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Re: From a group of 6 employees, k employees are chosen to be on the party
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04 Apr 2017, 09:46

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From a group of 6 employees, k employees are chosen to be on the party-planning committee. If k is a positive integer, what is the value of k?

1) k is a prime number 2) There are 15 different ways to create the party-planning committee consisting of k employees.

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6 employees and k are choosen... k is POSITIVE integer, so \(k\neq{0}\)...

Let's see the statements.. 1) k is prime. k can be 2,3,5 Insufficient

2)15 different ways to select k.. Easy to believe that we will get an answer .. But there will be two values which will give us same answer.. 6Ck=15.. \(\frac{6!}{(6-k)!k!}=15\) k can be 4 or 2.. Insufficient

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From a group of 6 employees, k employees are chosen to be on the party-planning committee. If k is a positive integer, what is the value of k?

1) k is a prime number 2) There are 15 different ways to create the party-planning committee consisting of k employees.

Target question:What is the value of k?

Given: From a group of 6 employees, k employees are chosen to be on the party-planning committee. So, k can equal 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, or 6

Since the order of the selected employees does not matter, we can use combinations. We can choose k employees from 6 employees in 6Ck ways. Let's take a moment to calculate the combinations (which we can do quickly in our head - see the video below) 6C1 = 6 6C2 = 15 6C3 = 20 6C4 = 15 6C5 = 6 6C6 = 1

Statement 1: k is a prime number So, k can equal 2, 3, or 5 Since we cannot answer the target question with certainty, statement 1 is NOT SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: There are 15 different ways to create the party-planning committee consisting of k employees. We already saw that 6C2 = 15 AND 6C4 = 15 This means k = 2 OR k = 4 Since we cannot answer the target question with certainty, statement 2 is NOT SUFFICIENT

Statements 1 and 2 combined Statement 1 tells us that k = 2 OR k = 3 OR k = 5 Statement 2 tells us that k = 2 OR k = 4 Since both statements must be true, and since k = 2 is the ONLY k-value that is shared by both statements, we can conclude that k = 2 Since we can answer the target question with certainty, the combined statements are SUFFICIENT

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1. k is a prime number between 1 and 6 inclusive. k could be 2,3,5. Insuff. 2. The number of ways to create the committe is 6!/(k!(6-k)!). This is equal to 15 in case k is 2 or 4. Insuff. Combined: combining the statments we get that k must be 2. Suff. The answer is C.

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