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Re: If m and n are both two digit numbers and m-n = 11x, is x an [#permalink]
31 May 2012, 01:24

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If m and n are both two digit numbers and m-n = 11x, is x an integer?

The question basically asks whether m-n is a multiple of 11.

(1) The tens digit and the units digit of m are same --> m could be: 11, 22, 33, ..., 99 --> m is a multiple of 11. Not sufficiient since no info about n.

(2) m+n is a multiple of 11 --> if m=n=11 then the m-n is a multiple of 11 but if m=12 and n=10 then m-n is NOT a multiple of 11. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) From (1) we have that m={multiple of 11} and from (2) we have that m+n={multiple of 11} --> {multiple of 11}+n={multiple of 11} --> n={multiple of 11} --> m-n={multiple of 11}-{multiple of 11}={multiple of 11}. Sufficient.

Answer: C.

Below might help to understand this concept better.

If integers \(a\) and \(b\) are both multiples of some integer \(k>1\) (divisible by \(k\)), then their sum and difference will also be a multiple of \(k\) (divisible by \(k\)): Example: \(a=6\) and \(b=9\), both divisible by 3 ---> \(a+b=15\) and \(a-b=-3\), again both divisible by 3.

If out of integers \(a\) and \(b\) one is a multiple of some integer \(k>1\) and another is not, then their sum and difference will NOT be a multiple of \(k\) (divisible by \(k\)): Example: \(a=6\), divisible by 3 and \(b=5\), not divisible by 3 ---> \(a+b=11\) and \(a-b=1\), neither is divisible by 3.

If integers \(a\) and \(b\) both are NOT multiples of some integer \(k>1\) (divisible by \(k\)), then their sum and difference may or may not be a multiple of \(k\) (divisible by \(k\)): Example: \(a=5\) and \(b=4\), neither is divisible by 3 ---> \(a+b=9\), is divisible by 3 and \(a-b=1\), is not divisible by 3; OR: \(a=6\) and \(b=3\), neither is divisible by 5 ---> \(a+b=9\) and \(a-b=3\), neither is divisible by 5; OR: \(a=2\) and \(b=2\), neither is divisible by 4 ---> \(a+b=4\) and \(a-b=0\), both are divisible by 4.

Re: If m and n are both two digit numbers and m-n = 11x, is x an [#permalink]
10 Sep 2013, 21:25

Hi Banuel,

one confusion here.

from (1) we know that m is a multiple of 11. we also know that m-n= multiple of 11. now, if we consider m to be 99 than , 99-n=multiple of 11. can we have any other 2 digit no. which is NOT a multiple of 11 for n in this case ? I think no. so effectively shouldn't the answer be A ? Have I missed something here ?

Re: If m and n are both two digit numbers and m-n = 11x, is x an [#permalink]
10 Sep 2013, 23:17

Expert's post

vishalrastogi wrote:

Hi Banuel,

one confusion here.

from (1) we know that m is a multiple of 11. we also know that m-n= multiple of 11. now, if we consider m to be 99 than , 99-n=multiple of 11. can we have any other 2 digit no. which is NOT a multiple of 11 for n in this case ? I think no. so effectively shouldn't the answer be A ? Have I missed something here ?

The highlighted portion is the problem. When you say (m-n) is a multiple of 11, that implies that you ARE saying that x IS an integer. But that is something which is in-fact being asked. You can't assume it while solving for the question stem. _________________

Re: If m and n are both two digit numbers and m-n = 11x, is x an [#permalink]
16 Feb 2014, 08:52

First we know that m is a a multiple of 11 but we still don’t know anything about 'n' therefore insufficient. Then we know that m+n is a multiple of 11 but that doesn't mean that they are both multiples of 11, it could be that they are both not non multiples of 11. Both together since m is a multiple of 11 then n must also be a multiple of 11. The difference of two multiples of 11 is always a multiple of 11. Thus answer is C

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