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If x is a positive integer, what is the remainder when x is divided by 7?

(1) The remainder when x is divided by 4 is 3 (2) The remainder when x is divided by 5 is 1

Target question:What is the remainder when x is divided by 7?

Statement 1: The remainder when x is divided by 4 is 3 When it comes to remainders, we have a nice rule that says: If N divided by D leaves remainder R, then the possible values of N are R, R+D, R+2D, R+3D,. . . etc. For example, if k divided by 5 leaves a remainder of 1, then the possible values of k are: 1, 1+5, 1+(2)(5), 1+(3)(5), 1+(4)(5), . . . etc.

So, if the remainder when x is divided by 4 is 3, then some possible values of x are: 3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, etc Let's examine some of these possible values of x Case a: If x = 3, then the remainder when x is divided by 7 is 3 Case b: If x = 7, then the remainder when x is divided by 7 is 0 Since we cannot answer the target question with certainty, statement 1 is NOT SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: The remainder when x is divided by 5 is 1 Some possible values of x are: 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31, etc Let's examine some of these possible values of x Case a: If x = 1, then the remainder when x is divided by 7 is 1 Case b: If x = 6, then the remainder when x is divided by 7 is 6 Since we cannot answer the target question with certainty, statement 2 is NOT SUFFICIENT

Statements 1 and 2 combined Statement 1 tells us that some possible values of x are: 3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31, 35, 39, etc Statement 2 tells us that some possible values of x are: 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31, etc Since we already have 2 possible x-values that BOTH statements share, let's examine the following cases:

Case a: If x = 11, then the remainder when x is divided by 7 is 4 Case b: If x = 31, then the remainder when x is divided by 7 is 3 Since we still cannot answer the target question with certainty, the combined statements are NOT SUFFICIENT

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Here are three important things you need to know about remainders:

If N divided by D equals Q with remainder R, then N = DQ + R For example, since 17 divided by 5 equals 3 with remainder 2, then we can write 17 = (5)(3) + 2 Likewise, since 53 divided by 10 equals 5 with remainder 3, then we can write 53 = (10)(5) + 3

If N divided by D leaves remainder R, then the possible values of N are R, R+D, R+2D, R+3D,. . . etc. For example, if k divided by 5 leaves a remainder of 1, then the possible values of k are: 1, 1+5, 1+(2)(5), 1+(3)(5), 1+(4)(5), . . . etc.

When positive integer N is divided by positive integer D, the remainder R is such that 0 ≤ R < D For example, if we divide some positive integer by 7, the remainder will be 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, or 0

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If x is a positive integer, what is the remainder when x is divided by 7?

(1) The remainder when x is divided by 4 is 3 (2) The remainder when x is divided by 5 is 1

Statement 1: x=4k+3, where k is any integer. Thus there could be multiple value of x and hence multiple remainders when divided by 7. Insufficient

Statement 2: x=5q+1, where q is any integer. Thus there could be multiple value of x and hence multiple remainders when divided by 7. Insufficient

Combining 1 and 2 we know x is of the form 4k+3 & 5q+1, so x can be 11 or 51, for k=q=2 and k=12 & q=10. so again multiple remainders possible. Hence Insufficient

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tuanh135 wrote:

If x is a positive integer, what is the remainder when x is divided by 7?

(1) The remainder when x is divided by 4 is 3 (2) The remainder when x is divided by 5 is 1

We need to determine the remainder of x/7.

Statement One Alone:

The remainder when x is divided by 4 is 3.

We see that x can be values such as 3, 7, 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31, etc.

However, using those values, we get various remainders when dividing by 7. For example, when 3 is divided by 7, the remainder is 3, but when 7 is divided by 7, the remainder is 0. Statement one alone is not sufficient to answer the question.

Statement Two Alone:

The remainder when x is divided by 5 is 1.

We see that x can be values such as 1, 6, 11, 16, 21, 26, 31, etc.

However, using those values, we get various remainders when dividing by 7. For example, when 1 is divided by 7, the remainder is 1, but when 6 is divided by 7, the remainder is 6. Statement two alone is not sufficient to answer the question.

Statements One and Two Together:

Using the two statements together, we see that x could be 11 or 31. When x = 11, the remainder is 4 when 11 is divided by 7. However, when x = 31, the remainder is 3 when 31 is divided by 7.

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Hi Both are same approach, it is the matter of presentation that differs. "If N divided by D leaves remainder R, then the possible values of N are R, R+D, R+2D, R+3D,. . . etc. " Example to explain this: Here D is Divisor, R is Remainder let N when divided by 2 gives remainder as 1. then N can be 1, 2+1, 2*2+1, 3*2+1... N can be 1, 3, 5, 7... so on...

Grasp the concept, terminology doesn't matter much.

Here, Stmnt 1: x = 4a + 3 So x = 3, 7, 11, 15... Stmnt 2: x = 5b + 1 So x = 1, 6, 11, 16 ...

First number of both types is 11. Next such number will be 11 + 4*5 = 31. 11 divided by 7 will give remainder 4. 31 divided by 7 will give remainder 3 and so on...

So answer is (E)
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