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Free Online Preparation for CAT with Minglebox e-CAT Prep. Cover basic concepts of Number Systems under Quantitative Aptitude for MBA Entrance Exam Preparation with Study material, solved examples and tests prepared by CAT coaching experts.

1 is the smallest Natural number, 0 is the smallest Whole number, and there is no largest or smallest Integer.

Even numbers are multiples of 2. Any even number can be written as 2n, where n is an integer. 0 is an even number.

Odd numbers are numbers which when divided by 2 leave a remainder of 1. Any odd number can be written as 2n +1, where n is an integer.

Factors of a given natural number say n, is another natural number say ,f if n is completely divisible by f. Ex factors of 18 are 1, 2,3,6,9,18 and number of factors is 6.

Highest factor of any natural number is number itself and lowest positive factor is 1. 1 is the factor of every natural number.

The number of factors of any natural number is finite.

A natural number which has exactly 2 factors is a prime number. Ex number 2 has factors 1 and 2 only. Similarly 3,5,7,11,13,17,19,23,29,31,37,41 etc . 1 is not a prime number.

A number n is a prime number if it is not divisible by any prime less than [√n] where [√n] is the largest natural number less than or equal to √n.

Any natural number n can be written in the form and in one unique way only n = p α x q β x r γ ….., where p,q,r… are different primes and α,β,γ…. Are the powers of the prime number respectively.

Example

18 = 2 1 x3 2. Here 2 and 3 are the prime numbers and 1 and 2 are the respective powers of the primes.

The number of factors of any natural number n, which can be factored as above is = (1+α)x(1+β)x(1+γ)…. etc. Thus number of factors of 18 is (1+1) x (1+2) = 6.

The number of odd factors will be given as follows. If the given number does not have any power of 2 then number of factors is same as number of odd factors. But if the number has any term like 2 α in its factorization, as product of prime number powers , where α ≥ 1, then exclude the (1+α) term and calculate the number of odd factors as (1+β)x(1+γ)…. Etc. Thus number of odd factors of 18 is (1+2) = 3, viz... 1, 3 and 9.

The sum of all the factors is given by the expression ( p α-1 -1)x( q β-1 -1)x( r γ-1 -1)/((p-1)x(q-1)x(r-1)…..

Composite number is a number which has more than 2 factors. For example number 18 has 6 factors viz. 1,2,3,6,9,18.

Remainder

Any whole number say m is divided by another natural number say n then there exists numbers q and r such that m = nxq + r. Where q is known as the quotient and r is known as the remainder. For any m ,n ? N(the set of natural numbers) q and r ? W(the set of whole numbers). Thus 0 ≤r

Class of integers

As discussed above the remainder obtained when any number is divided by say 5 then remainder is either 0 ,1,2,3,4 only. Therefore any number can be written as either as 5k , 5k+1 , 5k+2 , 5k+3 , 5k+4. Thus entire set of numbers has been split into 5 non overlapping sets.

HCF

HCF of any given set of numbers is a number which completely divides each number in the given set and the number is highest such number possible.

LCM

LCM of any given set of numbers is the smallest such number which is divisible by each number of the given set.

For any 2 given numbers HCFxLCM = Product of the 2 numbers.

HCF of fractions = HCF of numerators of all the given fractions/LCM of the denominators of all the fractions.

LCM of fractions = LCM of numerators of all the fractions/HCF of the denominators of all the fractions.

Divisibility Rules

If the last digit of a number is even then number is divisible by 2

If the sum of the digits of a number is divisible by 3 then 9 then number is divisible by 3 and 9 respectively.

If the last 2 digits of the number are divisible by 4 then number is divisible by 4 and if last 3 digits is divisible by 8 then number is divisible by 8.

If the last digit of the number is 0 or 5 then number is divisible by 5

If the sum of digits of the number is divisible by 3 and the last digit is even then number is divisible by 6.

A given number is divisible by 7 if the number of tens in the original number - twice the units digits is divisible by 7 ex. to check whether 343 is divisible by 7 or not , Thus twice the units digit is 2x3=6 and number of tens in the number is 34. Therefore 343 is divisible by 7 if 34- 6 is divisible by 7 i.e. 28 is divisible by 7.

