itisSheldon wrote:

rohitsaxena00 wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

Official Solution:

How many of the three-digit numbers are divisible by 7?

A. 105

B. 106

C. 127

D. 128

E. 142

Approach One: Divide all of the three-digit numbers \(999 - 100 + 1 = 900\)(Don't forget to add 1 to get the number of all the 3-digit numbers) by 7, which is 128.57, and then round it off to 128.

Approach Two: Find the first and the last multiples of 7 WITHIN the range (which is between 105 and 994). Find the positive difference, divide by 7, and add 1:

\(\frac{994-105}{7}+1=128\)

Answer: D

Hi Bunuel,

Although I solved this question using approach 2 and got it correct, I would prefer to use the Approach 1 as advised by you as it is a shorter method to solve the same.

But I have a doubt regd Approach 1:

1) In approach 1 should we ALWAYS first add 1 and then divide by 7 (or whatever number's multiple we have to find out)?

2) In approach 1 should we ALWAYS round off the resultant number to a smaller number as done in this case or does it change in certain cases?

Basically will approach one work the same way in all such type of questions no matter what range and what number's multiple we have to find out?

I have the same doubt as rohit. Approach 2 works all the time, there is no doubt on its credibility. But approach 1 is much more quicker than approach 2(since we dont need to find 1st and last terms). If the answer choices are not close we can safely use Approach 1(if 127 is not given as an option). Due to the glitches in approach 1, as explained by

kyles in this thread, we cannot always use Approach 1.

chetan2u /

BunuelPlease corroborate my opinion regarding approach 1

Hi...

ADDING 1 is an important aspect and can give you a wrong answer at times..

Rounding off is to lower INTEGER..

What are these DECIMALS- they give you the remainder..

Why adding 1 is important?

Say we have to find multiples of 10 in 3-digit numbers.

If you write 999-100=899.. divide by 10 --- 89.9, so 89..

But that's not correct.. Ans is 90.... 999-100+1=900

Now where can you go WRONG by using approacch 1..

When the numbers on either end are div by that number..

Say number of multiple of 10 between 100 and 200..

Approach 1 ..

200-100+1=101....

. 101/10=10.1~10

But multiples are 100,110,120,130,140,150,160,170,180,190,200=11

Here actually approach 1 becomes 2 and answer should be (200-100)/10 +1=10+1=11

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