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In a certain conference room each row of chairs has the same number of chairs, and the number of rows is 1 less than the number of chairs in a row. How many chairs are in a row?

(1) There is a total of 72 chairs
(2) After 1 chair is removed from the last row, there is a total of 17 chairs in the last 2 rows

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01 Oct 2007, 23:05
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In a certain conference room each row of chairs has the same number of chairs, and the number of rows is 1 less than the number of chairs in a row. How many chairs are in a row?

(1) There is a total of 72 chairs
(2) After 1 chair is removed from the last row, there is a total of 17 chairs in the last 2 rows

Can someone help sift through all of this seemingly superfluous information?

*editted

1st suff, n*(n-1)=72, where n is an intenger.
2nd suff, since the number of chairs in one row is the same.
R is the number of chairs in a Row
2R=17+1-----> yeilds only one solution for R=9.

thus D, initial answer (wrong) was B.

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01 Oct 2007, 23:06
slsu wrote:
In a certain conference room each row of chairs has the same number of chairs, and the number of rows is 1 less than the number of chairs in a row. How many chairs are in a row?

(1) There is a total of 72 chairs
(2) After 1 chair is removed from the last row, there is a total of 17 chairs in the last 2 rows

Can someone help sift through all of this seemingly superfluous information?

D.

1: 72 = 8x9 sufff.
2: 2x - 1 = 17
x = 9 suff.
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01 Oct 2007, 23:08
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slsu wrote:
In a certain conference room each row of chairs has the same number of chairs, and the number of rows is 1 less than the number of chairs in a row. How many chairs are in a row?

(1) There is a total of 72 chairs
(2) After 1 chair is removed from the last row, there is a total of 17 chairs in the last 2 rows

Can someone help sift through all of this seemingly superfluous information?

D.

1: 72 = 8x9 sufff.
2: 2x - 1 = 17
x = 9 suff.

Agree!

D it is.

lesson learnt: always take notes from the stem.
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02 Oct 2007, 17:55
This is how I solved it:

(1)

x^2 - x = 72.

Suff.

(2)

2x-1 = 17

Suff.

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slsu wrote:
In a certain conference room each row of chairs has the same number of chairs, and the number of rows is 1 less than the number of chairs in a row. How many chairs are in a row?

(1) There is a total of 72 chairs
(2) After 1 chair is removed from the last row, there is a total of 17 chairs in the last 2 rows

Can someone help sift through all of this seemingly superfluous information?

dont get bogged down by the words, it's a rather easy question-

ST. 1
# of chairs in a row= x
# of rows= x-1
thus total # of chairs= x(x-1)= 72
solve for x
SUFF

ST. 2
before chair was removed, there were 18 chairs in last two rows, thus # of chairs in each row= 18/2=9
SUFF

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How do you get 2X - 1? for statement 2
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How do you get 2X - 1? for statement 2

In a certain conference room each row of chairs has the same number of chairs, and the number of rows is 1 less than the number of chairs in a row. How many chairs are in a row?

Say # of rows is R and # of chairs per row is C.
Given: R=C-1. Question: C=?

(1) There is a total of 72 chairs --> CR=72 --> C(C-1)=72 --> C=9. Sufficient.

(2) After 1 chair is removed from the last row, there is a total of 17 chairs in the last 2 rows --> C+(C-1)=17 --> C=9. Sufficient.

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