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If y is an integer, then the least possible value of |23–5|

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If y is an integer, then the least possible value of |23 – 5y| is

A. 1
B. 2
C. 3
D. 4
E. 5


|23-5y| represents the distance between 23 and 5y on the number line. Now, the distance will be minimized when 5y, which is multiple of 5, is closest to 23. Multiple of 5 which is closest to 23 is 25 (for y=5), so the least distance is 2: |23-25|=2.

Answer: B.


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Think of a multiple of 5 that has the shortest distance to -23. Our candidates are -20 and -25. The closest is -25 which gives a distance of 2.

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Explanation on absolute values as just measurement of distance: http://burnoutorbreathe.blogspot.com/2012/12/its-just-distance.html
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Bunuel, Need help for this !


If y is an integer, then the least possible value of |23 - 5y| is

(A) 1
(B) 2
(C) 3
(D) 4
(E) 5

\(|23-5y|\) represents the distance between 23 and \(5y\) on the number line. Now, the distance will be minimized when \(5y\), which is multiple of 5, is closest to 23. Multiple of 5 which is closest to 23 is 25 (for \(y=5\)), so the least distance is 2: \(|23-25|=2\).

Answer: B.

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