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What is the value of integer \(z\)?

(1) \(z\) is the remainder when positive integer y is divided by positive integer \((y - 1)\)

This question is a classic “Why Are You Here?” question. Statement 1 may look sufficient if you pick numbers (8 and 7; 15 and 14; 5 and 4 → the remainder is always 1). But what about 2 and 1? There’s no remainder there, so z would equal 0. This is why statement 2 is so important. Alone, it’s useless...so why is it there? Statement 2 tells us that (y - 1) cannot be 1, because y cannot be 2. This takes away that one flaw with statement 1, and means that both statements together are sufficient. But of more strategic importance, statement 2 should alert you to that problem with statement 1. Most test-takers miss that flaw when looking at statement 1 alone, but astute test-takers will reconsider once statement 2 is presented.
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What is the value of integer z?

(1) z is the remainder when positive integer y is divided by positive integer (y - 1) (2) y is not a prime number Answer is C 1 insufficient as remainder can be 1, 2 2) insufficient 3) both sufficient
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Option C. Since y-1 is positive.. y has to be atleast 2. now for any y>2, y/y-1 will give 1 as remainder but for Y=2 remainder is 0. however y is not prime.. so can not be 2. hence we know remainder will be 1 from above.

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Veritas Prep 10 Year Anniversary Promo Question #7

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What is the value of integer \(z\)?

(1) \(z\) is the remainder when positive integer y is divided by positive integer \((y - 1)\)

(2) \(y\) is not a prime number

Ans: A

Z = 1

y-1 and y are two consecutive numbers. When divided it will give remainder 1
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Ans is C Statement1: for ex y=2 2/1 then remainder =0 if y=3 3/2 then remainder=1 Not sufficient Statement2: y can be 1,4,6 ---Not sufficent By combining both y cannot be 2,so in all cases remainder will be 1 Hence sufficient

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Bunuel wrote:

Veritas Prep 10 Year Anniversary Promo Question #7

One quant and one verbal question will be posted each day starting on Monday Sept 17th at 10 AM PST/1 PM EST and the first person to correctly answer the question and show how they arrived at the answer will win a free Veritas Prep GMAT course ($1,650 value). Winners will be selected and notified by a GMAT Club moderator. For more questions and details please check here: veritas-prep-10-year-anniversary-giveaway-138806.html

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What is the value of integer \(z\)?

(1) \(z\) is the remainder when positive integer y is divided by positive integer \((y - 1)\)

(2) \(y\) is not a prime number

(E) (1) INSUFF because values will be diffrent if y is even or odd so z will vary (2) insufficient to answer the given question together also, not possible to figure out z
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What is the value of integer ?

(1) is the remainder when positive integer y is divided by positive integer

(2) is not a prime number

the answer is E y and y-1 is consequetive integers so y divided by y-1 results remainder of 1 which is unknown INSUFFICIENT 2 is clearly INSUFFICIENT together is also INSUFFICIENT to say the value of z because when y is 1 y-1 will be 0 which cannot be the case and 1 is not a prime

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My Ans IS E-

Statement 1-z is the remainder when positive integer y is divided by positive integer (y - 1)- not sufficient the nos can vary Statement 2- By itself also not sufficient to find Z Together also not sufficient.
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Answer is A

(1)y/(y-1)=1+1/(y-1); since z is integer so (y-1) must be 1 or -1. But y-1>0. Then,(y-1) must be 1 => z=1=>(1)Sufficient (2)y is not prime number is not Sufficient. So A

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What is the value of integer ?

(1) is the remainder when positive integer y is divided by positive integer

(2) is not a prime number _________________

Statement 1 is sufficient - Y is a positive number so 1, 2,3,......... and Y-1 is also a Positive number, therefore minimum value of Y can be either 2, 3, 4, etc. ... and remainder always be 1, So value of Z is 1 statement 2- Y is not a prime number, Since it is a positive number so it will again the number can be 4, 6 , 8, 9, 10 etc. and Y-1 will always result in 1 less than the number itself... So Remainder will be 1

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What is the value of integer z?

(1) z is the remainder when positive integer y is divided by positive integer (y - 1) (2) y is not a prime number Answer is C 1 insufficient as remainder can be 1, 2 2) insufficient 3) both sufficient

How remainder can be 2 in statement1...Obviously not possible

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Numbers of the form (y,y-1) are called coprimes because they have only 1 common factor and that is 1. The only scenario when y divided by y-1 will give a remainder 0 is when y is 2 but since statement says that, y cannot be a prime number. So both the statements together are sufficient to answer the question.

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