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A group of n students can be divided into equal groups of 4 with 1 student left over or equal groups of 5 with 3 students left over. What is the sum of the two smallest possible values of n?

A group of n students can be divided into equal groups of 4 with 1 student left over or equal groups of 5 with 3 students left over. What is the sum of the two smallest possible values of n? a) 33 b) 46 c) 49 d) 53 e) 86

Yes you can do the way you started by listing the possible values of n for both patterns and then picking first two matching numbers from these lists. Since we are dealing with easy and small numbers this approach probably would be the fastest one.

A group of n students can be divided into equal groups of 4 with 1 student left over --> n=4q+1 --> n can be: 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 37, ... (basically an evenly spaced set with common difference of 4)

A group of n students can be divided into equal groups of 5 with 3 students left over --> n=5p+3 --> n can be: 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28, 33, 38, ... (basically an evenly spaced set with common difference of 5)

Therefor two smallest possible values of n are 13 and 33 --> 13+33=46.

Answer: B.

Else you can derive general formula based on n=4q+1 and n=5p+3.

Divisor will be the least common multiple of above two divisors 4 and 5, hence 20.

Remainder will be the first common integer in above two patterns, hence 13 --> so, to satisfy both conditions, n must be of a type n=20m+13: 13, 33, 53, ... (two two smallest possible values of n are for m=0 and for m=1, so 13, and 33 respectively) --> 13+33=46.

Hi Bunuel - can the values of q and p be ZERO? I don't think they can be and therefore n cannot be 1 & 3. Am I wrong?

THEORY: Positive integer \(a\) divided by positive integer \(d\) yields a reminder of \(r\) can always be expressed as \(a=qd+r\), where \(q\) is called a quotient and \(r\) is called a remainder, note here that \(0\leq{r}<d\) (remainder is non-negative integer and always less than divisor).

For example we are told that when positive integer n is divided by 25, the remainder is 13 --> \(n=25q+13\). Now, the lowest value of \(q\) can be zero and in this case \(n=13\) --> 13 divided by 25 yields the remainder of 13. Generally when divisor (25 in our case) is more than dividend (13 in our case) then the reminder equals to the dividend. For example: 3 divided by 24 yields a reminder of 3 --> \(3=0*24+3\); or: 5 divided by 6 yields a reminder of 5 --> \(5=0*6+5\).

Also note that you shouldn't worry about negative numbers in divisibility questions, as every GMAT divisibility question will tell you in advance that any unknowns represent positive integers.

OUR ORIGINAL QUESTION: We are told that "a group of n students can be divided into equal groups of 4 with 1 student left over" --> n=4q+1. Here q also can be zero, which would mean that there is only 1 student and zero groups of 4.

A group of n students can be divided into equal groups of 4 with 1 student left over or equal groups of 5 with 3 students left over. What is the sum of the two smallest possible values of n? a)33 b)46 c)49 d)53 e) 86

OA is a and this is how I arrived at.

Let say n = 4x+1 and n = 5y+3 -----> From the question Stem

I get these above values by putting the same values for x and y. Is my concept correct?

I wrote a blog post discussing this concept in detail. I have discussed a couple of questions very similar to this one in the post. You can check it out if you like.

Again since the max student left over are 3 so any no with 3 can be common between the two groups ; 3, 13, 23, 33, 43, 53 etc. using in the formula pf n= 4q+1 = 5r+ 3 ; will get 13 and 33 ; addd then =46
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A group of n students can be divided into equal groups of 4 with 1 student left over or equal groups of 5 with 3 students left over. What is the sum of the two smallest possible values of n? a) 33 b) 46 c) 49 d) 53 e) 86

Yes you can do the way you started by listing the possible values of n for both patterns and then picking first two matching numbers from these lists. Since we are dealing with easy and small numbers this approach probably would be the fastest one.

A group of n students can be divided into equal groups of 4 with 1 student left over --> n=4q+1 --> n can be: 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 37, ... (basically an evenly spaced set with common difference of 4)

A group of n students can be divided into equal groups of 5 with 3 students left over --> n=5p+3 --> n can be: 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28, 33, 38, ... (basically an evenly spaced set with common difference of 5)

Therefor two smallest possible values of n are 13 and 33 --> 13+33=46.

Answer: B.

Else you can derive general formula based on n=4q+1 and n=5p+3.

Divisor will be the least common multiple of above two divisors 4 and 5, hence 20.

Remainder will be the first common integer in above two patterns, hence 13 --> so, to satisfy both conditions, n must be of a type n=20m+13: 13, 33, 53, ... (two two smallest possible values of n are for m=0 and for m=1, so 13, and 33 respectively) --> 13+33=46.

Could you explain what you mean by 'divisor'? Where is there a divisor in those two equations....Is there work here that you did in your head, but left out? I'm trying to learn how to do these, so if you could show any work that was done mentally I would appreciate it! Thanks!

A group of n students can be divided into equal groups of 4 with 1 student left over or equal groups of 5 with 3 students left over. What is the sum of the two smallest possible values of n? a) 33 b) 46 c) 49 d) 53 e) 86

Yes you can do the way you started by listing the possible values of n for both patterns and then picking first two matching numbers from these lists. Since we are dealing with easy and small numbers this approach probably would be the fastest one.

A group of n students can be divided into equal groups of 4 with 1 student left over --> n=4q+1 --> n can be: 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, 21, 25, 29, 33, 37, ... (basically an evenly spaced set with common difference of 4)

A group of n students can be divided into equal groups of 5 with 3 students left over --> n=5p+3 --> n can be: 3, 8, 13, 18, 23, 28, 33, 38, ... (basically an evenly spaced set with common difference of 5)

Therefor two smallest possible values of n are 13 and 33 --> 13+33=46.

Answer: B.

Else you can derive general formula based on n=4q+1 and n=5p+3.

Divisor will be the least common multiple of above two divisors 4 and 5, hence 20.

Remainder will be the first common integer in above two patterns, hence 13 --> so, to satisfy both conditions, n must be of a type n=20m+13: 13, 33, 53, ... (two two smallest possible values of n are for m=0 and for m=1, so 13, and 33 respectively) --> 13+33=46.

Could you explain what you mean by 'divisor'? Where is there a divisor in those two equations....Is there work here that you did in your head, but left out? I'm trying to learn how to do these, so if you could show any work that was done mentally I would appreciate it! Thanks!

20 is the divisor in n=20m+13. Please follow the links in my post.
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