A number is divisible by 11 if the difference of the sum of digits occurring the even numbered places and the sum of digits occurring in the odd number of places is divisible by 11.

Surds and Indices

Rules of Indices

b l xb m xb n …..= b l+m+p…..

(p m ) n = p mn

If bases are same then powers are also same. i.e. if a m = a p and if a ≠1 or 0 then it implies m = p.

The last digit of the square of any number cannot be 2,3,7 or 8.

Any perfect square is of the form either 4k or 4k-1 or 4k+1.

Product of any number of even numbers is even and any number of odd numbers is odd.

The product of any n consecutive natural numbers is divisible by n!.

Useful Algebraic identities

(a n +b n ) is divisible by (a+b) for all odd values of n.

(a n - b n ) is divisible by both (a+b) and (a-b) for even values of n.

(a n - b n ) is divisible by (a-b) for all values of n (both odd and even).

Sum of first n natural numbers = n(n+1)/2.

Sum of squares of first n natural numbers = n(n+1)(2n+1)/6

Sum of the cubes of first n natural numbers is given by {nx(n+1)/2} 2.

Units digit of any power of a number (Cyclicity)
If we consider the units digit of the powers of 2 i.e. 2 x for different values of x then we find the unit’s digit is 2,4,6,8,2,4,6,8,2,4,6,8…. for x= 1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10,11,12…. Similar patterns exist for the unit’s digit of other numbers. The results are summarized in the table below.

 

  Unit's digit of a^x, k is an natural number
Number "a" x=4k+1 x=4k+2 x=4k+3 x=4k
1 1 1 1 1
2 2 4 6 8
3 3 9 7 1
4 4 6 4 6
5 5 5 5 5
6 6 6 6 6
7 7 9 3 1
8 8 4 2 6
9 9 1 9 1

 

Solved Examples

QUESTION

The Rightmost non zero digit of 5670 5670 is

(a) 7           (b) 1            (c) 3             (d) 9

SOLUTION

Here we use rule of cyclicity to solve this problem. The first non zero digit to the left of 0 is 7 hence the rightmost non zero digit will be same as the units digit of 7 5670. Now next we need to find out the form of 5670. Dividing 5670 by 4 we get 2 as remainder. Hence 5670 is of the form 4k +2. Therefore the unit’s digit is 9. Therefore answer is d

QUESTION

The numbers 13409 and 16760 when divided by a 4 digit integer n leave the same remainder then the value of n is

(a) 1127       (b)1117       (c) 1357       (d)1547

SOLUTION

Here 13409 and 16760 on division by n leave the same remainder hence can be written as nxm + r and can be written nxp + r. Therefore subtracting the 2 equations we get nx(m-n) =3351 = 1117x3 But n is 4 digit number hence is n is 1117. Hence answer is b.

QUESTION

If N = 82 3 – 62 3 -20 3 then N is divisible by

(a) 41 and 31       (b) 13 and 67       (c) 17 and 7       (d) None of these

SOLUTION

Using the identity a 3 + b 3 + c 3 -3abc = (a+ b+ c)x(a 2 + b 2 +c 2 – ab - ac –ac). We find that if a + b + c = 0. Then a 3 + b 3 + c 3 = 3abc. Therefore a 3 + b 3 + c 3 is divisible by a , b , c and 3. Now a = 82 , b = -62 and c = -20. Therefore N is divisible by 3 , 82 , 62 and 20. But 82 is divisible by 41 and 31. Hence answer is a.

QUESTION

Let X be a set of positive integers such that every element a of S satisfies the condition (i) 1100 ≤ n ≤ 1300 (ii) every digit in n is odd

Then how many elements of X are divisible by 3?

