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A threedigit number is such that when its reverse is subtracted from it, the result is 297. Also, thrice the tens digit is equal to the difference between its hundreds and units digits. How many possible values are there for the number? (A) 4 (B) 5 (C) 7 (D) 8 (E) 9
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Originally posted by cleetus on 10 Feb 2010, 05:42.
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10 Feb 2010, 06:00
cleetus wrote: Plz illustrate how to solve this equation question 1) A threedigit number is such that when its reverse is subtracted from it, the result is 297. Also, thrice the tens digit is equal to the difference between its hundreds and units digits. How many possible values are there for the number?
A) 4 B) 5 C) 7 D) 8 Hi, welcome to the Gmat Club. Solution to your question is as follows: Three digit number \(abc\) can be represented as \(100a+10b+c\), its reverse number would be \(cba\) or \(100c+10b+a\). Given: \(100a+10b+c(100c+10b+a)=297\) > \(ac=3\), this gives us 7 values for \(a\) and \(c\): {9,6}{8,5}{7,4}{6,3}{5,2}{4,1}{3,0}. Also given: \(3b=ac\), from above we know \(ac=3\), hence \(3b=3\) > \(b=1\), only one value for \(b\). So total of 7 such numbers are possible: {916}{815}{714}{613}{512}{411}{310}. Answer: C.
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19 Apr 2014, 07:39
abc  cba = 297
100a+10b+c  100c  10b  a = 297
99a99c = 297
ac = 3
also, 3b = ac
b=1
Numbers abc
a1c
ac can take (9,6),(8,5),(7,4),(6,3),(5,2),(4,1),(3,0)
Hence 7



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cleetus wrote: A threedigit number is such that when its reverse is subtracted from it, the result is 297. Also, thrice the tens digit is equal to the difference between its hundreds and units digits. How many possible values are there for the number?
(A) 4 (B) 5 (C) 7 (D) 8 You can also use reasoning to solve it. "thrice the tens digit is equal to the difference between its hundreds and units digits." The difference between any two digits cannot be more than 90 = 9. So the tens digit can be 3 at most. But if the difference between the other two digits is 9, their subtraction will give us something around 900. We need something around 300 so the tens digit must be 1 and the difference between the other two digits must be 3. So the first such number you can have is 310. If you subtract 013 out of it, you get 297  Correct. Next you can have is 411. If you subtract 114 out of it, you will get 297  Correct. Next you can have is 512. If you subtract 215 out of it, you will get 297  Correct. and so on goes the pattern till you have 916. So in all, you have 7 numbers. Answer (C)
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Bunuel wrote: cleetus wrote: Plz illustrate how to solve this equation question 1) A threedigit number is such that when its reverse is subtracted from it, the result is 297. Also, thrice the tens digit is equal to the difference between its hundreds and units digits. How many possible values are there for the number?
A) 4 B) 5 C) 7 D) 8 Hi, welcome to the Gmat Club. Solution to your question is as follows: Three digit number \(abc\) can be represented as \(100a+10b+c\), its reverse number would be \(cba\) or \(100c+10b+a\). Given: \(100a+10b+c(100c+10b+a)=297\) > \(ac=3\), this gives us 7 values for \(a\) and \(c\): {9,6}{8,5}{7,4}{6,3}{5,2}{4,1}{3,0}. Also given: \(3b=ac\), from above we know \(ac=3\), hence \(3b=3\) > \(b=1\), only one value for \(b\). So total of 7 such numbers are possible: {916}{815}{714}{613}{512}{411}{310}. Answer: C. this gives us 7 values for a and c: {9,6}{8,5}{7,4}{6,3}{5,2}{4,1}{3,0}. Can you please write how we get 7 possible values? I understood your solution but only 7 possible probability part is unclear.



