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I tried it, but got screwed up: let 2x be one of the numbers; list: 2x-4, 2x-2, 2x, 2x+2, 2x+4, 2x+6 sum of the first four: (2x-4) + (2x-2) + (2x) + 2x+2) --> 4x-4=908 x=228

sum of last four: 2x + (2x+2) + (2x+4) + (2x+6) = 8x+12 =8(228) + 12 =1836...... non of the answers

If the sum of the first four numbers in a list of six consecutive even numbers is 908, what is the sum of the last four numbers in the list? A. 912 B. 914 C. 916 D. 920 E. 924

I tried it, but got screwed up: let 2x be one of the numbers; list: 2x-4, 2x-2, 2x, 2x+2, 2x+4, 2x+6 sum of the first four: (2x-4) + (2x-2) + (2x) + 2x+2) --> 4x-4=908 x=228

sum of last four: 2x + (2x+2) + (2x+4) + (2x+6) = 8x+12 =8(228) + 12 =1836...... non of the answers

Please what is the correct approach?

Let the six consecutive even numbers be \(x\), \(x+2\), \(x+4\), \(x+6\), \(x+8\), \(x+10\).

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Bunuel wrote:

gmatbull wrote:

If the sum of the first four numbers in a list of six consecutive even numbers is 908, what is the sum of the last four numbers in the list? A. 912 B. 914 C. 916 D. 920 E. 924

I tried it, but got screwed up: let 2x be one of the numbers; list: 2x-4, 2x-2, 2x, 2x+2, 2x+4, 2x+6 sum of the first four: (2x-4) + (2x-2) + (2x) + 2x+2) --> 4x-4=908 x=228

sum of last four: 2x + (2x+2) + (2x+4) + (2x+6) = 8x+12 =8(228) + 12 =1836...... non of the answers

Please what is the correct approach?

Let the six consecutive even numbers be \(x\), \(x+2\), \(x+4\), \(x+6\), \(x+8\), \(x+10\).

Answer: E. Hi Bunuel i did the same way .. however kindly explain this if I solve 4x+ 12 =908 , I get x = 99 ..which is not an even number . hence I was confuded whether I missed something !! thanx

Hi Bunuel i did the same way .. however kindly explain this if I solve 4x+ 12 =908 , I get x = 99 ..which is not an even number . hence I was confuded whether I missed something !! thanx

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Bunuel wrote:

gmatbull wrote:

If the sum of the first four numbers in a list of six consecutive even numbers is 908, what is the sum of the last four numbers in the list? A. 912 B. 914 C. 916 D. 920 E. 924

I tried it, but got screwed up: let 2x be one of the numbers; list: 2x-4, 2x-2, 2x, 2x+2, 2x+4, 2x+6 sum of the first four: (2x-4) + (2x-2) + (2x) + 2x+2) --> 4x-4=908 x=228

sum of last four: 2x + (2x+2) + (2x+4) + (2x+6) = 8x+12 =8(228) + 12 =1836...... non of the answers

Please what is the correct approach?

Let the six consecutive even numbers be \(x\), \(x+2\), \(x+4\), \(x+6\), \(x+8\), \(x+10\).

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Bunuel wrote:

gauravnagpal wrote:

Hi Bunuel i did the same way .. however kindly explain this if I solve 4x+ 12 =908 , I get x = 99 ..which is not an even number . hence I was confuded whether I missed something !! thanx

\(4x+ 12 =908\) --> \(x=224=even\).

i am so sorry ...i reckon sleep of mind ...i dont know how could I write this ..thanx anyways for spending time on this

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I tried it, but got screwed up: let 2x be one of the numbers; list: 2x-4, 2x-2, 2x, 2x+2, 2x+4, 2x+6 sum of the first four: (2x-4) + (2x-2) + (2x) + 2x+2) --> 4x-4=908 x=228

sum of last four: 2x + (2x+2) + (2x+4) + (2x+6) = 8x+12 =8(228) + 12 =1836...... non of the answers

Please what is the correct approach?

Since this is an evenly spaced set, the median is equal to the average of the set. The average and the median of the first four consecutive even integers are \(\frac{908}{4}=227.\)This implies that the first 4 consecutive even integers are 224,226,228, and 230. So the last two consecutive integers are 232 and 234. To find the sum of 228,230,232, and 234, take the median 231 and multiply by 4. (231*4) = 924

If you recognize the 'comparison' taking place in this question, you can avoid a 'calculation-heavy' approach and use the patterns to your advantage.

We're told that the first 4 CONSECUTIVE EVEN numbers (in a group of 6) has a sum of 908.

We can call those 4 terms...

X + (X+2) + (X+4) + (X+6) = 908

We're asked for the sum of the LAST 4 terms in this sequence... We can call those terms...

(X+4) + (X+6) + (X+8) + (X+10)

Notice how each of these four terms is EXACTLY 4 MORE than each of the 4 terms in the original sequence? Those 'differences' lead to an increase of 4(4) = 16 over the original sum.

Thus, the sum of the last 4 terms is 908 + 16 = 924

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If the sum of the first four numbers in a list of six consecutive even numbers is 908, what is the sum of the last four numbers in the list?

A. 912 B. 914 C. 916 D. 920 E. 924

We can create the following equation in which x is the first number in the list:

x + x + 2 + x + 4 + x + 6 = 908

4x = 896

x = 224

The sum of the last 4 numbers in the list is 228 + 230 + 232 + 234 = 924.

Alternative solution:

Let’s let x, x + 2, x + 4, x + 6, x + 8, and x + 10 be the six consecutive even numbers. We are given that x + (x + 2) + (x + 4) + (x + 6) = 908 and we are asked to find the value of (x + 4) + (x + 6) + (x + 8) + (x + 10). While x + 4 and x + 6 are the same in both sums, x + 8 is 8 more than x and x + 10 is 8 more than x + 2. Thus, the latter sum will be 16 more than the former sum. Since we know the former sum is 908, the latter sum must be 908 + 16 = 924.

Answer: E
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