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If x and y are positive integer, what is the remainder when x is divided by y ?

(1) When x is divided by 2x, the remainder is 4. (2) When x + y is divided by y, the remainder is 4.

OA: B

x=yn+r. Question is r=?

(1) This statement is clearly insufficient, no info about y. Maybe there is a typo? If it were: "When x is divided by 2y, the remainder is 4." It would make more sense, though still would be insufficient.

But still let's consider this case too: x=2yk+4. x=20 y=8 --> x/2y=20/16 remainder 4 and x/y=20/8 remainder also 4, BUT x=10 y=3 --> x/2y=10/6 remainder 4 and x/y=10/3 remainder 1. Two different remainders: not sufficient.

(2) x+y=yp+4 --> x=y(p-1)+4 --> this statement directly gives a remainder of 4 upon dividing x by y. Sufficient.

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Bunuel wrote:

gmat620 wrote:

If x and y are positive integer, what is the remainder when x is divided by y ?

(1) When x is divided by 2x, the remainder is 4. (2) When x + y is divided by y, the remainder is 4.

OA: B

x=yn+r. Question is r=?

(1) This statement is clearly insufficient, no info about y. Maybe there is a typo? If it were: "When x is divided by 2y, the remainder is 4." It would make more sense, though still would be insufficient.

But still let's consider this case too: x=2yk+4. x=20 y=8 --> x/2y=20/16 remainder 4 and x/y=20/8 remainder also 4, BUT x=10 y=3 --> x/2y=10/6 remainder 4 and x/y=10/3 remainder 1. Two different remainders: not sufficient.

(2) x+y=yp+4 --> x=y(p-1)+4 --> this statement directly gives a remainder of 4 upon dividing x by y. Sufficient.

Answer: B.

Hi Bunuel!,

Look at the red coloured equation above.

x= 2yk + 4 => x= y(2k) + 4 => x divided by y has a remainder of 4. Is my understanding correct?

2nd query: For first equation (the red one mentioned above) x= 2yk + 4, you solved it by plugging in the numbers while for second correct equation x= y(p-1) + 4 you didn't solve it by plugging the numbers. Why did you not plug the numbers in equation 2? I mean how did you find out without counter checking that equation 2 will be true for all positive integers???

If x and y are positive integer, what is the remainder when x is divided by y ?

(1) When x is divided by 2x, the remainder is 4. (2) When x + y is divided by y, the remainder is 4.

OA: B

x=yn+r. Question is r=?

(1) This statement is clearly insufficient, no info about y. Maybe there is a typo? If it were: "When x is divided by 2y, the remainder is 4." It would make more sense, though still would be insufficient.

But still let's consider this case too: x=2yk+4. x=20 y=8 --> x/2y=20/16 remainder 4 and x/y=20/8 remainder also 4, BUT x=10 y=3 --> x/2y=10/6 remainder 4 and x/y=10/3 remainder 1. Two different remainders: not sufficient.

(2) x+y=yp+4 --> x=y(p-1)+4 --> this statement directly gives a remainder of 4 upon dividing x by y. Sufficient.

Answer: B.

Hi Bunuel!,

Look at the red coloured equation above.

x= 2yk + 4 => x= y(2k) + 4 => x divided by y has a remainder of 4. Is my understanding correct?

2nd query: For first equation (the red one mentioned above) x= 2yk + 4, you solved it by plugging in the numbers while for second correct equation x= y(p-1) + 4 you didn't solve it by plugging the numbers. Why did you not plug the numbers in equation 2? I mean how did you find out without counter checking that equation 2 will be true for all positive integers???

Thanks in Advance!!!

That's a good question. A. x=y(2k)+4, k any integer >=0. B. x=y(p-1)+4, p any integer >=0.

Why A is not sufficient to determine the remainder and B is? Why did I use number plugging to show this in the first case and didn't in the second?

If we are told that x divided by y gives a remainder of 4, means x=yp+4 where p is integer >=0. We don't know x and y so p (coefficient) can be any integer.

Look at equation A, the coefficient is 2k, 2k is even. It can be rephrased as x divided by y will give the remainder of 4 IF coefficient is even. But what about the cases when coefficient is odd? We don't know that so we must check to determine this.

As for B. Coefficient here is (p-1), which for integer values of p can give us ANY value: any even as well as any odd. So basically x=y(p-1)+4 is the same as x=yp+4. No need for double checking.

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