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11. The numbers {1, 3, 6, 7, 7, 7} are used to form three 2digit numbers. If the sum of these three numbers is a prime number p, what is the largest possible value of p?A. 97 B. 151 C. 209 D. 211 E. 219 What is the largest possible sum of these three numbers that we can form? Maximize the first digit: 76+73+71=220=even, so not a prime. Let's try next largest sum, switch digits in 76 and we'll get: 67+73+71=211=prime. Answer: D.
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12. If \({\frac{1}{3}}\leq{x}\leq{\frac{1}{5}}\) and \({\frac{1}{2}}\leq{y}\leq{\frac{1}{4}}\), what is the least value of \(x^2*y\) possible?A. 1/100 B. 1/50 C. 1/36 D. 1/18 E. 1/6 To get the least value of \(x^2*y\), which obviously will be negative, try to maximize absolute value of \(x^2*y\), as more is the absolute value of a negative number "more" negative it is (the smallest it is). To maximize \(x^2*y\) pick largest absolute values possible for \(x\) and \(y\): \((\frac{1}{3})^2*(\frac{1}{2})=\frac{1}{18}\). Notice that: 1/18<1/36<1/50<1/100, so 1/100 is the largest number and 1/18 is the smallest number (we cannot obtain 1/6 from x^2*y or else it would be the correct answer). Answer: D.
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Bunuel wrote: 6. Anna has 10 marbles: 5 red, 2 blue, 2 green and 1 yellow. She wants to arrange all of them in a row so that no two adjacent marbles are of the same color and the first and the last marbles are of different colors. How many different arrangements are possible? A. 30 B. 60 C. 120 D. 240 E. 480 .... as there are two cases (R*R*R*R*R* and *R*R*R*R*R. ) then total # of arrangement is 30*2=60.
Answer: B. I am little confused ...after this bold part.. since we have 5 slots available to be filled by 5 marbles and we can pick any marbles given our setting of marbles (without disturbing any conditions in the stem ?). now # arrangements in either case is going to be 5! (=120) so total # arrangements = 2*120= 240... what am I missing here



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yogesh1984 wrote: Bunuel wrote: 6. Anna has 10 marbles: 5 red, 2 blue, 2 green and 1 yellow. She wants to arrange all of them in a row so that no two adjacent marbles are of the same color and the first and the last marbles are of different colors. How many different arrangements are possible? A. 30 B. 60 C. 120 D. 240 E. 480 .... as there are two cases (R*R*R*R*R* and *R*R*R*R*R. ) then total # of arrangement is 30*2=60.
Answer: B. I am little confused ...after this bold part.. since we have 5 slots available to be filled by 5 marbles and we can pick any marbles given our setting of marbles (without disturbing any conditions in the stem ?). now # arrangements in either case is going to be 5! (=120) so total # arrangements = 2*120= 240... what am I missing here # of arrangements of 2 blue, 2 green and 1 yellow marbles (BBGGY) in 5 slots is 5!/(2!*2!*1!)=30 not 5!, since 2 B's and 2 G's are identical. THEORY. Permutations of \(n\) things of which \(P_1\) are alike of one kind, \(P_2\) are alike of second kind, \(P_3\) are alike of third kind ... \(P_r\) are alike of \(r_{th}\) kind such that: \(P_1+P_2+P_3+..+P_r=n\) is: \(\frac{n!}{P_1!*P_2!*P_3!*...*P_r!}\). For example number of permutation of the letters of the word "gmatclub" is \(8!\) as there are 8 DISTINCT letters in this word. Number of permutation of the letters of the word "google" is \(\frac{6!}{2!2!}\), as there are 6 letters out of which "g" and "o" are represented twice. Number of permutation of 9 balls out of which 4 are red, 3 green and 2 blue, would be \(\frac{9!}{4!3!2!}\). So, for our case # of permutations of 5 letters BBGGYout of which 2 B's and 2 G's are identical is \(\frac{5!}{2!*2!}\). Hope it's clear.
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Bunuel wrote: SOLUTIONS:
Notice that most of the problems have short, easy and elegant solutions, since you've noticed a trick/trap hidden in the questions.
1. There are 5 pairs of white, 3 pairs of black and 2 pairs of grey socks in a drawer. If four socks are picked at random what is the probability of getting two socks of the same color? A. 1/5 B. 2/5 C. 3/4 D. 4/5 E. 1
No formula is need to answer this one. The trick here is that we have only 3 different color socks but we pick 4 socks, which ensures that in ANY case we'll have at least one pair of the same color (if 3 socks we pick are of the different color, then the 4th sock must match with either of previously picked one). P=1.
