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When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5.
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Saw this question on a GMATPrep test, and I can't figure out how to get to the correct answer. Can anyone help? Thanks!

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5.
(2) t is divisible by 3.

The correct answer is (C) - both statements together are sufficient, but neither statement alone is sufficient. Can anybody out there help explain to me how to get to this answer though? Thanks!

This is how I would approach this question.

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2;
I say n = 3a + 2 ( a is a non negative integer)

and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3.
So t = 5b + 3 (b is a non negative integer.)

What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?
So nt = (3a + 2)(5b + 3) = 15ab + 9a + 10b + 6
15ab is divisible by 15. But I don't know anything about (9a + 10b + 6) yet.

Stmnt 1: n-2 is divisible by 5.
From above, n - 2 is just 3a. If n - 2 is divisible by 5, then 'a' must be divisible by 5. So I get that 9a is divisible by 15. I still don't know anything about b. If b = 1, remainder of nt is 1. If b = 2, remainder of nt is 11 and so on... Not sufficient.

Stmnt 2: t is divisible by 3.
If t is divisible by 3, then (5b + 3) is divisible by 3. Therefore, b must be divisible by 3. (If this is unclear, think: 15 + 3 will be divisible by 3 but 20 + 3 will not be. If the second term is 3, the first term must also be divisible by 3 to make the whole expression divisible by 3). So 10b is divisible by 15 but we do not know anything about a. If a = 1, remainder of nt is 0, if a = 2, remainder of nt is 9. Not sufficient.

Using both statements together, we know 9a and 10b are divisible by 15. So remainder must be 6. Sufficient.

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When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5.
(2) t is divisible by 3.

From the stem: $$n=3p+2$$ and $$t=5q+3$$.
$$nt=15pq+9p+10q+6$$, we should find the remainder when this expression is divided by 15.

(1) $$n-2=5m$$ --> $$n=5m+2=3p+2$$ --> $$5m=3p$$, $$15m=9p$$ --> $$nt=15pq+9p+10q+6=15pq+15m+10q+6$$. Clearly $$15pq$$ and $$15m$$ are divisible by 15, so remainder by dividing these components will be 0. But we still know nothing about $$10q+6$$. Not sufficient.

(2) t is divisible by 3 means that $$5q+3$$ is divisible by 3 --> 5q is divisible by 3 or q is divisible by 3 --> $$5q=5*3z=15z$$ --> $$10q=30z$$ --> $$nt=15pq+9p+10q+6=15pq+9p+30z+6$$. $$15pq$$ and $$30z$$ are divisible by 15. Know nothing about $$9p+6$$. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) $$9p=15m$$ and $$10q=30z$$ --> $$nt=15pq+9p+10q+6=15pq+15m+30z+6$$. Remainder when this expression is divided by 15 is 6. Sufficient.

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From the stem: $$n=3p+2$$ and $$t=5q+3$$.

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5 --> $$n-2=5m$$ --> $$n=5m+2$$ and $$n=3p+2$$ --> general formula for $$n$$ would be $$n=15k+2$$ (about deriving general formula for such problems at: good-problem-90442.html#p723049 and manhattan-remainder-problem-93752.html#p721341) --> $$nt=(15k+2)(5q+3)=15*5kq+15*3k+10q+6$$ --> first two terms are divisible by 15 ($$15*5kq+15*3k$$) but we don't know about the last two terms ($$10q+6$$). Not sufficient.

(2) t is divisible by 3 --> $$t=3r$$ and $$t=5q+3$$ --> general formula for $$t$$ would be $$t=15x+3$$ --> $$nt=(3p+2)(15x+3)=15*3px+9p+15*2x+6$$. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) $$nt=(15k+2)(15x+3)=15*15kx+15*3k+15*2x+6$$ this expression divided by 15 yields remainder of 6. Sufficient.

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When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5.
(2) t is divisible by 3.

