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When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2 [#permalink]
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When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5. (2) t is divisible by 3.

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Re: GMAT Prep 2 remainder [#permalink]
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When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5. (2) t is divisible by 3.

From the stem: n=3p+2 and t=5q+3. nt=15pq+9p+10q+6, we should find the remainder when this expression is divided by 15.

(1) n-2=5m --> n=5m+2=3p+2 --> 5m=3p, 15m=9p --> nt=15pq+9p+10q+6=15pq+15m+10q+6. Clearly 15pq and 15m are divisible by 15, so remainder by dividing these components will be 0. But we still know nothing about 10q+6. Not sufficient.

(2) t is divisible by 3 means that 5q+3 is divisible by 3 --> 5q is divisible by 3 or q is divisible by 3 --> 5q=5*3z=15z --> 10q=30z --> nt=15pq+9p+10q+6=15pq+9p+30z+6. 15pq and 30z are divisible by 15. Know nothing about 9p+6. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) 9p=15m and 10q=30z --> nt=15pq+9p+10q+6=15pq+15m+30z+6. Remainder when this expression is divided by 15 is 6. Sufficient.

Answer: C.

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From the stem: n=3p+2 and t=5q+3.

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5 --> n-2=5m --> n=5m+2 and n=3p+2 --> general formula for n would be n=15k+2 (about deriving general formula for such problems at: good-problem-90442.html#p723049 and manhattan-remainder-problem-93752.html#p721341) --> nt=(15k+2)(5q+3)=15*5kq+15*3k+10q+6 --> first two terms are divisible by 15 (15*5kq+15*3k) but we don't know about the last two terms (10q+6). Not sufficient.

(2) t is divisible by 3 --> t=3r and t=5q+3 --> general formula for t would be t=15x+3 --> nt=(3p+2)(15x+3)=15*3px+9p+15*2x+6. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) nt=(15k+2)(15x+3)=15*15kx+15*3k+15*2x+6 this expression divided by 15 yields remainder of 6. Sufficient.

Re: GMAT Prep 2 remainder [#permalink]
24 May 2010, 16:52

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Re: DS problem : remainders [#permalink]
28 Nov 2010, 17:36

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hogwarts wrote:

Saw this question on a GMATPrep test, and I can't figure out how to get to the correct answer. Can anyone help? Thanks!

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5. (2) t is divisible by 3.

The correct answer is (C) - both statements together are sufficient, but neither statement alone is sufficient. Can anybody out there help explain to me how to get to this answer though? Thanks!

This is how I would approach this question.

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; I say n = 3a + 2 ( a is a non negative integer)

and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. So t = 5b + 3 (b is a non negative integer.)

What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15? So nt = (3a + 2)(5b + 3) = 15ab + 9a + 10b + 6 15ab is divisible by 15. But I don't know anything about (9a + 10b + 6) yet.

Stmnt 1: n-2 is divisible by 5. From above, n - 2 is just 3a. If n - 2 is divisible by 5, then 'a' must be divisible by 5. So I get that 9a is divisible by 15. I still don't know anything about b. If b = 1, remainder of nt is 1. If b = 2, remainder of nt is 11 and so on... Not sufficient.

Stmnt 2: t is divisible by 3. If t is divisible by 3, then (5b + 3) is divisible by 3. Therefore, b must be divisible by 3. (If this is unclear, think: 15 + 3 will be divisible by 3 but 20 + 3 will not be. If the second term is 3, the first term must also be divisible by 3 to make the whole expression divisible by 3). So 10b is divisible by 15 but we do not know anything about a. If a = 1, remainder of nt is 0, if a = 2, remainder of nt is 9. Not sufficient.

Using both statements together, we know 9a and 10b are divisible by 15. So remainder must be 6. Sufficient.

Re: GMAT Prep 2 remainder [#permalink]
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Bunuel wrote:

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5. (2) t is divisible by 3.

Answer: C.

