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A device calculates the worth of gem stones based on quality such that a gem with a quality rating of q - 1 is worth 5 times more than a gem with a quality rating of q. According to this device, the worth of a gem with a quality rating of p - r is how many times greater than that of a gem with a rating of p?

(A) \(p^5-r^5\)
(B) \(r^5\)
(C) \((p-r)^5\)
(D) \(5^{(p-r)}\)
(E) \(5r\)
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A device calculates the worth of gem stones based on quality such that a gem with a quality rating of q - 1 is worth 5 times more than a gem with a quality rating of q. According to this device, the worth of a gem with a quality rating of p - r is how many times greater than that of a gem with a rating of p?

(A) \(p^5-r^5\)
(B) \(r^5\)
(C) \((p-r)^5\)
(D) \(5^{(p-r)}\)
(E) \(5r\)



please follow the rules..

q - 1 is worth 5 times more than a gem with a quality rating of q
the relation could be..
1) 5*1
2) 5^1

so for p-r. it can be
1) 5*r
2) 5^r

only 5r is there, so the answer is E


Otherwise
also substitute p as q and r as 1 and the ANSWER should be 5
lets see the choices
(A) \(p^5-r^5........q^5-1^5=q^5-1\)...NO
(B) \(r^5........1^5\).... NO
(C) \((p-r)^5.......(q-1)^5\)...NO
(D) \(5^{(p-r)}.....5^{q-1}\)...NO
(E) \(5r.....5*1=5\)....YES

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Don't understand Challenge Question in my Princeton Review book. [#permalink]

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Hi everyone,

I don't understand the following challenge question in my Princeton Review Cracking the GMAT book. I looked at the solution in the back, but the explanation is vague or not quite step by step. I personally felt like this question was missing some information in order for me to actually solve it. Please let me know your thoughts.

A device calculates the worth of gem stones based on quality such that a gem with a quality rating of q-1 is worth 5 times more than a gem with a quality rating of q. According to this device, the worth of a gem with a quality rating of p-r is how many times greater than that of a gem with a rating of p?

(A) p^5 - r^5
(B) r^5
(C) (p-r)^5
(D) 5^(p-r)
(E) 5r

The correct answer is D, but not sure how I would start to establish a pattern in order to even solve the question. I know I'm given that
q-1 = 5q
and I'm supposed to use solely that information?

Appreciate your support.
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Hi everyone,

I don't understand the following challenge question in my Princeton Review Cracking the GMAT book. I looked at the solution in the back, but the explanation is vague or not quite step by step. I personally felt like this question was missing some information in order for me to actually solve it. Please let me know your thoughts.

A device calculates the worth of gem stones based on quality such that a gem with a quality rating of q-1 is worth 5 times more than a gem with a quality rating of q. According to this device, the worth of a gem with a quality rating of p-r is how many times greater than that of a gem with a rating of p?

(A) p^5 - r^5
(B) r^5
(C) (p-r)^5
(D) 5^(p-r)
(E) 5r

The correct answer is D, but not sure how I would start to establish a pattern in order to even solve the question. I know I'm given that
q-1 = 5q
and I'm supposed to use solely that information?

Appreciate your support.
Consider 3 gems p p-1 p-2. Now using information you will see than P-2 is costlier than P-1 by 5 times P-1 is costlier than P by 5 times. So that makes P-2 costlier by 25 times compared to P. And only D satisfies.


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