Quant Boosters  Quant Mixed Bag  Set 1

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Sum of an AP can be written as (n/2) * (2a + (n1)d)
Given: In our case, d = 1
 n is a natural number
 a is an integer
Analysis:
So, our equation now reduces to 2na+n(n1) = 840 * 2 = 1680
= > n^2 + (2a  1)n  1680 = 0
Using the quadratic formula we can say that
n = [ – (2a – 1) +/ root( ( 2a – 1)^2 – 4 (1) ( 1680)] / 2So, this is clear that for an integral value of a, there would be one positive n and one negative n = > For one integral value of a, there would be one possible n.
(This makes sense as when we define the start point of the AP, the length inevitably gets fixed as the sum is constant)So, our question now changes to find the integral solutions of a.
From simple observation, we can say a can both be odd or even.
(2a1)^2 + 4*1680 has to be a perfect square.
Lets say 2a 1 = x
now, x^2 + 4 * 1680 = y^2
(Keep in mind that y is positive all the time because when we take the square root while solving a quadratic equation we only use the absolute value)
y^2  x^2 = 4 * 1680
(yx)(y+x) = 2a * 2b where ab = 1680If we find all solutions of ab = 1680 where a > 0, b > 0 then y would always be positive and x can be positive or negative.
1680 = 2^4 * 3 * 5 * 7
So, (4+1) * 2 * 2 * 2 = 40 factorsSo, a can be any of these 40 and b would be 1680 / a.
There are 40 cases.
(Keep in mind that we are already counting the cases where x is negative as when b < a, x is negative)So, x can have 40 values = > 2a 1 has 40 possible values and hence a has 40 possible integral values = > n can have 40 values
= > There are 40 possible cases of writing an AP with common difference 1 where the sum would be 840.

Q16) How many numbers below 100 can be written as a difference of squares of natural numbers in only one way?

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Let’s say x= a^2  b^2 = > x = (a+b)(ab)
If x has to be written as the difference of squares of two natural numbers in only one way, then there must be only one way to write x as (a+b) * (ab) where (a+b) > (ab).
means that b can’t be zero and hence, (a+b) != (ab)Now, (a+b) and (ab) will either both be odd or both be even.
 Case : Both (a+b) and (ab) are odd
x = odd * odd = > odd
If x is an odd number, it can always be represented as 1 * x. If x has more than one factor(excluding one and x itself), say two factors then x= c * d can always be written. So, we have to find x where x is either an odd prime or x is the square of an odd prime.
x= k^2 (k being an odd prime) can be factorized as 1* k^2 or k * k.
k*k would mean x = k^2  0^2 (not allowed as 0 is not a natural number)
We have 25 prime numbers less than 100, hence 24 cases(excluding 2) and 9,25,49 as squares of odd primes = > 27 cases in all  Case : Both (a+b) and (ab) are even
x = even * even = > even
x = 2a * 2b = > x = 4 * (ab) & x < = 100
= > ab < = 25 where a!=b & a and b are both natural numbers
Lets say K=ab, K should be represented as ab in only one way. Similar to the above logic (except that numbers can be even too). K can be prime numbers or prime squares. So, k = 2,3,5,7,11,13,17,19,23 or 4,9
= > 11 cases in all
So there are 27 + 11 = 38 numbers between 1 and 100 which can be represented as the difference of natural squares in only one way.
 Case : Both (a+b) and (ab) are odd

Q17) How many three digit numbers are there whose sum of digits is divisible by 5?