Answer: E. But what if all three chosen pair of socks were of the white color? I think it's possible as there are 5 pairs of white socks. Sorry I don't really understand how the probability is 1 here.



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dianamao wrote: Bunuel wrote: SOLUTIONS:
Notice that most of the problems have short, easy and elegant solutions, since you've noticed a trick/trap hidden in the questions.
1. There are 5 pairs of white, 3 pairs of black and 2 pairs of grey socks in a drawer. If four socks are picked at random what is the probability of getting two socks of the same color? A. 1/5 B. 2/5 C. 3/4 D. 4/5 E. 1
No formula is need to answer this one. The trick here is that we have only 3 different color socks but we pick 4 socks, which ensures that in ANY case we'll have at least one pair of the same color (if 3 socks we pick are of the different color, then the 4th sock must match with either of previously picked one). P=1.
Answer: E. But what if all three chosen pair of socks were of the white color? I think it's possible as there are 5 pairs of white socks. Sorry I don't really understand how the probability is 1 here. First of all, we are not choosing 4 PAIRS of socks, we are choosing 4 socks. Next, I think you didn't understand the question properly: the question asks "what is the probability of getting two socks of the same color?" Now, ask yourself: can we choose 4 socks, so that not to have two socks of the same color? Can we choose 4 socks of different colors? Since there are only 3 colors, then the answer is NO, hence the probability of getting two socks of the same color is 100% or 1. Hope it's clear.
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Bunuel wrote: 7. After 2/9 of the numbers in a data set A were observed, it turned out that 3/4 of those numbers were nonnegative. What fraction of the remaining numbers in set A must be negative so that the total ratio of negative numbers to nonnegative numbers be 2 to 1? A. 11/14 B. 13/18 C. 4/7 D. 3/7 E. 3/14
If choose variable for set A there will be too many fractions to manipulate with, so pick some smart #: let set A contain 18 numbers.
"2/9 of the numbers in a data set A were observed" > 4 observed and 184=14 numbers left to observe; "3/4 of those numbers were nonnegative" > 3 nonnegative and 1 negative; Ratio of negative numbers to nonnegative numbers to be 2 to 1 there should be total of 18*2/3=12 negative numbers, so in not yet observed part there should be 121=11 negative numbers. Thus 11/14 of the remaining numbers in set A must be negative.
Answer: A. Bunuel..how ans A?? i got D.. i took 90 instead of 18.. 90*2/9=20...20 were observe , 20*3/4= 15 were no negative.. so from remaining 70...we should bring 30 negative so ratio would be 2 to 1..between negative and nonnegative .. 70*3/7=30...so i got 3/7 ans.. where m wrong?? Thanks bunuel for posting all these question.. i gonna know that where i m in math now..
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sanjoo wrote: Bunuel wrote: 7. After 2/9 of the numbers in a data set A were observed, it turned out that 3/4 of those numbers were nonnegative. What fraction of the remaining numbers in set A must be negative so that the total ratio of negative numbers to nonnegative numbers be 2 to 1? A. 11/14 B. 13/18 C. 4/7 D. 3/7 E. 3/14
If choose variable for set A there will be too many fractions to manipulate with, so pick some smart #: let set A contain 18 numbers.
"2/9 of the numbers in a data set A were observed" > 4 observed and 184=14 numbers left to observe; "3/4 of those numbers were nonnegative" > 3 nonnegative and 1 negative; Ratio of negative numbers to nonnegative numbers to be 2 to 1 there should be total of 18*2/3=12 negative numbers, so in not yet observed part there should be 121=11 negative numbers. Thus 11/14 of the remaining numbers in set A must be negative.
Answer: A. Bunuel..how ans A?? i got D.. i took 90 instead of 18.. 90*2/9=20...20 were observe , 20*3/4= 15 were no negative.. so from remaining 70...we should bring 30 negative so ratio would be 2 to 1..between negative and nonnegative .. 70*3/7=30...so i got 3/7 ans.. where m wrong?? Thanks bunuel for posting all these question.. i gonna know that where i m in math now.. The ratio of negative numbers to nonnegative numbers to be 2 to 1 there should be total of 90*2/3=60 negative numbers and 30 nonnegative. "2/9 of the numbers in a data set A were observed" > 20 observed and 9020=70 numbers left to observe; "3/4 of those numbers were nonnegative" > 15 nonnegative and 5 negative; In not yet observed part there should be 605=55 negative numbers. Thus 55/70=11/14 of the remaining numbers in set A must be negative. Hope it's clear.
