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How To Solve: Remainder Problems

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Hi All,

I have learned a lot from gmatclub and am done with my gmat too. So, i have decided to contribute back.
As part of this i have decided to share the knowledge i have regarding various topics related to gmat quant.
Hope it will be useful. This post is about how to solve Reminder problems

Theory
Given that an integer "n" when divided by an integer "a" gives "r" as reminder then the integer "n" can be written as
n = ak + r
where k is a constant integer.

Example1. What is the remainder when B is divided by 6 if B is a positive integer?
(1) When B is divided by 18, the remainder is 3
(2) When B is divided by 12, the remainder is 9

Sol
STAT1 : When B is divided by 18, the remainder is 3
So, we can write B as
B = 18k + 3
Now, to check the reminder when B is divided by 6, we essentially need to check the reminder when 18k + 3 is divided by 6
18k goes with 6 so the reminder will 3
So, its sufficient

STAT2 : When B is divided by 12, the remainder is 9
So, we can write B as
B = 12k + 9
Now, to check the reminder when B is divided by 6, we essentially need to check the reminder when 12k + 9 is divided by 6
12k goes with 6 so the reminder will be the same as the reminder for 9 divided by 6 which is 3
So, reminder is 3
So, its sufficient
Answer will be D
Link to the problem: what-is-the-remainder-when-is-divided-by-6-if-is-a-positiv-142343.html


Example2:
What is the remainder when positive integer t is divided by 5?
(1) When t is divided by 4, the remainder is 1
(2) When t is divided by 3, the remainder is 1

Sol:
STAT1: When t is divided by 4, the remainder is 1
t = 4k +1
possible values of t are 1,5,9,13
Clearly we cannot find a unique reminder when t is divided by 5 as in some cases(t=1) we are getting the reminder as 1 and in some(t=5) we are getting the reminder as 0.
So, INSUFFICIENT

STAT2: When t is divided by 3, the remainder is 1
t = 3s + 1
possible values of t are 1,4,7,10,13,16,19
Clearly we cannot find a unique reminder when t is divided by 5 as in some cases(t=1) we are getting the reminder as 1 and in some(t=10) we are getting the reminder as 0.
So, INSUFFICIENT

taking both together
now there are two approaches
1. write the values of t from stat1 and then from stat2 and then take the common values
from STAT1 t = 1,5,9,13,17,21,25,29,33
from STAT2 t = 1,4,7,10,13,16,19,22,25,28,31,34
common values are t = 1,13,25,

2. equate t = 4k+1 to t=3s+1
we have 4k + 1 = 3s+1
k = 3s/4
since, k is an integer so only those values of s which are multiple of 4 will satisfy both STAT1 and STAT2
so, common values are given by t = 3s + 1 where s is multiple of 4
so t = 1,13,25 (for s=0,4,8 respectively)

Clearly we cannot find a unique reminder when t is divided by 5 as in some cases(t=1) we are getting the reminder as 1 and in some(t=10) we are getting the reminder as 0.
So, INSUFFICIENT
So, answer will be E

Link to the problem: what-is-the-remainder-when-positive-integer-t-is-divided-by-142376.html

Example3:If p and n are positive integers and p > n, what is the remainder when p^2 - n^2 is divided by 15 ?
(1) The remainder when p + n is divided by 5 is 1.
(2) The remainder when p - n is divided by 3 is 1

Sol:
STAT1 : The remainder when p + n is divided by 5 is 1.
p+n = 5k + 1
but we cannot say anything about p^2 - n^2 just from this information.
So, INSUFFICIENT

STAT2 : The remainder when p - n is divided by 3 is 1
p-n = 3s + 1
but we cannot say anything about p^2 - n^2 just from this information.
So, INSUFFICIENT

Taking both together
p^2 - n^2 = (p+n) * (p-n) = (5k + 1) * (3s + 1)
= 15ks + 5k + 3s + 1
The reminder of the above expression by 15 is same as the reminder of 5k + 3s + 1 with 15 as 15ks will go with 15.
But we cannot say anything about the reminder as its value will change with the values of k and s.
So INSUFFICIENT
Hence answer will be E

Link to the problem: if-p-and-n-are-positive-integers-and-p-n-what-is-the-128002.html

Example 4: If n is a positive integer and r is the remainder when 4 + 7n is divided by 3, what is the value of r?
(1) n+1 is divisible by 3
(2) n>20.

Sol:
r is the remainder when 4 + 7n is divided by 3
7n + 4 can we written as 6n + n + 3+ 1 = 3(2n+1) + n +1
reminder of 7n+4 by 3 will be same as reminder of 3(2n+1) + n +1 by 3
3*(2n+1) will go by 3 so the reminder will be the same as the reminder of (n+1) by 3

STAT1: n+1 is divisible by 3
n+1 = 3k (where k is an integer)
n+1 will give 0 as the reminder when divided by 3
so, 7n+4 will also give 0 as the reminder when its divided by 3 (as its reminder is same as the reminder for (n+1) when divided by 3)
=> r =0
So, SUFFICIENT

STAT2 n>20.
we cannot do anything by this information as there are many values of n
so, INSUFFICIENT.

Hence, answer will be A

Link to the problem: if-n-is-a-positive-integer-and-r-is-the-remainder-when-93364.html

Example 5: If x is an integer, is x between 27 and 54?
(1) The remainder when x is divided by 7 is 2.
(2) The remainder when x is divided by 3 is 2.

Sol:
STAT1: The remainder when x is divided by 7 is 2.
x = 7k + 2
Possible values of x are 2,9,16,...,51,...
we cannot say anything about the values of x
so, INSUFFICIENT

STAT2: The remainder when x is divided by 3 is 2.
x = 3s + 2
Possible values of x are 2,5,8,11,...,53,...
we cannot say anything about the values of x
so, INSUFFICIENT

Taking both together
now there are two approaches
1. write the values of t from stat1 and then from stat2 and then take the common values
from STAT1 x = 2,9,16,23,30,37,44,51,58,...,65,...
from STAT2 x = 2,5,8,...,23,...,44,...,59,65,...
common values are x = 2,23,44,65,...

2. equate x = 7k+2 to x=3s+2
we have 7k + 2 = 3s+2
k = 3s/7
since, k is an integer so only those values of s which are multiple of 7 will satisfy both STAT1 and STAT2
so, common values are given by x = 3s + 2 where s is multiple of 7
so x = 2,23,44,65 (for s=0,7,14,21 respectively)

Clearly there are values of x which are between 27 and 54 (i.e. 44) and those which are not (2,23,65)
So, both together also INSUFFICIENT
So, answer will be E

Link to the problem: if-x-is-an-integer-is-x-between-27-and-108153.html

Hope it helps!
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Re: How To Solve: Remainder Problems [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2012, 20:29
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Re: How To Solve: Remainder Problems [#permalink] New post 06 Sep 2014, 07:08
Thank you so much, this was of great help :)
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