There is a simple, mathematical way to determine if a year is a *leap year*.

A year is a leap year if it satisfies either of these conditions:

- The year is divisible by 400.
- The year is divisible by 4 and
**not**divisible by 100.

It is easy to check for a leap year in a Java program. Use the Java modulo operator (`%`

) to determine if a number is divisible by another number. The modulo operator returns the remainder when dividing a number by another number. For example, `4 % 2`

is `0`

. Since the remainder is `0`

, it means that 4 is divisible by 2.

A simple Java program can use an `if`

statement, the modulo operator, and some conditions to determine if a year is a leap year.

Here is a Java code snippet that checks if `2016`

is a leap year:

```
int year1 = 2016;
if ((year1 % 400 == 0) || (year1 % 4 == 0 && year1 % 100 != 0)) {
System.out.println(year1 + " is a leap year");
} else {
System.out.println(year1 + " is NOT a leap year");
}
```

Here is the output:

```
2016 is a leap year
```

2016 is a leap year. The code snippet above determines that correctly.

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