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If an integer n is to be chosen at random from the integers 1 to 96, inclusive, what is the probability that n(n + 1)(n + 2) will be divisible by 8?

A. 1/4
B. 3/8
C. 1/2
D. 5/8
E. 3/4

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Only even values of "n" satisfy and there are 48 even numbers between 1 to 96 inclusive....hence prob = 48/96 = 1/2....??

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Im gonna guess 3/4's.
If it has a multiple of eight, it works (obviously),
or if it has a multiple of 4 and an even number.

It is definately more than 1/2.

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Hi, SigEpUCI

In my opinion, if we randomly choose an interger which is the multiple of 2, n (n+1) (n+2) must be divided by 8.

Hence, the probability, I supposed, is 48/96 = 1/2.


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I pick D. 5/8

Every threesome where the middle number is odd works
For example
2,3,4 Works.
4,5,6 Works.

Those account for 1/2 of the cases.

But remember that evert threesome where the middle number is divisible by 8 also works!
Example:
7,8,9 Works.
15,16,17.

Those account for 12/96 of the cases which is: 1/8.

1/2 + 1/8 = 5/8.

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Dookie wrote:
I pick D. 5/8

Every threesome where the middle number is odd works
For example
2,3,4 Works.
4,5,6 Works.

Those account for 1/2 of the cases.

But remember that evert threesome where the middle number is divisible by 8 also works!
Example:
7,8,9 Works.
15,16,17.

Those account for 12/96 of the cases which is: 1/8.

1/2 + 1/8 = 5/8.



well done, Dookie,

the answer should be (D)

thank you

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I got 1/2.

Excellent explaination Dookie.

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chunjuwu wrote:
If an integer n is to be chosen at random from the integers 1 to 96, inclusive,
what is the probability that n(n + 1)(n + 2) will be divisible by 8?

A. 1/4
B. 3/8
C. 1/2
D. 5/8
E. 3/4


please explain, thank you.


For n(n+1)(n+2) to be divisible by 8, either n has to be even ( because if, n and n+2 are even, then n is divisible by 8) or n+1 as a whole should be divisible by 8
There are 96 values for n. The possibility of n to be even is (96/2) = 48 and the possibility of n to be divisible by 8 is (96/8)= 12
Therefore the total prob = (48+12)/96 = 60/96 = 5/8

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