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Since Statement 1 basically says 5^k/5>3000 which means
(5^k/5) value can be anything from 3001 to infinity as k can take any value not neccessarly an integer value.

From Statement II we get K=4 Hence answer is 4

VJ

Last edited by vijay2001 on 25 Apr 2007, 09:27, edited 3 times in total.

Vijay, your explanation is still not clear. I am also finding it difficult to believe that if (5^k)/5 > 3000, then that's not sufficient to say that 5^k can, in any case, be less than 1000

Let say k=0.999 so k-1= -0.0001 => 1/5^0.0001, which will be a very big number possibilly greater than 3000. Which satisfies the condition (5^(k-1))>3000 but will not satisfy that that 5^k >1000

The first thing I noticed when I finished this problem is that stmt 1 and stmt 2 contradict each other. Stmt one clearly comes out to 5^k>15000, but stmt 2 clearly comes out to 5^k=625. You can't have 5^k both greater than 3000 AND less than 1000.

Anyway, I'm confused by the reasoning for B as well, although vijay's example helps.