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If x is an integer, can the number (5/28)(3.02)(90%)(x) be represented by a finite number of non-zero decimal digits?

(1) x is greater than 100
(2) x is divisible by 21

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Reduced fraction $$\frac{a}{b}$$ (meaning that fraction is already reduced to its lowest term) can be expressed as terminating decimal if and only $$b$$ (denominator) is of the form $$2^n5^m$$, where $$m$$ and $$n$$ are non-negative integers. For example: $$\frac{7}{250}$$ is a terminating decimal $$0.028$$, as $$250$$ (denominator) equals to $$2*5^3$$. Fraction $$\frac{3}{30}$$ is also a terminating decimal, as $$\frac{3}{30}=\frac{1}{10}$$ and denominator $$10=2*5$$.

Note that if denominator already has only 2-s and/or 5-s then it doesn't matter whether the fraction is reduced or not.

For example $$\frac{x}{2^n5^m}$$, (where x, n and m are integers) will always be terminating decimal.

(We need reducing in case when we have the prime in denominator other then 2 or 5 to see whether it could be reduced. For example fraction $$\frac{6}{15}$$ has 3 as prime in denominator and we need to know if it can be reduced.)

Questions testing this concept:
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pl-explain-89566.html
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BACK TO THE ORIGINAL QUESTION:

If x is an integer, can the number (5/28)(3.02)(90%)(x) be represented by a finite number of non-zero decimal digits?

First of all $$\frac{5}{28}*3.02*\frac{9}{10}*x=\frac{5*302*9*x}{28*100*10}=\frac{5*302*9*x}{7*(4*100*10)}=\frac{5*302*9*x}{7*(2^2*2^2*5^2*2*5)}$$. Now, according to the theory above, in order this number to be termination decimal, 7 must be reduced by a factor of x (no other number in the numerator has 7 as a factor and all other numbers in the denominator have only 2's and 5's), so it'll be a terminating decimal if x is a multiple of 7.

(1) x is greater than 100. Not sufficient.
(2) x is divisible by 21. Sufficient.

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If x is an integer, can the number (5/28)(3.02)(90%)(x) be represented by a finite number of non-zero decimal digits?
(1) x is greater than 100
(2) x is divisible by 21

Ok. WHat do we have at the denominator in fraction. 100 and 28.
To be non recurring or finite decimal, Denominator should be made of multiple 2 or 5 or both.
100 is not a problem. 28 has 7 which is an issue.

B says X is divisible by 21. 7 goes in denominator. Hence Sufficient.
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(2) x is divisible by 21

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If x is an integer, can the number (5/28)(3.02)(90%)(x) be represented by a finite number of non-zero
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(1) x is greater than 100
(2) x is divisible by 21
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THEORY:

Reduced fraction $$\frac{a}{b}$$ (meaning that fraction is already reduced to its lowest term) can be expressed as terminating decimal if and only $$b$$ (denominator) is of the form $$2^n5^m$$, where $$m$$ and $$n$$ are non-negative integers. For example: $$\frac{7}{250}$$ is a terminating decimal $$0.028$$, as $$250$$ (denominator) equals to $$2*5^3$$. Fraction $$\frac{3}{30}$$ is also a terminating decimal, as $$\frac{3}{30}=\frac{1}{10}$$ and denominator $$10=2*5$$.

Note that if denominator already has only 2-s and/or 5-s then it doesn't matter whether the fraction is reduced or not.

For example $$\frac{x}{2^n5^m}$$, (where x, n and m are integers) will always be terminating decimal.

(We need reducing in case when we have the prime in denominator other then 2 or 5 to see whether it could be reduced. For example fraction $$\frac{6}{15}$$ has 3 as prime in denominator and we need to know if it can be reduced.)

