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# K and L are each four-digit positive integers with thousands

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K and L are each four-digit positive integers with thousands, hundreds, tens, and units digits defined as a, b, c, and d, respectively, for the number K, and p, q, r, and s, respectively, for the number L. For numbers K and L, the function W is defined as 5^a*2^b*7^c*3^d ÷ 5^p*2^q*7^r*3^s. The function Z is defined as (K – L) ÷ 10. If W = 16, what is the value of Z?

(A) 16
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 40
(E) It cannot be determined from the information given.

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K and L are each four-digit positive integers with thousands, hundreds, tens, and units digits defined as a, b, c, and d, respectively, for the number K, and p, q, r, and s, respectively, for the number L. For numbers K and L, the function W is defined as 5^a*2^b*7^c*3^d ÷ 5^p*2^q*7^r*3^s. The function Z is defined as (K – L) ÷ 10. If W = 16, what is the value of Z?

(A) 16
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 40
(E) It cannot be determined from the information given.

Source: Manhattan.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
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$$\frac{5^a*2^b*7^c*3^d}{5^p*2^q*7^r*3^s}=16$$

$$5^{a-p}*2^{b-q}*7^{c-r}*3^{d-s}=2^4$$

$$a=p$$, $$b-q=4$$, $$c=r$$, $$d=s$$.

$$K-L={abcd}-{pqrs}=400$$

$$F(Z)=\frac{K-L}{10}=\frac{400}{10}=40$$

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where did the 400 come from? Thanks
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where did the 400 come from? Thanks

We got that in two 4 digit numbers abcd and pqrs all numbers except b and q are the same and b-q=4. abcd=1000a+100b+10c+d and pqrs=1000p+100q+10r+s. abcd-pqrs=1000a+100b+10c+d-(1000p+100q+10r+s) as a=p, c=r and d=s, we'll get 100b-100q=(b-q)*100=4*100=400.

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ctrlaltdel wrote:
K and L are each four-digit positive integers with thousands, hundreds, tens, and units digits defined as a, b, c, and d, respectively, for the number K, and p, q, r, and s, respectively, for the number L. For numbers K and L, the function W is defined as 5^a*2^b*7^c*3^d ÷ 5^p*2^q*7^r*3^s. The function Z is defined as (K – L) ÷ 10. If W = 16, what is the value of Z?

(A) 16
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 40
(E) It cannot be determined from the information given.

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$$\frac{5^a*2^b*7^c*3^d}{5^p*2^q*7^r*3^s}=16$$

$$5^{a-p}*2^{b-q}*7^{c-r}*3^{d-s}=2^4$$

$$a=p$$, $$b-q=4$$, $$c=r$$, $$d=s$$.

$$K-L={abcd}-{pqrs}=400$$

$$F(Z)=\frac{K-L}{10}=\frac{400}{10}=40$$

another way to look at it

$$\frac{5^a*2^b*7^c*3^d}{5^p*2^q*7^r*3^s}=16$$

Well I know that 2^4 = 16 so I want 2^b/2^q = 2^4

So I set every other number to 1 and b-q should = 4
a = 1; b = 6; c = 1; d = 1
p = 1; q = 2; r = 1; s = 1

1611-1211 = 400/10 = 40

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15 Nov 2009, 21:21
thanks guys, perfectly clear
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Again, I think my way is kinda slow but here goes:

K = 1000a + 100b + 10c + d
L = 1000p + 100q + 10r + s

W = (5^a 2^b 7^c 3^d)/(5^p 2^q 7^r 3^s) = 16
W = 5^(a-p) 2^(b-q) 7^(c-r) 3(d-s) = 16

Next you do a prime factorisation of 16 and get 2^4
Thus, we know that 2 is the only prime factor of 16, and since the other numbers in W are also prime, we can deduce the following:
a-p = 0
b-q = 4
c-r = 0
d-s = 0

Keeping the statements above in mind, when we evaluate K-L we get:
(100b-100q)/10 = Z
(100(b-q))/10 = Z
(100*4)/10 = Z = 40