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Lets say the 3 digit no. is abc.
 Case 1  two of them are zero = > 1
Only one possible number 500.  Case 2 one of them is zero = > 4 * 8 + 2 * 1 =34
a can’t be zero. So, a + b or a+c is divisible by 5.
For a = 1, the other one could be 4 or 9
a = 2, the other could be 3 or 8
Except for a=5 rest each case has two possiblities = > 4 numbers each
For 5 ther’s 550 or 505 = > 2 numbers  Case 3 none of them is zero = > 6 + 36 + 61 + 36 + 6 = 145
Sum of all three digits can vary between 3 and 27 as none of them is zero.
So, the sum can be 5, 10, 15, 20 or 25
1) Sum is 5 = > 6 cases
1 + 1 +3 = 5 = > 3 numbers
1 + 2 + 2 = 5 = > 3 numbers
2) Sum is 10 = > 3 * 4 + 6 * 4 = 36 cases
1 + 1 + 8 = > 3 numbers
1 + 2 + 7 = > 6 numbers
1 + 3 + 6 = > 6 numbers
1 + 4 + 5 = > 6 numbers
2 + 2 + 6 = > 3 numbers
2 + 3 + 5 = > 6 numbers
2 + 4 + 4 = > 3 numbers
3 + 3 + 4 = > 3 numbers
3) Sum is 15 = > 15 + 18 + 18 + 9 + 1 = 61 cases
1 + (5 + 9) / (6 + 8 ) / (7 + 7) = > 6, 6, 3 numbers = 15
2 + (4 + 9) / (5 + 8 ) / (6 + 7) = > 6, 6, 6 numbers = 18
3 + (3 + 9) / (4 + 8 ) / (5 + 7) / (6 + 6) = > 3, 6, 6, 3 numbers = 18
4 + (4 + 7) / (5 + 6) = > 3, 6 numbers = 9
5 + 5 + 5 = > 1 number = 1
4. Sum is 20 = > 3 + 6 + 9 + 12 + 6 = 36 cases
2 + 9 + 9 = > 3 numbers = 3
3 + 8 + 9 = > 6 numbers = 6
4 + (7 + 9) / (8 + 8 ) = > 6,3 numbers = 9
5 + (6 + 9) / (7 + 8 ) = > 6, 6 numbers = 12
6 + (6 + 8 ) / (7 + 7) = > 3, 3 numbers = 6
5. Sum is 25 = > 3 + 3 = 6 cases
9 + 8 + 8 = > 3 numbers = 3
9 + 9 + 7 = > 3 numbers = 3
145 + 34 + 1 = 180
So, there are 180 such numbers.There is also this easier alternate method that is a bit difficult to visualize if you are encountering such a question for the first time. But, here it goes. You can say that in every consecutive 10 numbers where only the ones place is changing, there would be exactly 2 such numbers whose digits’ sum is divisible by 5. I can have (100  109), (110  119) … (990  999) i.e. 90 such cases as there are 900 3 digit numbers. And hence, there would be 90 * 2 = 180 such numbers.
 Case 1  two of them are zero = > 1

Q18) How many natural numbers between 1& 100 have exactly 4 factors?

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Every number x can be represented in this manner.
x = (a1 ^ b1) * (a2 ^b2) * (a3^b3) … where a1, a2, a3 are all prime numbers
Number of factors of x = (1+b1) * (1+b2) * (1+b3) …
Now, we know that 4 = 2 * 2 or 1 * 4
So, all numbers which have 4 factors would either be in the form of
 a^3 where a is a prime; Factors would be 1,a,a^2 & a^3
 a * b where a and b are both primes; Factors would be 1,a,b & ab
Prime cubes between 1 and 100 are 8 and 27. So, 2 cases.
Cases
 For a=2, b = 3,5,7,11,13,17,19,23,29,31,37,41,43,47 = > 14 cases
 For a=3, b=5,7,11,13,17,19,23,29,31 = > 9 cases
 For a=5, b=7,11,13 = > 3 cases
So total possible cases = 2 + 14 + 9 + 3 = 28

Q19) What are the last two digits of 168^1057?

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Think of this as (160+8 )^1057.
When you expand this term, the last two digits of all terms would be 00 except 8^1057 and 1057 * 8^1056 *160. (Binomial expansion used)
The second term clearly would be …60, 0 due to 160 and 6 due to multiplication of 8^1056 = (8^4)^264 = 6^254 by 6.
For, the first term
8^1 = 08 Case 1
8^2 = 64
8^3 = 12
8^4 = 96
8^5 = 68 Case 2
8^6 = 44
8^7 = 52
8^8 = 16
8^9 = 28 Case 3
8^10 = 24
8^11 = 92
8^12 = 36
8^13 = 88 Case 4So, we can say multiplying 8 by 8^4 adds 6 to tens place.
8^1057 = 8 * (8^4)^264 = > adding 6 264 times to the tens place i.e. 0 and keeping the units place as 8 = > last 2 digits are 48.
So, last 2 digits overall = 48 + 60 = 08
P.S. You can figure out the trend of last 2 digits by solving upto Case 3.
Also generally (x^4)^y follows a pattern for all x, where y keeps increasing by 1. So, you could directly see the trend for (8^4), (8^4)^2, (8^4)^3 and deduce from that.

