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If p and n are positive integers and p>n, what is the remainder when p^2 - n^2 is divided by 15?

First of all p^2 - n^2=(p+n)(p-n).

(1) The remainder when p + n is divided by 5 is 1. No info about p-n. Not sufficient.

(2) The remainder when p - n is divided by 3 is 1. No info about p+n. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) "The remainder when p + n is divided by 5 is 1" can be expressed as p+n=5t+1 and "The remainder when p - n is divided by 3 is 1" can be expressed as p-n=3k+1.

Multiply these two --> (p+n)(p-n)=(5t+1)(3k+1)=15kt+5t+3k+1, now first term (15kt) is clearly divisible by 15 (r=0), but we don't know about 5t+3k+1. For example t=1 and k=1, answer r=9 BUT t=7 and k=3, answer r=0. Not sufficient.

OR by number plugging: if p+n=11 (11 divided by 5 yields remainder of 1) and p-n=1 (1 divided by 3 yields remainder of 1) then (p+n)(p-n)=11 and remainder upon division 11 by 15 is 11 BUT if p+n=21 (21 divided by 5 yields remainder of 1) and p-n=1 (1 divided by 3 yields remainder of 1) then (p+n)(p-n)=21 and remainder upon division 21 by 15 is 6. Not sufficient.

If p and n are positive integers and p>n, what is the remainder when p^2 - n^2 is divided by 15?

First of all p^2 - n^2=(p+n)(p-n).

(1) The remainder when p + n is divided by 5 is 1. No info about p-n. Not sufficient.

(2) The remainder when p - n is divided by 3 is 1. No info about p+n. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) "The remainder when p + n is divided by 5 is 1" can be expressed as p+n=5t+1 and "The remainder when p - n is divided by 3 is 1" can be expressed as p-n=3k+1.

Multiply these two --> (p+n)(p-n)=(5t+1)(3k+1)=15kt+5t+3k+1, now first term (15kt) is clearly divisible by 15 (r=0), but we don't know about 5t+3k+1. For example t=1 and k=1, answer r=9 BUT t=7 and k=3, answer r=0. Not sufficient.

OR by number plugging: if p+n=11 (11 divided by 5 yields remainder of 1) and p-n=1 (1 divided by 3 yields remainder of 1) then (p+n)(p-n)=11 and remainder upon division 11 by 15 is 11 BUT if p+n=21 (21 divided by 5 yields remainder of 1) and p-n=1 (1 divided by 3 yields remainder of 1) then (p+n)(p-n)=21 and remainder upon division 21 by 15 is 6. Not sufficient.

Answer: E.

Hi Bunuel - 1 doubt.. why can't the below process be followed?

If p and n are positive integers and p>n, what is the remainder when p^2 - n^2 is divided by 15?

First of all p^2 - n^2=(p+n)(p-n).

(1) The remainder when p + n is divided by 5 is 1. No info about p-n. Not sufficient.

(2) The remainder when p - n is divided by 3 is 1. No info about p+n. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) "The remainder when p + n is divided by 5 is 1" can be expressed as p+n=5t+1 and "The remainder when p - n is divided by 3 is 1" can be expressed as p-n=3k+1.

Multiply these two --> (p+n)(p-n)=(5t+1)(3k+1)=15kt+5t+3k+1, now first term (15kt) is clearly divisible by 15 (r=0), but we don't know about 5t+3k+1. For example t=1 and k=1, answer r=9 BUT t=7 and k=3, answer r=0. Not sufficient.

OR by number plugging: if p+n=11 (11 divided by 5 yields remainder of 1) and p-n=1 (1 divided by 3 yields remainder of 1) then (p+n)(p-n)=11 and remainder upon division 11 by 15 is 11 BUT if p+n=21 (21 divided by 5 yields remainder of 1) and p-n=1 (1 divided by 3 yields remainder of 1) then (p+n)(p-n)=21 and remainder upon division 21 by 15 is 6. Not sufficient.

Answer: E.

Hi Bunuel - 1 doubt.. why can't the below process be followed?

If p and n are positive integers and p>n, what is the remainder when p^2 - n^2 is divided by 15?

First of all p^2 - n^2=(p+n)(p-n).

(1) The remainder when p + n is divided by 5 is 1. No info about p-n. Not sufficient.

(2) The remainder when p - n is divided by 3 is 1. No info about p+n. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) "The remainder when p + n is divided by 5 is 1" can be expressed as p+n=5t+1 and "The remainder when p - n is divided by 3 is 1" can be expressed as p-n=3k+1.

Multiply these two --> (p+n)(p-n)=(5t+1)(3k+1)=15kt+5t+3k+1, now first term (15kt) is clearly divisible by 15 (r=0), but we don't know about 5t+3k+1. For example t=1 and k=1, answer r=9 BUT t=7 and k=3, answer r=0. Not sufficient.

