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If the sum of the consecutive integers from –42 to n inclusive is 372, what is the value of n?

A. 47
B. 48
C. 49
D. 50
E. 51
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If the sum of the consecutive integers from –42 to n inclusive is 372, what is the value of n?

A. 47
B. 48
C. 49
D. 50
E. 51

# of terms =$$42+1+n=(n+43)$$

$$Sum=372=(n+43)*\frac{(n-42)}{2}$$

$$744=(n+43)*(n-42)$$

$$n=50$$

OR

42 terms after zero and 42 terms below zero will total 0. So, our new question will be consecutive integers with first term 43 have sum 372, what is the last term:

$$\frac{43+n}{2}*(n-43+1)=372$$

$$(n+43)*(n-42)=744$$

$$n=50$$

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08 Nov 2009, 06:17
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gmattokyo wrote:
If the sum of the consecutive integers from –42 to n inclusive is 372, what is the value of n?

A. 47
B. 48
C. 49
D. 50
E. 51

# of terms =$$42+1+n=(n+43)$$

$$Sum=372=(n+43)*\frac{(n-42)}{2}$$

$$744=(n+43)*(n-42)$$

$$n=50$$

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42 terms after zero and 42 terms below zero will total 0. So, our new question will be consecutive integers with first term 43 have sum 372, what is the last term:

$$\frac{43+n}{2}*(n-43+1)=372$$

$$(n+43)*(n-42)=744$$

$$n=50$$

Nice solution. Correct as always.
I was actually thinking of having a ballpark and reach the answer from 43 to 50.
Add from 43, 44, 45.. to reach 372, need at least 7 (43x7=301) and less than 9 (43x9=387).

Did you use any intermediary formulas for this part?
(n+43)*(n-42)=744
n=50
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gmattokyo wrote:
Nice solution. Correct as always.
I was actually thinking of having a ballpark and reach the answer from 43 to 50.
Add from 43, 44, 45.. to reach 372, need at least 7 (43x7=301) and less than 9 (43x9=387).

Did you use any intermediary formulas for this part?
(n+43)*(n-42)=744
n=50

Sum of consecutive integers or sum of terms in any evenly spaced set (AP): $$\frac{first term+last term}{2}*number of terms$$

In original question:
First term: -42
Last term: n
Number of terms: 42+n+1=n+43

$$\frac{(n-42)}{2}*(n+43)=372$$

$$(n-42)*(n+43)=744$$
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Bunuel wrote:
gmattokyo wrote:
Nice solution. Correct as always.
I was actually thinking of having a ballpark and reach the answer from 43 to 50.
Add from 43, 44, 45.. to reach 372, need at least 7 (43x7=301) and less than 9 (43x9=387).

Did you use any intermediary formulas for this part?
(n+43)*(n-42)=744
n=50

Sum of consecutive integers or sum of terms in any evenly spaced set (AP): $$\frac{first term+last term}{2}*number of terms$$

In original question:
First term: -42
Last term: n
Number of terms: 42+n+1=n+43

$$\frac{(n-42)}{2}*(n+43)=372$$

$$(n-42)*(n+43)=744$$

Question is how we can solve such complex algebraic equation in short time.

I suggest POE method.

1. Choose option C, put this value in the equation (First selection is based on instinct )
=> (49+43)(49-42) = 744
=> 92 * 6 = 744
=> 553 = 744
Here we can conclude that n should be greater than 49 . Options A,B and C are eliminated

2. Chose option D, put this value in the equation
=>(50+43)(50-42) = 744
=> 93 * 8 = 744
=> 744 = 744 Bingo !!! => n is 50

Is there any other method available?
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Thanks guyz for the various ways. OA is D
pray the mind in open enough during the actual exam to be able to think out benchmarking and the other techniques!

Here's some more addition from Bunuel..
Look at answer choices:

A. 47
B. 48
C. 49
D. 50
E. 51

n-42
n+43

It can not be A as 47-42=5 and 744 is not a multiple of 5.
It can not be B as 48-42=6 and 43+51=91 their multiple will have 6 for the last digit

It can not be C as 49-42=7 and 744 is not a multiple of 7.
It can not be E as 51-42=9 and 744 is not a multiple of 9.
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Bunuel wrote:
gmattokyo wrote:
Nice solution. Correct as always.
I was actually thinking of having a ballpark and reach the answer from 43 to 50.
Add from 43, 44, 45.. to reach 372, need at least 7 (43x7=301) and less than 9 (43x9=387).

Did you use any intermediary formulas for this part?
(n+43)*(n-42)=744
n=50

Sum of consecutive integers or sum of terms in any evenly spaced set (AP): $$\frac{first term+last term}{2}*number of terms$$

In original question:
First term: -42
Last term: n
Number of terms: 42+n+1=n+43

$$\frac{(n-42)}{2}*(n+43)=372$$

$$(n-42)*(n+43)=744$$

Bunel: I understand how you are calculating # of terms given the fact that the sum is +ve. What if the sum were -ve? In that case "n" can be smaller or greater than
-42. How do we calculate # of terms in that case.
Thank you in advance.
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I forgot about AP.....
Bunnel you are amazing..........
This is how i tried which is ridiculous as it took arnd 4 mins

