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# If n is a prime number greater than 3, what is the remainder

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If n is a prime number greater than 3, what is the remainder when n is divided by 12?

A)0
B)1
C)2
D)3
E)5

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03 Nov 2004, 23:14
I am unable to comprehend this question...

If n is a prime number > than 3 - it can be 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, whatever..

if n is divided by 12, the remainders can be 5, 7, 11, 1, 5, 7, 11..

We see both 1 and 5 in the answer choice...how's that possible?

Is there a typo or am I missing something here?

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04 Nov 2004, 08:42
venksune wrote:
I am unable to comprehend this question...

If n is a prime number > than 3 - it can be 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19, 23, whatever..

if n is divided by 12, the remainders can be 5, 7, 11, 1, 5, 7, 11..

We see both 1 and 5 in the answer choice...how's that possible?

Is there a typo or am I missing something here?

Venksune-

That is the solution I came up with as well.

There is no typo..This question is from a old paper test.

Could somebody shed some light if we are missing something?

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04 Nov 2004, 08:49
The question is just badly written then. I have the same answer as venksune
5/12--> remainder is 5
13/12--> remainder is 1
It's obvious the question is either badly written or there is a typo in the question itself
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04 Nov 2004, 14:28
The OA of this question is 1, which does not make sense at all...

I guess we must consider 2 in place of 12...

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04 Nov 2004, 21:50
afife76 wrote:
If n is a prime number greater than 3, what is the remainder when n is divided by 12?

A)0
B)1
C)2
D)3
E)5

If I were to take a guess, I would say that n should be replaced with n^2. Now try the problem. The proof is a little challenging, but not hard (this is a dumb GMAT question because all you have to do is try one number and see what the remainder is).
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05 Nov 2004, 01:06
You are right Akamai, now the remainder is consistently 1. I think it would have possibly been n^2 - but rightly said - it is a low quality question.

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05 Nov 2004, 04:05
Unfortunately this one is from disclosed paper tests...

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