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If nCr gives a prime value,is r=n-1?

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If nCr gives a prime value,is r=n-1? [#permalink] New post 14 May 2013, 02:30
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Ifn_{C}_{r} gives a prime value,is r=n-1?

I. n is prime
II. r is not prime

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Re: If nCr gives a prime value,is r=n-1? [#permalink] New post 14 May 2013, 02:35
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Ifn_{C}_{r} gives a prime value,is r=n-1?

I. n is prime
Case 3C1=3 r\neq{}n-1
Case 3C2=3 r=n-1
Not sufficient

II. r is not prime
Case 7C6=7 r=n-1
Case 7C1=7 r\neq{}n-1
Not sufficient

I+II) n is prime and r is not prime
Case 3C1=3 r\neq{}n-1
Case 2C1=2 r=n-1
Still not sufficient
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Re: If nCr gives a prime value,is r=n-1? [#permalink] New post 14 May 2013, 10:17
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If{n}_{C}_{r} gives a prime value,is r=n-1?

I. n is prime
II. r is not prime

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Dear vinaymimani
Zarrolou already gave a brilliant solution. I'll just add --- this question doesn't strike me as particularly GMAT-like. Yes, it's a hard question, but I don't know --- it seems very abstractly mathematical and from what I can tell, the most straightforward solutions are simply plug-in of various single digit numbers, as Zarrolou did. On the most challenging math problems, it strikes me that the GMAT creates more elegant problems. It's easier to write a hard problem, but it's more difficult to write an elegant problem. That's just my 2¢
Mike :-)
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Re: If nCr gives a prime value,is r=n-1? [#permalink] New post 07 Jan 2014, 08:29
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vinaymimani wrote:
If{n}_{C}_{r} gives a prime value,is r=n-1?

I. n is prime
II. r is not prime

Question created by me,constructive feedback welcome.Kudos to the first correct answer!

Dear vinaymimani
Zarrolou already gave a brilliant solution. I'll just add --- this question doesn't strike me as particularly GMAT-like. Yes, it's a hard question, but I don't know --- it seems very abstractly mathematical and from what I can tell, the most straightforward solutions are simply plug-in of various single digit numbers, as Zarrolou did. On the most challenging math problems, it strikes me that the GMAT creates more elegant problems. It's easier to write a hard problem, but it's more difficult to write an elegant problem. That's just my 2¢
Mike :-)


Agree w/Mr. McGarry here, this doesn't look alike any real GMAT problem i've seen so not likely to come in the test. Still, I congratulate Zarrolou in continuing to provide these hard questions to expand our scope and improve math skills

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J :)
Re: If nCr gives a prime value,is r=n-1?   [#permalink] 07 Jan 2014, 08:29
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