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# a, b, and c are positive integers. If a, b, and c are assembled into

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a, b, and c are positive integers. If a, b, and c are assembled into the six-digit number abcabc, which one of the following must be a factor of abcabc?

(A) 16
(B) 13
(C) 5
(D) 3
(E) none of the above

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Originally posted by Bunuel on 22 May 2016, 14:36.
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23 May 2016, 03:19
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abcabc = $$10^5a + 10^4b + 10^3c + 10^2a + 10b + c$$
= $$(10^5 + 10^2)a + (10^4 + 10)b + (10^3 + 1)c$$
= $$10^2(10^3 + 1)a + 10(10^3 + 1)b + (10^3 + 1)c$$
= $$(10^3 + 1)(10^2a + 10b + c)$$
= $$1001 (100a + 10b + c)$$

1001 = 7 * 11 * 13

Hence the integer abcabc must be divisible by 7, 11 and 13

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Bunuel wrote:
a, b, and c are positive integers. If a, b, and c are assembled into the six-digit number abcabc, which one of the following must be a factor of abcabc?

(A) 16
(B) 13
(C) 5
(D) 3
(E) none of the above

Plug in some values and check -

abcabc = 123123

Not divisible by 16 and 5

let abcabc = 125125

Not divisible by 3

Only option (B) and (E) is left in both the cases...

Check once more to marke (B) as correct answer

let abcabc = 135135

Again divisible by 13

So, mark answer as (B) 13

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it is clearly visible that abcabc = 1001*abc
now checking with options, we get that 1001 is divisible by 13. hence B is the answer.
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27 Jun 2018, 10:32
Bunuel wrote:
a, b, and c are positive integers. If a, b, and c are assembled into the six-digit number abcabc, which one of the following must be a factor of abcabc?

(A) 16
(B) 13
(C) 5
(D) 3
(E) none of the above

Remember that
any three digit number when multiplied by 1001 , the result is the same three digit number side by side
abc X 1001 = abcabc

or, abc X 13 X 11 X 7 = abcabc

which is surely divisible by 13, 11 and 7

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Bunuel wrote:
a, b, and c are positive integers. If a, b, and c are assembled into the six-digit number abcabc, which one of the following must be a factor of abcabc?

(A) 16
(B) 13
(C) 5
(D) 3
(E) none of the above

Let's think of abc as a number (NOT a product).
So, for example, if a = 1, b = 2 and c = 5, then abc = 125, and abcabc = 125125

In this regards, abcabc = abc000 + abc
= abc(1000 + 1)
= abc(1001)
= abc(7)(11)(13)

So, abcabc must be divisible by 7, 11 and 13

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