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# w+z?

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If w, x, y, and z are on-negative integers, each less than 3, and w(3^3) +
x(3^2) + y(3) + z = 34, then w+z=

(A) 0
(B) 1
(C) 2
(D) 3
(E) 4

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Location: India
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17 Dec 2009, 23:53
joyseychow wrote:
If w, x, y, and z are on-negative integers, each less than 3, and w(3^3) +
x(3^2) + y(3) + z = 34, then w+z=

(A) 0
(B) 1
(C) 2
(D) 3
(E) 4

"If w, x, y, and z are on-negative integers" I hope its NON- negative numbers

the expression when simplified becomes 27w + 9x + 3y + z =34

if w = 0 and x=y=z=2 then maximum value the expression can have is 26. So w=1
if w = 1 then x =0 as w=x=1 will give value more than 34
if w=1 then y = 2 and z= 1 is the only values satisfying the expression

so w=1 z=1, w+z =2

C

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18 Dec 2009, 00:18
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27w+9x+3y+z=34

values available is 0,1,2
if w=0 ; x =0,1,2---> a value less than 34
w=1--->x=0--->y=1 or 2---->z=1 or 4--->w+z=2 or 5( not in option)

hence C
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18 Dec 2009, 14:51
Thanks for the solutions. I had no idea how to do this problems.

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19 Dec 2009, 08:36
If you make w,x,y, and z one, you will get 27+9+3+1=40. You need 34, so you need to find a way to lower the sum by 6. You can't take away the 1 or the 3 because your sum will still be larger than 34 and if you get rid of the 27 the largest sum you can acheive is 26. (18+6+2). So the only number you can make 0 is 9. you'll end up with 27+0+3+1=31. Now your 3 short of 34. This means that w=1,x=0,y=2,7=1. Thus, w+z=2

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