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 The Constant is 6174 Shri Dattathreya Ramachandra Kaprekar was born on January 17, 1905 in Dahanu which is near Mumbai, India. Recreational math became his hobby as a child he enjoyed spending time solving math puzzles and problems. In 1946 he discovered Kaprekar's Constant which was named after him. The Constant is 6174. Here's how it works: 1. You can take any four-digit number and rearrange the digits in decreasing order. All digits MUST be different. We'll use 4521 - let's order the digits from high to low which gives us 5421. 2. Now take the number and order the digits from lot to high and subtract from the number your ordered from high to low. (Repeat the process until you come to the Constant of 6174) Original number: 4521 5421-1245 = 4176 7641-1467 = 6174 After going through the process twice, we reach 6174. Try another 4 digit number: 9472 9742-2479 = 7263 7632-2367 = 5265 6552-2556 = 3996 9963-3699 = 6264 6642-2466 = 4176 7641-1467 = 6174 What happens when you keep repeating the process? What did you notice when you end up getting 2 digits that are the same through the process? Can you find a number that requires the greatest amount of subtractions? What happens if you try this on a 3-digit number?
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