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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## What is the least possible product of 4 different . . . tagged by: Gmat_mission ##### This topic has 3 expert replies and 0 member replies ### Top Member ## What is the least possible product of 4 different . . . What is the least possible product of 4 different integers, each of which has a value between -5 and 10, inclusive? (A) -5040 (B) -3600 (C) -720 (D) -600 (E) -120 OA=B. Hello, I have this doubt, how can I determine the correct option? Why are all the answers negative? ### GMAT/MBA Expert Legendary Member Joined 14 Jan 2015 Posted: 2666 messages Followed by: 125 members Upvotes: 1153 GMAT Score: 770 Top Reply Gmat_mission wrote: What is the least possible product of 4 different integers, each of which has a value between -5 and 10, inclusive? (A) -5040 (B) -3600 (C) -720 (D) -600 (E) -120 OA=B. Hello, I have this doubt, how can I determine the correct option? Why are all the answers negative? If we're trying to minimize the value, we want an ODD number of negative values to guarantee that our product will be negative. One way to do this: include one negative term and three positives. Make the negative term as negative as possible and then make the positive terms as large as possible. So let's include -5 as one of our terms. If our other terms are 10, 9, and 8, our product will be (-5)(8)(9)(10) = -3600. The answer is B. _________________ Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor Veritas Prep Reviews Save$100 off any live Veritas Prep GMAT Course

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Gmat_mission wrote:
What is the least possible product of 4 different integers, each of which has a value between -5 and 10, inclusive?

(A) -5040
(B) -3600
(C) -720
(D) -600
(E) -120

OA=B.

Hello, I have this doubt, how can I determine the correct option? Why are all the answers negative?
Since you want to LEAST (or LOWEST number) you want to increase magnitude of the product but also ensure that the number is negative. To get a negative number you want 1 or 3 negative numbers in the product. Given the range here you only want 1!

To keep it simple what 4 numbers would you choose for the largest number? Well that's 10*9*8*7. Now let's make it negative by getting rid of 7 (the lowest impact number) and substituting -5 (the highest impact negative number): now we have 10*9*8*(-5) and we get -3600.

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Gmat_mission wrote:
What is the least possible product of 4 different integers, each of which has a value between -5 and 10, inclusive?

(A) -5040
(B) -3600
(C) -720
(D) -600
(E) -120
We want to create the smallest negative number possible. As we can see from the answer choices, the smallest product is negative; therefore, an odd number of factors (either 1 factor or 3 factors) must be negative. Moreover, in order for the product to be as small as possible, we should aim for the greatest absolute value. Within the given bounds, this can be achieved by picking three positive numbers that are as large as possible and one negative number that is as small as possible. Thus, the smallest product would be:

-5 x 10 x 9 x 8 = -3600

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