EgmatQuantExpert wrote:

Set S contains consecutive natural numbers from 1 to 100, in increasing order. \(S_1\) and \(S_2\) denote the sum of first n even numbers and last n odd numbers of set S, respectively. What is the value of n, if \(S_1: S_2\) = 16: 85?

Sum of first n natural numbers is \frac{n*(n+1)}{2}.

Sum of first N even natural numbers can be calculated below:

2+4+6+.....+2n

take 2 common

2(1+2+3+....+n)

=n(n+1)

Now, calculating sum of first n even nos is easy.

However, calculating the sum of last n odd numbers is not

99+97+95+93.It can be done but takes a lot of time.

Let us denote the sum of last n odd numbers by So

Given,

\(\frac{Se}{So}=\frac{16}{85}\)

\(\frac{n(n+1)}{so}=\frac{16}{85}\)

\(85*n(n+1)=16*So\)

\(16=2^4\)

this implies, \(85*n(n+1)=2^4*So\)

since 85 is odd, and So must be an integer. therefore RHS must contain atleast \(2^4\)

This implies that n(n+1) should be such that it provides at least \(2^4\)

Checking Answer choices. for n:

A. 5 - \(5*6\). Drop it.

B. 10 - \(10*11\). Drop it

C. 15 - \(15*16\).

Bingo. Should be our answer, but just for precaution, we'll check the rest of the answer choices.D. 20 - \(21*26\). Drop it.

E. 25 - \(26*26\). Drop it.

Hence our answer: CPlease note that we can calculate the sum of last n odd numbers the following way:

99+97+95+93+.......nth odd no

=(100-1)+(100-3)+(100-5)+.......[100-(2n-1)]

=[100*n] - (1+2+3+......nth term(ie 2n-1)....................a

(1+2+3+......nth term(ie 2n-1)

= sum of first 2n natural no - sum of first n even no.

\(= \frac{2n(2n+1)}{2}-n(n+1)\)

\(=n(2n+1)-n(n+1)\)

\(=2n^2 + n - n^2 -n\)

\(=n^2\)

Using a,

we get, sum of last n odd numbers = 100n-n^2

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