(a) 10       (b) 9       (c) 16       (d) 13

SOLUTION

We know that any number is divisible by 3 if the sum of the digits of the number is divisible by 3. Now between 1200 and 1299(both inclusive) we find that all the numbers have one digit viz. 2(the hundreds digit) which is even, hence there do not exists any number between 1200 and 1299 with the given conditions. Also 1300 is not divisible by 3. Therefore the required number will lie between 1100 and 1199. Between 1100 and 1199 all the numbers will have first 2 digit as 1 Therefore if we consider any number between 1100 and 1199 it will be of the form 11ab , where a, b are digits. Sum of digits will be given by 1 +1 +a +b i.e. 2+a+b. Now a, b are digits therefore maximum value of a +b can be 18 hence max value of 2+a+b can be 20. Therefore for 11ab to be divisible by 3 value of 2+a + b can be either 18 , 15, 12, 9 , 6 or 3. Also a,b has to be odd ,therefore a +b will be even. Hence 2+ a +b will be even. Hence 2 + a +b can assume values which are even. Therefore 2 + a+ b can be either 18 or 12 or 6 only. Which => a+b can be 16, 10, and 4 only. Solving a +b =16 for odd a, b we get a=9, 7 and b = 7, 9 respectively. Similarly solving a +b = 12 we get a = 9, 7, 5,3 and b = 3,5,7,9 respectively and solving a + b =6 we get a = 5 , 3 ,1 and b = 1 ,3,5 respectively so total number of solution is 9.

QUESTION

Four bells toll at intervals of 15, 18, 24 and 32 minutes respectively. At a certain time , they begin to toll together after what , least time interval of time(in mins) will they toll together again?

(a) 1440       (b) 900       (c) 1660        (d) 1335

SOLUTION

The first bell tolls at after every 15 minutes i.e. at 15 minutes , 30 minutes , 45 minutes etc. Similarly the second bell will toll at 18 minutes , 36 minutes etc, Thus we observe that all the 4 bells will toll together at a time which is common multiple of 15 , 18 , 24 and 32. Also as we are looking for least such interval hence the required time is the LCM of 15 , 18 , 24 and 32 which is 1440 mins

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Answer will be 172..

Max HCF= 1680
to get 4 remdr...the number should be 1684...
so min numb u need to subtrsct is: 1856-172=1684

answer: 172

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is not correct.
The correct expression is
( p α+1 -1)x( q β+1 -1)x( r γ+1 -1)/((p-1)x(q-1)x(r-1)…..

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2) x,y and z are distinct primes and so are p,q and r.

In this we can find the answer from 1st op and not from 2nd op bt here it is given that we can find it from 2nd op and not from 1st op can ne1 explain????

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77^77/ 19
(76+1)^77/19
(76k)^77+1^77/19 hence(76k)^77 is divisible by 19 so 1^77= 1 is the remainder

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sourav3194 : The least number that must be subtracted from 1856 so that the remainder when divided by 7,12,16 is 4?
a) 137
b) 174
c) 140
d) 172
Explanation
1856 - x = max*LCM + 2 LCM = 336 .'. x = 1856-336*5-2 = 174

can u justify the solution provided as i dnt find dat wen 1682(1856-174) is divided by 7 leaves remainder 4.

The answer should be 172...Pls Check

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james5930 : The provided solutions of two questions of Refresher Test-1 are wrong.Administrator,please correct them.One is "The least number that must be subtracted from 1856 so that the remainder when divided by 7,12,16 is 4?".The correct answer is 172 not 174.The answer of question no.10 is also wrong.

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tikkiwal : QUESTION

The Rightmost non zero digit of 5670 5670 is
(a) 7 (b) 1 (c) 3 (d) 9

SOLUTION

Here we use rule of cyclicity to solve this problem. The first non zero digit to the left of 0 is 7 hence the rightmost non zero digit will be same as the units digit of 7 5670. Now next we need to find out the form of 5670. Dividing 5670 by 4 we get 2 as remainder. Hence 5670 is of the form 4k +2. Therefore the unit’s digit is 9.Therefore answer is d


it is of the form of 4k+3
so answer must be 3 that is C

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The least number that must be subtracted from 1856 so that the remainder when divided by 7,12,16 is 4?
a) 137
b) 174
c) 140
d) 172
Explanation
1856 - x = max*LCM + 2 LCM = 336 .'. x = 1856-336*5-2 = 174

can u justify the solution provided as i dnt find dat wen 1682(1856-174) is divided by 7 leaves remainder 4.