Large Exponents and The Units Digit

Large Exponents and The Units Digit

Welcome to the final article in our series on exponents. Some GMAT and Executive Assessment (EA) quant problems feature impossibly large numbers like 287459. These are problems that you simply can’t hope to solve without a key piece of knowledge that we call units...
Exponents: Power of k Problems

Exponents: Power of k Problems

Welcome to the penultimate article in our series on exponents on the GMAT/Executive Assessment (EA). Today we explore a problem category in which exponents are used to notating the highest power of an integer by which a larger integer is divisible. GMAT/EA problems...
Zeros and Nonzeros

Zeros and Nonzeros

Welcome back to our series on exponents. Last time we used powers of 10 to express “almost integer” numbers. Today we will use powers of 10 to handle problems that ask us to count zeros or nonzero digits. These problems can be baffling if you haven’t learned about...
“Almost an Integer” Problems

“Almost an Integer” Problems

Unless you do math as a career or a hobby, you probably prefer integers to non-integers. Whole numbers are easier for us to conceptualize. But a certain class of GMAT/Executive Assessment (EA) problems involves numbers that are almost integers. Generally, this nearest...
Powers of 10 and Scientific Notation

Powers of 10 and Scientific Notation

Many GMAT and Executive Assessment (EA) exponents problems involve the use of 10 as a base. Since all the math we do is in a base 10 system, multiplying or dividing by powers of 10 simply moves the decimal point of a number. This enables us to notate very large and...