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Series A(n) is such that i*A(i) = j*A(j) for any pair of positive integers (i, j). If A(1) is a positive integer, which of the following is possible? I. 2*A(100) = A(99) + A(98) II. A(1) is the only integer in the series III. The series does not contain negative numbers A) I only B) II only C) I & III only D) II & III only E) I, II & III
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vinnik wrote: Series A(n) is such that i*A(i) = j*A(j) for any pair of positive integers (i, j). If A(1) is a positive integer, which of the following is possible?
I. 2*A(100) = A(99) + A(98) II. A(1) is the only integer in the series III. The series does not contain negative numbers
A) I only B) II only C) I & III only D) II & III only E) I, II & III
Will appreciate if anyone explains this question with an easy method.
Thanks & Regards Vinni Probably it should be sequence instead of series. A sequence of numbers \(a_1\), \(a_2\), \(a_3\), ... have the following properties: \(i*a_i=j*a_j\) and \(a_1=positive \ integer\), so \(1*a_1=2*a_2=3*a_3=4*a_4=5*a_5=...=positive \ integer\). We should determine whether the options given below can occur (notice that the question is which of the following COULD be true, not MUS be true). I. \(2a_{100}=a_{99}+a_{98}\) > as \(100a_{100}=99a_{99}=98a_{98}\), then \(2a_{100}=\frac{100}{99}a_{100}+\frac{100}{98}a_{100}\) > reduce by \(a_{100}\) > \(2=\frac{100}{99}+\frac{100}{98}\) which is not true. Hence this option cannot be true. II. \(a_1\) is the only integer in the series. If \(a_1=1\), then all other terms will be nonintegers > \(a_1=1=2a_2=3a_3=...\) > \(a_2=\frac{1}{2}\), \(a_3=\frac{1}{3}\), \(a_4=\frac{1}{4}\), and so on. Hence this option can be true. III. The series does not contain negative numbers > as given that \(a_1=positive \ integer=n*a_n\), then \(a_n=\frac{positive \ integer}{n}=positive \ number\), hence this option is always true. Answer: D (II and III only). Hope it's clear.
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Bunuel wrote: A sequence of numbers \(a_1\), \(a_2\), \(a_3\), ... have the following properties: \(i*a_i=j*a_j\) and \(a_1=positive \ integer\), so \(1*a_1=2*a_2=3*a_3=4*a_4=5*a_5=...=positive \ integer\).
Bunuel, I didnt get this part. I seem to misunderstood the q.stem could u please clarify it?
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LalaB wrote: Bunuel wrote: A sequence of numbers \(a_1\), \(a_2\), \(a_3\), ... have the following properties: \(i*a_i=j*a_j\) and \(a_1=positive \ integer\), so \(1*a_1=2*a_2=3*a_3=4*a_4=5*a_5=...=positive \ integer\).
Bunuel, I didnt get this part. I seem to misunderstood the q.stem could u please clarify it? Sure. Given: \(a_1=positive \ integer\). Next, \(i*a_i=j*a_j\), notice that we have the same multiple and the same index of a on both sides: \(1*a_1=2*a_2\), \(2*a_2=3*a_3\), \(a_3=4*a_4\).... Hence, \(1*a_1=2*a_2=3*a_3=4*a_4=5*a_5=...=positive \ integer\) (it equal to an integer since \(a_1=positive \ integer\)). Hope it's clear.
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vinnik wrote: Series A(n) is such that i*A(i) = j*A(j) for any pair of positive integers (i, j). If A(1) is a positive integer, which of the following is possible?
I. 2*A(100) = A(99) + A(98) II. A(1) is the only integer in the series III. The series does not contain negative numbers
A) I only B) II only C) I & III only D) II & III only E) I, II & III
Will appreciate if anyone explains this question with an easy method.
