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Re: Data Sufficiency with remainder [#permalink]
04 Aug 2010, 02:54

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kwhitejr wrote:

Can anyone demonstrate the following?

If n is a positive integer and r is the remainder when (n-1)(n+1) is divided by 24, what is the value of r?

(1) 2 is not a factor of n (2) 3 is not a factor of n

Hi, and welcome to Gmat Club! Below is the solution for your problem:

If n is a positive integer and r is the remainder when (n-1)(n+1) is divided by 24, what is the value of r?

Number plugging method:

\((n-1)(n+1)=n^2-1\)

(1) n is not divisible by 2 --> pick two odd numbers: let's say 1 and 3 --> if \(n=1\), then \(n^2-1=0\) and as zero is divisible by 24 (zero is divisible by any integer except zero itself) so remainder is 0 but if \(n=3\), then \(n^2-1=8\) and 8 divided by 24 yields remainder of 8. Two different answers, hence not sufficient.

(2) n is not divisible by 3 --> pick two numbers which are not divisible by 3: let's say 1 and 2 --> if \(n=1\), then \(n^2-1=0\), so remainder is 0 but if \(n=2\), then \(n^2-1=3\) and 3 divided by 24 yields remainder of 3. Two different answers, hence not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Let's check for several numbers which are not divisible by 2 or 3: \(n=1\) --> \(n^2-1=0\) --> remainder 0; \(n=5\) --> \(n^2-1=24\) --> remainder 0; \(n=7\) --> \(n^2-1=48\) --> remainder 0; \(n=11\) --> \(n^2-1=120\) --> remainder 0. Well it seems that all appropriate numbers will give remainder of 0. Sufficient.

Algebraic approach:

(1) n is not divisible by 2. Insufficient on its own, but this statement says that \(n=odd\) --> \(n-1\) and \(n+1\) are consecutive even integers --> \((n-1)(n+1)\) must be divisible by 8 (as both multiples are even and one of them will be divisible by 4. From consecutive even integers one is divisible by 4: (2, 4); (4, 6); (6, 8); (8, 10); (10, 12), ...).

(2) n is not divisible by 3. Insufficient on its own, but form this statement either \(n-1\) or \(n+1\) must be divisible by 3 (as \(n-1\), \(n\), and \(n+1\) are consecutive integers, so one of them must be divisible by 3, we are told that it's not \(n\), hence either \(n-1\) or \(n+1\)).

(1)+(2) From (1) \((n-1)(n+1)\) is divisible by 8, from (2) it's also divisible by 3, therefore it must be divisible by \(8*3=24\), which means that remainder upon division \((n-1)(n+1)\) by 24 will be 0. Sufficient.

hi all, please help solving the following question...

if n is a positive integer and r is the remainder when (n+1)(n-1) is divided by 24. what is the value of r? 1) n is not divisible by 2 2) n is not divisible by 3

1) n is not divisible by 2 => n is not even.

n could be 1, 3, 5, 7, 9

and (n+1) * (n-1) could be different values.

2) n is not divisible by 3.

n could be 1, 2, 4, 5, 7, 8, 10...

again (n+1) * (n-1) could be different values.

Combine (1) and (2), n could be 1, 5, 7, 11, 13; ((n+1), (n-1)) would contain a multiple of 6 and 4 when n is 5, 7, 11, 13 ..

When n =1, (n-1) is zero and the remainder is zero.

Multiple of 6 and 4 would contain (3*2) and (2^2) = > (3 * 2 * 2 *2) = > 24.

(n-1)*(n+1) could be 4*6 or 6*8 and either way the remainder when (n-1)*(n+1)/24 would be 0.

Hence both statements is sufficient to answer this. _________________

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Re: Data Sufficiency with remainder [#permalink]
15 Sep 2010, 16:44

I got this problem right (on the GMATPrep #1 CAT) but I'm sure it took me at least 3 minutes, if not closer to 5. At least a minute to set up the problem and figure out how to approach it (the way described above is what I first thought of, but I tried to think of easier ways), another minute to test numbers, and another minute to think of ways on how my test could be wrong.

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Re: Data Sufficiency with remainder [#permalink]
16 Sep 2010, 23:02

Folks,

Consider this approach.

