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Number Properties and Number Theory is a topic from which you could expect 4 to 7 questions in the GMAT quant section. The topic is an important one.

Number Properties
Book 1

Concepts Covered

Number theory questions cover a wide array of concepts that range from simple questions on LCM, HCF to questions on factors, remainders, number of factors etc. 4GMAT's GMAT Math Lesson Book in this hard math topic covers the following concepts in Number Theory.

  1. Definition of types of numbers from natural numbers to real numbers, complex numbers and their conjugates.
  2. Irrational numbers, surds, binomial quadratic surds and their conjugates.
  3. Method to determine whether a given number is a prime number.
  4. Concepts and examples of co-prime numbers.
  5. Tests of divisibility including short cuts for test of divisibility of numbers such as '7' and '13'.
  6. Concepts and word problem examples to elucidate LCM and HCF.
  7. Fractions - Proper fractions, improper fractions, LCM and HCF of fractions.
  8. Factors and how to find the number of factors for a given integer?
  9. How to find the sum of all positive factors of a natural number?
  10. How to find the product of all positive factors of a natural number?
  11. Perfect squares and number of factors.
  12. Number of ways of expressing an integer as a product of two of its factors.
  13. Properties of remainders and quotients of division of large numbers such as 371.
  14. Remainder theorem and its application with examples, which is considered a difficult topic with tough questions is explained with examples.
  15. Factorials and highest power of a number contained in a factorial.
  16. Number of trailing zeroes in the value of a factorial.
  17. Properties of unit digits of numbers raised to large powers. For example unit digit of 3231179.
  18. 21 illustrative examples to explain the concepts; 31 solved examples (with short cuts wherever applicable) to acquaint you with as many different questions as possible; 26 exercise problems with answer key and explanatory answers to provide you with practice and a timed objective type test with 75 questions. Explanatory answers and answer key are provided for the test.


Sample Question

A green light flashes thrice in a minute and a red light flashes 4 times in 2 minutes at regular intervals. If the two lights start flashing together, how often will they flash together in an hour?

Explanatory Answer
The green light flashes thrice in a minute.
Therefore, the green light will flash once every 20 seconds.

The red light flashes 4 times in 2 minutes
Therefore, the red light will flash once every 30 seconds.

Starting from the 0th second, the green light will flash at multiples of 20 seconds. i.e., at 0, 20, 40, 60, 80 ... seconds.

Starting from the 0th second, the red light will flash at multiples of 30 seconds. i.e., at 0, 30, 60, 90, 120 ... seconds.

Hence, the two lights will flash together at time intervals that are multiples common to both 20 and 30.

The Least Common Multiple (LCM) of 20 and 30 = 2*3*10 = 60.
i.e., the two lights will flash together every 60 seconds or 1 minute.
Therefore, they will flash together 60 times in an hour.

Chapterwise details of 4GMAT's Math Lesson Books

Math Lesson Book 1
  1. Linear Equations
  2. Quadratic Equations
  3. Set Theory
  4. Sequences & Series
    Details | Quiz
  5. Number Theory
  6. Inequalities
    Details | Quiz
  7. Functions
Math Lesson Book 2
  1. Descriptive Statistics
  2. Ratio Proportion
  3. Mixtures
  4. Interest
  5. Rates : Speed Distance
  6. Rates : Races
  7. Rates : Pipes Cisterns
  8. Rates : Work Time
Math Lesson Book 3
  1. Percents
  2. Profits
  3. Permutation
  4. Probability
  5. Geometry
  6. Solid Geometry
  7. Coordinate Geometry