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The next set of PS questions. I'll post OA's with detailed explanations after some discussion. Please, post your solutions along with the answers.

1. The length of the diagonal of square S, as well as the lengths of the diagonals of rhombus R are integers. The ratio of the lengths of the diagonals is 15:11:9, respectively. Which of the following could be the difference between the area of square S and the area of rhombus R?

I. 63 II. 126 III. 252

A. I only B. II only C. III only D. I and III only E. I, II and III

4. The functions f and g are defined for all the positive integers n by the following rule: f(n) is the number of positive perfect squares less than n and g(n) is the number of primes numbers less than n. If f(x) + g(x) = 16, then x is in the range:

A. 30 < x < 36 B. 30 < x < 37 C. 31 < x < 37 D. 31 < x < 38 E. 32 < x < 38

3. How many different subsets of the set {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5} do not contain 0?

A. 16 B. 27 C. 31 D. 32 E. 64

Consider the set without 0: {1, 2, 3, 4, 5}. Each out of 5 elements of the set {1, 2, 3, 4, 5} has TWO options: either to be included in the subset or not, so total number of subsets of this set is 2^5=32. Now, each such set will be a subset of {0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5} and won't include 0.

4. The functions f and g are defined for all the positive integers n by the following rule: f(n) is the number of positive perfect squares less than n and g(n) is the number of primes numbers less than n. If f(x) + g(x) = 16, then x is in the range:

A. 30 < x < 36 B. 30 < x < 37 C. 31 < x < 37 D. 31 < x < 38 E. 32 < x < 38

18! and 18!+1 are consecutive integers. Two consecutive integers are co-prime, which means that they don't share ANY common factor but 1. For example 20 and 21 are consecutive integers, thus only common factor they share is 1.

Now, since we can factor out each 15, 17, 33=3*11, and 39=3*13 out of 18!, then 15, 17, 33 and 39 ARE factors of 18! and are NOT factors of 18!+1. Therefore only 19 could be a factor of 18!+1.

6. If the least common multiple of a positive integer x, 4^3 and 6^5 is 6^6. Then x can take how many values?

A. 1 B. 6 C. 7 D. 30 E. 36

We are given that \(6^6=2^{6}*3^{6}\) is the least common multiple of the following three numbers:

x; \(4^3=2^6\); \(6^5 = 2^{5}*3^5\);

First notice that \(x\) cannot have any other primes other than 2 or/and 3, because LCM contains only these primes.

Now, since the power of 3 in LCM is higher than the powers of 3 in either the second number or in the third, than \(x\) must have \(3^{6}\) as its multiple (else how \(3^{6}\) would appear in LCM?).

Next, \(x\) can have 2 as its prime in ANY power ranging from 0 to 6, inclusive (it cannot have higher power of 2 since LCM limits the power of 2 to 6).

7. The greatest common divisor of two positive integers is 25. If the sum of the integers is 350, then how many such pairs are possible?

A. 1 B. 2 C. 3 D. 4 E. 5

We are told that the greatest common factor of two integers is 25. So, these integers are \(25x\) and \(25y\), for some positive integers \(x\) and \(y\). Notice that \(x\) and \(y\) must not share any common factor but 1, because if they do, then GCF of \(25x\) and \(25y\) will be more that 25.

Next, we know that \(25x+25y=350\) --> \(x+y=14\) --> since \(x\) and \(y\) don't share any common factor but 1 then (x, y) can be only (1, 13), (3, 11) or (5, 9) (all other pairs (2, 12), (4, 10), (6, 8) and (7, 7) do share common factor greater than 1).

So, there are only three pairs of such numbers possible: 25*1=25 and 25*13=325; 25*3=75 and 25*11=275; 25*5=125 and 25*9=225.

8. The product of a positive integer x and 377,910 is divisible by 3,300, then the least value of x is:

A. 10 B. 11 C. 55 D. 110 E. 330

Given: \(\frac{377,910 *x}{3,300}=integer\).

Factorize the divisor: \(3,300=2^2*3*5^2*11\).

Check 377,910 for divisibility by 2^2: 377,910 IS divisible by 2 and NOT divisible by 2^2=4 (since its last two digits, 10, is not divisible by 4). Thus x must have 2 as its factor (377,910 is divisible only by 2 so in order 377,910*x to be divisible by 2^2, x must have 2 as its factor);

Check 377,910 for divisibility by 3: 3+7+7+9+1+0=27, thus 377,910 IS divisible by 3.

Check 377,910 for divisibility by 5^2: 377,910 IS divisible by 5 and NOT divisible by 25 (in order a number to be divisible by 25 its last two digits must be 00, 25, 50, or 75, so 377,910 is NOT divisible by 25). Thus x must have 5 as its factor.

Check 377,910 for divisibility by 11: (7+9+0)-(3+7+1)=5, so 377,910 is NOT divisible by 11, thus x must have 11 as its factor.

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Hi Bunuel, Had the question been Which of the following is a factor of 18!+1?

A. 15 B. 17 C. 19 D. 33 E. None of These

Then, would it be possible to come at a conclusion that 19 will be the factor of 18!+1. In the original question, we came to the answer by eliminating other choices.

Hi Bunuel, Had the question been Which of the following is a factor of 18!+1?

A. 15 B. 17 C. 19 D. 33 E. None of These

Then, would it be possible to come at a conclusion that 19 will be the factor of 18!+1. In the original question, we came to the answer by eliminating other choices.

Please share your reasoning.

Thanks H

Yes, we could get the correct answer with Wilson's theorem, but you don't need it for the GMAT. _________________

Hi Bunuel, Had the question been Which of the following is a factor of 18!+1?

A. 15 B. 17 C. 19 D. 33 E. None of These

Then, would it be possible to come at a conclusion that 19 will be the factor of 18!+1. In the original question, we came to the answer by eliminating other choices.

Please share your reasoning.

Thanks H

Hi himanshu. According to Wilson's Theorem, if P is a prime no. then the remainder when (p-1)! is divided by p is (p-1) Therefore, 18! on division by 19 will give 18 as a remainder. Now 18+1 is divisible by 19 therefore answer to your query is 19. add kudos if this helped you

Hi Bunuel, Had the question been Which of the following is a factor of 18!+1?

A. 15 B. 17 C. 19 D. 33 E. None of These

Then, would it be possible to come at a conclusion that 19 will be the factor of 18!+1. In the original question, we came to the answer by eliminating other choices.

Please share your reasoning.

Thanks H

Hi himanshu. According to Wilson's Theorem, if P is a prime no. then the remainder when (p-1)! is divided by p is (p-1) Therefore, 18! on division by 19 will give 18 as a remainder. Now 18+1 is divisible by 19 therefore answer to your query is 19. add kudos if this helped you

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