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A school administrator will assign each student in a group

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Re: A school administrator will assign each student in a group  [#permalink]

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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.


We are given that each student in a group of n students is going to be assigned to one of m classrooms. We are being asked whether it is possible to assign each of the n students to one of the m classrooms so that each classroom has the same number of students.

Thus, we need to determine whether n/m = integer.

Statement One Alone:

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.

Statement one is telling us that 3n is evenly divisible by m. Thus, 3n/m = integer.

However, we still do not have enough information to answer the question. When n = 16 and m = 4, n/m DOES equal an integer; however, when n = 20 and m = 6, n/m DOES NOT equal an integer.

Statement Two Alone:

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.

This statement is telling us that 13n is divisible by m. Thus, 13n/m = integer.

What is interesting about this statement is that we know that n is greater than 13 and that m is less than 13 and greater than 3. Thus, we know that m could equal any of the following: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, or 12. We see that none of those values (4 through 12) will divide evenly into 13.

Knowing this, we can say conclusively that m will never divide evenly into 13. Thus, in order for m to divide into 13n, m must divide evenly into n.

Answer: B
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