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# Advanced Number Properties on GMAT (All 5 parts)

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 FROM Veritas Prep Blog: Advanced Number Properties on the GMAT - Part IV As pointed out by a reader, we need to complete the discussion on a question discussed in our previous ‘Advanced Number Properties’ posts so let’s do that today. Note that the discussion that follows doesn’t fall in the purview of GMAT and you needn’t know it. You will be able to solve any question without taking this post into account but that has never stopped us from letting loose our curiosity so here goes…Question 1: Which of the following CANNOT be the sum of two prime numbers?(A) 19(B) 45(C) 58(D) 79(E) 88Solution: We discussed in that post that the sum of two prime numbers is usually even because prime numbers are usually odd. We also discussed that if the sum of two prime numbers is odd, it means one of the prime numbers is certainly 2 – the only even prime number.For example:2 + 3 = 52 + 7 = 92 + 17 = 19Then it makes perfect sense to first look at the options which are odd. To be sum of two prime numbers, the sum must be of the form 2 + Another Prime Number.We saw that (D) 79 = 2 + 77 (77 is not prime.) and hence we got (D) as our answer.Now the question we raised there was: What happens if instead of 79, we had 81?81 = 2 + 79Then all three odd options would have been sum of two prime numbers and we would have needed to check the even options too. How do you figure whether an even number can be written as the sum of two prime numbers?This is where Goldbach’s Conjecture comes into play (you don’t really need to know it. We are doing it for intellectual purposes. GMAC will never put you in this fix).It says “Every even integer greater than 2 can be expressed as the sum of two primes.”Mind you, it’s a conjecture i.e. it hasn’t been proven for all even numbers (only for even numbers till 4 * 10^{18}) but it does seem to hold.For example:4 = 2 + 26 = 3 + 38 = 3 + 510 = 3 + 7 = 5 + 512 = 5 + 7and so on…So given any even sum greater than 2, you can say that it CAN be written as sum of two prime numbers, for all practical purposes.In fact, and here we are going into really geeky territory, we expect that every large even integer has not just one representation as the sum of two primes, but in fact has very many such representations. For all we know, 6 may be the only even number greater than 2 which cannot be written as the sum of two distinct prime numbers.Coming back to our original question, we will actually check only odd numbers to see whether they can be written as sum of two primes. One of them has to be such that it cannot be written as sum of two primes and finding that is very simple! (as discussed in the previous post)So all in all, the question that seemed very tedious turned out to be very simple!Karishma, a Computer Engineer with a keen interest in alternative Mathematical approaches, has mentored students in the continents of Asia, Europe and North America. She teaches the GMAT for Veritas Prep and regularly participates in content development projects such as this blog!
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Statement 1: m and n are prime numbers such that (m + n) is a factor of 119

This means one of m and n is 2. There are many possible values of m and n e.g. 2 and 5 (to give sum 7) or 2 and 15 (to give sum 17) or 2 and 117 (to give sum 119).

15 and 117 are not prime Nos.

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 FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: Advanced Number Properties on the GMAT - Part V Today, let’s look in detail at a relation between arithmetic mean and geometric mean of two numbers. It is one of those properties which make sense the moment someone explains to us but are very hard to arrive on our own.When two positive numbers are equal, their Arithmetic Mean = Geometric Mean = The number itselfSay, the two numbers are m and n (and are equal). Their arithmetic mean = (m+n)/2 = 2m/2 = mTheir geometric mean = sqrt(m*n) = sqrt(m^2) = m (the numbers are positive so |m| = m)We also know that Arithmetic Mean >= Geometric MeanSo when arithmetic mean is equal to geometric mean, it means the arithmetic mean is taking its minimum value. So when (m+n)/2 is minimum, it implies (m+n) is minimum. Therefore, sum of numbers takes its minimum value when the numbers are equal.When geometric mean is equal to arithmetic mean, it means the geometric mean is taking its maximum value. So when sqrt(m*n) is maximum, it means m*n is maximum. Therefore, product of numbers takes its maximum value when the numbers are equal.Let’s see how to solve a difficult question using this concept.Question: If x and y are positive, is x^2 + y^2 > 100?Statement 1: 2xy < 100Statement 2: (x + y)^2 > 200Solution:We need to find whether x^2 + y^2 must be greater than 100.Statement 1: 2xy < 100Plug in some easy values to see that this is not sufficient alone.If x = 0 and y = 0, 2xy < 100 and x^2 + y^2 < 100If x = 40 and y = 1, 2xy < 100 but x^2 + y^2 > 100So x^2 + y^2 may be less than or greater than 100.Statement 2: (x + y)^2 > 200There are two ways to deal with this statement. One is the algebra way which is easier to understand but far less intuitive. Another is using the concept we discussed above. Let’s look at both:Algebra solution:We know that (x – y)^2 >= 0 because a square is never negative.So x^2 + y^2 – 2xy >= 0x^2 + y^2 >= 2xyThis will be true for all values of x and y.Now, statement 2 gives us x^2 + y^2 + 2xy > 200. The left hand side is greater than 200. If on the left we substitute 2xy with (x^2 + y^2), the left hand side will either become greater than or same as before. So in any case, the left hand side will remain greater than 200.x^2 + y^2 + (x^2 + y^2) > 2002(x^2 + y^2) > 200x^2 + y^2 > 100This statement alone is sufficient to say that x^2 + y^2 will be greater than 100. But, we agree that the first step where we start with (x – y)^2 is not intuitive. It may not hit you at all. Hence, here is another way to analyze this statement.Logical solution:Let’s try to find the minimum value of x^2 + y^2. It will take minimum value when x^2 = y^2 i.e. when  x = y (x and y are both positive)We are given that (x+y)^2 > 200(x+x)^2 > 200x > sqrt(50)So x^2 + y^2 will take a value greater than [sqrt(50)]^2 + [sqrt(50)]^2 = 100.So in any case, x^2 + y^2 will be greater than 100. This statement alone is sufficient to answer the question.Answer (B)Karishma, a Computer Engineer with a keen interest in alternative Mathematical approaches, has mentored students in the continents of Asia, Europe and North America. She teaches the GMAT for Veritas Prep and regularly participates in content development projects such as this blog!
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if we plug in values, we can easily find that the statement 1 is clearly insufficient by itself. if we, however, apply the concept, just learned, to statement 1, we get 2x^2 < 100, as the product of 2 numbers will be maximum when the 2 numbers are set equal to each other. So, the statement 1 basically says that the LHS is less than square root of 50,
that is x < √50, so even when the LHS is set maximum, x^2 + y^2 is less than 100....how come ....?