Stmnt 1: N is not divisible by 2 ==> n=2k+1

==> n-1 * n+1 = 2k(2k+2)=4K(k+1) te K(K+1) is always divisible by 2 as they are consecutive integers. hence 4K(k+1) is always divisible by 8, but may not be by 24 (i.e. 8*3)....NOT Suff. Summary from stmnt 1: (n-1)*(n+1) is always divisible by 8

Stmnt 2: N is not divisible by 3 ==> 2 cases -> remainder can be 1 or 2 ==> n=3k+1 or 3K+2

with n=3K+1 ==> ==> n-1 * n+1 = 3k(3k+2)=is divisible by 3 but not by 2 for ODD K: hence not divisible by 24 (i.e. 2^3 * 3) with n=3K+2 ==> ==> n-1 * n+1 = (3k+1)(3k+3)=3(3k+1)(K+1) is divisible by 3 but not by 2 for EVEN K Not suff. Summary from stmnt 2: (n-1)*(n+1) is always divisible by 3

1 & 2 summaries. (n-1)*(n+1) is always divisible by 8*3 = 24..Suff.

Answer "C"

always divisible by 2 as they are consecutive integers. hence 4K(k+1) is always divisible by 8, but may not be by 24 (i.e. 8*3)....NOT Suff.

Divisiblity remainder [#permalink]
10 Feb 2011, 23:37

If n is a positive integer and r is the remainder when (n – 1)(n + 1) is divided by 24, what is the value of r? (1) 2 is not a factor of n. (2) 3 is not a factor of

I marked ans e as we cannot find one value while using two other prime 5 & 7. So defainete value of r can be find out. But the ans is c. can anyone confim

Re: Divisiblity remainder [#permalink]
11 Feb 2011, 00:16

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24 has the factors; 2*2*2*3

If (n-1)(n+1) contains at least the above factors, it will be divisible by 24.

1. Means; n is odd; and n-1 and n+1 are consecutive even; thus one of them will have at least 2 as factor and the other at least 2*2 Thus; we know (n-1)(n+1) contains 2*2*2 as factor. But, it may or may not contain 3 as its factor.

Not sufficient.

2. if n is not divisible by 3; one of (n-1)(n+1) must be divisible by 3. One number of any set of 3 consecutive numbers is always divisible by 3. We know n is not divisible and n-1,n,n+1 are consecutive. if n is not divisible by 3, one of (n-1) and (n+1) must be divisible by 3 or have a factor as 3. However, we don't know whether these numbers have 2*2*2 as factors.

Not sufficient.

Combining both; (n-1)(n+1) has factors 2*2*2*3 and must be divisible by 24. Remainder 0.

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Re: If n is a positive integer and r is the remainder when (n-1) [#permalink]
22 Feb 2015, 04:53

Bunuel wrote:

kwhitejr wrote:

Can anyone demonstrate the following?

If n is a positive integer and r is the remainder when (n-1)(n+1) is divided by 24, what is the value of r?

(1) 2 is not a factor of n (2) 3 is not a factor of n

Hi, and welcome to Gmat Club! Below is the solution for your problem:

If n is a positive integer and r is the remainder when (n-1)(n+1) is divided by 24, what is the value of r?

Number plugging method:

\((n-1)(n+1)=n^2-1\)

(1) n is not divisible by 2 --> pick two odd numbers: let's say 1 and 3 --> if \(n=1\), then \(n^2-1=0\) and as zero is divisible by 24 (zero is divisible by any integer except zero itself) so remainder is 0 but if \(n=3\), then \(n^2-1=8\) and 8 divided by 24 yields remainder of 8. Two different answers, hence not sufficient.

(2) n is not divisible by 3 --> pick two numbers which are not divisible by 3: let's say 1 and 2 --> if \(n=1\), then \(n^2-1=0\), so remainder is 0 but if \(n=2\), then \(n^2-1=3\) and 3 divided by 24 yields remainder of 3. Two different answers, hence not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Let's check for several numbers which are not divisible by 2 or 3: \(n=1\) --> \(n^2-1=0\) --> remainder 0; \(n=5\) --> \(n^2-1=24\) --> remainder 0; \(n=7\) --> \(n^2-1=48\) --> remainder 0; \(n=11\) --> \(n^2-1=120\) --> remainder 0. Well it seems that all appropriate numbers will give remainder of 0. Sufficient.