OR by number plugging: if p+n=11 (11 divided by 5 yields remainder of 1) and p-n=1 (1 divided by 3 yields remainder of 1) then (p+n)(p-n)=11 and remainder upon division 11 by 15 is 11 BUT if p+n=21 (21 divided by 5 yields remainder of 1) and p-n=1 (1 divided by 3 yields remainder of 1) then (p+n)(p-n)=21 and remainder upon division 21 by 15 is 6. Not sufficient.

Answer: E.

Hi Bunuel - 1 doubt.. why can't the below process be followed?

p+n * p-n => 15 K + 16. Hence the remainder on division by 15 gives 1.

Cheers

p+n = 5A+1 and p-n = 3B+1 does not mean that (p+n)*(p-n)=15K+16. When you expand (p+n)*(p-n)=(5A+1)(3B+1) you won't get an expression of the form 15K+16. _________________

Remainder question [#permalink]
14 Nov 2013, 15:04

Dear all, Can anyone please provide me the solution for the following problem? 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

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14 Nov 2013, 15:06

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TiagoMagalhaes wrote:

Dear all, Can anyone please provide me the solution for the following problem? 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

Thanks in advance. Regards, Tiago Magalhães

Merging similar topics. Please refer to the solutions above. _________________

If p and n are positive integers and p>n, what is the remainder when p^2 - n^2 is divided by 15?

First of all p^2 - n^2=(p+n)(p-n).

(1) The remainder when p + n is divided by 5 is 1. No info about p-n. Not sufficient.

(2) The remainder when p - n is divided by 3 is 1. No info about p+n. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) "The remainder when p + n is divided by 5 is 1" can be expressed as p+n=5t+1 and "The remainder when p - n is divided by 3 is 1" can be expressed as p-n=3k+1.

Multiply these two --> (p+n)(p-n)=(5t+1)(3k+1)=15kt+5t+3k+1, now first term (15kt) is clearly divisible by 15 (r=0), but we don't know about 5t+3k+1. For example t=1 and k=1, answer r=9 BUT t=7 and k=3, answer r=0. Not sufficient.

OR by number plugging: if p+n=11 (11 divided by 5 yields remainder of 1) and p-n=1 (1 divided by 3 yields remainder of 1) then (p+n)(p-n)=11 and remainder upon division 11 by 15 is 11 BUT if p+n=21 (21 divided by 5 yields remainder of 1) and p-n=1 (1 divided by 3 yields remainder of 1) then (p+n)(p-n)=21 and remainder upon division 21 by 15 is 6. Not sufficient.

Answer: E.

Hi Bunuel,

I reasoned this question as follows:

Prompt is asking what is remainder when... (p+n) (p-n) /15 ?

St 1> gives remainder when p+n is divided by 5 is 1...this implies..remainder when (p+n) is divided by 15 is also 1...(since 5 is a factor of 15). ..NOT SUFF St 2> gives remainder when p-n is divided by 3 is 1...this implies..remainder when (p-n) is divided by 15 is also 1...(since 3 is a factor of 15) ..not SUFF

Combinign 1 & 2... (p+n) /15 gives remainder 1, and (p-n) /15 gives remainder 1.....so (p+n) (p-n)/15 ...should also yield remainder 1...since we can multiply the remainders in this case...because the divisor is the same. . Please clarify, is this correct?? If not , why?

Prompt is asking what is remainder when... (p+n) (p-n) /15 ?

St 1> gives remainder when p+n is divided by 5 is 1...this implies..remainder when (p+n) is divided by 15 is also 1...(since 5 is a factor of 15). ..NOT SUFF St 2> gives remainder when p-n is divided by 3 is 1...this implies..remainder when (p-n) is divided by 15 is also 1...(since 3 is a factor of 15) ..not SUFF

Combinign 1 & 2... (p+n) /15 gives remainder 1, and (p-n) /15 gives remainder 1.....so (p+n) (p-n)/15 ...should also yield remainder 1...since we can multiply the remainders in this case...because the divisor is the same. . Please clarify, is this correct?? If not , why?

Responding to a pm:

The highlighted portion is incorrect.

Say p + n = 21. When it is divided by 5, the remainder is 1. But when it is divided by 15, the remainder is 6. So your implication is not correct. You cannot say that the remainder when you divide p+n by 15 will also be 1. All you can say is (p+n) = 5a + 1 Similarly, all you can say about statement 2 is (p-n) = 3b + 1

So using both also, you get (5a + 1)(3b + 1) = 15ab + 5a + 3b + 1 We know nothing about (5a + 3b + 1) - whether it is divisible by 15 or not. _________________

I can see how based on your examples that my interpretation is not correct. However, i was going based off of a little tip in one of the other posts...

