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Post Tue Sep 03, 2013 7:07 pm
If s and t are positive integers such that s/t = 64.12, which of the following could be the remainder when s is divided by t ?

(A) 2
(B) 4
(C) 8
(D) 20
(E) 45

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Post Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:50 pm
Nice question!

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Post Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:42 pm
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If s and t are positive integers such that s/t= 64.12, which of the following could be the remainder when s is divided by t?
a.2
b.4
c.8
d.20
e.45
When one positive integer is divided by another, we typically represent what's left over either as a REMAINDER or as a DECIMAL.
There is a relationship between the two representations:

Remainder/Divisor = Decimal.

When 5 is divided by 2:
Remainder representation: 5/2 = 2 R1.
Decimal representations: 5/2 = 2.5.
Remainder/Divisor = 1/2.
Decimal = .5.
Since the two values are equal:
Remainder/divisor = decimal.

We should write the decimal representation AS A FRACTION IN ITS MOST REDUCED FORM.

In the problem above:
Remainder = R
Divisor = t
Decimal = .12 = 12/100 = 3/25.
Plugging these values into remainder/divisor = decimal, we get:
R/t = 3/25.

Since R/t is in its most reduced form, we know that t must be a multiple of 25 and that R must be a multiple of 3.
Only answer choice E is a multiple of 3.

The correct answer is E.

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Post Tue Sep 03, 2013 8:03 pm
yumi2012 wrote:
If s and t are positive integers such that s/t = 64.12, which of the following could be the remainder when s is divided by t ?

(A) 2
(B) 4
(C) 8
(D) 20
(E) 45

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Question: 13
Page: 22
Difficulty: 650
s/t = 64.12
s = 64t + 0.12t
0.12t = 3*4/100 * t
= 3/25 * t

For 0.12t to be an integer, t should be 25,50,75,100,...
So 0.12t = 3,6,9,12,....
So the remainder 0.12t is always a multiple of 3.

Choose E

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