Step1: Obviously, we need not worry about numbers till 42 as they will negate with the negative numbers when addition is performed: [strike]-42, -41........0........., 41, 42[/strike], 43...n => 43+44+...+n = 372
Step2: the series can be represented by: 43 + 0, 43+1, 43+2.....43+(x-1)# = 372
# --> Series starting with zero
Step3: 43x + [(x-1)x]/2 = 372 --> Solve quadratic equation.
Step4: x^2 - x + 86x = 372
=> x^2 + 85n -744 = 0
=> x^2 + 93x -8x - 744 = 0
=> (x+93)(x-8)=0
x=8.
Step5: But mind you the series ends with x-1. Hence 43 + (8-1) = 50.
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13 Nov 2009, 20:32
-42 - 0 = 0 - 42 thus 372 must equal 43 - X

If you average out to 50 and than kinda thumb it you see that there are 8 #'s over 42 that = 372 42 + 8 = 50

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Bunel: I understand how you are calculating # of terms given the fact that the sum is +ve. What if the sum were -ve? In that case "n" can be smaller or greater than
-42. How do we calculate # of terms in that case.
Thank you in advance.

For the number of terms in the set of consecutive integers, it doesn't matter whether the sum is positive or negative.

If we are told that integers from a to b are inclusive then the # of terms would be: last term (biggest)-first term(smallest)+1=b-a+1.

eg. set from -42 to -35 inclusive: -35-(-42)+1=8.
OR
set from -59 to -42 inclusive: -42-(-59)+1=18
OR
set from -1 to 4 inclusive: 4-(-1)+1=6

When a and b are not inclusive, # of terms between a and b: b-a-1
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Bunuel, is there a quick way to solve the equation:

744 = (n+43)(n-42)

?

I mean the question is very simple. But the equation looks very tedious to me.
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If the sum of the consecutive integers from –42 to n inclusive is 372, what is the value of n?

A. 47
B. 48
C. 49
D. 50
E. 51

As suggested above, the quickest way to solve this question would be to ballpark it.
We know we are looking for 43 + 44 + 45...... = 372
Now 40*8 = 320.... 372 is more than 320
40*9 = 360.... but it is very close to 372. When we add the numbers, we add 48, 49 etc which have an excess of 8, 9 etc as compared to 40. Hence, we need the sum to be some difference away from 372.
Therefore, we need to add only 8 numbers, not 9.
Keep in mind, when going from 43 to n to get 8 numbers, n will be 50, not 51.
43 to 50 give us 8 numbers (50 - 43 + 1).
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As explained above n must be larger than 42 to compensate for the negative numbers in the set.

That means that 372 is the sum of x number of consecutive integers >43 (i.e. 43 + 44 + ... + (43+x)), i.e. n = 43+x.

Solving for x:
If we divide 372 by 43, we yield a remainder of 28.

x is the number of consecutive integers, whose sum is 28: 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + 5 + 6 + 7 = 28.
Thus x is 7 and the n is 43+x = 43+7=50.

The answer is D.
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Bunuel wrote:
gmattokyo wrote:
If the sum of the consecutive integers from –42 to n inclusive is 372, what is the value of n?

A. 47
B. 48
C. 49
D. 50
E. 51

# of terms =$$42+1+n=(n+43)$$

$$Sum=372=(n+43)*\frac{(n-42)}{2}$$

$$744=(n+43)*(n-42)$$

$$n=50$$

OR

42 terms after zero and 42 terms below zero will total 0. So, our new question will be consecutive integers with first term 43 have sum 372, what is the last term:

$$\frac{43+n}{2}*(n-43+1)=372$$

$$(n+43)*(n-42)=744$$

$$n=50$$

Can you please explain how is the number of terms 42 + n +1?

Thanks
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Bunuel wrote:
gmattokyo wrote:
If the sum of the consecutive integers from –42 to n inclusive is 372, what is the value of n?

A. 47
B. 48
C. 49
D. 50
E. 51

# of terms =$$42+1+n=(n+43)$$

$$Sum=372=(n+43)*\frac{(n-42)}{2}$$

$$744=(n+43)*(n-42)$$

$$n=50$$

OR

42 terms after zero and 42 terms below zero will total 0. So, our new question will be consecutive integers with first term 43 have sum 372, what is the last term:

$$\frac{43+n}{2}*(n-43+1)=372$$

$$(n+43)*(n-42)=744$$

$$n=50$$

Can you please explain how is the number of terms 42 + n +1?

Thanks

# of term from a to b, inclusive is b-a+1.
# of term from -42 to n, inclusive is n-(-42)+1=42+n+1.
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Bunuel wrote:
If the sum of the consecutive integers from –42 to n inclusive is 372, what is the value of n?

A. 47
B. 48
C. 49
D. 50
E. 51

# of terms =$$42+1+n=(n+43)$$

$$Sum=372=(n+43)*\frac{(n-42)}{2}$$

$$744=(n+43)*(n-42)$$

$$n=50$$

OR

42 terms after zero and 42 terms below zero will total 0. So, our new question will be consecutive integers with first term 43 have sum 372, what is the last term:

$$\frac{43+n}{2}*(n-43+1)=372$$

$$(n+43)*(n-42)=744$$

$$n=50$$

Can you please explain how is the number of terms 42 + n +1?

Thanks

# of term from a to b, inclusive is b-a+1.
# of term from -42 to n, inclusive is n-(-42)+1=42+n+1.

OK I get it.

And finally, (N+43)*(N-42) = 744

How is N = 50?

Do you actually solve for N = 50?
Multiply the two terms and subtract 744 or a easier and simpler way?

Thanks
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