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## Problems on Numbers

**Basic Formulae:**(Must Remember)

1) (a - b)

^{2}= (a

^{2}+ b

^{2}- 2ab)

2) (a + b)

^{2}= (a

^{2}+ b

^{2}+ 2ab)

3) (a + b) (a – b) = (a

^{2}– b

^{2})

4) (a

^{3}+ b

^{3}) = (a + b) (a

^{2}– ab + b

^{2})

5) (a

^{3}- b

^{3}) = (a - b) (a

^{2}– ab + b

^{2})

6) (a + b + c)

^{2}= a

^{2}+ b

^{2}+ c

^{2}+ 2 (ab + bc + ca)

7) (a

^{3}+ b

^{3}+ c

^{3}– 3abc) = (a + b + c) (a

^{2}+ b

^{2}+ c

^{2 }– ab – bc – ac)

**Question Variety**

**Type 1: Find the numbers, if we are given a) Sum of squares/sum of productsb) Sum/average of consecutive numbers**

**Q 1.**If the sum two numbers is 31 and their product is 240, then find the absolute difference between the numbers.

a. 1

b. 3

c. 4

d. 5

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Correct Option: (a)

Let two numbers be x and y

We are given that, sum of two numbers x + y = 31 and product = xy = 240

Therefore,

x – y = (x + y)^{2} – 4xy

Substituting the values, we get

x – y = (31)^{2} – 4 × y

= 961 – 960

= 1

= 1

The required difference between the numbers is 1.

**Q 2.**Find the three consecutive odd numbers whose sum of the squares is 2531.

a. 19, 21, 23

b. 23, 25, 27

c. 27, 29, 31

d. 31, 33, 35

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Correct Option: (c)

Let three consecutive odd numbers be x, x+2, x+4.

x^{2}+(x+2)^{2}+(x+4)^{2}=2531

Simplifying we get,

x^{2}+4x-837=0

27 x 31 = 837 and also the difference between 27 and 31 is 4

Therefore,

x^{2}+31x-27x-837=0

(x + 31) (x – 27)

X = 27 or x = –31

Hence, the value of

x = 27

(x+2) = 27 + 2 = 29

(x+4) = 27 + 4 = 31

**Q 3.**The sum of squares of three numbers is 138 and the sum of their products taken two at a time is 131. Find their sum.

a. 35

b. 42

c. 20

d.18

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Correct Option: (c)

Let the three numbers be x, y and z.**Given: **Sum of squares of three numbers is 138 and sum of their products taken two at a time is 131

Therefore,

x^{2}+y^{2}+z^{2}=138

xy+yz+zx=131

Formula: (a + b + c)^{2} = a^{2} + b^{2} + c^{2 }+ 2 (ab + bc + ca)

This formula can be used to easily find the sum of three numbers. Substituting the values, we get

(x + y + z) ^{2} = x^{2} + y^{2 }+ z^{2} + 2 (xy + yz + zx)

(x + y + z ) ^{2} = 138 + 2(131)

(x + y + z ) ^{2} = 400

Hence, (x + y + z) = 20

**Q 4.**The average of 3 consecutive even numbers is 18, find the largest of these numbers.

a. 15

b. 16

c. 20

d. 26

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Correct Option: (c)

Let the numbers be x, x +2, and x + 4

Hence, sum of these numbers = (average x no. of numbers) = (18 x 3) = 54

x + (x +2) + (x + 4) = 54

3x = 48

x = 16

Largest number = (x + 4) = (16 + 4) = 20