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GRE Math Challenge #58-m^3 + 380 = 381m

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GRE Math Challenge #58-m^3 + 380 = 381m [#permalink] New post 28 Feb 2015, 02:37
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If m is a negative integer and \(m^3 + 380 = 381m\) , then what is the value of m?
A. -21
B. -20
C. -19
D. -1
E. None of the above
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If m is a negative integer and m³ + 380 = 381m, then what is the value of m?
A. -21
B. -20
C. -19
D. -1
E. None of the above

Here's one approach:

Given: m³ + 380 = 381m
Rearrange to get m's on one side to get: m³ - 381m = -380
Factor to get: m(m² - 381) = -380

At this point, it's probably easiest to just PLUG IN the answer choices.
HOWEVER, I'm going to skip answer choice A since 21 is NOT a factor of 380, and we already know that -380 = m(m² - 381), which means m must be a factor of 380

Let's start with answer choice B (-20)
Plug -20 into the equation to get: (-20)[(-20)² - 381] = -380
Evaluate: (-20)[400 - 381] = -380
Then...: (-20)[19] = -380
Works!!

Answer:
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B


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Re: GRE Math Challenge #58 [#permalink] New post 06 May 2015, 00:05
what about C :?: :shock:
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Re: GRE Math Challenge #58 [#permalink] New post 06 May 2015, 00:07
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soumya1989 wrote:
If m is a negative integer and \(m^3 + 380 = 381m\) , then what is the value of m?
A. -21
B. -20
C. -19
D. -1
E. None of the above

Here's my approach:

Upon scanning the answer choices (ALWAYS scan the answer choices before performing any work!), I see answer choice D (m = -1) and it looks like a legitimate answer.
So, let's try it:
(-1)^3 + 380 = 381(-1)
-1 + 380 = -381
NOPE - looked good though! :-D


What if we try m = 1?
Let's try
(1)^3 + 380 = 381(1)
1 + 380 = 381
PERFECT!!!
m = 1.

Answer:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E


Cheers,
Brent



what about -20????
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Re: GRE Math Challenge #58 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2015, 02:41
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Re: GRE Math Challenge #58-m^3 + 380 = 381m [#permalink] New post 16 Feb 2017, 01:21
Answer is B.
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Re: GRE Math Challenge #58 [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2017, 06:53
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GreenlightTestPrep wrote:
soumya1989 wrote:
If m is a negative integer and \(m^3 + 380 = 381m\) , then what is the value of m?
A. -21
B. -20
C. -19
D. -1
E. None of the above

Here's my approach:

Upon scanning the answer choices (ALWAYS scan the answer choices before performing any work!), I see answer choice D (m = -1) and it looks like a legitimate answer.
So, let's try it:
(-1)^3 + 380 = 381(-1)
-1 + 380 = -381
NOPE - looked good though! :-D

What if we try m = 1?
Let's try
(1)^3 + 380 = 381(1)
1 + 380 = 381
PERFECT!!!
m = 1.

Answer:
[Reveal] Spoiler:
E


Cheers,
Brent


1 can even be an answer since a third degree equation has three answers. However, since also -20 is a solution and it is among the choices, the answer should be C! If there wouldn't be -20, then E could have worked. But not in this case!
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Re: GRE Math Challenge #58 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2017, 07:36
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what about -20????


You're absolutely right!
I've edited my response accordingly.

Thanks!

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Re: GRE Math Challenge #58 [#permalink] New post 27 Sep 2017, 07:49
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1 can even be an answer since a third degree equation has three answers. However, since also -20 is a solution and it is among the choices, the answer should be C! If there wouldn't be -20, then E could have worked. But not in this case!


You're right - my mistake!
I've fixed my response.

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