magmag wrote:

I know that the words "divisor" & "factor" mean the same thing, at least from the GMAT point of view". For example: 2 is a factor (or divisor) of 12 because there exists an integer (6) which we we multiply 2 by gives us 12.

What confuses me is that this word "divisor" is also used in the GMAT quotient/remainder topic when we divide a number by another number e.g. 7/2 gives us a quotient of 3 and a remainder of 1. The number 7 is called the "dividend" and the number 2 is called the "divisor" (even though 2 does not really divide 7 evenly because there's a remainder 1) so how come it's still called a divisor?! Can someone shed some light on the confusion of using the same word "divisor" differently in both situations?

When divisor divides any dividend and leaves '0' remainder, then such such divisor is called a FACTOR of that dividend.

Hope this will help.

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