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Re: Number properties question [#permalink]
26 Jan 2010, 12:15

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roceeet wrote:

Which of the following could be the sum of the reciprocals of two different prime numbers?

(a) 7/13 (b) 10/21 (c)11/30 (d)23/50 (e)19/77

B..sum of reciprocals of 7 and 3.. _________________

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Re: Number properties question [#permalink]
26 Jan 2010, 12:19

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roceeet wrote:

Which of the following could be the sum of the reciprocals of two different prime numbers?

(a) 7/13 (b) 10/21 (c)11/30 (d)23/50 (e)19/77

Two primes - a and b. [m]1/a + 1/b = (b+a)/(ab)[m]

So: (a) - not possible, because 13 is a prime - ab cannot equal 13. (b) - 7,3 work 7*3=31, 7+3=10, the answer is B...

(c) 30 -- 15,2 (not prime), 10,3 (not prime), 5,6 (not prime), 30,1 (not prime)... 30 does not factor into only two numbers (i.e. primes), so not possible. (d) Like 30, 50 will not factor into solely two primes. (e) 77 = 7 * 11, so two primes. 7+11 = 18, NOT 19, so not E. _________________

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Re: Number properties question [#permalink]
27 Jan 2010, 02:20

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If x<12, then it must be true that:

(a) -x<-12 --> x>12 not true; (b) -x-2<14 --> x>-16 not always true; (c) -x+2<-10 --> x>12 not true; (d) x+2<10 --> x<8, not always true; (e) x-2<11 --> x<13 now if x<12 (given), x will definitely be less than 13. Always true.

E.Add the 2 fractions and replace the value of xy. _________________

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Re: Number properties question [#permalink]
28 Jan 2010, 15:20

a*b = a + b - ab given a*b = 0, then 0 = a + b -ab -b = a(1-b) b = a(b-1) a = b / (b-1) if b=1, then a becomes undefined. So b=1 cannot be valid. IMO B

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