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How many positive integers less than 28 are prime numbers, odd multiples of 5, or the sum of a positive multiple of 2 and a positive multiple of 4?

A. 27
B. 25
C. 24
D. 22
E. 20

My thought process and correct solution:

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List the prime numbers from 0-28 (3,5,7,11,13,17,19,23), odd multiples of 5 (5,15,25), and sum of a positive multiple of 2 and a positive multiple of 4 (since it has to be a sum the first integer starts at 6 onwards (6,8,10,12,14, 16,18, 20, 22, 24 and 26). The total integers add up to 8 + 3 + 11= 22
This seems rather time consuming. Is this really the quickest way to answer the question? Thanks in advance.
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Re: How many positive integers... [#permalink] New post 17 Mar 2012, 18:29
Did not understand the third part of the question correctly. Anyways, baseline is that I followed the same approach as you mentioned above.

Created 4 Columns (actually there should be only 3), First had all the prime numbers, Second had 5's multiple, and third for the third set (which I messed up, but ) approach was similar to yours.

Will wait for some to post smarter way of tackling this.
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Re: How many positive integers less than 28 are prime numbers [#permalink] New post 18 Mar 2012, 10:05
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How many positive integers less than 28 are prime numbers, odd multiples of 5, or the sum of a positive multiple of 2 and a positive multiple of 4?

A. 27
B. 25
C. 24
D. 22
E. 20

My thought process and correct solution:

[Reveal] Spoiler:
List the prime numbers from 0-28 (3,5,7,11,13,17,19,23), odd multiples of 5 (5,15,25), and sum of a positive multiple of 2 and a positive multiple of 4 (since it has to be a sum the first integer starts at 6 onwards (6,8,10,12,14, 16,18, 20, 22, 24 and 26). The total integers add up to 8 + 3 + 11= 22
This seems rather time consuming. Is this really the quickest way to answer the question? Thanks in advance.


Regarding your thought process, you missed the number "2" for your prime numbers, and you should eliminate one of the 5's (since 5 is in both the "prime number" and "odd multiples of 5" category). But other than that, I solved the problem the same way you did.
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Re: How many positive integers less than 28 are prime numbers [#permalink] New post 22 Oct 2012, 21:46
The answer sets is wrong
First there are only 9 integers thess than 28 whore are prime numbers (2 3 5 7 11 13 17 19 23) how come you your answers choices are all greater than 9?
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Re: How many positive integers less than 28 are prime numbers [#permalink] New post 23 Oct 2012, 04:02
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The answer sets is wrong
First there are only 9 integers thess than 28 whore are prime numbers (2 3 5 7 11 13 17 19 23) how come you your answers choices are all greater than 9?


We wan to determine how many numbers less than 28 are primes OR odd multiples of 5 OR the sum of a positive multiple of 2 and a positive multiple of 4.

How many positive integers less than 28 are prime numbers, odd multiples of 5, or the sum of a positive multiple of 2 and a positive multiple of 4?

A. 27
B. 25
C. 24
D. 22
E. 20

9 prime numbers less than 28: {2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23}

3 odd multiples of 5: {5, 15, 25}

11 numbers which are the sum of a positive multiple of 2 and a positive multiple of 4: {6, 8, 10, 12, 14, 16, 18, 20, 22, 24, 26}

Notice, that 5 is in two sets, thus total # of integers satisfying the given conditions is 9+3+11-1=22.

Answer: D.

Hope it's clear.
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Re: How many positive integers less than 28 are prime numbers [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2014, 20:04
What is meant by the sum of a positive multiple of 2 and a positive multiple of 4
First of all does it actually means --- the sum of a positive multiple of 2 and 4?

Multiple of 2 - 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26
Multiple of 4 - 4,8,12,16,20,24

What is sum of these :( Didn't understand
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Re: How many positive integers less than 28 are prime numbers [#permalink] New post 12 Feb 2014, 21:09
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What is meant by the sum of a positive multiple of 2 and a positive multiple of 4
First of all does it actually means --- the sum of a positive multiple of 2 and 4?

Multiple of 2 - 2,4,6,8,10,12,14,16,18,20,22,24,26
Multiple of 4 - 4,8,12,16,20,24

What is sum of these :( Didn't understand


It means you need to find those numbers which can be written as 2a + 4b where a and b are positive integers.

n = 2(a + 2b)
Note that a + 2b can take all values starting from 3
a = 1, b = 1, a+2b = 3
a = 2, b = 1, a+2b = 4
a = 1, b = 2, a+2b = 5
a= 2, b = 2, a+2b = 6
etc...
Hence the numbers which are "sum of a positive multiple of 2 and a positive multiple of 4" all are even numbers starting from 6 onwards.
n = 6, 8, 10, 12 etc

You can also do this question by figuring out the number of integers which are none of these three: not prime, not odd multiples of 5, not even (6 and above). The reason you will do that is there will be few such numbers since most numbers less than 28 are either even or prime. Also the options are close to 27 so they tell you that there are few such numbers

Start from 1.
1 - not prime, not multiple of 5, not even (6 and above)
4 - not prime, not multiple of 5, not even (6 and above)
Just focus on the odd numbers now and keep ignoring primes: 5/7 - ignore
9 - not prime, not multiple of 5, not even (6 and above)
11/13/15/17/19 - Ignore
21 - not prime, not multiple of 5, not even (6 and above)
23/25 - Ignore
27 - not prime, not multiple of 5, not even (6 and above)

So there are 5 numbers that do not fall in any of these categories out of a total of 27 numbers which are less than 28.

This gives us 27 - 5 = 22 relevant numbers

Answer (D)
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Re: How many positive integers less than 28 are prime numbers [#permalink] New post 15 Feb 2014, 03:59
Really nice approach Karishma
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