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GMATPrepNow wrote:
AbdurRakib wrote:
If x and y are positive integers such that y is a multiple of 5 and 3x + 4y = 200, then x must be a multiple of which of the following?

A) 3

B) 6

C) 7

D) 8

E) 10

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If y is a multiple of 5, then we know that y = 5k for some integer k.
So, let's take 3x + 4y = 200 and replace y with 5k to get: 3x + 4(5k) = 200
Simplify to get: 3x + 20k = 200 (where k is some integer)
Subtract 20k from both sides to get: 3x = 200 - 20k
Divide both sides by 3 to get: x = (200 - 20k)/3
Now factor the numerator to get: x = (20)(10 - k)/3
Since x must be an integer, and since 20/3 is not an integer, it must be the case that (10 - k)/3 evaluates to be some integer.
In other words, x = (20)(some integer)
So, x must be a multiple of 20. However, 20 is not one of the answer choices.
Then again, we can rewrite x to get: x = (2)(10)(some integer)
This tells us that x must also be a multiple of 10

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but my doubut is :
but my doubt is :
x = (20)(10 - k)/3
so this can b integer only if k =1 or 4 or 7 ,so 10-k will be =9 or 6 or 3
al;l of which are multiple of 3 then it must be multiple of 3 too .where m i going wrong?
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vanam52923 wrote:
GMATPrepNow wrote:
AbdurRakib wrote:
If x and y are positive integers such that y is a multiple of 5 and 3x + 4y = 200, then x must be a multiple of which of the following?

A) 3

B) 6

C) 7

D) 8

E) 10

OG 2017 New Question

If y is a multiple of 5, then we know that y = 5k for some integer k.
So, let's take 3x + 4y = 200 and replace y with 5k to get: 3x + 4(5k) = 200
Simplify to get: 3x + 20k = 200 (where k is some integer)
Subtract 20k from both sides to get: 3x = 200 - 20k
Divide both sides by 3 to get: x = (200 - 20k)/3
Now factor the numerator to get: x = (20)(10 - k)/3
Since x must be an integer, and since 20/3 is not an integer, it must be the case that (10 - k)/3 evaluates to be some integer.
In other words, x = (20)(some integer)
So, x must be a multiple of 20. However, 20 is not one of the answer choices.
Then again, we can rewrite x to get: x = (2)(10)(some integer)
This tells us that x must also be a multiple of 10

Here are two videos that cover the skills needed to answer this question:

and

but my doubut is :
but my doubt is :
x = (20)(10 - k)/3
so this can b integer only if k =1 or 4 or 7 ,so 10-k will be =9 or 6 or 3
al;l of which are multiple of 3 then it must be multiple of 3 too .where m i going wrong?

y = 5a
3x + 4y = 200
3x + 4*5a = 200

3x + 20a = 200

x = 20(10 + a)/3

x has to be an integer. So (10 + a) must be divisible by 3 and x must be a multiple of 20. This implies that x must be a multiple of 10.

Note that x may not be a multiple of 3. Say a = 2, x = 20*12/3 = 80 (not a multiple of 3)
On the other hand, if a= 8, x = 20*18/3 = 120 (a multiple of 3)

Whether x is a multiple of 3, depends on the value of a. But it definitely is a multiple of 20 because x = 20 * (10 + a)/3 = Integer
So x = 20 * integer = Integer
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its given y is multiple of 5 therefore 4y is even and will end in zero as even multiple of 5 ends in zero(zero at units place)
now equation 3x + 4y =200, as we know 4y ends in zero (zero at units place ) we need to add something that ends in zero (zero at units place) to get to 200,3x can only end in zero if x is multiple of 10

can we apply this approach to other questions also
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Rexnaster wrote:
StrugglingGmat2910 wrote:
its given y is multiple of 5 therefore 4y is even and will end in zero as even multiple of 5 ends in zero(zero at units place)
now equation 3x + 4y =200, as we know 4y ends in zero (zero at units place ) we need to add something that ends in zero (zero at units place) to get to 200,3x can only end in zero if x is multiple of 10

can we apply this approach to other questions also

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in order to score well in efficient time one must leverage these small logical steps that will save time
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Its Simple.

3x + 4y = 200

But y = 5k( Since y is a multiple of 5)

3x + 5k(4) = 200

Now 5k(4)= 20 k and it must end with a zero(0)

Sum of 3x + 20k equals 200

So 3x must end with a zero.

Hence x must be a multiple of 10
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If x and y are positive integers such that y is a multiple of 5 and 3x + 4y = 200, then x must be a multiple of which of the following?

A) 3

B) 6

C) 7

D) 8

E) 10

Plug in the options given

for example option (A) 3(3) + 4y = 200
9 + 4y = 200

4y = 200 - 9

4y = 191

Since it is given that y is a multiple of 5. Plugging in 3 does not satisfy the equation

Option (B) 3(6) + 4y = 200

4y = 200 - 18

4y = 182
Does not satisfy the given that statement y is a multiple of 5

Try plugging in for all option.

Clearly only option (E) satisfies the given condition
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okaypompeii wrote:
If x and y are positive integers such that y is a multiple of 5 and 3x + 4y = 200, then x must be a multiple of which of the following?
A) 3
B) 6
C) 7
D) 8
E) 10

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I drowned in these numbers and failed on my first attempt at this question, but I've got it now.

The most simple approach I can think of is to plug in values of y that are multiples of 5.

1) Plug in 5, 10, 15, & 20.

2) These yield equations of:
3x = 180
3x= 160
3x = 140
3x = 120

3) Of our answer choices, (E) 10 is the only # that divides evenly in all these situations, therefore it must be our answer.

If y = 10, then 3x+4(10)=200
3x+40=200
3x=160
x=53.333333

does this not mean X is not a multiple of 10?
What am I missing here?
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