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OG 16 Question 67

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OG 16 Question 67

Post Tue Oct 27, 2015 1:54 am
67. If k is an integer and (0.0025)(0.025)(0.00025) X 10k is an integer, what is the
least possible value of k?
(A) -12
(B) -6
(C) 0
(D) 6
(E) 12

I don't understand why the right answer is E

I solved for A as (25 X 10^-4)(25 X 10^-3)(25 X 10^-5) X 10^k

thanks in advance

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Post Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:28 pm
jmacym wrote:
But there are they getting 25 ^ 3?????
From 25^3=5^6, if there is no 2, it can't turn into 10, which is meaningless.
That is, no matter how many 5 there are, it can't be 10 if there is no 2.
Hence, it is omitted.

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Post Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:04 pm
(0.0025)(0.025)(0.00025) X 10^k

= [(25)(10ˉ⁴)(25)(10ˉ³)(25)(10ˉ⁵)](10^k)

= 25³(10ˉ¹²)(10^k)
K >=12
SO E

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jmacym wrote:
But there are they getting 25 ^ 3?????
From 25^3=5^6, if there is no 2, it can't turn into 10, which is meaningless.
That is, no matter how many 5 there are, it can't be 10 if there is no 2.
Hence, it is omitted.

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Post Thu Oct 20, 2016 6:04 pm
(0.0025)(0.025)(0.00025) X 10^k

= [(25)(10ˉ⁴)(25)(10ˉ³)(25)(10ˉ⁵)](10^k)

= 25³(10ˉ¹²)(10^k)
K >=12
SO E

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Post Sat Oct 22, 2016 5:33 am
Azizakaria wrote:
67. If k is an integer and (0.0025)(0.025)(0.00025) X 10^k is an integer, what is the
least possible value of k?
(A) -12
(B) -6
(C) 0
(D) 6
(E) 12
We are given the expression:

0.0025 x 0.025 x 0.00025 x 10^k = integer

To determine the least possible value of k, we want to use our rules of multiplication with decimals. When multiplying decimals, the final product has an equal number of decimal places to the decimal places of the numbers being multiplied. Let’s start by counting the number of decimal places.

0.0025 has 4 decimal places

0.025 has 3 decimal places

0.00025 has 5 decimal places

Thus, the product of 0.0025 x 0.025 x 0.00025 has 12 decimal places.

In order for 0.0025 x 0.025 x 0.00025 x 10^k = integer, k would have to be at least 12, since 10^12 times any number with 12 decimal places would move the decimal point of that number 12 places to the right.

Answer:E

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But there are they getting 25 ^ 3?????

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Post Fri Oct 30, 2015 12:40 am
My approach:

We have 25/10000 * 25/1000 * 25/100000. To get rid of the denominators, we need 1000 * 10,000 * 100,000 in the numerator, or 10³ * 10⁴ * 10⁵. Adding those exponents gives us (3 + 4 + 5), or 12, so we need 10 to the 12th power.

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Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. In PS, IVY approach is the easiest and quickest way to find the answer.


If k is an integer and (0.0025)(0.025)(0.00025) X 10^k is an integer, what is the
least possible value of k?
(A) -12
(B) -6
(C) 0
(D) 6
(E) 12



(0.0025)(0.025)(0.00025) X 10^k =(25/10^4)*(25/10^3)*(25/10^5)*10^k.
(25/10^4)*(25/10^3)*(25/10^5) = (25^3)/(10^12).
That (25^3)/(10^12)*10^k is an integer implies that k should be more than or equal to 12. So the smallest number is 12.

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