I have another approach to this ds, plz correct me if i'm wrong. n=3x + 2 t = 5y + 3 Clearly we cannot solve the problem with either n or t. We need both information concerning n and t because we need to figure out the remaining of n*t. => left with C or E

(1): n-2 is divisible by 5 & n=3x + 2 => x is multiple of 5. (2): t is divisible by 3. & t = 5y + 3 => y is multiple of 3 (1)& (2) => n*t = (3x+2) (5y+3) = (3x*5y) + (9x) + (10y) + 6 we know that: x is multiple of 5, y is multiple of 3 so: (3x*5y) + (9x) + (10y) + 6 will have remaining of 6 because: each (3x*5y); (9x); (10y) is all multiple of 15. _________________

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Re: DS problem : remainders [#permalink]
19 Oct 2013, 07:00

VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

hogwarts wrote:

Saw this question on a GMATPrep test, and I can't figure out how to get to the correct answer. Can anyone help? Thanks!

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5. (2) t is divisible by 3.

The correct answer is (C) - both statements together are sufficient, but neither statement alone is sufficient. Can anybody out there help explain to me how to get to this answer though? Thanks!

This is how I would approach this question.

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; I say n = 3a + 2 ( a is a non negative integer)

and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. So t = 5b + 3 (b is a non negative integer.)

What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15? So nt = (3a + 2)(5b + 3) = 15ab + 9a + 10b + 6 15ab is divisible by 15. But I don't know anything about (9a + 10b + 6) yet.

Stmnt 1: n-2 is divisible by 5. From above, n - 2 is just 3a. If n - 2 is divisible by 5, then 'a' must be divisible by 5. So I get that 9a is divisible by 15. I still don't know anything about b. If b = 1, remainder of nt is 1. If b = 2, remainder of nt is 11 and so on... Not sufficient.

Stmnt 2: t is divisible by 3. If t is divisible by 3, then (5b + 3) is divisible by 3. Therefore, b must be divisible by 3. (If this is unclear, think: 15 + 3 will be divisible by 3 but 20 + 3 will not be. If the second term is 3, the first term must also be divisible by 3 to make the whole expression divisible by 3). So 10b is divisible by 15 but we do not know anything about a. If a = 1, remainder of nt is 0, if a = 2, remainder of nt is 9. Not sufficient.

Using both statements together, we know 9a and 10b are divisible by 15. So remainder must be 6. Sufficient.

Answer (C).

so from statement 1 we got 10b+6 if b=1 we get 16 then rem =1 if b=2 we got 106 so remainder =1 if b=3 we get 1006 so remainder =1 ..............................so i think a is sufficient .............what am i doing wrong

Re: DS problem : remainders [#permalink]
20 Oct 2013, 04:38

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tyagigar wrote:

VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

hogwarts wrote:

Saw this question on a GMATPrep test, and I can't figure out how to get to the correct answer. Can anyone help? Thanks!

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5. (2) t is divisible by 3.

The correct answer is (C) - both statements together are sufficient, but neither statement alone is sufficient. Can anybody out there help explain to me how to get to this answer though? Thanks!

This is how I would approach this question.

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; I say n = 3a + 2 ( a is a non negative integer)

and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. So t = 5b + 3 (b is a non negative integer.)

What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15? So nt = (3a + 2)(5b + 3) = 15ab + 9a + 10b + 6 15ab is divisible by 15. But I don't know anything about (9a + 10b + 6) yet.

Stmnt 1: n-2 is divisible by 5. From above, n - 2 is just 3a. If n - 2 is divisible by 5, then 'a' must be divisible by 5. So I get that 9a is divisible by 15. I still don't know anything about b. If b = 1, remainder of nt is 1. If b = 2, remainder of nt is 11 and so on... Not sufficient.

Stmnt 2: t is divisible by 3. If t is divisible by 3, then (5b + 3) is divisible by 3. Therefore, b must be divisible by 3. (If this is unclear, think: 15 + 3 will be divisible by 3 but 20 + 3 will not be. If the second term is 3, the first term must also be divisible by 3 to make the whole expression divisible by 3). So 10b is divisible by 15 but we do not know anything about a. If a = 1, remainder of nt is 0, if a = 2, remainder of nt is 9. Not sufficient.

Using both statements together, we know 9a and 10b are divisible by 15. So remainder must be 6. Sufficient.

Answer (C).

so from statement 1 we got 10b+6 if b=1 we get 16 then rem =1 if b=2 we got 106 so remainder =1 if b=3 we get 1006 so remainder =1 ..............................so i think a is sufficient .............what am i doing wrong

10b above means 10*b, 10 multiplied by b.

If b=2, then 10b+6=10*2+6=26 not 106; If b=2, then 10b+6=10*3+6=36 not 1006.