Thanks & Regards Vinni First thing I want to understand is this relation: i*A(i) = j*A(j) for any pair of positive integers. I will take examples to understand it. When i = 1 and j = 2, A(1) = 2*A(2) So A(2) = A(1)/2 When i = 1 and j = 3, A(1) = 3*A(3) So A(3) = A(1)/3 I see it now. The series is: A(1), A(1)/2, A(1)/3, A(1)/4 and so on... II and III are easily possible. We can see that without any calculations. II. A(1) is the only integer in the series If A(1) = 1, then series becomes 1, 1/2, 1/3, 1/4 ... all fractions except A(1) III. The series does not contain negative numbers Again, same series as above applies. In fact, since A(1) is a positive integer, this must be true. I. 2*A(100) = A(99) + A(98) 2*A(1)/100 = A(1)/99 + A(1)/98 (cancel A(1) from both sides) 2/100 = 1/99 + 1/98 Not true hence this is not possible Answer (D)
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got it at last:) thnx
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Thanks Bunuel and Karishma for clearing my doubt. Regards Vinni



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Bunuel could you please go thru this part one more time? Cant get it
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Bunuel wrote: II. \(a_1\) is the only integer in the series. If \(a_1=1\), then all other terms will be nonintegers > \(a_1=1=2a_2=3a_3=...\) > \(a_2=\frac{1}{2}\), \(a_3=\frac{1}{3}\), \(a_4=\frac{1}{4}\), and so on. Hence this option can be true.
I don't understand this part. How could I know that A(1) = 1 The question stem mentioned only that "A(1) is a positive integer" If A(1) = 2, then > 1*A(1) = 2*A(2) > A(2) = 1 Then II cannot be true. Please tell me if I get something wrong. Thanks



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pakasaip wrote: Bunuel wrote: II. \(a_1\) is the only integer in the series. If \(a_1=1\), then all other terms will be nonintegers > \(a_1=1=2a_2=3a_3=...\) > \(a_2=\frac{1}{2}\), \(a_3=\frac{1}{3}\), \(a_4=\frac{1}{4}\), and so on. Hence this option can be true.
I don't understand this part. How could I know that A(1) = 1 The question stem mentioned only that "A(1) is a positive integer" If A(1) = 2, then > 1*A(1) = 2*A(2) > A(2) = 1 Then II cannot be true. Please tell me if I get something wrong. Thanks Please notice that it says "IF \(a_1=1\), ..." and also that the question asks which of the following is possible, so which of the following could be true.
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vinnik wrote: Series A(n) is such that i*A(i) = j*A(j) for any pair of positive integers (i, j). If A(1) is a positive integer, which of the following is possible?
I. 2*A(100) = A(99) + A(98) II. A(1) is the only integer in the series III. The series does not contain negative numbers
A) I only B) II only C) I & III only D) II & III only E) I, II & III
Will appreciate if anyone explains this question with an easy method.
Thanks & Regards Vinni Right..only looks complicated(that's how you should think first for some confidence ) Let's give this a shot..
From the given equation we know that.. \(1*A(1) = k*A(k)\) ..where k is any positive integer..
Coming over to the premises..we'll deal with I at the end
II Possible..what if A(1)=1? every other term will be a fraction..so YES
III Always true..no explanation needed
I because it's a "could be true" question..we won't give A(1) a value for this statement..and go with A(1) as..some number/fraction A(1) \(2*A(100) = A(99) + A(98)\)
\(A(100) + A(100) = A(99) + A(98)\) We know that.. \(1*A(1) = 100*A(100)\) \(1*A(1) = 99*A(99)\) and \(1*A(1) = 98*A(98)\)
Using the expressions and transforming the main equation..
\(2*\frac{A(1)}{100} = \frac{A(1)}{99} + \frac{A(1)}{98}\)
\(\frac{A(1)}{50} = \frac{A(1)}{99} + \frac{A(1)}{98}\)
And we know that R.H.S. has no "5" in it...so this will NEVER be true.. Answer (D)
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