I have another approach to this ds, plz correct me if i'm wrong.
n=3x + 2
t = 5y + 3
Clearly we cannot solve the problem with either n or t. We need both information concerning n and t because we need to figure out the remaining of n*t. => left with C or E

(1): n-2 is divisible by 5 & n=3x + 2 => x is multiple of 5.
(2): t is divisible by 3. & t = 5y + 3 => y is multiple of 3
(1)& (2) => n*t = (3x+2) (5y+3) = (3x*5y) + (9x) + (10y) + 6
we know that: x is multiple of 5, y is multiple of 3 so:
(3x*5y) + (9x) + (10y) + 6 will have remaining of 6 because: each (3x*5y); (9x); (10y) is all multiple of 15.
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I tried plugging numbers:

n = 3k + 2 = 2,5,8,11,14,17

t = 5m + 3 = 3,8,13,18,23,28

(1) n - 2 = 5l

=> n = 5l + 2 = 2,7,12,17

So n = 15k + 2 = 2,17,32,47

But n* t = 6 (2*3), 16(2*8) so n/15 can have rem 1 or 6

Hence (1) is not enough

(2) t = 3p = 3,6,12,15,18,21

So t = 15q + 3 = 3,18,33,48

But n*t = 6, 15, so rem can be 6, 0 etc.

Combining (1) and (2), it can be seen that nt = 15 * an integer + 6, so remainder is 6, answer is C.
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Saw this question on a GMATPrep test, and I can't figure out how to get to the correct answer. Can anyone help? Thanks!

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5.
(2) t is divisible by 3.

The correct answer is (C) - both statements together are sufficient, but neither statement alone is sufficient. Can anybody out there help explain to me how to get to this answer though? Thanks!

This is how I would approach this question.

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2;
I say n = 3a + 2 ( a is a non negative integer)

and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3.
So t = 5b + 3 (b is a non negative integer.)

What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?
So nt = (3a + 2)(5b + 3) = 15ab + 9a + 10b + 6
15ab is divisible by 15. But I don't know anything about (9a + 10b + 6) yet.

Stmnt 1: n-2 is divisible by 5.
From above, n - 2 is just 3a. If n - 2 is divisible by 5, then 'a' must be divisible by 5. So I get that 9a is divisible by 15. I still don't know anything about b. If b = 1, remainder of nt is 1. If b = 2, remainder of nt is 11 and so on... Not sufficient.

Stmnt 2: t is divisible by 3.
If t is divisible by 3, then (5b + 3) is divisible by 3. Therefore, b must be divisible by 3. (If this is unclear, think: 15 + 3 will be divisible by 3 but 20 + 3 will not be. If the second term is 3, the first term must also be divisible by 3 to make the whole expression divisible by 3). So 10b is divisible by 15 but we do not know anything about a. If a = 1, remainder of nt is 0, if a = 2, remainder of nt is 9. Not sufficient.

Using both statements together, we know 9a and 10b are divisible by 15. So remainder must be 6. Sufficient.

so from statement 1 we got 10b+6 if b=1 we get 16 then rem =1
if b=2 we got 106 so remainder =1
if b=3 we get 1006 so remainder =1 ..............................so i think a is sufficient
.............what am i doing wrong

10b above means 10*b, 10 multiplied by b.

If b=2, then 10b+6=10*2+6=26 not 106;
If b=2, then 10b+6=10*3+6=36 not 1006.

Does this make sense?
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When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

n = 3a + 2, t = 5b + 3. Q: (3a + 2)(5b + 3)/15 = c + r/15. What is the value of r?

r is knowable only if it can be determined that each of 3a and 5b are divisible by 15, or in other words that a is divisible by 5 and b is divisible by 3, in which case the remainder would be the only remaining element that is clearly not divisible by 15.

nt = (3a +2)(5b +3) = 3a x 5b + 3a x3 + 10b + 6

if the first three elements of this equation are divisible by 15 the remainder would be 6. If divisibility of any of the variable-containing elements of this equation cannot be determined then the remainder cannot be determined.

St1: n-2 is divisible by 5.

n = 3a + 2
3a = n-2

if n-2 divisible by 5, then 3a is divisible by 5 (at least one factor of a = 5), and therefore 3a is divisible by 15.

However, divisibility of 5b by 15 cannot be determined, and therefore the value of r cannot be determined.

INSUFF.

(2) t is divisible by 3.

t = 5b + 3
5b + 3 is divisible by 3, therefore 5b is divisible by 3(at least one factor of b is 3) and 5b is divisible by 15.

However, divisibility of 3a by 15 cannot be determined, and therefore the value of r cannot be determined.

INSUFF.

Combined: 3a, and 5b are both divisible by 15, and therefore, all variable-containing elements of the equation nt = (3a +2)(5b +3) = 3a x 5b + 3a x3 + 10b + 6 are divisible by 15 and the remainder is 6.

SUFF.

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I did a similar thing with plugging numbers.