please say to me what I am missing ....?

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 FROM Veritas Prep Admissions Blog: Advanced Number Properties on the GMAT - Part V Today, let’s look in detail at a relation between arithmetic mean and geometric mean of two numbers. It is one of those properties which make sense the moment someone explains to us but are very hard to arrive on our own.When two positive numbers are equal, their Arithmetic Mean = Geometric Mean = The number itselfSay, the two numbers are m and n (and are equal). Their arithmetic mean = (m+n)/2 = 2m/2 = mTheir geometric mean = sqrt(m*n) = sqrt(m^2) = m (the numbers are positive so |m| = m)We also know that Arithmetic Mean >= Geometric MeanSo when arithmetic mean is equal to geometric mean, it means the arithmetic mean is taking its minimum value. So when (m+n)/2 is minimum, it implies (m+n) is minimum. Therefore, sum of numbers takes its minimum value when the numbers are equal.When geometric mean is equal to arithmetic mean, it means the geometric mean is taking its maximum value. So when sqrt(m*n) is maximum, it means m*n is maximum. Therefore, product of numbers takes its maximum value when the numbers are equal.Let’s see how to solve a difficult question using this concept.Question: If x and y are positive, is x^2 + y^2 > 100?Statement 1: 2xy < 100Statement 2: (x + y)^2 > 200Solution:We need to find whether x^2 + y^2 must be greater than 100.Statement 1: 2xy < 100Plug in some easy values to see that this is not sufficient alone.If x = 0 and y = 0, 2xy < 100 and x^2 + y^2 < 100If x = 40 and y = 1, 2xy < 100 but x^2 + y^2 > 100So x^2 + y^2 may be less than or greater than 100.Statement 2: (x + y)^2 > 200There are two ways to deal with this statement. One is the algebra way which is easier to understand but far less intuitive. Another is using the concept we discussed above. Let’s look at both:Algebra solution:We know that (x – y)^2 >= 0 because a square is never negative.So x^2 + y^2 – 2xy >= 0x^2 + y^2 >= 2xyThis will be true for all values of x and y.Now, statement 2 gives us x^2 + y^2 + 2xy > 200. The left hand side is greater than 200. If on the left we substitute 2xy with (x^2 + y^2), the left hand side will either become greater than or same as before. So in any case, the left hand side will remain greater than 200.x^2 + y^2 + (x^2 + y^2) > 2002(x^2 + y^2) > 200x^2 + y^2 > 100This statement alone is sufficient to say that x^2 + y^2 will be greater than 100. But, we agree that the first step where we start with (x – y)^2 is not intuitive. It may not hit you at all. Hence, here is another way to analyze this statement.Logical solution:Let’s try to find the minimum value of x^2 + y^2. It will take minimum value when x^2 = y^2 i.e. when  x = y (x and y are both positive)We are given that (x+y)^2 > 200(x+x)^2 > 200x > sqrt(50)So x^2 + y^2 will take a value greater than [sqrt(50)]^2 + [sqrt(50)]^2 = 100.So in any case, x^2 + y^2 will be greater than 100. This statement alone is sufficient to answer the question.Answer (B)Karishma, a Computer Engineer with a keen interest in alternative Mathematical approaches, has mentored students in the continents of Asia, Europe and North America. She teaches the GMAT for Veritas Prep and regularly participates in content development projects such as this blog!
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hi

if we plug in values, we can easily find that the statement 1 is clearly insufficient by itself. if we, however, apply the concept, just learned, to statement 1, we get 2x^2 < 100, as the product of 2 numbers will be maximum when the 2 numbers are set equal to each other. So, the statement 1 basically says that the LHS is less than square root of 50,
that is x < √50, so even when the LHS is set maximum, x^2 + y^2 is less than 100....how come ....?

please say to me what I am missing ....?