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[GMAT math practice question] \(y^2\) is a perfect square which is the sum of the squares of \(11\) consecutive numbers. Find the minimum possible value for the positive integer \(y\). \(A. 8\) \(B. 9\) \(C. 10\) \(D. 11\) \(E. 12\)
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THIS IS POSSIBLE ONLY WHEN WE TAKE THE 11 CONSECUTIVE INTEGERS 4,3,2,1,0,1,2,3,4,5,6 AND SUM OF THE SQUARES OF THEM IS 121 AND IT IS THE SQUARE OF 11. THERE FORE Y=11.



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Minimum possible value of sum of the squares of 11 consecutive numbers is equal to —> sum of the squares of : 5,4,3,2,1,0,1,2,3,4,5 —> \((5)^{2}\)+\((4)^{2}\)+\((3)^{2}\)+\((2)^{2}\)+\((1)^{2}\)+0+\(1^{2}\)+\(2^{2}\)+\(3^{2}\)+\(4^{2}\)+\(5^{2}\)= 110
—> That means possible answer choice for y^2 should be over 110 (D or E )
The next minimum possible value: —> \((4)^{2}\)+\((3)^{2}\)+\((2)^{2}\)+\((1)^{2}\)+0+\(1^{2}\)+\(2^{2}\)+\(3^{2}\)+\(4^{2}\)+\(5^{2}\)+\(6^{2}\)=60+61=121=\((11)^{2}\)=\((y)^{2}\)
The answer choice is D
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If I consider the consequent 11 integers as x5, x4,...x, x+1,...x+5 and add them, it adds up to 11x. For 11x to be a perfect square, the minimum value of x would be 11.
Hence answer would be 11(E)



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\((K5)^2+(K4)^2.....+(K+4)^2+(K+5)^2=y^2\) \(11K^2+2*(1^2+2^2+3^2+4^2+5^2)=y^2\) \(11K^2+2*(5*6*11)/6=y^2\) \(11K^2+110=y^2\) \(11(K^2+10)=y^2\) Hence y must be a multiple of 11. Minimum value that y can take is 11. MathRevolution wrote: [GMAT math practice question]
\(y^2\) is a perfect square which is the sum of the squares of \(11\) consecutive numbers. Find the minimum possible value for the positive integer \(y\).
\(A. 8\) \(B. 9\) \(C. 10\) \(D. 11\) \(E. 12\) Posted from my mobile device



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If we start from 1, Sum of first 11 numbers = 66 ; [(1+11)/2] 1+2+3...11 = 66 2+3+4,..12 = 77 3+4+5..13 = 88
In above series, the first perfect square is 121.. Which is a square of 11..
So my answer is D



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=> Let the consecutive numbers be \(n5, n4, ..., n, …, n+4\), and \(n+5.\) Then \(y^2 = (n5)^2 + (n4)^2 + (n3)^2 + (n2)^2 + (n1)^2 + n^2 + (n+1)^2 + (n+2)^2 + (n+3)^2 + (n+4)^2 + (n+5)^2\) \(= n^2 10n + 25 + n^2 – 8n + 16 + n^2 6n + 9 + n^2 – 4n + 4 + n^2 – 2n + 1 + n^2 + n^2 +2n + 1 + n^2 +4n + 4 + n^2 +6n + 9 + n^2 +8n + 16 + n^2 +10n + 25\) \(= 11n^2 + 110\) If \(n = 0\), then \(11*0^2 + 110 = 110\) is not a perfect square. If \(n = 1\), then \(11*1^2 + 110 = 121\) is the perfect square of \(11\). Thus, \(y = 11.\) Therefore, D is the answer. Answer: D
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