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n and k are positive integers, and when n is divided by k², the quotient is 5 and the remainder is 5k. What is the value of n + k?

(1) n = 550

(2) k = 10

Target question: What is the value of n + k? Given: when n is divided by k², the quotient is 5 and the remainder is 5k There's a nice rule that say, "

If N divided by D equals Q with remainder R, then N = DQ + R"

For example, since 17 divided by 5 equals 3 with remainder 2, then we can write 17 = (5)(3) + 2

Likewise, since 53 divided by 10 equals 5 with remainder 3, then we can write 53 = (10)(5) + 3

So, we can take the given information and write:

n = 5k² + 5k Statement 1: n = 550 Since we already know that

n = 5k² + 5k, we can write: 550 = 5k² + 5k

Write as: 5k² + 5k - 550 = 0

Factor to get: 5(k² + k - 110) = 0

Factor again: 5(k + 11)(k - 10) = 0

This means that k = -11 or k = 10

We're told that k is POSITIVE, so it must be the case that k = 10

We can now conclude that

n + k = 550 + 10 = 560Since we can answer the

target question with certainty, statement 1 is SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: k = 10 Since we already know that

n = 5k² + 5k, we can write: n = 5(10)² + 5(10) = 500 + 50 = 550

We can now conclude that

n + k = 550 + 10 = 560Since we can answer the

target question with certainty, statement 2 is SUFFICIENT

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Cheers,

Brent

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Brent Hanneson – Founder of gmatprepnow.com