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A school administrator will assign each student [#permalink]

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03 Jan 2011, 18:48

A school administrator will assign each student in a group of n students to one of m classrooms. If 3 < m < 13 < n, is it possible to assign each of the n students to one of the m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it?

(1) It is possible to assign each of 3n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it. (2) It is possible to assign each of 13n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it.

Took a long time in this ques. any efficient way to solve this.
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04 Jan 2011, 02:05

The Question is If N/M is an integer ?

(1) 3N/M is an integer Case 1 - N=15 M=3 it is clearly an integer when we substitute in above equ. Case 2 - N=14 M=6 Satisfy the statement 2 but doesn't work for above equ. Therefore Insuff.

(2) 13N/M= integer 13 is a prime number and since m is less than 13 therefore for this statement to hold true, N/M has to be integer. Hence Sufficient.

I hope that helps.
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128. A school administrator will assign each student in a group of n students to one of m classrooms. If 3 < m < 13 < n, is it possible to assign each of the n students to one of the m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it?

(1) It is possible to assign each of 3n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it. (2) It is possible to assign each of 13n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it.
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128) A school administer will assign each student in a group of n students to one of m classrooms.If 3<m<13<n, is it possible to assign each of the n students to one of the m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it?

1) It is possible to assign each of 3n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it.

2) Its is possible to assign each of 13n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it.
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Re: Divisibility problem - n students in m classes (+/-700 lvl) [#permalink]

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17 Mar 2011, 20:00

The n/m being an integer part is because we are told basically that we can divide n by m without a remainder.

I dont get how doing the method recommended is time saving at all :s

Yes like was written, for (2) 13 is a prime number, since m cant be 13 or a multiple of it, then it is sufficient intuitively that it is true.

For (1), we just see that 3 is also a prime number. The trap is that although m cant=3, it can=6,9,12 which are multiples of it, so we don't know if the statement is true.

amitjash wrote: A school administrator will assign each student in a group of n students to one of m classrooms. If 3 < m < 13 < n, is it possible to assign each of the n students to one of the m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it? (1) It is possible to assign each of 3n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it. (2) It is possible to assign each of 13n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it.

Please help me understand what is wrong in this approach. I just used number. chice 2: Let n=14..Hence 13X14=182. Now choosing m between 3 < m < 13 < n. Say m=7. Then 182 is divisible by 7. But when m=5 it is not divisible. So (2) is not sufficient. Some one please explain what is wrong in choosing numbers to solve this and where I am missing something.

You picked one combination (n=14 and m=7) for which 13n is divisible by m and another combination (n=14 and m=5) for which 13n is NOT divisible by m. To show that statement (2) is insufficient to answer the original posed question, you should be able to pick two combinations of n and m for which 13n is divisible by m, but for one of them n should be divisible by m and for the other n should NOT be divisible by m. That would be the only way to say that the truth of statement two is not sufficient to answer the original question.

Mathematically speaking, the question is: is n divisible by m !!

(1) 3n is divisible by m. It doesn't say if n is divisible by m because 3 < m < 13. Indeed, n can be equal to 14 and m = 6. In that case m does neither divide 3 nor n. But with m = 6 and n = 18, m divides n. INSUFFICIENT

(2) 13n is divisible by n. But 13 is a prime number that m can't divide! Besides 3 < m < 13 so it can't be a combination of 13 and n (like 13* 2) that can be divided by 13.

ANS : B.

Hope it's clear enough...

Shouldn't the "prime" argument used in (2) for 13 be applicable to (1) for 3. I understand that (1) is easily deemed insufficient when you consider two sets of values for m and n that satisfy the divisibility of the divisibility of 3n by m, but only one set of which satisfies the divisibility of m by n. However, I don't understand how the "prime" argument used for (2) can't be used for (1)....really confused...

Quote: Mathematically speaking, the question is: is n divisible by m !!

(1) 3n is divisible by m. It doesn't say if n is divisible by m because 3 < m < 13. Indeed, n can be equal to 14 and m = 6. In that case m does neither divide 3 nor n. But with m = 6 and n = 18, m divides n. INSUFFICIENT

(2) 13n is divisible by n. But 13 is a prime number that m can't divide! Besides 3 < m < 13 so it can't be a combination of 13 and n (like 13* 2) that can be divided by 13.

ANS : B.

Hope it's clear enough...

Shouldn't the "prime" argument used in (2) for 13 be applicable to (1) for 3. I understand that (1) is easily deemed insufficient when you consider two sets of values for m and n that satisfy the divisibility of the divisibility of 3n by m, but only one set of which satisfies the divisibility of m by n. However, I don't understand how the "prime" argument used for (2) can't be used for (1)....really confused...

Mods or anyone else have a way to clear up my confusion? :D

n/m remainder should be 0. Stat 1 20/6 R is not 0 . However, 3*20/6 R is 0................(NO answer) 60/6 R is not 0 . However, 3*60/6 R is 0................(Yes answer) Stat 2 13n/m R is 0 given. Since 3<m<13 n must be divisible my m and R must be 0. B is the answer.
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A school administrator will assign each student in a group of n students to one of m classrooms. If 3 < m < 13 < n, is it possible to assign each of the n students to one of the m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it?

(1) It is possible to assign each of 3n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it.

(2) It is possible to assign each of 13n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it.

How do you know if the question asks you to see if M is a factor of N or N is a factor of M? or m/n or n/m ?

A school administrator will assign each student in a group of n students to one of m classrooms. If 3 < m < 13 < n, is it possible to assign each of the n students to one of the m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it?

