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The product of consecutive integers a and b is 156. What is the value
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15 Apr 2015, 04:10
Bunuel wrote: The product of consecutive integers a and b is 156. What is the value of b?
(1) b is prime
(2) b > a
Kudos for a correct solution. ab = 156 ab = 13*2*2*3 1.) b is prime. All 4 nos are prime. So inconclusive 2.) b > a. Many possibilities prevail like (3,52), (4,39). So inconclusive Combining 1 & 2, we get b to be prime and b> a The only prime no which is greater than a is 13 > 12. Option C



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aj13783, the question specifically mentions consecutive integers, therefore ans should be 'D'



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The product of consecutive integers a and b is 156. What is the value of b?
(1) b is prime
(2) b > a
a*b = 156 what is b? 10*11 = 110 11*12 = 132 12*13 = 156
a = 12 or 13, or 12 or 13 b = 12 or 13 or 12 or 13 signs must be the same
1) b = prime, no negative primes; b = 13 (Sufficient) 2) b > a, 13 > 12; b = 13 (Sufficient)
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Bunuel wrote: The product of consecutive integers a and b is 156. What is the value of b?
(1) b is prime
(2) b > a
Kudos for a correct solution. 156=12*13 OR 12*13 1. b is prime. So the negative option is not possible and b can only be 13. Sufficient 2. b>a b could be 13 or 12 Not Sufficient. Answer: A



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Hmm second statement got me.
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156 = 2 × 2 × 3 × 13 Consecutive integers so that means 12 × 13. Is b 12 or 13?
(1) b is prime b is 13 sufficient
(2) b > a 13 is greater than 12 12 is greater than 13 insufficient
answer: A
Originally posted by peachfuzz on 15 Apr 2015, 11:06.
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axb=156 since we have consecutive intengers we can say b=a+1
therefore ax(a+1)=156
(1) b=a+1 b = prime > only solutions 13=12+1 sufficent
(2) still only possible solution since we have consecutive intengers 12x13 = 156 sufficent



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Product of consecutive int a and b =156 12x13 = 156 also 12x13 = 156
St 1) b is prime number out of 12,13,12,13 only prime number is 13. Thus Suff St 2) b>a 13>12 and 12>13 so values of b = 13 or 12. Thus NS
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The integer 156 can be written as a product of consecutive integers in two ways
156 = 13 x 12 156= 13 x 12
1) b is prime
Prime nos are positive only.
therefore , b=13
Sufficient
2) b>a
b can be = 13 or 12 as 13>12 and 12>13
Not sufficient
Hence answer should be A



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Bunuel wrote: The product of consecutive integers a and b is 156. What is the value of b?
(1) b is prime
(2) b > a
Kudos for a correct solution. VERITAS PREP OFFICIAL SOLUTIONYou might fall for the trap answer, D. You’ll break down 156 into 13 times 12 (and realize that you can’t break 13 down any further so there’s no other way to recombine the prime factors to find consecutive integers with a prime), and note that b has to be 13 and a has to be 12. So choice A is, indeed, sufficient. And then when you get to statement 2 you’ll think – yeah, freebie. 13 is bigger than 12, so it has to be 13. But wait – why can’t it be 12 while a is 13? You’ve fallen into the trap – you assumed negative! Woe is you…why do you keep falling for these traps?!
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Bunuel wrote: The product of consecutive integers a and b is 156. What is the value of b?
(1) b is prime
(2) b > a We are given that the product of consecutive integers a and b is 156. If we let a = x and b = x + 1 (or vice versa), we can create the following equation: x(x + 1) = 156 x^2 + x  156 = 0 (x + 13)(x  12) = 0 x = 13 or x = 12 Thus, in no particular order, a and b could be 13 and 12 or 12 and 13. We must determine the value of b. Statement One Alone:b is prime. Since no negative numbers can be prime and 12 is not a prime, the only possible value of b is 13. Statement one alone is sufficient to answer the question. Statement Two Alone:b > a Using the information in statement two, b could be 13 or 12. Statement two is not sufficient to answer the question. Answer: A
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Bunuel wrote: The product of consecutive integers a and b is 156. What is the value of b?
(1) b is prime
(2) b > a
Kudos for a correct solution. 152 = \(2^2*3*13\) = 12*13 (consecutive integers a*b) or (12)*(13) St I b is prime so b has to be 13 and a must be 12 (since prime numbers cant be negative)Sufficient St II b>a If a,b are positive integers then b=13 and a=12 If a,b are negative integers then a=13 and b=12 Insufficient Hence Option A is correct Hit Kudos if you liked it




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