# Lesson: General GMAT Math Strategies

## Comment on General GMAT Math Strategies

### GMAT practice question

GMAT practice question (difficulty level: 650 to 800) – Veritas Prep--- this is a good question! ### I agree. Lots of different

I agree. Lots of different ways to solve that question.

### I did not understand how you

I did not understand how you have arrived at the final answer. I only got the total sum as 6105 following the method given in the video. i.e (110-1)+1= 55 pairs sum of 111= 6105 You're correct to say that 1 + 2 + 3 + . . . + 109 + 110 = 6105, but this is not what the question is asking.

The question asks you to find the sum of the DIGITS of the numbers from 1 to 110.

For example, 203 + 561 = 764

However, the sum of the DIGITS = 2 + 0 + 3 + 5 + 6 + 1 = 17

Cheers,
Brent

### If I do not know how many

If I do not know how many pairs of 65, but I know for sure that the fourth digital of their sum must be 0 or 5, so the only choice E 1365. ### Perfect reasoning!

Perfect reasoning!

### Hi Brent,

Hi Brent,
I found these SC flash cards. https://www.slideshare.net/GMATPrepNow_free/interactive-sentence-correction-flashcards-by-gmat-prep-now

Amazing work!!! Is there another for Math section? Need one for my last day preparations.
Thanks ### We have GMAT Math flashcards

We have GMAT Math flashcards here: https://www.slideshare.net/GMATPrepNow_free/gmat-math-flashcards

Cheers,
Brent

### Hello Brent,

Hello Brent,

Can you help with the following question please! Thanks

(-1.9)(0.6) – (2.6)(1.2))/6.0 = ?

A) -0.71

B) 1.00

C) 1.07

D) 1.71

E) 2.71 ### You bet!

You bet!

We can apply the halving-doubling strategy (explained here: https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/general-gmat-strategies/video/1113)

Let's deal with the NUMERATOR first.

Applying the halving-doubling strategy, we can write the following:
(2.6)(1.2) = (5.2)(0.6)

So, we get: (-1.9)(0.6) – (2.6)(1.2) = (-1.9)(0.6) – (5.2)(0.6)
= 0.6(-1.9 - 5.2) [I factored out the 0.6]
= 0.6(-7.1)

Now the ENTIRE FRACTION....
(-1.9)(0.6) – (2.6)(1.2))/6.0 = (0.6)(-7.1)/(6.0)
= (0.6/6.0)(-7.1)
= (1/10)(-7.1)
= -0.71

Cheers,
Brent ### Now comes the 10-second

Now comes the 10-second solution!

When we scan the answer choices (ALWAYS scan the answer choice before performing any calculations), we see that only one answer choice is NEGATIVE (hmmmm!!!)

In the numerator we have: (-1.9)(0.6) – (2.6)(1.2)
(-1.9)(0.6) is NEGATIVE
And (2.6)(1.2) is POSITIVE

So, (-1.9)(0.6) – (2.6)(1.2) = NEGATIVE - POSITIVE
= NEGATIVE
So, the numerator is some NEGATIVE number

The denominator (6) is a POSITIVE number

So, the entire fraction becomes NEGATIVE/POSITIVE, which evaluates to be NEGATIVE.
In other words, the entire fraction has a NEGATIVE value

Cheers,
Brent

### Thank you so much. this video

Thank you so much. this video makes me feel relieved :) ### For 65x21, I noticed that

For 65x21, I noticed that anytime 65 is multiplied by an odd number you will have 5 in the unit field. Is this property explained later in the arithmetic section? Even though lengthy calculations can be avoided, I still feel like it's important to learn addition, multiplication, and division by hand. I guess I have to look up my notes from 2nd grade lol ### Good observation.

Good observation.

If k is an integer, then 65k will have EITHER units digit 0 OR units digit 5.
Since ODD x ODD = ODD, we know that 65 x 21 will be ODD, which means it must have units digit 5.
This is covered here: https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-integer-properties/video/837

Alternatively, we can apply something called the distributive property to explain your findings.
(65)(21) = 65(20 + 1)
= 65(20) + 65(1)
= 1300 + 65
= 1365
This property is covered here: https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat-arithmetic/video/1057

Cheers,
Brent

### Hi Brent,

Hi Brent,

I've been looking for an accurate breakdown on topics on the quant section and found this post: https://gmatclub.com/forum/overview-of-gmat-math-question-types-and-patterns-on-the-gmat-211809.html

Do you know if this breakdown of the quant section is up to date/still relevant for the GMAT in 2019? I'm not sure what source the author used to create that table, but I think it's pretty accurate (based on what I've heard from students who have taken the test recently). I'd say that Integer Properties questions (remainders, divisibility, etc) aren't quite as high as 30% (maybe more like 15-20%). I'd also say that overlapping sets, percents and ratios are tested more than the table suggests.

Cheers,
Brent

### Hi Brent,

Hi Brent,

When doing problem solving and data sufficiency problems, is ALL the given info going to be relevant/necessary to solve the problem? I have found that when doing quant problems, I have mostly had to use every piece of given information (in the problem itself, not the statements in DS) in order to solve the problem. I wanted to know if this is a general rule of thumb.

Thanks! ### There are some examples of

There are some examples of the given information including useless information (i.e., information that doesn't help us determine the sufficiency of either statement), but these instances are pretty rare.