First you have to see that (1) and (2) alone are not sufficient alone before it really works in a time effective manner though.

(1) n = 17,32,47,etc, t still has so many values and remainder can differ (17*3 and 17*8 for example)
(2) t = 18,33,48,etc, same as above but with n

(1)+(2)

(15p+2)(15p+3) will always have r6 when divided by 15

breaking it out in factored form like that is helpful for me to see it very clearly.

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Saw this question on a GMATPrep test, and I can't figure out how to get to the correct answer. Can anyone help? Thanks!

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5.
(2) t is divisible by 3.

The correct answer is (C) - both statements together are sufficient, but neither statement alone is sufficient. Can anybody out there help explain to me how to get to this answer though? Thanks!

This is how I would approach this question.

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2;
I say n = 3a + 2 ( a is a non negative integer)

and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3.
So t = 5b + 3 (b is a non negative integer.)

What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?
So nt = (3a + 2)(5b + 3) = 15ab + 9a + 10b + 6
15ab is divisible by 15. But I don't know anything about (9a + 10b + 6) yet.

Stmnt 1: n-2 is divisible by 5.
From above, n - 2 is just 3a. If n - 2 is divisible by 5, then 'a' must be divisible by 5. So I get that 9a is divisible by 15. I still don't know anything about b. If b = 1, remainder of nt is 1. If b = 2, remainder of nt is 11 and so on... Not sufficient.

Stmnt 2: t is divisible by 3.
If t is divisible by 3, then (5b + 3) is divisible by 3. Therefore, b must be divisible by 3. (If this is unclear, think: 15 + 3 will be divisible by 3 but 20 + 3 will not be. If the second term is 3, the first term must also be divisible by 3 to make the whole expression divisible by 3). So 10b is divisible by 15 but we do not know anything about a. If a = 1, remainder of nt is 0, if a = 2, remainder of nt is 9. Not sufficient.

Using both statements together, we know 9a and 10b are divisible by 15. So remainder must be 6. Sufficient.

so from statement 1 we got 10b+6 if b=1 we get 16 then rem =1
if b=2 we got 106 so remainder =1
if b=3 we get 1006 so remainder =1 ..............................so i think a is sufficient .............what am i doing wrong

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Hi Bunuel,

thanks for the solution. I tried to solve statement two and I below is what I am getting. What am i doing wrong?

T = 5q+3 (given)
T = 3k (statement 2)
So 5q + 3 = 3k --> 10q + 6 = 6k and this does not assures that 10q+6 is a multiple of 15. What am i missing in solving it this way?

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When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5.
(2) t is divisible by 3.

From the stem: $$n=3p+2$$ and $$t=5q+3$$.
$$nt=15pq+9p+10q+6$$, we should find the remainder when this expression is divided by 15.

(1) $$n-2=5m$$ --> $$n=5m+2=3p+2$$ --> $$5m=3p$$, $$15m=9p$$ --> $$nt=15pq+9p+10q+6=15pq+15m+10q+6$$. Clearly $$15pq$$ and $$15m$$ are divisible by 15, so remainder by dividing these components will be 0. But we still know nothing about $$10q+6$$. Not sufficient.

(2) t is divisible by 3 means that $$5q+3$$ is divisible by 3 --> 5q is divisible by 3 or q is divisible by 3 --> $$5q=5*3z=15z$$ --> $$10q=30z$$ --> $$nt=15pq+9p+10q+6=15pq+9p+30z+6$$. $$15pq$$ and $$30z$$ are divisible by 15. Know nothing about $$9p+6$$. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) $$9p=15m$$ and $$10q=30z$$ --> $$nt=15pq+9p+10q+6=15pq+15m+30z+6$$. Remainder when this expression is divided by 15 is 6. Sufficient.

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From the stem: $$n=3p+2$$ and $$t=5q+3$$.

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5 --> $$n-2=5m$$ --> $$n=5m+2$$ and $$n=3p+2$$ --> general formula for $$n$$ would be $$n=15k+2$$ (about deriving general formula for such problems at: good-problem-90442.html#p723049 and manhattan-remainder-problem-93752.html#p721341) --> $$nt=(15k+2)(5q+3)=15*5kq+15*3k+10q+6$$ --> first two terms are divisible by 15 ($$15*5kq+15*3k$$) but we don't know about the last two terms ($$10q+6$$). Not sufficient.