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There are 5 pairs of white, 3 pairs of black and 2 pairs of grey socks in a drawer. If four socks are picked at random what is the probability of getting two socks of the same color? A. 1/5 B. 2/5 C. 3/4 D. 4/5 E. 1
This is from Bunuel's "12 Easy Pieces (or not?)" collection. I understand and agree with the simple explanation provided by Bunuel. However, I am wondering what should be the correct algebraic approach to find this probability using Combinations.
Please provide explanations, as the answer has already been provided by Bunuel.



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Muki wrote: There are 5 pairs of white, 3 pairs of black and 2 pairs of grey socks in a drawer. If four socks are picked at random what is the probability of getting two socks of the same color? A. 1/5 B. 2/5 C. 3/4 D. 4/5 E. 1
This is from Bunuel's "12 Easy Pieces (or not?)" collection. I understand and agree with the simple explanation provided by Bunuel. However, I am wondering what should be the correct algebraic approach to find this probability using Combinations.
Please provide explanations, as the answer has already been provided by Bunuel. Here is one: There are \(3^4=81\) possibilities to choose the colors of the 4 socks. Here order counts  3 choices for the first sock, 3 for the second,...We have all the time 3 color choices, because we have at least 4 socks of the same color for each color. Let's count the number of possibilities to choose at least twice the same color: 2 socks of the same color and 1 of each of the other two colors  \(3\cdot\frac{4!}{2!}=36\)  3 choices for the color with 2 socks, then 4! permutations of the 4 socks, divide by 2! because 2 socks are of the same color 2 colors, 2 socks of each color  \(\frac{3\cdot{2}}{2}\cdot{\frac{4!}{2!2!}}=18\)  choose 2 colors out of 3, then 4! permutations ... divide... 3 socks of the same color, 1 of a different color  \(3\cdot{2}\cdot{\frac{4!}{3!}}=24\)  3 choices for the first color (with 3 socks), 2 choices for the other sock, 4! ... divide ... finally, all 4 socks of the same color  3 possibilities \(\frac{36+18+24+3}{81}=\frac{81}{81}=1\) Is this worth doing? If you think of the complementary event  no two socks of the same color: 1st sock  3 color choices 2nd sock  2 color choices 3rd sock  1 color choice 4th sock  0 choice, we don't have a fourth color So, number of choices for 4 socks of different colors is 0. Doesn't matter how many for the total number of possible choices, 0 divided by anything not zero is still 0!!! So the requested probability is 1  0 = 1.
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Bunuel wrote: 5. The angles in a triangle are x, 3x, and 5x degrees. If a, b and c are the lengths of the sides opposite to angles x, 3x, and 5x respectively, then which of the following must be true? I. c>a+b II. c^2>a^2+b^2 III. c/a/b=10/6/2
A. I only B. II only C. III only D. I and III only E. II and III only
According to the relationship of the sides of a triangle: the length of any side of a triangle must be larger than the positive difference of the other two sides, but smaller than the sum of the other two sides. Thus I and III can never be true: one side (c) can not be larger than the sum of the other two sides (a and b). Note that III is basically the same as I: if c=10, a=6 and b=2 then c>a+b, which can never be true. Thus even not considering the angles, we can say that only answer choice B (II only) is left.
Answer: B.
Now, if interested why II is true: as the angles in a triangle are x, 3x, and 5x degrees then x+3x+5x=180 > x=20, 3x=60, and 5x=100. Next, if angle opposite c were 90 degrees, then according to Pythagoras theorem c^2=a^+b^2, but since the angel opposite c is more than 90 degrees (100) then c is larger, hence c^2>a^+b^2. Let the side opposite to 5x = 10 , 3x = 9 and x = 8 C^2 > a^2 + b^2 wont hold true pls explain



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Archit143 wrote: Bunuel wrote: 5. The angles in a triangle are x, 3x, and 5x degrees. If a, b and c are the lengths of the sides opposite to angles x, 3x, and 5x respectively, then which of the following must be true? I. c>a+b II. c^2>a^2+b^2 III. c/a/b=10/6/2
A. I only B. II only C. III only D. I and III only E. II and III only
According to the relationship of the sides of a triangle: the length of any side of a triangle must be larger than the positive difference of the other two sides, but smaller than the sum of the other two sides. Thus I and III can never be true: one side (c) can not be larger than the sum of the other two sides (a and b). Note that III is basically the same as I: if c=10, a=6 and b=2 then c>a+b, which can never be true. Thus even not considering the angles, we can say that only answer choice B (II only) is left.
