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If S is the sum of the reciprocals of the consecutive integers from 91 to 100, inclusive, which of the following is less than S?

I. 1/8
II. 1/9
III. 1/10

A. None
B. I only
C. III only
D. II and III only
E. I, II, and III
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I think it's C, but I'm not quite sure.

Since we summarize the reciprocals from 100 to 91, we can say also that we add ten numbers who are all (with one exception 1/100) greater than 1/100, so that the sum must be greater than 1/10.

On the other side we can say that we add the reciprocals from 91 to 100, so that the sum has to be less than the sum of ten times 1/91.

We can conclude that the sum has to be less than 1/9 but more than 1/10. That leaves us C as the only possible answer.

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If S is the sum of the reciprocals of the consecutive integers from 91 to 100, inclusive, which of the following is less than S?

I. 1/8
II. 1/9
III. 1/10

A. None
B. I only
C. III only
D. II and III only
E. I, II, and III

S = 1/91 + 1/92 + 1/93.....+ 1/100
S = (1/91 + 1/100)(10/2) = 191/1820 = approx 0.1049.....

I. 1/8 = 0.12...
II. 1/9 = 0.11....
III. 1/10 = 0.10
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If S is the sum of the reciprocals of the consecutive integers from 91 to 100, inclusive, which of the following is less than S?

I. 1/8
II. 1/9
III. 1/10

A. None
B. I only
C. III only
D. II and III only
E. I, II, and III

From the answer choice we get 1) 1/8 = .125
2) 1/9 = .11 (Approx)
3) 1/10 = .1

1/100 = .01 The other numbers from 1/91 to 1/99 will also be close to .01 but little greater than that . so approx .01 * 10 = .1 So its C.

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This question is a repetition here.
Anyways lemme explain the solution

1/91+1/92+..........1/100 > 1/100+1/100......10 times
or Summation S >10/100
i.e S>1/10

Similarly
1/91+1/92+..........1/100 < 1/91+1/91......10 times
Summation < 10/91 <1/9

Hence summation is only greater than 1/10.........Hence C

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JAI HIND wrote:
If S is the sum of the reciprocals of the consecutive integers from 91 to 100, inclusive, which of the following is less than S?

I. 1/8
II. 1/9
III. 1/10

A. None
B. I only
C. III only
D. II and III only
E. I, II, and III

Given that $$S=\frac{1}{91}+\frac{1}{92}+\frac{1}{93}+\frac{1}{94}+\frac{1}{95}+\frac{1}{96}+\frac{1}{97}+\frac{1}{98}+\frac{1}{99}+\frac{1}{100}$$. Notice that 1/91 is the larges term and 1/100 is the smallest term.

If all 10 terms were equal to 1/91, then the sum would be 10/91, but since actual sum is less than that, then we have that S<1/91.

If all 10 terms were equal to 1/100, then the sum would be 10/100=1/10, but since actual sum is more than that, then we have that S>1/10.

Therefore, 1/10 < S < 10/91.

Also, notice that 10/91 < 1/9 < 1/8, thus we have that 1/10 < S < 10/91 < 1/9 < 1/8.

Therefore only 1/10 is less than S.

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If S is the sum of the reciprocals of the consecutive integers from 91 to 100, inclusive, which of the following is less than S?

I. 1/8
II. 1/9
III. 1/10

A. None
B. I only
C. III only
D. II and III only
E. I, II, and III

We know that there are 10 numbers in the sum: (100-91)+1=10
Take the mean of the sum and times it by 10 to get our sum: (1/ ((100+91)/2)) x 10 = 10/95.5 = 1/9.55

From here we know that the only number which will be smaller than our sum must be divisible by >9.55

Hence only III satisfies. Answer: C

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Hi All,

The other explanations in this thread have properly explained the "math" behind this prompt - it's essentially about figuring out the "minimum" and "maximum" value that the sum COULD be, then realizing the sum is between those two values. Any time you find yourself reading a Quant question and you think "the math will take forever", then you're probably right AND there should be another way to get to the correct answer. The Quant section of the GMAT is NOT a "math test" (at least not in the way that you might be used to thinking about it). Yes, you will do plenty of small calculations and use formulas, but the Quant section is there to test you on LOTS of other non-math related skills: organization, accuracy, attention to detail, ability to prove that you're correct, pattern-matching, pacing, etc. To maximize your performance on Test Day, you have to be a stronger 'strategist' and 'pattern-matcher' than 'mathematician.'

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1/91+1/100=.021
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10*.011=.11
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1/91 + 1/92 +...+ 1/100..
I took 1/95 as the median of the sequence (approximately, the real median is 1/95.5).
So 10*1/95= approximately 1/9.5.
So the only answer possible is C.
It took me like 15 seconds for this question approaching the problem this way.
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C. The sum of the reciprocals is 10/955, which is derived from the sum of consecutive integers formula n(n+1)/2, and that number is less than 1/8 and 1/9, both. Tested via cross multiplication.

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JAI HIND wrote:
If S is the sum of the reciprocals of the consecutive integers from 91 to 100, inclusive, which of the following is less than S?

I. 1/8
II. 1/9
III. 1/10

A. None
B. I only
C. III only
D. II and III only
E. I, II, and III

we can solve this problem using the Harmonic progression rule

(highest value)(# of terms) > (sum of all terms in the HP) > (lowest value)(# of terms)
=> (1/91)(10) > sum of terms > (1/100)(10)
therefore, (1/8) > (1/9) > (1/9.1) > sum of the HP > (1/10)

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JAI HIND wrote:
If S is the sum of the reciprocals of the consecutive integers from 91 to 100, inclusive, which of the following is less than S?

I. 1/8
II. 1/9
III. 1/10

A. None
B. I only
C. III only
D. II and III only
E. I, II, and III

This problem is a max/min one in disguise. We know that 1/91 > 1/100. So if all of the numbers were 1/91, then the upper bound for addition would be 10/91

10/91 < 1/9 = 10/90 because the denominator is larger. So 10/91 < 1/9. So we know that S, the sum, is less than 1/9. 1/9 is smaller than 1/8, so I. and II. are out.

Lastly, we know that the smallest possible sum is 10*1/100 = 10/100 = 1/10 = III. We know that the actual sum is larger than 1/10, so 1/10<S<10/91<1/9<1/8. C is the right answer.

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