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(1) 5^(k+1) > 3,000 --> \(5^k>600\) --> if \(k=4\) then the answer is YES: since \(600<(5^4=625)<1,000\) but if \(k=10\), for example, then the answer is NO. Not sufficient.

(2) 5^(k-1) = (5^k) - 500 --> we can solve for k and get the single numerical value of it, hence this statement is sufficient. Just to illustrate: \(5^k-5^{k-1}=500\) --> factor out \(5^{k-1}\): \(5^{k-1}(5-1)=500\) --> \(5^{k-1}=125\) --> \(k-1=3\) --> \(k=4\). Sufficient.

Re: Is 5^k less than 1,000? (1) 5^(k+1) > 3,000 [#permalink]

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11 Dec 2013, 21:24

Bunuel wrote:

Is 5^k less than 1,000?

Is \(5^k<1,000\)?

(1) 5^(k+1) > 3,000 --> \(5^k>600\) --> if \(k=4\) then the answer is YES: since \(600<(5^4=625)<1,000\) but if \(k=10\), for example, then the answer is NO. Not sufficient.

(2) 5^(k-1) = (5^k) - 500 --> we can solve for k and get the single numerical value of it, hence this statement is sufficient. Just to illustrate: \(5^k-5^{k-1}=500\) --> factor out \(5^{k-1}\): \(5^{k-1}(5-1)=500\) --> \(5^{k-1}=125\) --> \(k-1=3\) --> \(k=4\). Sufficient.

Answer: B.

Hope it's clear.

Hey Bunuel,

could you explain why you can factor out 5^k-1 from 5^k? I don't understand why that is possible.

(1) 5^(k+1) > 3,000 --> \(5^k>600\) --> if \(k=4\) then the answer is YES: since \(600<(5^4=625)<1,000\) but if \(k=10\), for example, then the answer is NO. Not sufficient.

(2) 5^(k-1) = (5^k) - 500 --> we can solve for k and get the single numerical value of it, hence this statement is sufficient. Just to illustrate: \(5^k-5^{k-1}=500\) --> factor out \(5^{k-1}\): \(5^{k-1}(5-1)=500\) --> \(5^{k-1}=125\) --> \(k-1=3\) --> \(k=4\). Sufficient.

Answer: B.

Hope it's clear.

Hey Bunuel,

could you explain why you can factor out 5^k-1 from 5^k? I don't understand why that is possible.

Operations involving the same bases: Keep the base, add or subtract the exponent (add for multiplication, subtract for division) \(a^n*a^m=a^{n+m}\)

Re: Is 5^k less than 1,000? (1) 5^(k+1) > 3,000 [#permalink]

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12 Nov 2014, 00:37

If we know the first few powers of 5 it gets real easy. for example \(5^2=25, 5^3=125, 5^4=25^2=625, 5^5=3125\)

I read somewhere that a gmat taker should ideally know these - decimal value of common fractions- 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, 1/5- in turn we'll know 2/3, 2/5, 3/4, 1/8... - factorials till 6! maybe - perfect squares (say till 25) - first 5 powers of 2,3,4,5

Sorry if this is bad advice. Works for some, not all.