Q20) With a given amount X, Mr. Y can buy 20 E or 12 S or 5 P. If he purchased an equal number of E and S and P with an amount Z and given that Z = 3X, Find the number of Ps bought by him ?

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Let X =100
Price of E/S/P  5/8.33/20
Price of E+S+P= 33.33
Number of sets for X(100 ) = 100/33.33 =3
Number of sets fo 3X (300 ) = 3X3 = 9Other Methods:
#1
Price ratio of P:S:E=12:5:3.
Consider X=60 = > Z=180 = > Total share of P=108. Number of P=108/12=9#2
One can think of an analogous problem in Time work Domain:
P, S, E can finish a job in 5, 12, 20 days respectively. They are assigned to complete a work together which thrice as large as the previous one. In how many days the work will get completed if each one works with the same efficiency.#3
Treat the first set of equations as amount of work done and time taken by each person respectively to complete the task
In the next set of equations, they all work together to complete a task working equal no.of days
We have to find that "equal" no .of days

Q21) There are z digits in the decimal expression of the natural number N,while there are y digits in the decimal expression of N^3. Then which of the following cannot be equal to y + z?
(a) 20
(b) 26
(c) 35
(d) 45
(e) none of these

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As per the question,
10^(z−1) < = N < 10^z = > 10^(3z−3) < = N^3 < 10^3z.
So, y can be {3z − 2, 3z − 1, 3z} and y+z can be {4z2 ,4z1,4z)
Clearly all the natural numbers except those of type 4k+1 satisfy the value for y+z.
So, 35 cannot be the value.
= > Choice (d) is the right answer

Q22) A real number x is chosen at random in the interval [21/2, 21/2]. What is the probability that the closest integer to x is odd?
a) 1/21
b) 5/11
c) 10/21
d) 11/21
e) 1/2

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From [10.5,10.5] There can be 21 intervals [10.5,9.5],[9.5,8.5].....[9.5,10.5]..and there are 10 intervals [9.5,8.5]....[8.5,9.5]..in which any x selected in those intervals is closest to an odd integer.
So the probability is 10/21
Choice (c) is the right answer

Q23) A positive integer p is called "CAT number" if p^3 + 7p = q^3 + 133 for some positive integer q. The sum of all such "CAT numbers" is
(a) 24
(b) 26
(c) 30
(d) 34
(e) 38

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We consider the size of p relative to q. If p = q, then q is a CAT number if and only if
7q = 133. In this case, we get 19 is a good number. Now, suppose that p > = q + 1. Then
q^3 + 7q − 133 = p^3 > = (q + 1)^3 = q^3 + 3q^2 + 3q + 1
so that 3q^2 − 4q + 134 < = 0. For positive integers q, it is easy to see that this is impossible. It remains to consider p < = q − 1. For such p, we have q^3 + 7q − 133 = p^3 < = (q − 1)^3 = q^3 − 3q^2 + 3q − 1 which implies 3q^2 + 4q − 132 < 0. It follows here that q < 6. One checks that 6^3 + 7 · 6 − 133 = 5^3 and 5^3 + 7 · 5 − 133 = 3^3,
so 6 and 5 are CAT numbers. For q < = 4, we see that q^3 +7q−133 < 0 and, hence, q^3 +7q−133 cannot equal p^3 for a positive integer p. Therefore, the sum of all CAT numbers is 19 + 6 + 5 = 30.

Q24) If P : Q = 1 / 2 : 3 /8 , Q : R = 1 / 3 : 5 / 9 and R : S = 5 / 6 : 3 / 4 , Then P : Q : R : S = ?

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P : Q = 1 / 2 : 3 / 8 = 4 : 3 , Q : R = 1 / 3 : 5 / 9 = 3 : 5 and R : S = 5 / 6 : 3 / 4 = 10 : 9
P : Q = 4 : 3 , Q : R = 3 : 5 , R : S = 10 / 2 : 9 / 2 = 5 : 9 / 2
P : Q : R : S = 4 : 3 : 5 : 9 / 2 = 8 : 6 : 10 : 9

Q25) What digit does “a” represent, if 35! = 10333147966386144929a66651337523200000000?
(a) 4
(b) 6
(c) 2
(d) 1