Answer: B.
Now, if interested why II is true: as the angles in a triangle are x, 3x, and 5x degrees then x+3x+5x=180 > x=20, 3x=60, and 5x=100. Next, if angle opposite c were 90 degrees, then according to Pythagoras theorem c^2=a^+b^2, but since the angel opposite c is more than 90 degrees (100) then c is larger, hence c^2>a^+b^2. Let the side opposite to 5x = 10 , 3x = 9 and x = 8 C^2 > a^2 + b^2 wont hold true pls explain The angles are uniquely determined: 20, 60 and 100. Then, the sides cannot be anything you wish. All the triangles with angles 20, 60, and 180 are similar, which means, once you have fixed one side, the other two are uniquely determined. For example, if you consider that the side opposing the 20 angle is 10, then the side opposing the 60 angle should be approximately 25.3209 , it cannot be 9. You need trigonometry (which is out of the scope of the GMAT) to determine the sides. But definitely, they cannot be 10, 9 and 8.
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Bunuel wrote: 4. If 3<x<5 and 7<y<9, which of the following represent the range of all possible values of yx? A. 4<yx<4 B. 2<yx<4 C. 12<yx<4 D. 12<yx<12 E. 4<yx<12
To get max value of yx take max value of y and min value of x: 9(3)=12; To get min value of yx take min value of y and max value of x: 7(5)=12;
Hence, the range of all possible values of yx is 12<yx<12.
Answer: D. Those values of x and y you had considered would be right if there was an <= symbol at all the places where there are inequality signs. But, provided there is no = symbol along with < and >, then won't the range be 10 to +10? Please explain!



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sharmila79 wrote: Bunuel wrote: 4. If 3<x<5 and 7<y<9, which of the following represent the range of all possible values of yx? A. 4<yx<4 B. 2<yx<4 C. 12<yx<4 D. 12<yx<12 E. 4<yx<12
To get max value of yx take max value of y and min value of x: 9(3)=12; To get min value of yx take min value of y and max value of x: 7(5)=12;
Hence, the range of all possible values of yx is 12<yx<12.
Answer: D. Those values of x and y you had considered would be right if there was an <= symbol at all the places where there are inequality signs. But, provided there is no = symbol along with < and >, then won't the range be 10 to +10? Please explain! If y=8.9 and x=2.9, then yx=11.8. If y=6.9 and x=4.9, then yx=11.8. So, your range (10 , 10) is clearly wrong. Consider the following approach, we have 3<x<5 and 7<y<9, Add y<9 and 3<x > y3<9+x > yx<12; Add 7<y and x<5 > 7+x<y+5 > 12<yx; So, we have that 12<yx<12. Hope it's clear.
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Bunuel wrote: 9. Julie is putting M marbles in a row in a repeating pattern: blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink. If the row begins with blue marble and ends with red marble, then which of the following could be the value of M? A. 22 B. 30 C. 38 D. 46 E. 54
There are total of 7 different color marbles in a pattern. Now, as the row begins with blue marble and ends with red marble (so ends with 3rd marble in a pattern) then M=7k+3. The only answer choice which is multiple of 7 plus 3 is 38=35+3.
Answer: C. Sorry, this may be a silly thing to ask, I don't understand the problem. What exactly is it asking? Can someone please explain? I get that it is asking how many marbles does Julie have. Here is what I am understanding: Basically there are marbles with seven different colors. Out of which blue, white and red always stay in that order since these three form a pattern. The rest of the four marbles of different colors can be in any order. But the 8th marble will always be blue followed by white and followed by white. Is this thinking/approach correct?? If yes, where does 38 come from and if it is not correct, please tell me what's wrong. Thanks



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jjack0310 wrote: Bunuel wrote: 9. Julie is putting M marbles in a row in a repeating pattern: blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink. If the row begins with blue marble and ends with red marble, then which of the following could be the value of M? A. 22 B. 30 C. 38 D. 46 E. 54
There are total of 7 different color marbles in a pattern. Now, as the row begins with blue marble and ends with red marble (so ends with 3rd marble in a pattern) then M=7k+3. The only answer choice which is multiple of 7 plus 3 is 38=35+3.
