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Re: If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive [#permalink]

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We can write P as a set of an undetermined number of integers that contains the number 3.

P = {l , m , n, ..... , 3 , x , y , z, ....}

Is every positive multiple of 3 in P ? In effect the question is asking you is every number in this infinite series : 3,6,9,12,15,....... is present in P, or not. A yes or no answer will suffice.

Statement 1:

For any integer "q" in P, "q+3" is also in P.

Since we know that 3 is in P, 3+3 = 6 is also in P. Since we know that 6 is in P, 6+3 = 9 is also in P. Since we know that 9 is in P, 9+3 = 12 is also in P. AND SO ON.... Clearly this will go on forever, ensuring that EVERY positive multiple of 3 is in P. ANSWER to PROMPT - Yes

SUFFICIENT.

Statement 2:

For any integer "q" in P, "q-3" is also in P.

Since we know that 3 is in P, 3-3 = 0 is also in P Since we know that 0 is in P, 0-3 = -3 is also in P. Since we know that -3 is in P, -3-3 = -6 is also in P. AND SO ON.... Clearly this will go on forever, ensuring all NEGATIVE multiples of 3 are in P.

What can we say about the POSITIVE multiples, remember an answer of No will suffice, but CAREFUL:

Two things: 1. 2 statements will never contradict eachother, so either this one is going to answer the question as "yes" just as Statement 1 did, or it is going to be insufficient. Since we don't seem to reach a clear yes, it is probably insufficient.

2. We don't know what other numbers were in the set P other than 3. Consider that P contained the highest positive multiple of 3. This is ofcourse a hypothetical situation since this number would be akin to infinity. But it is theoretically possible that this set contained that maximum positive multiple of 3. Thus, stepping down by 3 from this number as we have above, would result in obtaining all positive multiples of 3. Thus it is possible, but we cannot be sure of this fact from statement 2 since we do not know if this hypothetical number exists in the set or not.

If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive multiple of 3 in P?

(1) For any integer in P, the sum of 3 and that integer is also in P.

(2) For any integer in P, that integer minus 3 is also in P.

I had difficulty with this question because of the wording, I wasn't sure what they were looking for exactly, and I didn't find the explanation in the book to be sufficient. If anyone can break it down into an easier explanation I'd apprecaite it.

If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive multiple of 3 in P?

Positive multiples of 3 are: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, ... The question asks whether ALL these numbers are in the set P, taking into account that 3 is in this set.

(1) For any integer in P, the sum of 3 and that integer is also in P --> if \(x\) is in the set, so is \(x+3\) --> we know 3 is in P, hence \(3+3=6\) is also in, and as 6 is in so is \(6+3=9\), and so on. Which means that ALL positive multiples of 3 are in the set P. Sufficient.

Side note: above does not mean that only positive multiples of 3 are in P, there can be other numbers but we are only interested in them.

(2) For any integer in P, that integer minus 3 is also in P --> if \(x\) is in the set, so is \(x-3\) --> we know 3 is in P, hence \(3-3=0\) is also in and as 0 is in, so is \(0-3=-3\), and so on. So we are not sure whether all positive multiples of 3 are in P, all we know that there will be following numbers: 3, 0, -3, -6, -9, -12, ... Not sufficient.

Re: If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive [#permalink]

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21 Oct 2014, 02:54

Bunuel plz help. I m stuck here, how does st (1) ensure that just +ve multiples of 3 are in set P? For instance if it has -6, than 3 + -6 =-3, is also in that set, so the statement holds true but it has -ve multiples within the set. So I answered E due to the condition of "+ve multiples"

Bunuel plz help. I m stuck here, how does st (1) ensure that just +ve multiples of 3 are in set P? For instance if it has -6, than 3 + -6 =-3, is also in that set, so the statement holds true but it has -ve multiples within the set. So I answered E due to the condition of "+ve multiples"

Please pay attention to the part in red: If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive multiple of 3 in P?

Positive multiples of 3 are: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, ... The question asks whether ALL these numbers are in the set P, taking into account that 3 is in this set.

(1) For any integer in P, the sum of 3 and that integer is also in P --> if \(x\) is in the set, so is \(x+3\) --> we know 3 is in P, hence \(3+3=6\) is also in, and as 6 is in so is \(6+3=9\), and so on. Which means that ALL positive multiples of 3 are in the set P. Sufficient.

Side note: above does not mean that only positive multiples of 3 are in P, there can be other numbers but we are only interested in them.

(2) For any integer in P, that integer minus 3 is also in P --> if \(x\) is in the set, so is \(x-3\) --> we know 3 is in P, hence \(3-3=0\) is also in and as 0 is in, so is \(0-3=-3\), and so on. So we are not sure whether all positive multiples of 3 are in P, all we know that there will be following numbers: 3, 0, -3, -6, -9, -12, ... Not sufficient.

Answer: A.

The question does NOT ask whether P consists ONLY of positive multiples of 3. It asks whether every positive multiple of 3 in P. _________________

Re: If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive [#permalink]

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02 Sep 2017, 21:46

Bunuel wrote:

Caffmeister wrote:

If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive multiple of 3 in P?

(1) For any integer in P, the sum of 3 and that integer is also in P.