Algebraic approach:

(1) n is not divisible by 2. Insufficient on its own, but this statement says that \(n=odd\) --> \(n-1\) and \(n+1\) are consecutive even integers --> \((n-1)(n+1)\) must be divisible by 8 (as both multiples are even and one of them will be divisible by 4. From consecutive even integers one is divisible by 4: (2, 4); (4, 6); (6, 8); (8, 10); (10, 12), ...).

(2) n is not divisible by 3. Insufficient on its own, but form this statement either \(n-1\) or \(n+1\) must be divisible by 3 (as \(n-1\), \(n\), and \(n+1\) are consecutive integers, so one of them must be divisible by 3, we are told that it's not \(n\), hence either \(n-1\) or \(n+1\)).

(1)+(2) From (1) \((n-1)(n+1)\) is divisible by 8, from (2) it's also divisible by 3, therefore it must be divisible by \(8*3=24\), which means that remainder upon division \((n-1)(n+1)\) by 24 will be 0. Sufficient.

Answer: C.

Hope it helps.

Dear Bunuel,

Thanks for sharing the alternatives to approaching this problem. I have a question here. What if we choose a number, n, such as 23 (which is neither divisible by 2 nor by 3)? In that case the given expression (n-1)*(n+1) will be 22*24, which when divided by 24 will leave a remainder 22.

Re: If n is a positive integer and r is the remainder when (n-1) [#permalink]
22 Feb 2015, 05:33

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Smgs wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

kwhitejr wrote:

Can anyone demonstrate the following?

If n is a positive integer and r is the remainder when (n-1)(n+1) is divided by 24, what is the value of r?

(1) 2 is not a factor of n (2) 3 is not a factor of n

Hi, and welcome to Gmat Club! Below is the solution for your problem:

If n is a positive integer and r is the remainder when (n-1)(n+1) is divided by 24, what is the value of r?

Number plugging method:

\((n-1)(n+1)=n^2-1\)

(1) n is not divisible by 2 --> pick two odd numbers: let's say 1 and 3 --> if \(n=1\), then \(n^2-1=0\) and as zero is divisible by 24 (zero is divisible by any integer except zero itself) so remainder is 0 but if \(n=3\), then \(n^2-1=8\) and 8 divided by 24 yields remainder of 8. Two different answers, hence not sufficient.

(2) n is not divisible by 3 --> pick two numbers which are not divisible by 3: let's say 1 and 2 --> if \(n=1\), then \(n^2-1=0\), so remainder is 0 but if \(n=2\), then \(n^2-1=3\) and 3 divided by 24 yields remainder of 3. Two different answers, hence not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Let's check for several numbers which are not divisible by 2 or 3: \(n=1\) --> \(n^2-1=0\) --> remainder 0; \(n=5\) --> \(n^2-1=24\) --> remainder 0; \(n=7\) --> \(n^2-1=48\) --> remainder 0; \(n=11\) --> \(n^2-1=120\) --> remainder 0. Well it seems that all appropriate numbers will give remainder of 0. Sufficient.

Algebraic approach:

(1) n is not divisible by 2. Insufficient on its own, but this statement says that \(n=odd\) --> \(n-1\) and \(n+1\) are consecutive even integers --> \((n-1)(n+1)\) must be divisible by 8 (as both multiples are even and one of them will be divisible by 4. From consecutive even integers one is divisible by 4: (2, 4); (4, 6); (6, 8); (8, 10); (10, 12), ...).

(2) n is not divisible by 3. Insufficient on its own, but form this statement either \(n-1\) or \(n+1\) must be divisible by 3 (as \(n-1\), \(n\), and \(n+1\) are consecutive integers, so one of them must be divisible by 3, we are told that it's not \(n\), hence either \(n-1\) or \(n+1\)).

(1)+(2) From (1) \((n-1)(n+1)\) is divisible by 8, from (2) it's also divisible by 3, therefore it must be divisible by \(8*3=24\), which means that remainder upon division \((n-1)(n+1)\) by 24 will be 0. Sufficient.

Answer: C.

Hope it helps.

Dear Bunuel,

Thanks for sharing the alternatives to approaching this problem. I have a question here. What if we choose a number, n, such as 23 (which is neither divisible by 2 nor by 3)? In that case the given expression (n-1)*(n+1) will be 22*24, which when divided by 24 will leave a remainder 22.

Kindly advise!

Thanks!

22*24 is a multiple of 24, so when divided by 24 it yields the remainder of 0. _________________

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