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When positive integer x is divided by 5, the remainder is 2. When positive integer y is divided by 4, the remainder is 1. Which of the following cannot be the sum x + y?

A. 12
B. 13
C. 14
D. 16
E. 21
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When positive integer x is divided by 5, the remainder is 2. When positive integer y is divided by 4, the remainder is 1. Which of the following cannot be the sum x + y?

A. 12
B. 13
C. 14
D. 16
E. 21



When positive integer x is divided by 5, the remainder is 2: x could be 2, 7, 12, 17, ...
When positive integer y is divided by 4, the remainder is 1: y could be 1, 5, 9, 13, 17, ...

If x is 7 and y is 5, then x + y = 12. Eliminate A.
If x is 12 and y is 1, then x + y = 13. Eliminate B.

If x is 7 and y is 9, then x + y = 16. Eliminate D.
If x is 12 and y is 9, then x + y = 21. Eliminate E.

By process of elimination the correct answer must be C.

Answer: C

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One way to solve this problem:-
since x=5a+2, where a is an integer.
and y=4b+1 where b is an integer
x+y=5a+4b+3..

now test for integer solutions of a and b. We need to subtract 3 from answer choice and then test whether the resultant can be expressed 5a+4b.
choice a) 12. Subtract 3 we get 9 . 9 = 4a+5b. take a=1, b=1.
choice b) 13. Subtract 3 we get 10. 10=4a+5b. take a=0 and b=2.
choice c) 14. Subtract 3 we get 11. 11 = 4a+5b. if we take a=0, 1,2, can we have b which is positive integer. let us check
a=0 ;11=5b , a = 1 ; 7 = 5b, a = 2 ; 3= 5b, a = 3 , now in this case -1 = 5b.. now from here on we can get negative values on the L.H.S. So we cannot express 11 = 4a+5b where a and b are integers. This is our answer.
choice d) 16 . Subtract 3 we get 13 . 13= 4a+5b. take a =2 and b = 1.
choice e) 21. subtract 3 we get 18. 18= 4a+5b. take a=2, b=2. Done!
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y=5r+2 (2,7,12,17,....)

x=4r+1 (1,5,9,13,....)

C is the only number you cannot create using any combination of x and y
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Bunuel how do you know the possible values of X? How does 2/5 give a remainder of 2?
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Bunuel how do you know the possible values of X? How does 2/5 give a remainder of 2?


1. If \(x\) and \(y\) are positive integers, there exist unique integers \(q\) and \(r\), called the quotient and remainder, respectively, such that \(y =divisor*quotient+remainder= xq + r\) and \(0\leq{r}<x\).

So, positive integer x is divided by 5, the remainder is 2 means that x = 5q + 2, thus x could be 2, 7, 12, ...

2. Let me ask you a question: how many leftover apples would you have if you had 2 apples and wanted to distribute in 5 baskets evenly? Each basket would get 0 apples and 2 apples would be leftover (remainder).

When a divisor is more than dividend, then the remainder equals to the dividend, for example:
3 divided by 4 yields the reminder of 3: \(3=4*0+3\);
9 divided by 14 yields the reminder of 9: \(9=14*0+9\);
1 divided by 9 yields the reminder of 1: \(1=9*0+1\).

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When positive integer x is divided by 5, the remainder is 2. When positive integer y is divided by 4, the remainder is 1. Which of the following cannot be the sum x + y?

A. 12
B. 13
C. 14
D. 16
E. 21


x=5q+2
y=4p+1
x+y=5q+4p+3
12: q=1;p=1
13: q=2;p=0
16: q=1;p=2
21: q=2;p=2
14: no
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Note that 1 + 2 = 3. Deduct 3 from every proposed answer and try to construct the resulting figure with 5s and 4s.

A. 12 -3 = 9 = 5+4
B. 13 -3 =10= 5+ 5
C. 14 -3 = 11= correct answer
D. 16 -3 = 13 = 5+4+4
E. 21 -3 = 18= 4+4 +5+5
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Critique wrote:
When positive integer x is divided by 5, the remainder is 2. When positive integer y is divided by 4, the remainder is 1. Which of the following cannot be the sum x + y?

A. 12
B. 13
C. 14
D. 16
E. 21


We can create the following equations:

x = 5Q + 2

Some values for x are 2, 7, 12, 17.

y = 4Z + 1

Some values for y are 1, 5, 9, 13, 17.

Let’s go through each answer choice:

A) 12

Since 7 + 5 = 12, answer choice A is not correct.

B) 13

Since 12 + 1 = 13, answer choice B is not correct.

C) 14

Since we cannot get x + y to sum to 14, answer choice C is correct.

Answer: C
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