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# On the number line above, the segment from 0 to 1 has been divided int

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Bunnel must say, you are the undisputed champ!! an excellent takeaway in this problem is the LCM of the two fractions.
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7*5 = 35.

let 1 represent 35.

then for 1/5 divisions are 5,10,15,20,25,30,35
then for 1/7 divisions are 7,14,21,28,35

between 14 and 15 difference is 1. this is equal to 1/35.
Hence B.
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1/7,2/7,3/7,4/7,5/7,6/7,7/7

= 5/35, 10/35, 15/35, 20/35, 25/35, 30/35, 35/35

1/5,2/5,3/5,4/5,5/5

= 7/35, 14/35, 21/35, 28/35, 35/35

3rd 7 mark and 2nd 5 mark :

= 1/35

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Re: On the number line above, the segment from 0 to 1 has been divided int [#permalink]
Bunuel wrote:
metallicafan wrote:
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On the number line above, the segment from 0 to 1 has been divided into fifths, as indicated by the large tick marks, and also into sevenths, as indicated by the small tick marks. What is the LEAST possible distance between any two of the tick marks?

(A)1/70
(B)1/35
(C)2/35
(D)1/12
(E)1/7

The easiest way would be just to write down the values at all marks. Let the total distance be 35 units (LCM of 5 and 7), then the large marks will be at: 7, 14, 21, and 28 and the small marks at 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, and 30: 5-7-10-14-15-20-21-25-28-30. The least distance is 1 unit or 1/35 th: between 14 and 15 and between 20 and 21.

Thanks for efficient method
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Bump up!

Bunuel, Your approach is just insane.! Thank you
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