SOLUTIONIf \(a\) and \(b\) are two-digit positive integers greater than 10, is the remainder when \(a\) is divided by 11 less than the remainder when \(b\) is divided by 11?First of all, note that the remainder when a positive integer is divided by 11 could be 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10.
(1) The remainder when \(a\) is divided by 69 is the fifth power of a prime number:
\(a=69q+prime^5\) and \(prime^5<69\) (the remainder must be less than the divisor). The only prime number whose fifth power is less than 69 is 2: \((2^5=32) < 69\). So, we have that \(a=69q+32\): 32, 101, 170, ... Since \(a\) is a two-digit integer, then \(a=32\).
Now, \(a=32\) divided by 11 gives the remainder of 10. Since 10 is the maximum remainder possible when divided by 11, then this remainder cannot be less then the remainder when \(b\) is divided by 11 (0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10). So, the answer to the question is NO.
Sufficient.
(2) The remainder when \(b\) is divided by 12 is \(b\):
The remainder must be less than the divisor, hence \(b\) must be less than 12 and since we are told that \(b\) is a two-digit integers greater than 10, then \(b\) must be 11.
Now, \(b=11\) divided by 11 gives the remainder of 0. Since 0 is the minimum remainder possible, than the remainder when \(a\) is divided by 11 cannot possible be less than 0. So, the answer to the question is NO.
Sufficient.
Answer: D.
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