3) If a number leaves a remainder ‘r’ (the number is the divisor), all its factors will have the same remainder ‘r’ provided the value of ‘r’ is less than the value of the factor. Eg. If remainder of a number when divided by 21 is 5, then the remainder of that same number when divided by 7 (which is a factor of 21) will also be 5.

How is the situation in the problem different ...wherein the statement is not holding true!?

I can see how based on your examples that my interpretation is not correct. However, i was going based off of a little tip in one of the other posts...

3) If a number leaves a remainder ‘r’ (the number is the divisor), all its factors will have the same remainder ‘r’ provided the value of ‘r’ is less than the value of the factor. Eg. If remainder of a number when divided by 21 is 5, then the remainder of that same number when divided by 7 (which is a factor of 21) will also be 5.

How is the situation in the problem different ...wherein the statement is not holding true!?

Ummm...i guess the statement is true...its just that 15 is not a factor of 5. Its the other way round.

So if the statement was (p+n) when divided by 15 gives a remainder of 1, then we can say (p+n) divided by 5 also gives a remainder of 1... but if (p+n) leaves a remainder of 1 when divided by 5 , does not mean (p+n) divided by 15 will also leave remainder of 1...(as clearly evidenced by Karishma's example)

I can see how based on your examples that my interpretation is not correct. However, i was going based off of a little tip in one of the other posts...

3) If a number leaves a remainder ‘r’ (the number is the divisor), all its factors will have the same remainder ‘r’ provided the value of ‘r’ is less than the value of the factor. Eg. If remainder of a number when divided by 21 is 5, then the remainder of that same number when divided by 7 (which is a factor of 21) will also be 5.

How is the situation in the problem different ...wherein the statement is not holding true!?

That is fine.

But this does not imply that if one factor leaves a remainder 'r', all multiples will leave remainder 'r' too. On the other hand, if all factors of that particular multiple leave the remainder 'r', then the multiple will leave remainder 'r' too.

Take an example: If n is divided by 21 and it leaves remainder 1, when n is divided by 7, remainder will still be 1. When n is divided by 3, remainder will still be 1. - Correct

If n is divided by 7 and it leaves remainder 1, it doesn't mean that when n is divided by 14/21/28/35 ... it will leave remainder 1 in all cases.

But if n divided by 7 leaves remainder 1 and when divided by 3 leaves a remainder 1 too, it will leave remainder 1 when divided by 21 too.

I can see how based on your examples that my interpretation is not correct. However, i was going based off of a little tip in one of the other posts...

3) If a number leaves a remainder ‘r’ (the number is the divisor), all its factors will have the same remainder ‘r’ provided the value of ‘r’ is less than the value of the factor. Eg. If remainder of a number when divided by 21 is 5, then the remainder of that same number when divided by 7 (which is a factor of 21) will also be 5.

How is the situation in the problem different ...wherein the statement is not holding true!?

That is fine.

But this does not imply that if one factor leaves a remainder 'r', all multiples will leave remainder 'r' too. On the other hand, if all factors of that particular multiple leave the remainder 'r', then the multiple will leave remainder 'r' too.

Take an example: If n is divided by 21 and it leaves remainder 1, when n is divided by 7, remainder will still be 1. When n is divided by 3, remainder will still be 1. - Correct

If n is divided by 7 and it leaves remainder 1, it doesn't mean that when n is divided by 14/21/28/35 ... it will leave remainder 1 in all cases.

But if n divided by 7 leaves remainder 1 and when divided by 3 leaves a remainder 1 too, it will leave remainder 1 when divided by 21 too.

I can see how based on your examples that my interpretation is not correct. However, i was going based off of a little tip in one of the other posts...

3) If a number leaves a remainder ‘r’ (the number is the divisor), all its factors will have the same remainder ‘r’ provided the value of ‘r’ is less than the value of the factor. Eg. If remainder of a number when divided by 21 is 5, then the remainder of that same number when divided by 7 (which is a factor of 21) will also be 5.

How is the situation in the problem different ...wherein the statement is not holding true!?

That is fine.

But this does not imply that if one factor leaves a remainder 'r', all multiples will leave remainder 'r' too. On the other hand, if all factors of that particular multiple leave the remainder 'r', then the multiple will leave remainder 'r' too.

Take an example: If n is divided by 21 and it leaves remainder 1, when n is divided by 7, remainder will still be 1. When n is divided by 3, remainder will still be 1. - Correct

If n is divided by 7 and it leaves remainder 1, it doesn't mean that when n is divided by 14/21/28/35 ... it will leave remainder 1 in all cases.

But if n divided by 7 leaves remainder 1 and when divided by 3 leaves a remainder 1 too, it will leave remainder 1 when divided by 21 too.