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03 Mar 2010, 08:03
IMO D = 40

K = 1000a + 100b + 10c + d
L = 1000p + 100q + 10r + s

also W = 16 = 2^4 now when u equate this value

u will get a=p c=r d=s and b-q = 4 as u will have to equate the powers.

now put that in value of z you will get 10*4 = 40
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30 Dec 2013, 13:41
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K and L are each four-digit positive integers with thousands, hundreds, tens, and units digits defined as a, b, c, and d, respectively, for the number K, and p, q, r, and s, respectively, for the number L. For numbers K and L, the function W is defined as 5^a*2^b*7^c*3^d ÷ 5^p*2^q*7^r*3^s. The function Z is defined as (K – L) ÷ 10. If W = 16, what is the value of Z?

(A) 16
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 40
(E) It cannot be determined from the information given.

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The difference of 16 means that b-q = 4

So then, since b-q are on the hundreds digit then the difference is 400

K-L = 400 so 400/10 is 40

Hence, D is the correct answer

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How are you guys solving these kind of problems... it took me 1.45 just to get a grasp of what the problem wanted and the info given. and then another 2 minutes to solve it... that is way to long. Any insights?

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HI nachobioteck,

This question is far more "layered" than a typical GMAT Quant question. While you will face some "long" questions on Test Day, you won't see that many. To that end though, "your way" of handling this question is likely a big factor in how long you took to solve it.

Here are some things to keep in mind when approaching any GMAT question:

1) It was written with patterns in mind. The numbers are NOT random, the wording is NOT random - there's at least 1 pattern in it somewhere, so right from the moment you start reading, you need to be looking for that/those pattern(s).

2) You don't have to read a question twice to start taking notes on it.

For example, here's the first half of the first sentence in this prompt (after reading it ONE time, what notes could you take?):

"K and L are each four-digit positive integers with thousands, hundreds, tens, and units digits..."

I would write down..

4-digit numbers
K = _ _ _ _
L = _ _ _ _

Now, here's the second half of the first sentence (what notes would you ADD?):

"....as a, b, c, and d, respectively, for the number K, and p, q, r, and s, respectively, for the number L."

4-digit numbers
K = a b c d
L = p q r s

Looking at this, it seems pretty straight-forward, but here are the BENEFITS of taking these notes now:
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The other explanations in this thread properly present the math involved, so I won't rehash any of that here. The rest of the question is based on spotting prime factorization, knowing your exponent rules and doing a bit of arithmetic.

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K = abcd

L = pqrs

$$16 = \frac{5^a * 2^b * 7^c * 3^d}{5^p * 2^q * 7^r * 3^s} = 2^4$$

$$5^a * 2^b * 7^c * 3^d = 5^p * 2^{(q+4)} * 7^r * 3^s$$

Equating LHS with RHS

a = p; b = q+4; c = r; d = s

Let a = p = 7; b = 6 & q = 2; c = r = 5; d = s = 4

K = 7654 & L = 7254

$$\frac{K-L}{10} = \frac{7654 - 7254}{10} = \frac{400}{10} = 40$$

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Bunuel wrote:
ctrlaltdel wrote:
K and L are each four-digit positive integers with thousands, hundreds, tens, and units digits defined as a, b, c, and d, respectively, for the number K, and p, q, r, and s, respectively, for the number L. For numbers K and L, the function W is defined as 5^a*2^b*7^c*3^d ÷ 5^p*2^q*7^r*3^s. The function Z is defined as (K – L) ÷ 10. If W = 16, what is the value of Z?

(A) 16
(B) 20
(C) 25
(D) 40
(E) It cannot be determined from the information given.

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$$\frac{5^a*2^b*7^c*3^d}{5^p*2^q*7^r*3^s}=16$$

$$5^{a-p}*2^{b-q}*7^{c-r}*3^{d-s}=2^4$$

$$a=p$$, $$b-q=4$$, $$c=r$$, $$d=s$$.

$$K-L={abcd}-{pqrs}=400$$

$$F(Z)=\frac{K-L}{10}=\frac{400}{10}=40$$

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