- Consider the number 457.
We add the values associated with each of its digits, then repeat the process with the values associated with the digits of the number obtained, and so on, until there is only one digit left.
4 + 5 + 7 = 16 and 1 + 6 = 7.
The digital root of 457 is 7.
- Consider the number 4589.
4 + 5 + 8 + 9 = 26 and 2 + 6 = 8.
The digital root of 4589 is 8.
The concept of the digital root of a number is unfortunately not used very much in teaching. It can be very useful to verify some characteristics of divisibility. The digital sum is also useful for this.
It can also be used to show certain properties of certain numbers, such as:
- The digital root of a perfect square is 1, 4, 7, or 9.
- The digital root of a prime number (exception 3) is 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, or 8.
The digital root or the remainder of a number can also be studied using congruence modulo n.