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Is 5^k less than 1,000? (1) 5^(k+1) > 3,000

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Is 5^k less than 1,000?

(1) 5^(k+1) > 3,000

(2) 5^(k-1) = (5^k) - 500
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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.

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24 Feb 2012, 01:09
thank u
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11 Dec 2013, 22:24
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.

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Hey Bunuel,

could you explain why you can factor out 5^k-1 from 5^k? I don't understand why that is possible.
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12 Dec 2013, 03:20
unceldolan wrote:
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.

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)
$$a^n*a^m=a^{n+m}$$

$$5^{k-1}(5-1)=5^{k-1}*5-5^{k-1}=5^k-5^{k-1}$$

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12 Dec 2013, 04:25
Ok now I get it, thank you very much!
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12 Nov 2014, 01:37
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

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