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Of course last 2 digits of the first question can be easily obtained: 65*29*37*63*71*87*62 1. 70 2. 30 3. 10 4. 90

We have a 5 (in 65) and a 2 ( in 62) So 65*29*37*63*71*87*62 = 5*13 * 29*37*63*71*87*2 * 31 10 *13 * 29*37*63*71*87*2 * 31 The last digit will be 0. The second last digit will be the last digit of 13*29*37*63*71*87*31 which we get as 9. So last two digits will be 90. _________________

Re: Find the last two digits [#permalink]
07 May 2011, 08:19

sriharimurthy wrote:

Hussain15 wrote:

Find the last 2 digits Q1. 65*29*37*63*71*87*62 1. 70 2. 30 3. 10 4. 90

Hi, there is a very quick way to solve these questions:

Since we want to find the last two digits, we have to find the remainder when divided by 100. (in decimal format)

Therefore,

R of (65*29*37*63*71*87*62)/100 = R of (13*29*37*63*71*87*31)/10 Note: Divided 65 by 5 and 62 by 2.

Now, R of (13*29*37*63*71*87*31)/10 = R of [3*(-1)*(-3)*3*1*(-3)*1]/10 = R of -81/10 = -1

Since remainder is coming negative, we have to add it to 10.

Thus remainder is in fact 9. In decimal format, it is expressed as 0.9 or (9/10)

Thus the remainder when 65*29*37*63*71*87*62 is divided by 100 in decimal format is 0.9.

The last two digits will therefore be 0.9*100 = 90.

Thus answer is (4).

In your operation you are doing division to make the problem simpler specifically,

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Therefore,

R of (65*29*37*63*71*87*62)/100 = R of (13*29*37*63*71*87*31)/10 Note: Divided 65 by 5 and 62 by 2.

You cannot divide to simplify when you are setting out to find a remainder. For example what is the remainder of 14/10? 4 what is the remainder of 7/5? 2 Notice that both 14/10 and 7/5 are both equivalent. But the remainders are different

Re: Find the last two digits [#permalink]
07 May 2011, 18:25

Expert's post

gprasant wrote:

You cannot divide to simplify when you are setting out to find a remainder. For example what is the remainder of 14/10? 4 what is the remainder of 7/5? 2 Notice that both 14/10 and 7/5 are both equivalent. But the remainders are different

Yes. You cannot just cancel off the common terms in the numerator and denominator to get the remainder. But, remember, if you do want to cancel off to make life easier for you, you can do it, provided you remember to multiply it back again. So say, I want to find the remainder when 14 is divided by 10 (remainder 4) and cancel off the common 2 to get 7 divided by 5 giving me a remainder of 2, I can multiply back the 2 I canceled with the remainder to get a remainder of 4. That's a valid technique.

e.g. What is the remainder when 85 is divided by 20? It is 5. or I might rephrase it as what is the remainder when 17 is divided by 4 (I cancel off 5 from the numerator and the denominator). The remainder in this case is 1. I multiply the 5 back to 1. I get the remainder as 5! _________________

Re: Find the last two digits [#permalink]
07 May 2011, 18:31

VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

gprasant wrote:

You cannot divide to simplify when you are setting out to find a remainder. For example what is the remainder of 14/10? 4 what is the remainder of 7/5? 2 Notice that both 14/10 and 7/5 are both equivalent. But the remainders are different

Yes. You cannot just cancel off the common terms in the numerator and denominator to get the remainder. But, remember, if you do want to cancel off to make life easier for you, you can do it, provided you remember to multiply it back again. So say, I want to find the remainder when 14 is divided by 10 (remainder 4) and cancel off the common 2 to get 7 divided by 5 giving me a remainder of 2, I can multiply back the 2 I canceled with the remainder to get a remainder of 4. That's a valid technique.

e.g. What is the remainder when 85 is divided by 20? It is 5. or I might rephrase it as what is the remainder when 17 is divided by 4 (I cancel off 5 from the numerator and the denominator). The remainder in this case is 1. I multiply the 5 back to 1. I get the remainder as 5!

thanks for the tip karishma. This will definitely save a lot of time during certain PS questions

I have solved these questions here (Two similar topics are merged-Moderator). It took me less than 2 minutes to solve each of these questions. Kindly have a look at my method and try to understand it. It will really help you solve these problems really fast even if they come on the GMAT.

Cheers.

Excellent! I was just posting the solutions for these two questions with similar remainder approach but no need for them now.

+1 for each.

Hi

This link is no longer active, please show us how to solve these kind of questions _________________

It seems there's a shortcut for the second problem: 1.) Forget about 201 and 246 and simplify it to 1*2*3*4*4*3*2*1, since 246 is the same as (250-4) giving 4, not 6. 1*2*3*4*4*3*2*1=2^2*3^2*4^2=574

2.)Now, take 74 out of 574 and calculate a square of 74. It doesn't matter what it is but it ends with 76

Last edited by felixjkz on 10 Dec 2012, 00:14, edited 1 time in total.

