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In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yellow, green, and blue beads worth, respectively, 7, 5, 3, and 2 points each. A number of beads are then removed from the container. If the product of the point values of the removed beads is 147,000, how many red beads were removed?

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In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yellow, green, and blue beads worth, respectively, 7, 5, 3, and 2 points each. A number of beads are then removed from the container. If the product of the point values of the removed beads is 147,000, how many red beads were removed?

(A) 5
(B) 4
(C) 3
(D) 2
(E) 0


147,000=2^3*3*5^3*7^2.

Since no other beads value is a multiple of 7, then there must be two red beads removed.

Answer: D.

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Re: In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yel [#permalink] New post 03 Jan 2013, 15:34
Hi Bunuel,
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Re: In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yel [#permalink] New post 04 Jan 2013, 01:49
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Re: In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yel [#permalink] New post 09 Jan 2013, 10:07
Thanks Bunuel for your reply!
I understood it by myself.
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Re: In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yel [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2013, 10:31
It is easy after you recognize that you need to do a prime factorization. To make it easier the point values are prime numbers too. Tricky but we can do it!
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In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yel [#permalink] New post 22 May 2014, 10:18
In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yellow, green, and blue beads worth, respectively, 7, 5, 3, and 2 points each. A number of beads are then removed from the container. If the product of the point values of the removed beads is 147,000, how many red beads were removed?
A. 5
B. 4
C. 3
D. 2
E. 0

I am not able to comprehend the question correctly. There could be a lot of combinations for removing the beads. How could we find any particular answer?
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Re: In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yel [#permalink] New post 22 May 2014, 10:29
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In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yellow, green, and blue beads worth, respectively, 7, 5, 3, and 2 points each. A number of beads are then removed from the container. If the product of the point values of the removed beads is 147,000, how many red beads were removed?
A. 5
B. 4
C. 3
D. 2
E. 0

I am not able to comprehend the question correctly. There could be a lot of combinations for removing the beads. How could we find any particular answer?


Merging similar topics. please refer to the discussion above and ask if anything remains unclear.

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Re: In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yel [#permalink] New post 22 May 2014, 11:15
Dear amarmeena1992

This is not a Combinations question. (And it cannot be, since you are not even told what the total number of balls is.)

You are told that the product of the scores of all the balls that were taken out is 147000.
Now, 147000 = 7^2*5^3*3*4*2^3

From this expression, you can easily deduce that:

2 Red balls were taken out (since each Red ball has a score of 7. So, number of Red balls = power of 7 in the expression), along with
3 Yellow balls, 1 Green ball and 3 Blue balls.

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Dear amarmeena1992

This is not a Combinations question. (And it cannot be, since you are not even told what the total number of balls is.)

You are told that the product of the scores of all the balls that were taken out is 147000.
Now, 147000 = 7^2*5*3*4*2^3

From this expression, you can easily deduce that:

2 Red balls were taken out, along with
3 Yellow balls, 1 Green ball and 3 Blue balls.

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Hi MavenQ,
Kindly correct the factors :
147,000 = 7^2*5^3*3*2^3

which would mean
2 R, 3 Y , 1 G and 3 B beads

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Dear amarmeena1992,
The beads R,Y,G,B are allotted some numbers which are prime.
So now since the product of the values of removed beads are known,
we can decompose or factorize the product into unique combination/product of the bead values
as shown :
147,000 = 7*7*3*5*5*5*2*2*2 = 7^2*5^3*3*2^3

that is 2 R, 3 Y , 1 G and 3 B
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Re: In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yel [#permalink] New post 25 May 2014, 10:18
Bunuel wrote:

Merging similar topics. please refer to the discussion above and ask if anything remains unclear.

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Sorry, did not know that this question was posted earlier. But anyways, understood the solution. Thanks to you :)
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Re: In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yel [#permalink] New post 09 Jun 2014, 20:06
Bunuel wrote:
Walkabout wrote:
In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yellow, green, and blue beads worth, respectively, 7, 5, 3, and 2 points each. A number of beads are then removed from the container. If the product of the point values of the removed beads is 147,000, how many red beads were removed?

(A) 5
(B) 4
(C) 3
(D) 2
(E) 0


147,000=2^3*3*5^3*7^2.

Since no other beads value is a multiple of 7, then there must be two red beads removed.

Answer: D.

Similar question to practice: in-a-certain-game-a-large-bag-is-filled-with-blue-green-126425.html

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Bunuel,

Now I know the correct answer but can you help me to understand what conceptual mistake did I do initially.

In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yellow, green, and blue beads worth, respectively, 7, 5, 3, and 2 points each. A number of beads are then removed from the container. If the product of the point values of the removed beads is 147,000, how many red beads were removed?

(A) 5
(B) 4
(C) 3
(D) 2
(E) 0


Initially I solved it like this:

14700 = 7 X 7 X 3 X 10^3

Since red bead is a multiple of 7 so I conclude that there were 7 red beads removed.
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Re: In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yel [#permalink] New post 10 Jun 2014, 00:33
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Bunuel wrote:
Walkabout wrote:
In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yellow, green, and blue beads worth, respectively, 7, 5, 3, and 2 points each. A number of beads are then removed from the container. If the product of the point values of the removed beads is 147,000, how many red beads were removed?

(A) 5
(B) 4
(C) 3
(D) 2
(E) 0


147,000=2^3*3*5^3*7^2.

Since no other beads value is a multiple of 7, then there must be two red beads removed.

Answer: D.

Similar question to practice: in-a-certain-game-a-large-bag-is-filled-with-blue-green-126425.html

Hope it helps.


Bunuel,

Now I know the correct answer but can you help me to understand what conceptual mistake did I do initially.

In a certain game, a large container is filled with red, yellow, green, and blue beads worth, respectively, 7, 5, 3, and 2 points each. A number of beads are then removed from the container. If the product of the point values of the removed beads is 147,000, how many red beads were removed?

(A) 5
(B) 4
(C) 3
(D) 2
(E) 0


Initially I solved it like this:

14700 = 7 X 7 X 3 X 10^3

Since red bead is a multiple of 7 so I conclude that there were 7 red beads removed.


Red beads worth 7 points. Say there were only 2 red beads removed. What would be the product of the point values of the removed beads? 7*7. If 7 red beads were removed the product would be 7*7*7*7*7*7*7.

It's that simple.
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