Now when we have 15 and we can divide it into 5*3. I'm trying to figure out what's wrong with this approach cause I did the following

Remainder of p+n/5 as per the first statement is 1

Remainder of p-n/3 as per the second statement is 1

Therefore, remainder of product of 1*1 / 15 is 1

I thought this was C

Any clues? Cheers! J

This would have been correct had the situation been:

"Remainder of(p+n)/15 as per the first statement is 1 Remainder of (p-n)/15 as per the second statement is 1 Therefore, remainder of product of 1*1 / 15 is 1"

But the statements tell us what happens when (p+n) or (p-n) is divided by 5 or 3 not 15.

(p+n)(p-n) = 15ab + 5a + 3b + 1 Only the first term is divisible by 15. We don't know the remainder when the rest of the 3 terms are divided by 15.

On the other hand, had the statements been a little different, your method would have been correct. Statement 1: p+n = 15a + 1 Statement 2: p-n = 15b + 1 (p+n)(p-n) = 15*15ab + 15a + 15b + 1 Now the remainder would be 1. _________________

Re: If p and n are positive integers and p > n, what is the [#permalink]
02 Sep 2014, 05:57

VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

jlgdr wrote:

I personally found this a bit tricky

For instance:

RoF x*y / n = Rof (x/n) * Rof (y/n) / n

Now when we have 15 and we can divide it into 5*3. I'm trying to figure out what's wrong with this approach cause I did the following

Remainder of p+n/5 as per the first statement is 1

Remainder of p-n/3 as per the second statement is 1

Therefore, remainder of product of 1*1 / 15 is 1

I thought this was C

Any clues? Cheers! J

This would have been correct had the situation been:

"Remainder of(p+n)/15 as per the first statement is 1 Remainder of (p-n)/15 as per the second statement is 1 Therefore, remainder of product of 1*1 / 15 is 1"

But the statements tell us what happens when (p+n) or (p-n) is divided by 5 or 3 not 15.

(p+n)(p-n) = 15ab + 5a + 3b + 1 Only the first term is divisible by 15. We don't know the remainder when the rest of the 3 terms are divided by 15.

On the other hand, had the statements been a little different, your method would have been correct. Statement 1: p+n = 15a + 1 Statement 2: p-n = 15b + 1 (p+n)(p-n) = 15*15ab + 15a + 15b + 1 Now the remainder would be 1.

hey karishma! after reading your all informative articles, I am curious to know your GMAT score.

Re: If p and n are positive integers and p > n, what is the [#permalink]
02 Sep 2014, 21:03

ok, i'll explain. by the way, the problem statement contains 'q' but the rest of everything contains 'n', so i'm going to go with 'n' just for the sake of consistency and because it's easier to type.the essence of this solution is that lionking is just finding different examples of numbers that satisfy the conditions, and just trying those numbers out.

Re: If p and n are positive integers and p > n, what is the [#permalink]
17 Oct 2014, 12:15

BANON wrote:

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.

i plugged in a 9 for p and a 2 for n.

i don't get the theory,,, so when i get confused i just try to solve it. 11/5 has a remainder of 1, i get other cans, so ns.

9-2 = 7= divided by 3 is a 1. granted i know others may have this.

but to have a remainder of one, and to be be dived by both a factor of 1 and 5, this fits. thus i plugged in the numbers for 7^2 = 49 - 2^2= 4 thus equals 45/15 = 0

i assumed that the remainder 15 was a factor of the 5 and 3. thus i picked c.

Re: If p and n are positive integers and p > n, what is the [#permalink]
18 Oct 2014, 07:19

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ctkadmin wrote:

BANON wrote:

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.

i plugged in a 9 for p and a 2 for n.

i don't get the theory,,, so when i get confused i just try to solve it. 11/5 has a remainder of 1, i get other cans, so ns.

9-2 = 7= divided by 3 is a 1. granted i know others may have this.

but to have a remainder of one, and to be be dived by both a factor of 1 and 5, this fits. thus i plugged in the numbers for 7^2 = 49 - 2^2= 4 thus equals 45/15 = 0

i assumed that the remainder 15 was a factor of the 5 and 3. thus i picked c.

how in the world would i know not to do this?

thanks,.

How do you know that for every suitable value of p and n, the remainder will always be the same?

Say p = 5 and n = 1. p+n = 6 when divided by 5 gives remainder 1. p-n = 4 when divided by 3 gives remainder 1.

p^2 - n^2 = 25 - 1 = 24 When this is divided by 15, remainder is 9. But you got remainder 0 with your values. Hence the remainder can take different values.

You cannot be sure that every time the remainder obtained will be 0. You cannot use number plugging to prove something. You cannot be sure that you have tried every possible value which could give a different result. You will need to rely on theory to prove that the remainder obtained will be the same in each case (or may not be the same). Using number plugging to disprove something is possible since all you have to do is find that one value for which the result does not hold. _________________

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