R of (201*202*203*204*246*247*248*249)*(201*202*203*204*246*247*248*249)/100

= R of (201*101*203*204*246*247*248*249)*(201*202*203*204*246*247*248*249)/50

Note: I have left denominator as 50 since it will be easier in calculations.

= R of [(1*1*3*4*(-4)*(-3)*(-2)*(-1)]*[(1*2*3*4*(-4)*(-3)*(-2)*(-1)]/50 = R of (12*24*24*24)/50 = R of (6*24*24*24)/25 = R of [6*(-1)*(-1)*(-1)]/25 = -6

Since remainder is coming negative, we add 25 to it.

Thus Remainder is 19. In decimal format, it is 19/25 or 0.76

Thus last two digits will be 0.76*100 = 76

[Note: Rather than calculating the decimal value first, it will be faster to combine the last two steps as follows: (19/25)*100 = 19*4 = 76. This is how I did it and it saved me valuable seconds!]

Answer should be (3).

In this part of the solution you subtracted only three 24's, but not 6. Why? Following your formula it should be = R of (12*24*24*24)/50 = R of (6*24*24*24)/25 = R of [(-19)*(-1)*(-1)*(-1)]/25 = 19/25 ----> 76/100 Is there any difference if you subtract some numbers and some leave untouched? Do you have to subtract all of them, or you can do it randomly? _________________

R of (201*202*203*204*246*247*248*249)*(201*202*203*204*246*247*248*249)/100

= R of (201*101*203*204*246*247*248*249)*(201*202*203*204*246*247*248*249)/50

Note: I have left denominator as 50 since it will be easier in calculations.

= R of [(1*1*3*4*(-4)*(-3)*(-2)*(-1)]*[(1*2*3*4*(-4)*(-3)*(-2)*(-1)]/50

= R of (12*24*24*24)/50 = R of (6*24*24*24)/25 = R of [6*(-1)*(-1)*(-1)]/25 = -6

Since remainder is coming negative, we add 25 to it.

Thus Remainder is 19. In decimal format, it is 19/25 or 0.76

Thus last two digits will be 0.76*100 = 76

[Note: Rather than calculating the decimal value first, it will be faster to combine the last two steps as follows: (19/25)*100 = 19*4 = 76. This is how I did it and it saved me valuable seconds!]

Answer should be (3).

Excellent explanation! I think that this way is a lot quicker... (201*202*203*204*246*247*248*249)^2 (201*202*203*204*246*247*248*249)*(201*202*203*204*246*247*248*249) (1*2*3*4)*((-4)*(-3)*(-2)*(-1)) = 24^2 = 576 So the last two numbers are 76. Solution for 30 seconds! _________________

Re: Find the last 2 digits of 65*29*37*63*71*87*62 [#permalink]
26 Feb 2013, 10:15

didn't understand the concept R of (13*29*37*63*71*87*31)/10 =R of [3*(9)*(7)*3*1*(7)*1]/10 = R of 3969/10 = R = 9 why 13/10 Remainder is 3 or 63/10 remainder is 3, but when 29/0 the remainder us -1 and not 9 or 37/10 remainder is -3 and not 7?? Please help me understand...

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Re: Find the last 2 digits of 65*29*37*63*71*87*62 [#permalink]
09 Mar 2013, 13:44

Awesome job, sriharimurthy. I just want to add that this particular calculation could have been performed in a slightly different way for more clarity, i.e. by applying the general formula twice: "R of 13*29*37*63*71*87*31(/10)" = R of 3*9*7*3*1*7*1(/10)" = R of 81*49(/10) = 9

R of (201*202*203*204*246*247*248*249)*(201*202*203*204*246*247*248*249)/100

= R of (201*101*203*204*246*247*248*249)*(201*202*203*204*246*247*248*249)/50

Note: I have left denominator as 50 since it will be easier in calculations.

= R of [(1*1*3*4*(-4)*(-3)*(-2)*(-1)]*[(1*2*3*4*(-4)*(-3)*(-2)*(-1)]/50

= R of (12*24*24*24)/50 = R of (6*24*24*24)/25 = R of [6*(-1)*(-1)*(-1)]/25 = -6

Since remainder is coming negative, we add 25 to it.

Thus Remainder is 19. In decimal format, it is 19/25 or 0.76

Thus last two digits will be 0.76*100 = 76

[Note: Rather than calculating the decimal value first, it will be faster to combine the last two steps as follows: (19/25)*100 = 19*4 = 76. This is how I did it and it saved me valuable seconds!]

Answer should be (3).

Can someone explain the highlighted part. Why R of (x-n)/n = R of (6-25)/25 = +6? _________________

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