(2) For any integer in P, that integer minus 3 is also in P.

I had difficulty with this question because of the wording, I wasn't sure what they were looking for exactly, and I didn't find the explanation in the book to be sufficient. If anyone can break it down into an easier explanation I'd apprecaite it.

If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive multiple of 3 in P?

Positive multiples of 3 are: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, ... The question asks whether ALL these numbers are in the set P, taking into account that 3 is in this set.

(1) For any integer in P, the sum of 3 and that integer is also in P --> if \(x\) is in the set, so is \(x+3\) --> we know 3 is in P, hence \(3+3=6\) is also in, and as 6 is in so is \(6+3=9\), and so on. Which means that ALL positive multiples of 3 are in the set P. Sufficient.

Side note: above does not mean that only positive multiples of 3 are in P, there can be other numbers but we are only interested in them.

(2) For any integer in P, that integer minus 3 is also in P --> if \(x\) is in the set, so is \(x-3\) --> we know 3 is in P, hence \(3-3=0\) is also in and as 0 is in, so is \(0-3=-3\), and so on. So we are not sure whether all positive multiples of 3 are in P, all we know that there will be following numbers: 3, 0, -3, -6, -9, -12, ... Not sufficient.

Answer: A.

Hope it's clear.

I'm not very clear with this answer. If your statement 2 can state like that, how didn't you question statement 1 in the same way? It means that we're not sure about whether set P contains min number like 0, 3, 6. Set P can start from 500 for example. In that case not every multiple of 3 is in the set P. Insufficient

If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive multiple of 3 in P?

(1) For any integer in P, the sum of 3 and that integer is also in P.

(2) For any integer in P, that integer minus 3 is also in P.

I had difficulty with this question because of the wording, I wasn't sure what they were looking for exactly, and I didn't find the explanation in the book to be sufficient. If anyone can break it down into an easier explanation I'd apprecaite it.

If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive multiple of 3 in P?

Positive multiples of 3 are: 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, ... The question asks whether ALL these numbers are in the set P, taking into account that 3 is in this set.

(1) For any integer in P, the sum of 3 and that integer is also in P --> if \(x\) is in the set, so is \(x+3\) --> we know 3 is in P, hence \(3+3=6\) is also in, and as 6 is in so is \(6+3=9\), and so on. Which means that ALL positive multiples of 3 are in the set P. Sufficient.

Side note: above does not mean that only positive multiples of 3 are in P, there can be other numbers but we are only interested in them.

(2) For any integer in P, that integer minus 3 is also in P --> if \(x\) is in the set, so is \(x-3\) --> we know 3 is in P, hence \(3-3=0\) is also in and as 0 is in, so is \(0-3=-3\), and so on. So we are not sure whether all positive multiples of 3 are in P, all we know that there will be following numbers: 3, 0, -3, -6, -9, -12, ... Not sufficient.

Answer: A.

Hope it's clear.

I'm not very clear with this answer. If your statement 2 can state like that, how didn't you question statement 1 in the same way? It means that we're not sure about whether set P contains min number like 0, 3, 6. Set P can start from 500 for example. In that case not every multiple of 3 is in the set P. Insufficient

We know that 3 is in the set. From (1) we also know that if any integer is in the set, then (that integer) + 3 is also in the set. Since 3 is in the set, then so must be 3 + 3 = 6. If 6 is in the set, then so must be 6 + 3 = 9, and so on.
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Re: If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive [#permalink]

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02 Dec 2017, 16:54

If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive multiple of 3 in P?

(1) For any integer in P, the sum of 3 and that integer is also in P.

(2) For any integer in P, that integer minus 3 is also in P.

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I answered (E) because I read the question as asking "are all positive multiple of 3 in set P"? Meaning there is an infinity of positive multiples of 3, and we don't know if set P is infinite. Probably my understanding of English playing tricks on me.

If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive multiple of 3 in P?

(1) For any integer in P, the sum of 3 and that integer is also in P.

(2) For any integer in P, that integer minus 3 is also in P.

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I answered (E) because I read the question as asking "are all positive multiple of 3 in set P"? Meaning there is an infinity of positive multiples of 3, and we don't know if set P is infinite. Probably my understanding of English playing tricks on me.

Can anyone help me untangle this?

Thanks!

If you read the first statement carefully you should understand that it implies that set P is infinite. Solution HERE makes it quite clear.
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Re: If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive [#permalink]

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03 Dec 2017, 10:39

Bunuel wrote:

Hadrienlbb wrote:

If P is a set of integers and 3 is in P, is every positive multiple of 3 in P?

(1) For any integer in P, the sum of 3 and that integer is also in P.

(2) For any integer in P, that integer minus 3 is also in P.

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I answered (E) because I read the question as asking "are all positive multiple of 3 in set P"? Meaning there is an infinity of positive multiples of 3, and we don't know if set P is infinite. Probably my understanding of English playing tricks on me.

Can anyone help me untangle this?

Thanks!

If you read the first statement carefully you should understand that it implies that set P is infinite. Solution HERE makes it quite clear.

Yes, for any integer k in P, 3+k is also in P. So P is infinite.

Much clearer now. Thanks for pointing me to the right detail!
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