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If Z is an integer, is Z prime?

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If Z is an integer, is Z prime?

(1) \(15!<z\) --> \(z\) is more than some number (\(15!\)). \(z\) may or may not be a prime. Not sufficient.

(2) \(17!+2\leq{z}\leq{17!+17}\) --> \(z\) cannot be a prime. For instance if \(z=17!+13=13*(2*3*4*5*6*7*8*9*10*11*12*14*15*16*17+1)\), then \(z\) is a multiple of 13, so not a prime. Same for all other numbers in this range. So, \(z=17!+x\), where \(2\leq{x}\leq{17}\) will definitely be a multiple of \(x\) (as we would be able to factor out \(x\) out of \(17!+x\), the same way as we did for 13). Sufficient.

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If the statement B was rephrased to ===> 17! + 2 < Z < 17! + 19 then will the answer to this question change to E ?

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For the above question, this will help (its a matched question and all the posts there make things clearer)
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I read the Kaplan explanation and read explanations above in the thread and I can't find a clue....
For instance, why 17!+13 is equal to 13∗(2∗4∗5∗6∗7∗8∗9∗10∗11∗12∗14∗15∗16∗17+1)? Isn't (2∗4∗5∗6∗7∗8∗9∗10∗11∗12∗14∗15∗16∗17+1) = 17!? So, why 17! multiplied by 13 would be equal to 17! + 13?

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I read the Kaplan explanation and read explanations above in the thread and I can't find a clue....
For instance, why 17!+13 is equal to 13∗(2∗4∗5∗6∗7∗8∗9∗10∗11∗12∗14∗15∗16∗17+1)? Isn't (2∗4∗5∗6∗7∗8∗9∗10∗11∗12∗14∗15∗16∗17+1) = 17!? So, why 17! multiplied by 13 would be equal to 17! + 13?


17! + 13 = 2*3*4*5*6*7*8*9*10*11*12*13*14*15*16*17 + 13

Factor out 13: 13*(2*3*4*5*6*7*8*9*10*11*12*14*15*16*17 + 1)
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Ok, now I can see.. But honestly, it is kind of hard question for somebody who did not specialize in math...

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