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If an integer n is to be chosen at random from the integers [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2006, 14:39
If an integer n is to be chosen at random from the integers 1 to 96 inclusive, what is the probability that n(n+1)(n+2) will be divisible by 8?

A 1/4
B 3/8
C 1/2
D 5/8
E 3/4
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2006, 14:57
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2006, 15:06
i dont get it, if one of the ways of an odd # is even why cant it be divisible by odd, i mean a number like 7 would be divisible by 8. N+1=8 hence thats at least one odd # tat can be divisible by 8, so i dont understand why its 48.....and cant be any odd #'s
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2006, 15:10
You are right..

If I pick 7 then 7 x 8 x 9 will also be divisible by 8....


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i dont get it, if one of the ways of an odd # is even why cant it be divisible by odd, i mean a number like 7 would be divisible by 8. N+1=8 hence thats at least one odd # tat can be divisible by 8, so i dont understand why its 48.....and cant be any odd #'s
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2006, 15:16
well u said n is even, and i just told u that n can also be odd, so how do u get 48, please explain......im not as good at math as u...so how do u do this one....its not that u do all even's because i just showed u 7 works....so how do u do it
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jun 2006, 15:41
I think I finally got the right one.. although my first answer 1/2 still remains the same.

Between 1-10 : you have 5 numbers you can pick to get nx (n+1) x (n+2) divisible by 8 : {2, 4, 6, 7, 8}

Continuing this from 10-20 : 5 more and so on.

In total from 1-90 you have 9x5 = 45 numbers.

Between 91-96 you can pick 3 more to get the satisfying condition: 92, 94, 96

Therefore in total you can pick : 48
Probability = 48/96 = 1/2
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2006, 09:52
Is N(N+1)(N+2) multiple of 8?

1 2 3
2 3 4
3 4 5
.....
7 8 9

When N is even number, "N(N+1)(N+2)" is always multiple of 8.
Thus probability = 48/96 = 1/2

When N is odd number and N+1 is multiple of 8, N(N+1)(N+2) is multiple of 8
Thus, probability = 12/96 = 1/8

1/2+1/8 = 5/8
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(48+12)/96 = 5/8

Ans is D.
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I will go with answer b 3/8 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2006, 10:32
If I pick any no from the set 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16 ..............94,95,96. then I can satisfy the condition n(n+1)(n+2) divisibel by 8. Such 36 no I can pick so probability is 36/96 So the answer is 3/8.

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Sorry [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2006, 10:35
The set should be 6,7,8, 14,15,16.....94,95,96. Ans is same. I commit typing mistake.

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I got in GMAT trap. [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2006, 11:07
I think I am right now. One need to pick up even integer. If 'n' is even and not divisible by 4 then n+2 will be divisible by 4 so n*(n+2) will be divisible by 8. There are total 48 even integers and ans should 1/2. I think I am right now. I need to be careful about trap.

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Re: I got in GMAT trap. [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2006, 11:16
pravinkawadkar wrote:
I think I am right now. One need to pick up even integer. If 'n' is even and not divisible by 4 then n+2 will be divisible by 4 so n*(n+2) will be divisible by 8. There are total 48 even integers and ans should 1/2. I think I am right now. I need to be careful about trap.

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When n is
n n+1
7 8
15 16
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95 96.. total 12.

48+12 = 60 possible outcome. Thus 5/8 => D
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Re: GMAT TEST #4 [#permalink] New post 22 Jul 2006, 16:09
GMATCUBS21 wrote:
If an integer n is to be chosen at random from the integers 1 to 96 inclusive, what is the probability that n(n+1)(n+2) will be divisible by 8?

A 1/4
B 3/8
C 1/2
D 5/8
E 3/4



D IMO. If n>=2 then for any even n, n(n+1)(n+2) is divisible by 2 and 4, and therefore by 8.

Further, every 8th number will be divisible by 8
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 [#permalink] New post 23 Jul 2006, 00:52
5/8

For all N = even N(N+1)(N+2) will be divisible by 8: Total = 48
For all N+1 = multiple of 8, N(N+1)(N+2) will be divisible by 8: Total = 12

Prob = 60/96 = 5/8
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 [#permalink] New post 26 Jul 2006, 02:34
For all even numbers N . n(n+1)(n+2) is divisible by 8. Even numbers = 48

For all odd numbers
From 1-10 - 1 odd number
2- 10 - 1 odd number

90-96 - 1

hence total odd numbers = 12

Total numbers = 60

Probabiltiy = 60/96 = 5/8
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