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Is the sum of the integers from 54 to 153 inclusive, divisible by 100?

Hint: Can be solved fast with a property.
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Is the sum of the integers from 54 to 153 inclusive, divisible by 100?

Hint: Can be solved fast with a property.

# of integers from 54 to 153 inclusive is 153-54+1=100.

The sum = (average)*(# of integers) = (54+153)/2*100=103.5*100=10350 --> not a multiple of 100.
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20 Sep 2013, 16:15
jlgdr wrote:
Is the sum of the integers from 54 to 153 inclusive, divisible by 100?

Hint: Can be solved fast with a property.

My other approach

Sum of 1 to 153, inclusive = [(1+153)/2] x 153 = 77 x 153
Sum of 1 to 53, inclusive = [(1+53)/2] x 53 = 27 x 153

Sum of 54 to 153, inclusive = 77*153 - 27*53
= 77*100 + 77*53 - 27*53
= 77*100 + 53*(77-27)
= 77*100 + 53*50

Only 77*100 is divisible by 100

==> The ans is: NOT divisible by 100

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For any set of consecutive integers with an EVEN number of items, the sum of all the items is NEVER a multiple of the number of items.
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For any set of consecutive integers with an EVEN number of items, the sum of all the items is NEVER a multiple of the number of items.

Correct.

Properties of consecutive integers:
• If n is odd, the sum of n consecutive integers is always divisible by n. Given $$\{9,10,11\}$$, we have $$n=3=odd$$ consecutive integers. The sum is 9+10+11=30, which is divisible by 3.
• If n is even, the sum of n consecutive integers is never divisible by n. Given $$\{9,10,11,12\}$$, we have $$n=4=even$$ consecutive integers. The sum is 9+10+11+12=42, which is NOT divisible by 4.

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Great Question.
I actually calculated the sum without looking for the property.

Also to add to the properties =>
Mean of n consecutives can be of the form x or x.5 (for any integer x)

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