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

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30 Nov 2005, 10:37
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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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30 Nov 2005, 10:48
joemama142000 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

Is the question correct? Am I missing something?

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30 Nov 2005, 10:53
thats what i thought, but this question is from an ETS paper test

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30 Nov 2005, 10:57
B 1 or E ...5

n is prime number greatrer than 3, = 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19...
divided by 12

remainder 1 for 13
5 for 17..

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30 Nov 2005, 10:59
This question might be in OG, ill have to look for it. But the answer they gave here is B.

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30 Nov 2005, 11:05
joemama142000 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

well, though this question obviously contains errors...just try it anyway
A. 0 ---> no! coz a number is divisible by 12 cant be a prime

C. 2 ---> it should be even then--->can't be prime

D. 3 ---> no! coz if r= 3 --> the number = 12k +3 , which is divisible by 3, can't be a prime

B and E are possible choices.

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30 Nov 2005, 13:22
I'm also getting B and E.

Choose some prime number/12

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30 Nov 2005, 16:26
sounds like the question should be divided by 2 instead of 12 if the answer is B.

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30 Nov 2005, 16:39
thiis is most likely a typo on their part

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30 Nov 2005, 16:41
joemama142000 wrote:
thiis is most likely a typo on their part

or is it 'n^2' instead of 'n'?

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30 Nov 2005, 16:41
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