bibha wrote:

Hey,

I am a new member of this club.

Could anyone please help me with few problems of quant??? Here are the problems.

1.If x is a positive integer, is the remainder 0 when 3^(x) + 1 is divided by 10?

(1) x = 4n + 2, where n is a positive integer.

(2) x > 4

2.What is the sum of a certain pair of consecutive odd integers?

(1) At least one of the integers is negative.

(2) At least one of the integers is positive.

Thanks,

Bibha

1. If x is a positive integer, is the remainder 0 when 3^(x) + 1 is divided by 10?(1) x = 4n + 2, where n is a positive integer.

Last digit of

3^x repeats in blocks of 4: {3, 9, 7, 1} - {3, 9, 7, 1} - ... So cyclicity of the last digit of 3 in power is 4. Now,

3^{4n+2} will have the same last digit as

3^2 (remainder upon division 4n+2 upon cyclicity 4 is 2, which means that 3^{4n+2} will have the same last digit as 3^2). Last digit of

3^2 is

9. So

3^{4n+2}+1 will have the last digit

9+1=0. Number ending with 0 is divisible by 10 (remainder 0). Sufficient.

(2) x > 4. Clearly insufficient.

Answer: A.

Check Number Theory chapter of Math Book for more:

math-number-theory-88376.html2. What is the sum of a certain pair of consecutive odd integers?(1) At least one of the integers is negative --> infinite pairs are possible: ... (-3,-1); (-17,-15); ... (-1, 1); ... Not sufficient.

(2) At least one of the integers is positive --> infinite pairs are possible: ... (3,5); (19,21); ... (-1, 1); ... Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) one odd integer must be positive and another negative. As they are consecutive odd integers, there is only one pair possible (-1, 1) --> -1+1=0. Sufficient.

Answer: C.

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