct me if I am wrong, but I think if there is no remainder it is sunday not monday, because we are dividing with 7 and 7 is sunday so if the remainder is 0 there is nothing to add in the days.

If it is remainder 1 it is monday.

If it is remainder 2 it is tuesday.

If it is remainder 3 it is wednesday.

If it is remainder 4 it is thursday.

If it is remainder 5 it is friday.

If it is remainder 6 it is saturday.

If it is remainder 7 it is sunday.(5 votes)

- This thing is hard to understand if you know what I mean.(15 votes)
- i dont know why he divided 16 by 7(3 votes)
- If you'd follow along maybe you would understand I suggest slowing down the video(3 votes)

- This one threw me a bit, because I was dividing 300 by 7 on a calculator, which gives the answer 42.85.

So I multiplied 0.85 by 7 (days), and rounded up to 6.

Is this a correct approach? I'm not keen on the fact that I have to round up each value.(2 votes)- Yes, that works (kind of). You or your calculator rounded to the 42.85 initially. If you did it, don't. Keep all the digits of the repeating decimal. If you subtract 42, this leaves only the decimal digits. Then multiply by 7 you get back the remainder as a whole number.(5 votes)

- how can we calculate day with the help of year month and day(5 votes)
- ive checked to find the day in coming october but it shows wrong anwers coz first day i.e day 1 is tuesday . so , if i apply the same rule , like to find day of 25

25/7= 3 r 4 thursday but in calender it shows 25 october is friday .(2 votes)- I don't even know what you are trying to say speak English buddy!(0 votes)

- your screen is little bit blur I cannot see it properly.(2 votes)
- go to settings on the vid hit quality and then hit 720p this will possibly help if not the reload the website(4 votes)

## Video transcript

Let's say that today-- and
we'll call today Day 1-- Day 1 is a Monday. What I want to
figure out is what is the Day 300 going to be? What day of the week
will Day 300 be? And I encourage you
to pause the video and think about
that a little bit. So let's just write out
the days of the week. You have Monday-- I'll do this
in a different color-- you have Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday,
Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. So if we had a
lower number here, we could just fill this out. Monday is Day 1. Tuesday's Day 2. Wednesday, Day 3. 4, 5, 6, 7. I'll keep going. Day 8, well, that's going
to be a Monday again. 9 10. I'm almost writing
a calendar out. 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16. So this is kind of useful. I could just write
it out if I wanted to figure out something
Day 16 or Day 20. I could just write that out. But this isn't that helpful if
I want to figure out Day 300 or especially
wouldn't be helpful if I wanted to
figure out Day 3,000. So can I come up with
some mathematical way of thinking about what
Day 300 is going to be? Well, as you see when I
started drawing this grid here, this grid has rows. And each row, you
have seven days in it. And that makes sense. There are seven
days of the week. So is there a way that if
someone just gave you 16 without drawing
this grid, then you would know that 16 is a Tuesday? Well, one way to think about
it that might jump out at you is you could divide 16 by 7. That will tell you how many of
these rows will come before 16. So 16 divided by 7 is 2. You have 2 rows before
16 right over here. You could get 7 into 16 2 times. And then you have a remainder. What is the remainder
when you divide 16 by 7? 16 divided by 7
is going to be 2. 2 times 7 is 14. You're going to have
a remainder of 2. So when we divide,
we've historically cared more about this 2. We normally care
more about well, how many times
does it go into it. But now, the remainder
is actually interesting. The remainder is really
interesting here. Because the remainder
tells you-- the first two just tells you 7
goes into 16 2 times. That's how many rows you have
before getting to the 16. But then the remainder tells
you in that row where is the 16? So the 16 is remainder 2. So the 16 is not the first. It's the second entry
in the third row. And so it's going
to be a Tuesday. Tuesday is the second day. I know what you're saying. Does that always work? Well, let's try it out
with some other examples. Let's imagine Day 25. So let's just divide 25 by 7. So I'll do it right
over-- I could do it. I'm going to make sure
I have enough space. So if I have 7 goes into
25, it goes 3 times. 3 times 7 is 21. You have a remainder of 4. So let's see. So based on that-- so let
me rewrite this-- so 25 divided by 7 is equal
to 3, remainder 4. So based on this, if we
were to write out the grid, we should have three rows of
7 before we get to the 25. And then 25 should sit
in the fourth column. So if it's sitting
in the fourth column, it should be a Thursday. So Day 25, based on this
little math we just did, should be a Thursday. Let's see if that
actually works out. So let's go to 17, 18, 19,
20, 21, 22, 23, 24 and 25. It is indeed a Thursday. But it makes complete sense. You could get seven rows in it
before the row that gets to 25. And then in that row, it's
going to be the fourth entry, because you have
a remainder of 4. 1, 2, 3, 4. It's going to be a Thursday. So now we're ready to
answer the question. What is Day 300 going to be? So let's just divide 300
by 7 and see where we get. 7 goes into 30 4 times. 4 times 7 is 28. Subtract, you get 2. Bring down a 0. 7 goes into 20 2 times. 2 times 7 is 14. And then we get our remainder. And now we care much
more about the remainder. 20 minus 14 is 6. So our remainder is 6. So if we think about what day
of the week it is, in its row it's going to be
the sixth entry. It's going to be
the sixth column. There's going to be
42 rows above it. But we care about which
entry it is in its row. So Day 300 is going to be
the sixth day of the week, the way we've written it out. It is going to be a Saturday.