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If x=0.abcabc........(a repeating infinite decimal), what is the value

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[Math Revolution GMAT math practice question]

If x=0.abcabc........(a repeating infinite decimal), what is the value of a+b+c?

1) 1-x=0.123123123…….
2) 0.8<x<0.9

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"Only $149 for 3 month Online Course" "Free Resources-30 day online access & Diagnostic Test" "Unlimited Access to over 120 free video lessons - try it yourself" examPAL Representative Joined: 07 Dec 2017 Posts: 890 Re: If x=0.abcabc........(a repeating infinite decimal), what is the value [#permalink] Show Tags 10 Oct 2018, 00:06 MathRevolution wrote: [Math Revolution GMAT math practice question] If x=0.abcabc........(a repeating infinite decimal), what is the value of a+b+c? 1) 1-x=0.123123123……. 2) 0.8<x<0.9 Answer: A. This question can easily be solved using the Logical approach - no need to actually solve, just check if there is enough data to do so. To find the value of a + b + c we want to find the value of x (which will give us the value of all 3 variables). (1) is an equation with one variable - solving it will give us x, which will give us a, b, and c. sufficient! eliminate B, C & E. (2) gives us a range for x, which tells us that a=8 - but we have no idea what b and c are! not sufficient! D is eliminated Answer A _________________ Director Joined: 18 Jul 2018 Posts: 680 Location: India Concentration: Finance, Marketing WE: Engineering (Energy and Utilities) Re: If x=0.abcabc........(a repeating infinite decimal), what is the value [#permalink] Show Tags 10 Oct 2018, 00:08 From statement 1: 1-x = 0.123123123. x = 1-0.123123123 = 0.876876. So a+b+c = 21. A is sufficient. From statement 2: This is clearly insufficient. A is the answer. _________________ Press +1 Kudo If my post helps! Math Revolution GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Aug 2015 Posts: 6985 GMAT 1: 760 Q51 V42 GPA: 3.82 Re: If x=0.abcabc........(a repeating infinite decimal), what is the value [#permalink] Show Tags 12 Oct 2018, 07:32 => Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. For DS problems, the VA (Variable Approach) method is the quickest and easiest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember that equal numbers of variables and independent equations ensure a solution. Since we have 4 variables (x, a, b and c) and 1 equation (x = 0.abcabc….), E is most likely to be the answer. However, condition 1) includes 3 hidden equations (matching the values of the decimal places) and allows us to determine the values of all four variables as follows: x = 1 – 0.123123123… = 0.876876876… = 0.abcabcabcabc… Thus a = 8, b = 7, c = 6 and a + b + c = 8 + 7 + 6 = 21. Condition 1) is sufficient. Condition 2) If x = 0.811811811…, then a = 8, b = 1, c = 1 and a + b + c = 10. If x = 0.812812812…, then a = 8, b = 1, c = 2 and a + b + c = 11. Since we don’t have a unique solution, condition 2) is not sufficient. Therefore, A is the answer. Answer: A _________________ MathRevolution: Finish GMAT Quant Section with 10 minutes to spare The one-and-only World’s First Variable Approach for DS and IVY Approach for PS with ease, speed and accuracy. "Only$149 for 3 month Online Course"
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12 Oct 2018, 12:49
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[Math Revolution GMAT math practice question]

If x=0.abcabc........(a repeating infinite decimal), what is the value of a+b+c?

1) 1-x=0.123123123…….
2) 0.8<x<0.9

$$x = 0.\overline {abc} \,\,\,\,\left( {{\rm{common}}\,\,{\rm{russian}}\,\,{\rm{notation}}} \right)$$

$$? = a + b + c$$

$$\left( 1 \right)\,\,\,1 - x = 0.\overline {123} = {{123} \over {999}}\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\,\,x = {{876} \over {999}} = 0.\overline {876} \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,? = 8 + 7 + 6$$

$$\left( 2 \right)\,\,0.8 < x < 0.9\,\,\,\,\,\,\left\{ \matrix{ \,{\rm{Take}}\,\,x = 0.\overline {801} \,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,? = 8 + 0 + 1\,\, \hfill \cr \,{\rm{Take}}\,\,x = 0.\overline {802} \,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,? = 8 + 0 + 2 \hfill \cr} \right.$$

This solution follows the notations and rationale taught in the GMATH method.

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12 Oct 2018, 13:19
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[Math Revolution GMAT math practice question]

If x=0.abcabc........(a repeating infinite decimal), what is the value of a+b+c?

1) 1-x=0.123123123…….
2) 0.8<x<0.9

We need a unique value.

Statement 1)

1 - x = 0.123123123

Gives us a unique value for x. Sufficient.

Statement 2)

0.8 < x < 0.9

x could be anything so we cannot tell the value.

Insufficient.

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Re: If x=0.abcabc........(a repeating infinite decimal), what is the value   [#permalink] 12 Oct 2018, 13:19
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