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If n is a positive integer greater than 6, what is the remainder when n is divided by 6? (1) n^2 – 1 is not divisible by 3. (2) n^2 – 1 is even.
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How it can be C, because the n value where n^21 is not divisible by 6 is 9; and also if we consider n^21 is even we can get a lot numbers 48, 120, 80 etc.

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krishna789 wrote: How it can be C, because the n value where n^21 is not divisible by 6 is 9; and also if we consider n^21 is even we can get a lot numbers 48, 120, 80 etc. Q:If n is a positive integer greater than 6, what is the remainder when n is divided by 6?
(1) n2 – 1 is not divisible by 3.
(2) n2 – 1 is even. Ans is C and here is how St 1 tells us that n^21 is not divisible by 3 and we know n>6 so possible values of n =9,12,15,18...... Now if n =12,18,24... then n/6 gives remainder as 0 but if n=9,15,21 then remainder is 3 So from St1 we see that remainder will follow a pattern of 0,1,0,1.... Not sufficient from St 2 we we have n^21=even or n^2= Even +1 =odd, so we see that n is odd. Now if n=7 then n/6 gives remainder 1 but if n=9 then remainder is 3
if n=11 then remainder is 5 So St2 is not sufficient alone Combining we see that n is odd and n>6 so possible value of n satisfying the above conditions are n=9,15,21,27.....so on Remainder will be 3 Ans is C
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russ9 wrote: If N is a positive integer greater than 6, what is the remainder when N is divided by 6? (1) N^2 – 1 is not divisible by 3. (2) N^2 – 1 is even. N is a positive integer > 6, what is the remainder when N is divided by 6?(1) N^2 – 1 is not divisible by 3.> N^2  1 = (N1)*(N+1) , and this is not divisible by three. Notice that (N1)*N*(N+1) is the product of three consecutive positive integers. Such a product will always contain exactly one multiple of 3. If this multiple of three is not (N1) or (N+1), then the multiple of 3 must be N. If N = 3*3=9, the remainder when divided by 6 is 3. If N = 3*4=12, the remainder when divided by 6 is 0. > Not sufficient. (Note: The product of K consecutive positive integers is always divisible by K!) (2) N^2 – 1 is even> N^2 = even + 1 = odd > N is odd. If N = 7, the remainder when divided by 6 is 1. If N = 9, the remainder when divided by 6 is 3. > Not sufficient. (1) and (2)N is an odd multiple of 3 greater than 6. > N = 3*(2k1) = 6k  3 for k >1. Thus, since N is three less than a multiple of six, the remainder is always 3. Sufficient.
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If n is a positive integer greater than 6, what is the remainder when n is divided by 6? (1) n^2 – 1 is not divisible by 3 > (n1)(n+1) is not divisible by 3 > neither n1 not n+1 is divisible by 3. Since from any 3 consecutive integers one is divisible by 3, then n must be divisible by 3. If n is even too (12, 18, ...) then the remainder is 0 but if n is odd (9, 15, ...) then the reminder is 3. Not sufficient. (2) n^2 – 1 is even > n^2 = even + 1 = odd > n=odd. Not sufficient. (1)+(2) n is odd multiple of 3: 9, 15, 21, ... The remainder when n is divided by 6 is 3. Sufficient. Answer: C.
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Bunuel wrote: If n is a positive integer greater than 6, what is the remainder when n is divided by 6? (1) n^2 – 1 is not divisible by 3 > (n1)(n+1) is not divisible by 3 > neither n1 not n+1 is divisible by 3. Since from any 3 consecutive integers one is divisible by 3, then n must be divisible by 3. If n is even too (12, 18, ...) then the remainder is 0 but if n is odd (9, 15, ...) then the reminder is 3. Not sufficient. (2) n^2 – 1 is even > n^2 = even + 1 = odd > n=odd. Not sufficient.
(1)+(2) n is odd multiple of 3: 9, 15, 21, ... The remainder when n is divided by 6 is 3. Sufficient.
Answer: C. Thanks for the explanation. I can definitely follow what you have outlined above but I wouldn't have been able to derive it on my own. Two questions: 1) Is it better to plug in numbers for these type of problems or work through the theory? 2) How do I get better at these specific types of problems? Is it just practice and if so, can you suggest similar problems please? Thanks!

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russ9 wrote: Bunuel wrote: If n is a positive integer greater than 6, what is the remainder when n is divided by 6? (1) n^2 – 1 is not divisible by 3 > (n1)(n+1) is not divisible by 3 > neither n1 not n+1 is divisible by 3. Since from any 3 consecutive integers one is divisible by 3, then n must be divisible by 3. If n is even too (12, 18, ...) then the remainder is 0 but if n is odd (9, 15, ...) then the reminder is 3. Not sufficient. (2) n^2 – 1 is even > n^2 = even + 1 = odd > n=odd. Not sufficient.
(1)+(2) n is odd multiple of 3: 9, 15, 21, ... The remainder when n is divided by 6 is 3. Sufficient.
Answer: C. Thanks for the explanation. I can definitely follow what you have outlined above but I wouldn't have been able to derive it on my own. Two questions: 1) Is it better to plug in numbers for these type of problems or work through the theory? 2) How do I get better at these specific types of problems? Is it just practice and if so, can you suggest similar problems please? Thanks! 1. Questions on remainders are good for plugin, but not all of them. It depends on a question and your skills/preferences what approach to choose. 2. By studying theory and practicing: Hope this helps.
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Here is my take! Statement 1: n^2  1 is not divisible by 3 > (n1)(n+1) is not divisible by 3 > n is divisible by 3 > insuff Statement 2: n^2  1 is odd > (n1)(n+1) is odd > n 1 is even > n is odd > insuff Statement 1+2: n is divisible by 3 > n = 3a n is even > n = 2b +1 So, n = 6c +3 > remainder when n is divided by 6 is 3 Hence, C!
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russ9 wrote: If n is a positive integer greater than 6, what is the remainder when n is divided by 6? (1) n^2 – 1 is not divisible by 3. (2) n^2 – 1 is even. Goal: We need to know the remainder when n is divided by 6. Statement 1: (N^21)/3 =int. So (n+1)(n1)/3 is not an integer. Thus, n must be a multiple of three because every three consecutive integers has at least one multiple of three within it. Not sufficient because all it tells us is that n is a multiple of 3, so its remainder when divided by 6 has multiple potential values. Statement 2: N^2  1 is even. Hence (n+1)*(n1) is even, so n must be odd. Not sufficient because some odd numbers have different remainders when divided by 6. Combined: We know that N is an integer greater than 6 that is odd and a multiple of 3. Start testing cases: n=9 (r=3); n=15 (r=3); and so on. Sufficient.

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