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a,b,c are consecutive integers , so that a < b < c

Is the product a*b*c divisible by 8?

1. a*b*c is divisible by 12 2. b is a prime number

Note that if \(b=odd\) then \(a\) and \(c\) become two consecutive even numbers and the product of two consecutive even numbers is always divisible by 8 (as one of these even numbers would be multiple of 4 too). So if we could determine that \(b=odd\) it would be sufficient to answer that \(abc\) is divisible by 8.

(1) a*b*c is divisible by 12 --> if \(a=0\), \(b=1\), and \(c=2\) then answer would be YES but if \(a=3\), \(b=4\), and \(c=5\) then answer would be NO. Not sufficient.

(2) b is a prime number --> if \(b=2=even \ prime\) then \(abc=6\) and the answer is NO but if \(b=3\) then \(abc=24\) and the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) If \(b=2=even \ prime\) then \(abc=6\) and 6 is not divisible by 12, so \(b\) is odd prime --> \(abc\) is divisible by 8. Sufficient.

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eladshush wrote:

a,b,c are consecutive integers , so that a < b < c

Is the product a*b*c divisible by 8?

1. a*b*c is divisible by 12 2. b is a prime number

Since these three numbers are consecutive integers, we need to know if either 'a' AND 'c' are even or if b is a multiple of 7

Statement 1

abc is multiple of 12, as these are three consecutive integers they will always be divisible by 3. So we know that abc is also divisible by 4. This means two things, either abc has two even factors and thus our answer would be YES. (Eg. (2)(3)(4)) or b is a multiple of 4 (Eg. ((3)(4)(5)=60) with an answer of NO

Hence insuff

Statement 2

B is a prime number, if B is any odd prime number then the answer is yes because other two factors will be even and thus divisible by 2^3. If B is 2 then (1)(2)(3)=6 and not divisble by 8

Statements 1 and 2

We know that if B is a prime number and if the product of the three numbers must be a multiple of 12 then b has to be an odd prime number and thus this two statements together are sufficient

C

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eladshush wrote:

a,b,c are consecutive integers , so that a < b < c

Is the product a*b*c divisible by 8?

1. a*b*c is divisible by 12 2. b is a prime number

The answer is C 1. a *b*C is divisible by 12 - Insufficient if a,b,c =3,4,5 ---------- not divisivle by 8 if a,b,c =7,8.9 ----------- divisible by 8 2. b is a prime number --- Insufficient let us consider primes --- 2,3,5,7,11,............. if we consider even prime i.e. 2 a,b,c =1,2,3 abc is not divisible by 8 if b=3 a,b,c =2,3,4 and abc=24 which is divisible by 8 if we consider 1 & 2 together abc is divisible by 12 and b is prime it will eliminate considering b as 2 because when b is 2 abc =6 which is eliminated. so now abc is always multiple of 8

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