posted by Haven
A choir is performing for the school fall festival. On the first night 12 choir members were missing so they stood in 5 equal rows. On the sencond night, 1 member was missing so they stood in 6 even rows. How many choir members are there?
Let N=number of choir members.
Then for the first night,
for the second night,
We look for the smallest number which when divided by 5 gives a remainder of 2, and when divided by 6 gives a remainder of 1.
So the minimum number of choir members is 37. Other possibilities are 67,97,127,...