I’m looking for a way to determine a large number is divisible by 11

My understanding:

(sum of digits at even positions – sum of digits at odd positions) % 11 == 0 ==> **yes**

This works for some examples.

Example:

3816 => (3+1) – (8+6) = -10

In case of negative, do we need to consider 2’s complement of -10 for modulo % with 11?

Similarly: 391679 => 11 – 24 = -13 (this number is also divisible by 11)

Could you please help me understand this? thanks in advance.

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## Answer

The numbers 3816 and 391679 are not divisible by 11. Just validating the difference between the sum of alternate digits with %(modulo) 11 is enough to check divisibility by 11, even if the difference is negative.

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