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# If each term in the sum a1+a2+a3+...+an

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If each term in the sum a1+a2+a3+...+an either 2 or 22 and the sum equals 100, which of the following could be equal to n?

A. 38
B. 39
C. 40
D. 41
E. 42

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25 Aug 2016, 14:13
Min value of 'n' can be 10 i.e 4*22+6*12 => 22+22+22+22+2+2+2+2+2+2 = 100

Since we don't have 10 in the options proceed further, (10-1)+22/2 => 20 digits, which is again not in the options

(20-1) + 22/2 = 30 digits ( not in options)
(30-1) + 22/2 = 40 digits

Hence C.
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25 Aug 2016, 14:24
Argo wrote:
Min value of 'n' can be 10 i.e 4*22+6*12 => 22+22+22+22+2+2+2+2+2+2 = 100

Since we don't have 10 in the options proceed further, (10-1)+22/2 => 20 digits, which is again not in the options

(20-1) + 22/2 = 30 digits ( not in options)
(30-1) + 22/2 = 40 digits

Hence C.

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If each term in the sum a1+a2+a3+...+an either 2 or 22 and the sum equals 100, which of the following could be equal to n?

A. 38
B. 39
C. 40
D. 41
E. 42

Give me an Algebraic Solution..!!! No Hit and trials

Note => This question is just for practise . After doing the above try this Official GMAT prep Question too -> if-each-term-in-the-sum-a1-a2-a3-an-is-either-7-or-93974.html

We are given 22k + 2k' = 100 .

Also, k+k' = n

In order to find the maximum value of n, we need to maximize the value of k' and minimize the value of k. Also, need to maintain the value of n an integer.

We cannot take k = 0, as we have atleast one 22 in the numbers.

So, lets say k=1, we will have 2k'=78 or k'=39

Therefore, n = 1+39=40

Hence, C
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14 Dec 2016, 04:55
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If each term in the sum a1+a2+a3+...+an either 2 or 22 and the sum equals 100, which of the following could be equal to n?

A. 38
B. 39
C. 40
D. 41
E. 42

Give me an Algebraic Solution..!!! No Hit and trials

Note => This question is just for practise . After doing the above try this Official GMAT prep Question too -> if-each-term-in-the-sum-a1-a2-a3-an-is-either-7-or-93974.html

$$2a + 22b = 100$$

$$a + 11b = 50$$

$$a_0 = 6$$

$$b_0 = 4$$

$$a = 6 + 11x$$

$$b = 4 - x$$

$$n = a + b = 10 + 10x = 10 (x + 1)$$

Our $$n$$ must be a multiple of $$10$$

Answer C
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15 Dec 2016, 02:52
As long as set consists of numbers "22" and "2", then it should contain at least 1 term of number "22", so since the sum is equal to 100, then 100-22=78, 78/2= 39 ===> 1ea. ( number 22) + 39 ea. ( number 22) = 40.
P.S. if we assume that this set contains more than one term of number "22" then, i.e. 100 - 2*22 = 66, 66/2=33 ==> 33+2 = 35 - less then any of the responses.
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