Bunuel wrote:
Sue has only pennies, dimes, and nickels in a jar. The jar has at least 1 but no more than 4 pennies. If the jar has at least 1 nickel and 1 dime, which of the following could NOT be the total amount of money in the jar?
A. 51 cents
B. 53 cents
C. 55 cents
D. 57 cents
E. 59 cents
First of all, we need to understand the conversion between pennies, dimes and nickels.
This might be obvious for the US citizens, but here is the conversion for the others.
1 dime = 10 cents
1 nickel = 5 cents
1 penny = 1cent Do not worry, you are not expected to know this conversion on the GMAT.
Given: The jar has at least 1 but no more than 4 pennies. If the jar has at least 1 nickel and 1 dime
Required: Total amount in the jar.
Considering the options:
Option A. 51 cents - 4 dime, 2 nickel, 1 penny
Option B. 53 cents - 4 dime, 2 nickel, 3 penny
Option C. 55 cents -
This is not possibleOption D. 57 cents - 5 dime, 1 nickel, 2 penny
Option E. 59 cents - 5 dimes, 1 nickel, 4 penny
Correct Option: C