(1) It is possible to assign each of 3n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it.

(2) It is possible to assign each of 13n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it.

How do you know if the question asks you to see if M is a factor of N or N is a factor of M? or m/n or n/m ?

the simple logic here is both n and m must be integers.. st.2 says 13*n/m is possible as 13 is a prime n/m must be an integer thus it is possible to arrange n students to m classrooms. Has to be B

A school administrator will assign each student in a group of n students to one of m classrooms. If 3 < m < 13 < n, is it possible to assign each of the n students to one of the m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it?

(1) It is possible to assign each of 3n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it.

(2) It is possible to assign each of 13n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it.

How do you know if the question asks you to see if M is a factor of N or N is a factor of M? or m/n or n/m ?

the simple logic here is both n and m must be integers.. st.2 says 13*n/m is possible as 13 is a prime n/m must be an integer thus it is possible to arrange n students to m classrooms. Has to be B

We first need to sort out what the question stem is really asking. In order to "evenly" divide our n students up among m classes, it must be the case that n is some multiple of m. We can try some numbers to see the relationship: If there are 4 classrooms, then 1 student per class means n=4, 2 students per class means n=8, 3 students per class means n=12. Notice that in all cases n is a multiple of m. So the real question is the following:

Is n/m an integer?

** Now, remember that in order for n/m to be an integer, it must be the case that all of the factors of m are absorbed into n. (i.e. 8/4= 2 = integer because all of 4 was able to cancel with 8).

Statement (1): (same rephrasing steps as above) = 3n/m is an integer.

The easier thing to do here is to remember that we are in a Yes/No question and try to find numbers that allow us to answer both Yes and No to the stem. Also, don't forget the constraints on m and n. Because m is an integer between 3 and 13, we should think of values that will allow 3n/m to be divisible by m but allow both a Yes and a No answer. If we allow m to be 3, then the denominator is completely absorbed into the numerator. Then we could choose n=6, so 3(6)/3 = 6, and 6/3 = 2 (n/m is an integer). We could also choose n=5, so 3(5)/3 = 5, but 5/3 is not an integer. INSUFFICIENT

Statement (2): (same rephrasing as above) = 13n/m. Now notice that for the m to be absorbed into the numerator regardless of the value of n, it would need to be 13 because 13 is prime, but m is restricted to a number between 3 and 13 (not inclusive) so m cannot be 13. Therefore, in order to absorb the denominator m completely into the numerator n it must be the case that n contains the terms that completely absorb the denominator (i.e. if 13(17)/n, then n must be 1 or 17 for the fraction to be an integer.) Therefore n/m must be an integer. SUFFICIENT

The question I have is why havent we chosen values of n > 13 since 3<m<13<n Doesnt it mean we need to choose values >13 to test statement 1 and 2 ?

A school administrator will assign each student in a group of n students to one of m classrooms. If 3 < m < 13 < n, is it possible to assign each of the n students to one of the m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it?

(1) It is possible to assign each of 3n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it.

(2) It is possible to assign each of 13n students to one of m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students assigned to it.

How do you know if the question asks you to see if M is a factor of N or N is a factor of M? or m/n or n/m ?

the simple logic here is both n and m must be integers.. st.2 says 13*n/m is possible as 13 is a prime n/m must be an integer thus it is possible to arrange n students to m classrooms. Has to be B

We first need to sort out what the question stem is really asking. In order to "evenly" divide our n students up among m classes, it must be the case that n is some multiple of m. We can try some numbers to see the relationship: If there are 4 classrooms, then 1 student per class means n=4, 2 students per class means n=8, 3 students per class means n=12. Notice that in all cases n is a multiple of m. So the real question is the following:

Is n/m an integer?

** Now, remember that in order for n/m to be an integer, it must be the case that all of the factors of m are absorbed into n. (i.e. 8/4= 2 = integer because all of 4 was able to cancel with 8).

Statement (1): (same rephrasing steps as above) = 3n/m is an integer.

The easier thing to do here is to remember that we are in a Yes/No question and try to find numbers that allow us to answer both Yes and No to the stem. Also, don't forget the constraints on m and n. Because m is an integer between 3 and 13, we should think of values that will allow 3n/m to be divisible by m but allow both a Yes and a No answer. If we allow m to be 3, then the denominator is completely absorbed into the numerator. Then we could choose n=6, so 3(6)/3 = 6, and 6/3 = 2 (n/m is an integer). We could also choose n=5, so 3(5)/3 = 5, but 5/3 is not an integer. INSUFFICIENT

Statement (2): (same rephrasing as above) = 13n/m. Now notice that for the m to be absorbed into the numerator regardless of the value of n, it would need to be 13 because 13 is prime, but m is restricted to a number between 3 and 13 (not inclusive) so m cannot be 13. Therefore, in order to absorb the denominator m completely into the numerator n it must be the case that n contains the terms that completely absorb the denominator (i.e. if 13(17)/n, then n must be 1 or 17 for the fraction to be an integer.) Therefore n/m must be an integer. SUFFICIENT

The question I have is why havent we chosen values of n > 13 since 3<m<13<n Doesnt it mean we need to choose values >13 to test statement 1 and 2 ?

St2. says 13 *n/m is an integer. u can take any value of n>13 such that it is divisible by m ( its a constraint of the problem) hence u cant take prime numbers.. take n = 24 but m should be either 4,6,8,12.

Is that what u meant? let me know if I havent answered what u mean to ask . Thanks

What i mean is stmt 2 says : 13n/m should be an integer.... so we need to plug in values on n that are greater than 13 correct which satisfies this condition?