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sashibagra wrote: Bunuel wrote: cleetus wrote: Plz illustrate how to solve this equation question 1) A threedigit number is such that when its reverse is subtracted from it, the result is 297. Also, thrice the tens digit is equal to the difference between its hundreds and units digits. How many possible values are there for the number?
A) 4 B) 5 C) 7 D) 8 Hi, welcome to the Gmat Club. Solution to your question is as follows: Three digit number \(abc\) can be represented as \(100a+10b+c\), its reverse number would be \(cba\) or \(100c+10b+a\). Given: \(100a+10b+c(100c+10b+a)=297\) > \(ac=3\), this gives us 7 values for \(a\) and \(c\): {9,6}{8,5}{7,4}{6,3}{5,2}{4,1}{3,0}. Also given: \(3b=ac\), from above we know \(ac=3\), hence \(3b=3\) > \(b=1\), only one value for \(b\). So total of 7 such numbers are possible: {916}{815}{714}{613}{512}{411}{310}. Answer: C. this gives us 7 values for a and c: {9,6}{8,5}{7,4}{6,3}{5,2}{4,1}{3,0}. Can you please write how we get 7 possible values? I understood your solution but only 7 possible probability part is unclear. We got that a  c = 3: the positive difference between the hundreds and units digits of the number is 3. If a = 9 (max possible value of a), then c is 6, if a = 8, then c = 5, ..., if a = 3, then c = 0 (min possible value of c). Hope it's clear.
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Quote: Hi, welcome to the Gmat Club.
Solution to your question is as follows:
Three digit number \(abc\) can be represented as \(100a+10b+c\), its reverse number would be \(cba\) or \(100c+10b+a\).
Given: \(100a+10b+c(100c+10b+a)=297\) > \(ac=3\), this gives us 7 values for \(a\) and \(c\): {9,6}{8,5}{7,4}{6,3}{5,2}{4,1}{3,0}.
Also given: \(3b=ac\), from above we know \(ac=3\), hence \(3b=3\) > \(b=1\), only one value for \(b\).
So total of 7 such numbers are possible: {916}{815}{714}{613}{512}{411}{310}.
Answer: C. Quote: this gives us 7 values for a and c: {9,6}{8,5}{7,4}{6,3}{5,2}{4,1}{3,0}. Can you please write how we get 7 possible values? I understood your solution but only 7 possible probability part is unclear. Quote: We got that a  c = 3: the positive difference between the hundreds and units digits of the number is 3. If a = 9 (max possible value of a), then c is 6, if a = 8, then c = 5, ..., if a = 3, then c = 0 (min possible value of c).
Hope it's clear. I am sorry, it was really a silly question and I shouldn't asked it. It was very easy topic but I was just thinking it complicatedly so it was unclear to me. now it's clear , thanks



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Hmm, had 6 been one of the choices, I would have fallen for it. I basically used the same process to solve this problem  ABC  CBA = 297, so Here I saw that A>C, AC = 3 3B= AC Hence 1 is the only possible value for 1. And possible values for A & C are: (9,6), (8,5), (7,4) (6,3) (5,2), (4,1) (3,0)I was initially looking for 6, because I didn't think C could be 0 as CBA would be a two digit number.. but nowhere in the question stem say that the reverse of the three digit number ABC also has to be a three digit number.



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cleetus wrote: A threedigit number is such that when its reverse is subtracted from it, the result is 297. Also, thrice the tens digit is equal to the difference between its hundreds and units digits. How many possible values are there for the number?
(A) 4 (B) 5 (C) 7 (D) 8 (E) 9 the difference between any 3digit number xyz and it's it's reverse, zyx, when divided by 99, gives the difference between x and z e.g., 297/99=3 so if x=9, then z=6, and xyz=916 (we know the tens digit must be 1) so we have: 916 815 714 613 512 411 310 7 possible values C



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How do you say that if any 3 digit number and its reverse is divided by 99, gives the difference between hundredth and units digits? How did you arrive at that?
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Achuuuuuuu wrote: How do you say that if any 3 digit number and its reverse is divided by 99, gives the difference between hundredth and units digits? How did you arrive at that?
Posted from my mobile device Hi Achuuuuuuu, If you look at any two reversed 3digit numbers, you'll see that the difference between them is always a multiple of 9 (in this case, 297). When you divide this multiple by 9, you'll find the quotient is always a multiple of 11 (in this case, 33). When you divide that multiple by 11, the quotient will always equal the difference between the hundreds and units digits (in this case, 3). Dividing the initial difference by 99 is a short cut. I hope this helps. gracie



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cleetus wrote: A threedigit number is such that when its reverse is subtracted from it, the result is 297. Also, thrice the tens digit is equal to the difference between its hundreds and units digits. How many possible values are there for the number?
(A) 4 (B) 5 (C) 7 (D) 8 (E) 9 ABCCBA=297 100A+10B+C100C10BA=297…99A99C=297…AC=3 3B=AC…3B=3…B=1 AC=3: A>1>C…3≤A≤9…93+1=7 Ans (C)




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