Answer: C. Sorry, this may be a silly thing to ask, I don't understand the problem. What exactly is it asking? Can someone please explain? I get that it is asking how many marbles does Julie have. Here is what I am understanding: Basically there are marbles with seven different colors. Out of which blue, white and red always stay in that order since these three form a pattern. The rest of the four marbles of different colors can be in any order. But the 8th marble will always be blue followed by white and followed by white. Is this thinking/approach correct?? If yes, where does 38 come from and if it is not correct, please tell me what's wrong. Thanks No, that's not correct. The question asks to determine how many marbles Julie has. The pattern is always the same {blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}{blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}{blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}... At some point Julie does not have enough marbles to end the pattern and the row ends with a red marble: {blue, white, red}. For example, it could happen if she had 7+3=10 marbles: {blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}{blue, white, red} Or 7*2+3=17 marbles: {blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}{blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}{blue, white, red} Or: 7*3+3=24 marbles: {blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}{blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}{blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}{blue, white, red} As you can see the number of marbles is always a multiple of 7 plus 3. The only answer choice which is multiple of 7 plus 3 is 38 = 7*5+3: {blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}{blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}{blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}{blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}{blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink}{blue, white, red}. Hope it's clear.
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Bunuel wrote: 2. If x is an integer and 9<x^2<99, then what is the value of maximum possible value of x minus minimum possible value of x? A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 18 E. 20
Also tricky. Notice that \(x\) can take positive, as well as negative values to satisfy \(9<x^2<99\), hence \(x\) can be: 9, 8, 7, 6, 4, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9. We asked to find the value of \(x_{max}x_{min}\), ans since \(x_{max}=9\) and \(x_{min}=9\) then \(x_{max}x_{min}=9(9)=18\). [/square_root] Answer: D. Hi bunel can you explain how we get max,min possible values from 9 to 9



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sivapavan wrote: Bunuel wrote: 2. If x is an integer and 9<x^2<99, then what is the value of maximum possible value of x minus minimum possible value of x? A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 18 E. 20
Also tricky. Notice that \(x\) can take positive, as well as negative values to satisfy \(9<x^2<99\), hence \(x\) can be: 9, 8, 7, 6, 4, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, or 9. We asked to find the value of \(x_{max}x_{min}\), ans since \(x_{max}=9\) and \(x_{min}=9\) then \(x_{max}x_{min}=9(9)=18\). [/square_root] Answer: D. Hi bunel can you explain how we get max,min possible values from 9 to 9 Sure. Since x is an integer and 9< x^2<99, then the least value of x is 9 > (9)^2<99 (x cannot be 10 because 10^2=100>99). The same way, the max value of x is 9 > 9^2<99 (x cannot be 10 because 10^2=100>99). Does this make sense?
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Bunuel wrote: 4. If 3<x<5 and 7<y<9, which of the following represent the range of all possible values of yx? A. 4<yx<4 B. 2<yx<4 C. 12<yx<4 D. 12<yx<12 E. 4<yx<12
To get max value of yx take max value of y and min value of x: 9(3)=12; To get min value of yx take min value of y and max value of x: 7(5)=12;
Hence, the range of all possible values of yx is 12<yx<12.
Answer: D. This answer is not 100% right, because there is not the sign <= but only <. therefore (assuming that X and Y are integers the answer is: (6(4))<YX<(8(2))



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einnocenti wrote: Bunuel wrote: 4. If 3<x<5 and 7<y<9, which of the following represent the range of all possible values of yx? A. 4<yx<4 B. 2<yx<4 C. 12<yx<4 D. 12<yx<12 E. 4<yx<12
To get max value of yx take max value of y and min value of x: 9(3)=12; To get min value of yx take min value of y and max value of x: 7(5)=12;
Hence, the range of all possible values of yx is 12<yx<12.
Answer: D. This answer is not 100% right, because there is not the sign <= but only <. therefore (assuming that X and Y are integers the answer is: (6(4))<YX<(8(2)) The answer IS 100% correct. First of all we are not told that x and y are integers. Next, consider the following approach, we have 3<x<5 and 7<y<9, Add y<9 and 3<x > y3<9+x > yx<12; Add 7<y and x<5 > 7+x<y+5 > 12<yx; So, we have that 12<yx<12. Hope it's clear.
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