Club X has more than 10 but fewer than 40 members. Sometimes the members sit at tables with 3 members at one table and 4 members at each of the other tables, and sometimes they sit at tables with 3 members at one table and 5 members at each of the other tables. If they sit at tables with 6 members at each table except one and fewer than 6 members at that one table, how many members will be at the table that has fewer than 6 members?

(A) 1

(B) 2

(C) 3

(D) 4

(E) 5

OAE

## Club X has more than 10 but fewer than 40 members.

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Say there are x tables and one each of them, 4 members sit, and there are y tables and on each of them, 5 members sit.rsarashi wrote:Club X has more than 10 but fewer than 40 members. Sometimes the members sit at tables with 3 members at one table and 4 members at each of the other tables, and sometimes they sit at tables with 3 members at one table and 5 members at each of the other tables. If they sit at tables with 6 members at each table except one and fewer than 6 members at that one table, how many members will be at the table that has fewer than 6 members?

(A) 1

(B) 2

(C) 3

(D) 4

(E) 5

OAE

=> 10 < 3 + 4x < 40 & 10 < 3 + 5y < 40

=> 7 < 4x < 37 & 7 < 5y < 37

Thus, we have 4x = 5y

=> x must be a multiple of 5 and y must be a multiple of 4.

Possible values of x are 5, 10, 15...

Since 7 < 4x < 37, x = 5 or there are 3 + 4x = 3 + 4*5 = 23 members.

The remainder of 23 divided by 6 = 5, thus 5 members would sit on that ONE table.

The correct answer: E

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This is a nice remainder question in disguise.rsarashi wrote:Club X has more than 10 but fewer than 40 members. Sometimes the members sit at tables with 3 members at one table and 4 members at each of the other tables, and sometimes they sit at tables with 3 members at one table and 5 members at each of the other tables. If they sit at tables with 6 members at each table except one and fewer than 6 members at that one table, how many members will be at the table that has fewer than 6 members?

(A) 1

(B) 2

(C) 3

(D) 4

(E) 5

For this question, we'll use a nice rule that that says:

**If N divided by D leaves remainder R, then the possible values of N are R, R+D, R+2D, R+3D,. . . etc.**

For example, if k divided by 5 leaves a remainder of 1, then the possible values of k are: 1, 1+5, 1+(2)(5), 1+(3)(5), 1+(4)(5), . . . etc.

Let N = the TOTAL number of members.

**Sometimes the members sit at tables with 3 members at one table and 4 members at each of the other tables...**With 4 members at each table, then N is multiple of 4

However, we still have one more table to consider.

Since the last table has 3 members, we know that N is 3 greater than a multiple of 4

In other words,

**when we divide N by 4, the remainder is 3**

By the above

**rule**, some possible values of N are: 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, etc

NOTE: I started at 11, since we're told that 10 < N < 49

**Sometimes they sit at tables with 3 members at one table and 5 members at each of the other tables**Using the same logic as above, this question tells us that,

**when we divide N by 5, the remainder is 3**

By the above

**rule**, some possible values of N are: 13, 18, 23, 28, 33, 38

Let's check the two results.

First we learned that N can equal 11, 15, 19,

**23**, 27, 31, 35, 38

Next we learned that N can equal 13, 18,

**23**, 28, 33, 38

Once we check the OVERLAP, we can see that N equals

**23**

**If they sit at tables with 6 members at each table except one and fewer than 6 members at that one table, how many members will be at the table that has fewer than 6 members?**If N =

**23**, then we'll have 3 tables with 6 members and the remaining 5 members will sit at the other table.

Answer: E

Cheers,

Brent

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Although this problem appears to be a general word problem, it is actually testing us on our understanding of remainders when dividing integers. We are first told that the total number of members, which we can denote as T, is between 10 and 40. Next, we are told two important pieces of information:rsarashi wrote:Club X has more than 10 but fewer than 40 members. Sometimes the members sit at tables with 3 members at one table and 4 members at each of the other tables, and sometimes they sit at tables with 3 members at one table and 5 members at each of the other tables. If they sit at tables with 6 members at each table except one and fewer than 6 members at that one table, how many members will be at the table that has fewer than 6 members?

(A) 1

(B) 2

(C) 3

(D) 4

(E) 5

1) "Sometimes the members sit at tables with 3 members at one table and 4 members at each of the other tables."

2) "Sometimes they sit at tables with 3 members at one table and 5 members at each of the other tables."

Let's now translate these into two mathematical expressions.

1) T/4 = Quotient + Remainder 3

2) T/5 = Quotient + Remainder 3

Because the remainder (3) is the same when T is divided by 4 or by 5, the remainder will still be 3 when T is divided by the LCM of 4 and 5. That is, we are really looking for the following:

T/20 = Quotient + Remainder 3.

Since T must be between 10 and 40, there is only one value in that range that produces a remainder of 3 when divided by 20. That value is 23. We can now use this value to complete the question. We are finally asked:

"If they sit at tables with 6 members at each table except one and fewer than 6 members at that one table, how many members will be at the table that has fewer than 6 members?"

This is same as asking the following: what is the remainder when 23 is divided by 6? We can see that 6 divides into 23 three times with a remainder of 5.

Answer: E

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This prompt is wordy, but it gives us information in a logical order (which we can take notes on AS we read):

1) Club X has MORE than 10 members but FEWER than 40.

2) The members can sit with 3 at ONE table and 4 at EACH of the other tables.

3) The members can sit with 3 at ONE table and 5 at EACH of the other tables.

We’re asked if 6 members sit at EACH table except for ONE additional table (which will have FEWER than 6 members sitting at it), how many members will be at that last table.

This question has a great ‘brute force’ aspect to it. The TOTAL number of members MUST be ‘3 more’ than a multiple of 4 AND ‘3 more’ than a multiple of 5. Since we know that there are FEWER than 40 members in total, there can’t be that many integers that fit BOTH of those restrictions, so we can just list out the possibilities for each and find the one that matches…

‘3 more’ than a multiple of 4: 11, 15, 19, 23, 27, 31, 35, 39

‘3 more’ than a multiple of 5: 13, 18, 23, 28, 33, 38

The only number that appears in both lists is 23, so that must be the total number of members. That would create three tables of 6 and one table of 5.

Final Answer: E

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