Questions testing this concept:
does-the-decimal-equivalent-of-p-q-where-p-and-q-are-89566.html
any-decimal-that-has-only-a-finite-number-of-nonzero-digits-101964.html
if-a-b-c-d-and-e-are-integers-and-p-2-a3-b-and-q-2-c3-d5-e-is-p-q-a-terminating-decimal-125789.html
700-question-94641.html
is-r-s2-is-a-terminating-decimal-91360.html
pl-explain-89566.html
which-of-the-following-fractions-88937.html
if-r-and-s-are-positive-integers-141000.html

BACK TO THE ORIGINAL QUESTION:

If x is an integer, can the number (5/28)(3.02)(90%)(x) be represented by a finite number of non-zero decimal digits?

First of all $$\frac{5}{28}*3.02*\frac{9}{10}*x=\frac{5*302*9*x}{28*100*10}=\frac{5*302*9*x}{7*(4*100*10)}=\frac{5*302*9*x}{7*(2^2*2^2*5^2*2*5)}$$. Now, according to the theory above, in order this number to be termination decimal, 7 must be reduced by a factor of x (no other number in the numerator has 7 as a factor and all other numbers in the denominator have only 2's and 5's), so it'll be a terminating decimal if x is a multiple of 7.

(1) x is greater than 100. Not sufficient.
(2) x is divisible by 21. Sufficient.

Hope it's clear.

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What happens if x has many 000s in the end so that there is no decimal left e.g. if x= 21000000 - there will no finite number of non-zero decimals. I think (b) is also not sufficient. Please help!!
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What happens if x has many 000s in the end so that there is no decimal left e.g. if x= 21000000 - there will no finite number of non-zero decimals. I think (b) is also not sufficient. Please help!!

It's VERY easy to test that. Plug x = 21,000,000 and see what you get.
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If x is an integer, can the number (5/28)(3.02)(90%)(x) be represented by a finite number of non-zero decimal digits?

(1) x is greater than 100
(2) x is divisible by 21

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So when the question says CAN the number be a terminating decimal, it's actually asking is it ALWAYS a terminating decimal?

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If x is an integer, can the number (5/28)(3.02)(90%)(x) be represented by a finite number of non-zero decimal digits?

(1) x is greater than 100
(2) x is divisible by 21

Source: Jamboree

So when the question says CAN the number be a terminating decimal, it's actually asking is it ALWAYS a terminating decimal?

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It can't be always or not always it's or can be represent or cannot be represent.
If X doesn't contain 7 than this number can't be represent as terminate decimal. (always)
If X contain 7 than this number can be represent as terminate decimal. (always)
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But according to statement 1, if x>100, then if x is 280, that number would be a terminating decimal. But if x=101, then it's non terminating. So technically, abusing by statement 1, x "can" be a number to make it terminating, but isn't necessarily?
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But according to statement 1, if x>100, then if x is 280, that number would be a terminating decimal. But if x=101, then it's non terminating. So technically, abusing by statement 1, x "can" be a number to make it terminating, but isn't necessarily?

Yes we should find statement (or both statements) that give us condition when X always make this number terminating. If statement give us variants - this is wrong statement.

In this task in second statement X always make this number terminating. And in first statement sometimes yes (x =280) - this number will be terminating and sometimes no (x = 101).
This is general rule for any DS task. We should find condition (or combination) which always will give us needed result without any execeptions.
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If x is an integer, can the number (5/28)(3.02)(90%)(x) be represented by a finite number of non-zero decimal digits?

(1) x is greater than 100
(2) x is divisible by 21

Source: Jamboree

A number can be represented as infinite decimal if the denominator is in the form 2^n 5^m

Looking at the expression, (5/28)(3.02)(90%)(x), we are fine with all numbers except 28 as it is a multiple of 7. If any statement can tell us that either the expression gets rid of this 7 or it doesn't, we can conclude if the expression is terminating or not. (Basically look for statement that tells us if x is or not a multiple of 7)

(1) x is greater than 100. x may or may not be multiple of 7. Not sufficient
(2) x is divisible by 21. That means x is a factor of 7; and hence it will leave 4 as the decimal. we will get a terminating decimal. Sufficient

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