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If t is a positive integer and r is the remainder when t^2+5t+6 is divided by 7, what is the value of r?

First of all factor \(t^2+5t+6\) --> \(t^2+5t+6=(t+2)(t+3)\).

(1) When t is divided by 7, the remainder is 6 --> \(t=7q+6\) --> \((t+2)(t+3)=(7q+8)(7q+9)\). Now, no need to expand and multiply all the terms, just notice that when we expand all terms but the last one, which will be 8*9=72, will have 7 as a factor and 72 yields the remainder of 2 upon division by 7. Sufficient.

(2) When t^2 is divided by 7, the remainder is 1 --> different values of t possible: for example t=1 or t=6, which when substituted in \((t+2)(t+3)\) will give different remainder upon division by 7. Not sufficient.

If t is a positive integer and r is the remainder when t^2+5t+6 is divided by 7, what is the value of r?

First of all factor t^2+5t+6 --> t^2+5t+6=(t+2)(t+3)

(1) When t is divided by 7, the remainder is 6 --> t=7q+6 --> (t+2)(t+3)=(7q+8)(7q+9). Now, no need to expand and multiply all the terms, just notice that when we expand all terms but the last one, which will be 8*9=72, will have 7 as a factor and 72 yields the remainder of 2 upon division by 7. Sufficient.

(2) When t^2 is divided by 7, the remainder is 1 --> different values of t possible: for example t=1 or t=6, which when substituted in (t+2)(t+3) will yield different remainder upon division by 7. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.

Hope it's clear.

Sorry Bunuel but this part highlighted is not completely clear: on the left side of = we have the two roots of our equation; on the right (t+2) ----> is 7q+6+2 ---> 7q+8 (same reasoning for 7q+9) BUT why we equal this two part ?? Can you explain me please ??

If t is a positive integer and r is the remainder when t^2+5t+6 is divided by 7, what is the value of r?

First of all factor t^2+5t+6 --> t^2+5t+6=(t+2)(t+3)

(1) When t is divided by 7, the remainder is 6 --> t=7q+6 --> (t+2)(t+3)=(7q+8)(7q+9). Now, no need to expand and multiply all the terms, just notice that when we expand all terms but the last one, which will be 8*9=72, will have 7 as a factor and 72 yields the remainder of 2 upon division by 7. Sufficient.

(2) When t^2 is divided by 7, the remainder is 1 --> different values of t possible: for example t=1 or t=6, which when substituted in (t+2)(t+3) will yield different remainder upon division by 7. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.

Hope it's clear.

Sorry Bunuel but this part highlighted is not completely clear: on the left side of = we have the two roots of our equation; on the right (t+2) ----> is 7q+6+2 ---> 7q+8 (same reasoning for 7q+9) BUT why we equal this two part ?? Can you explain me please ??

Thank you

We are asked to find the remainder when \(t^2+5t+6\) is divided by 7 or as \(t^2+5t+6=(t+2)(t+3)\), the remainder when \((t+2)(t+3)\) is divided by 7.

Now, from (1) we have that \(t=7q+6\). Substitute \(t\) with \(7q+6\) in \((t+2)(t+3)\) to get \((7q+8)(7q+9)\). So, finally we have that we need to find the remainder when \((7q+8)(7q+9)\) is divided by 7 (\(t^2+5t+6=(t+2)(t+3)=(7q+8)(7q+9)\)).

[1] If a quotient is squared, the remainder also gets squared and we need to adjust the new remainder based on no. we get on squaring.

Here quotient = t, r = 6. So, t^2 will have r' = 36 (7*5 + 1). Therefore r' =1

[2] If a quotient is multiplied by an integer k , the remainder also gets multiplied and we need to adjust the new remainder based on no. we get on multiplication.

Here quotient = t, r = 6. So, 5t will have r'' = 30 (7*4 + 2). Therefore r'' = 2

We get [A] using [1] and [2].

Clearly Stmt (2) can have multiple possibilities i.e. if t= 1 (t^2 =1) and t =6 (t^2 = 36) both give remainder 1, so no unique answer and hence rejected.

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(2) When t^2 is divided by 7, the remainder is 1 --> different values of t possible: for example t=1 or t=6, which when substituted in (t+2)(t+3) will give different remainder upon division by 7. Not sufficient.

Bunuel could you please explain why statement 2 is not sufficient and how the values for 't' could be either 1 or 6?

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(2) When t^2 is divided by 7, the remainder is 1 --> different values of t possible: for example t=1 or t=6, which when substituted in (t+2)(t+3) will give different remainder upon division by 7. Not sufficient.

Bunuel could you please explain why statement 2 is not sufficient and how the values for 't' could be either 1 or 6?

Hii Shehryar khan, let me try to explain..

t^2/7=1----------given

as u can see,we have 2 values of 2..1^2/7=remainder 1 and 6^2/7=36/7=remainder 1.. when we substitute 1 in (t+2)(t+3)/7 ,we get remainder as 5.. when we substitute 6 in (t+2)(t+3)/7, we get remainder as 2..

So,since the results are inconsistent,we cant have one definite remainder,which we are required to find,as per the stem..so,not sufficient..

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I am sure that I am missing something because stem (1) tells that t=7q+6 so t=6,13,20,... then we can try different values of t so that we can find out the reminder, so it follows that (t+2)(t+3)=5p+r for t=13 (13+2)(13+3)=240, 240/5 gives a reminder of 0 for t=20 (20+2)(20+3)=506, 506/5 gives a reminder of 1. So stem (1) Not sufficient... Please, can someone explain to me what I am missing? Thanks

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