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What is the units digit of integer s?
(1) The units digit of s^2 is double the units digit of s.
(2) The units digit of s^3 is four times the units digit of s.
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Re: DS Exponents question [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2011, 07:15
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What is the units digit of integer s?
(1) The units digit of s^2 is double the units digit of s.
(2) The units digit of s^3 is four times the units digit of s.


0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9: Unit digit of s
0,1,4,9,6,5,6,9,4,1: Unit digit of s^2
0,1,8,7,4,5,6,3,2,9: Unit digit of s^3

(1)
0 OR 2 possible.
Not Sufficient.

(2)
0 OR 2 possible.
Not Sufficient.

Combined:
0 OR 2.

Ans: "E"
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Re: DS Exponents question [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2011, 11:51
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dreambeliever wrote:
What is the units digit of integer s?
(1) The units digit of s^2 is double the units digit of s.
(2) The units digit of s^3 is four times the units digit of s.


0,1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9: Unit digit of s
0,1,4,9,6,5,6,9,4,1: Unit digit of s^2
0,1,8,7,4,5,6,3,2,9: Unit digit of s^3

(1)
0 OR 2 possible.
Not Sufficient.

(2)
0 OR 2 possible.
Not Sufficient.

Combined:
0 OR 2.

Ans: "E"


is it true that 0^2 is double 0? I suppose it is. Just doesn't seem right logically.

but I know mathematically: 2 x 0 = 0
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Re: DS Exponents question [#permalink] New post 07 Jun 2011, 12:10
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is it true that 0^2 is double 0? I suppose it is. Just doesn't seem right logically.

but I know mathematically: 2 x 0 = 0


I had the same dilemma before I decided to go with the mathematical interpretation. Let's ask others.
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What is the units digit of integer s?
(1) The units digit of s^2 is double the units digit of s.
(2) The units digit of s^3 is four times the units digit of s.


IMO D

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1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9 have squares as 1,4,9,16,25,36,49,64,81

don not consider the odd numbers as the last digit could not be even if s is odd.

hence

2,4,6,8 have squares => 4,16,36,64

only s=2 is the solution. Hence sufficient.

similar statement 2 is also sufficient.

Hence D

2*0 is not double of 0...2*0 is actually 0
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Re: DS Exponents question [#permalink] New post 08 Jun 2011, 09:28
i go with E, 0 should be considered

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Re: DS Exponents question [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 03:23
Dont think zero can be considered..IMO D
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Re: DS Exponents question [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 16:20
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OA is D

Here's the original explanation:

"Explanation: Statement (1) is sufficient: the only units digit that doubles
when squared is 2: a number with a units digit of 2, such as 12, has a units
digit of 4 (12^2 = 144) when squared.

Statement (2) is sufficient: the only units digit that quadruples when cubed
is also 2. A number with a units digit of 2, such as 2, has a units digit of 8
(2^3= 8) when cubed.
Choice (D) is correct."

It does not say anything about 0. I personally think 0 should be considered and ans should be E.

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Re: DS Exponents question [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 23:48
0 is certainly equal to 2*0, so as the question is written, the answer is E, as several people have pointed out above. The question would be more interesting if it specified that the units digit was nonzero (and judging by the (incorrect) OE, that was clearly the intention of the question designer).
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Re: DS Exponents question [#permalink] New post 11 Jun 2011, 23:53
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0 is certainly equal to 2*0, so as the question is written, the answer is E, as several people have pointed out above. The question would be more interesting if it specified that the units digit was nonzero (and judging by the (incorrect) OE, that was clearly the intention of the question designer).


Much needed clarification. thanks IanStewart.

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Re: DS Exponents question [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 00:28
In the midst of Soo much intelligence I'd like to put in my two bit from a lay mans point of view.
Firstly I got the answer D

Statement 1
If we test numbers 1 through 10 we see only the number 2 satisfies the description. So sufficient

Statement 2
The same logic applies and the only answer is 2 when numbers are tested 1-5.
Hence d. What is the OA.

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0 is certainly equal to 2*0, so as the question is written, the answer is E, as several people have pointed out above. The question would be more interesting if it specified that the units digit was nonzero (and judging by the (incorrect) OE, that was clearly the intention of the question designer).


yes 0 is certainly equal to 2*0, but don't you think 2*0 is actually 0? not double of 0?
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Re: DS Exponents question [#permalink] New post 12 Jun 2011, 02:10
Double of 0 is 0. So from the calculation of fluke ans is D.
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Re: DS Exponents question [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2011, 20:19
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0 is certainly equal to 2*0, so as the question is written, the answer is E, as several people have pointed out above. The question would be more interesting if it specified that the units digit was nonzero (and judging by the (incorrect) OE, that was clearly the intention of the question designer).



How come Zero is "double" of Zero?!

I am (I guess, most of us here are) confused. Please, explain.
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How come Zero is "double" of Zero?!


I guess I might ask what else double of zero could be. When you double something, you multiply it by 2. If you multiply zero by 2, you get zero.

All of that said, you would never see this kind of wording on the GMAT, so this discussion won't be helpful to anyone. The question is just not worded well.
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Re: DS Exponents question [#permalink] New post 13 Jun 2011, 23:41
0,2 creeps in both of a and b.Hence E it is.
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Re: DS Exponents question [#permalink] New post 14 Jun 2011, 09:39
Both 0 & 2 satisfy the both statements.
No unique solution.
E is the quick answer.
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