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GRE Math Challenge #73-If the cube of n is 180 [#permalink]
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If the cube of n is 180 greater than the square of n, then n =

(A) 10
(B) 9
(C) 8
(D) 7
(E) 6
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: GRE Math Challenge #73-If the cube of n is 180 [#permalink]
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n^3-n^2=n^2(n-1)=n*n*n-1 = 180 the only way 180 can be written that way is 5*6*6 , Hence n = 6 GRE Instructor Joined: 10 Apr 2015
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sandy wrote:
If the cube of n is 180 greater than the square of n, then n =

(A) 10
(B) 9
(C) 8
(D) 7
(E) 6

We get: n³ = n² + 180
Rearrange to get: n³ - n² = 180
Factor to get: n²(n - 1) = 180
Or... (n)(n)(n - 1) = 180

Test the answer choices to get....
n = 6
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E

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Re: GRE Math Challenge #73-If the cube of n is 180 [#permalink]
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sandy wrote:
If the cube of n is 180 greater than the square of n, then n =

(A) 10
(B) 9
(C) 8
(D) 7
(E) 6

We can create the equation:

n^3 = 180 + n^2

n^3 - n^2 - 180 = 0

We can see that it’s not easy to factor n^3 - n^2 - 180. Therefore, we will just check the answer choices and see which one satisfies the equation. Notice the cube root of 180 is less than 6 (because 6^3 = 216), so we’ll try the answer choices in reverse. That is, we’ll try answer choice E first.

If n = 6, then 6^3 - 6^2 - 180 = 216. - 36 - 180 = 0.

We see that we’ve found our answer.

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