(2) t is divisible by 3 --> $$t=3r$$ and $$t=5q+3$$ --> general formula for $$t$$ would be $$t=15x+3$$ --> $$nt=(3p+2)(15x+3)=15*3px+9p+15*2x+6$$. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) $$nt=(15k+2)(15x+3)=15*15kx+15*3k+15*2x+6$$ this expression divided by 15 yields remainder of 6. Sufficient.

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When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5.
(2) t is divisible by 3.

As per the stated,
n = 3p + 2 => n-2 = 3p i.e. n-2 is a multiple of 3.
t = 5q + 3 => t-3 = 5q i.e. t-3 is a multiple of 5.

Statement 1 says n-2 is a multiple of 5. Hence, n-2 is divisible by both 3 and 5. So, it should be divisible by 15.
=> n-2 = 15m => n = 15m +2.... (1)
But stat 1 does not say anything about t-2. Hence insufficient. (or so u can deduce)

Statement 2 says t-2 is a multiple of 3. Hence, t-3 is divisible by both 3 and 5. So, it should be divisible by 15.
=> t-3 = 15m => t = 15s +3.... (2)
But stat 2 does not say anything about n. Hence insufficient.

On combining these two statements,
nt= 15m*15s + 15m*3+15s*2+3*2

So nt on dividing by 15 gives 6 as the remainer. (All other terms are divisible by 15)

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When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5.
(2) t is divisible by 3.

n=3a+2 AND t=5b+3

nt = 15ab + 10b + 9a + 6 ---- divide it by 15

Nt/15 = ab + (2/3)b + (3/5)a + 6/15. We see if we know both b and a are divisible by 3 and 5 respectively then we remainder is 6 else remainder would be something else depending on the value of a and b.

Stmt-1:
As we know n=3a+2 then n-2 = 3a.

Stmt-1 says n-2 is divisible by 5 that is3a is divisible by 5. Hence a is divisible by 5. BUT what about b? INSUFF.

Stmt-2:

As we know t=5b+3

Stmt-2 says t is divisible by 3 that is b is divisible by 3. BUT what about a? INSUFF.

Combining stmt-1 and stmt-2 we know a and b are divisible by 5 and 3 respectively. This is what we required to know as mentioned above. Sufficient.

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When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2; and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3. What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?

(1) n-2 is divisible by 5.
(2) t is divisible by 3.

The correct answer is (C) - both statements together are sufficient, but neither statement alone is sufficient. Can anybody out there help explain to me how to get to this answer though? Thanks!

This is how I would approach this question.

When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2;
I say n = 3a + 2 ( a is a non negative integer)

and when positive integer t is divided by 5, the remainder is 3.
So t = 5b + 3 (b is a non negative integer.)

What is the remainder when the product nt is divided by 15?
So nt = (3a + 2)(5b + 3) = 15ab + 9a + 10b + 6
15ab is divisible by 15. But I don't know anything about (9a + 10b + 6) yet.

Stmnt 1: n-2 is divisible by 5.
From above, n - 2 is just 3a. If n - 2 is divisible by 5, then 'a' must be divisible by 5. So I get that 9a is divisible by 15. I still don't know anything about b. If b = 1, remainder of nt is 1. If b = 2, remainder of nt is 11 and so on... Not sufficient.

Stmnt 2: t is divisible by 3.
If t is divisible by 3, then (5b + 3) is divisible by 3. Therefore, b must be divisible by 3. (If this is unclear, think: 15 + 3 will be divisible by 3 but 20 + 3 will not be. If the second term is 3, the first term must also be divisible by 3 to make the whole expression divisible by 3). So 10b is divisible by 15 but we do not know anything about a. If a = 1, remainder of nt is 0, if a = 2, remainder of nt is 9. Not sufficient.

Using both statements together, we know 9a and 10b are divisible by 15. So remainder must be 6. Sufficient.

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15 Jan 2017, 01:38
Hi everyone,

Thanks for all the explanations, it´s always extremely helpful.

I got the right answer but it took me 4min 44 sec. Any suggestions to get get the time down.

Thanks

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Kudos [?]: 129059 [0], given: 12189

Re: When positive integer n is divided by 3, the remainder is 2 [#permalink]

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15 Jan 2017, 01:45
lauramo wrote:
Hi everyone,

Thanks for all the explanations, it´s always extremely helpful.

I got the right answer but it took me 4min 44 sec. Any suggestions to get get the time down.

Thanks

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