shubham2312 wrote:
A doubt regarding this question
why we can't take -1 or -10 as a factor
as per the article -
Technically, in the world of mathematics - the answer to this question is yes. There are negative factors and multiples of numbers. For example, -4 and -3 are factors of 12, -24 is a multiple of 3, and the factors of 4 would be -4, -2, -1, 1, 2, 4.
But what exactly does this mean in relation to the GRE and/or the GMAT?
For the GRE: This concept is mentioned in the ETS GRE Math Conventions PDF. You can find it here. The factors of an integer include both the positive and negative integers. This also applies for multiples.
Therefore, technically, if a GRE question were to ask "How many factors does 6 have?" The answer would be 8: (-6, -3, -2, -1, 1, 2, 3, 6). With that said, questions are very likely to specify "positive factors" or "positive integers" on the GRE. We haven't seen an official question before that required knowing that negative factors/multiples exist - but that doesn't mean those questions won't show up at all so you still want to be diligent about this. we should consider them also.
P.S-why there is a restriction
never encountered this issue on GC
I agree with everything you've said. Here's what the test-makers write:
If this were an official GRE question, there would be some language that would restrict the factors (divisors) to POSITIVE values only.
For example:
https://gre.myprepclub.com/forum/the-numbe ... 13805.htmlUnfortunately, there are several reputable test prep companies that don't add any kind of restriction (even though that restriction is implied in the official answer)
This has been a pet peeve of mine for quite a while.
Rest assured, the GRE will always have some text that restricts the factors (divisors) to POSITIVE values only.
Cheers,
Brent
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Brent Hanneson - founder of Greenlight Test Prep