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If a, b, and c are consecutive positive integers and a < b < c, which of the following must be true?

I. c - a = 2
II. abc is an even integer.
III. (a + b + c)/3 is an integer.

(A) I only
(B) II only
(C) I and II only
(D) II and III only
(E) I, II, and III
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Re: If a, b, and c are consecutive positive integers and a < b < [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2013, 10:32
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Hey Bunuel, I know I'm a few years late to this but I have a general question about consecutive integers.
According to your explanation, consecutive integers are always 1 apart. However in Sackmann's Total GMAT Math, he defines 'consecutive integers' as any set of integers that are EVENLY SPACED. I'm a little confused here. What's the correct way to think about them?
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If a, b, and c are consecutive positive integers and a < b < c, which of the following must be true?

I. c - a = 2
II. abc is an even integer.
III. (a + b + c)/3 is an integer.


(A) I only
(B) II only
(C) I and II only
(D) II and III only
(E) I, II, and III

Since a, b, and c are consecutive positive integers and a < b < c, then c = a + 2, from which it follows that c - a = 2. So, I is true.

Next, out of 3 consecutive integers at least 1 must be even, thus abc=even. II is true.

Finally, since b = a + 1, and c = a + 2, then (a + b + c)/3 = (a + a + 1 + a + 2)/3 = a + 1 = integer. III is true as well.

Answer: E.
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Re: If a, b, and c are consecutive positive integers and a < b < [#permalink] New post 22 Jun 2013, 10:37
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Hey Bunuel, I know I'm a few years late to this but I have a general question about consecutive integers.
According to your explanation, consecutive integers are always 1 apart. However in Sackmann's Total GMAT Math, he defines 'consecutive integers' as any set of integers that are EVENLY SPACED. I'm a little confused here. What's the correct way to think about them?
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When we see "consecutive integers" it ALWAYS means integers that follow each other in order with common difference of 1: ... x-3, x-2, x-1, x, x+1, x+2, ....

For example:

-7, -6, -5 are consecutive integers.

2, 4, 6 ARE NOT consecutive integers, they are consecutive even integers.

3, 5, 7 ARE NOT consecutive integers, they are consecutive odd integers.

So, not all evenly spaced sets represent consecutive integers.
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Re: If a, b, and c are consecutive positive integers and a < b < [#permalink] New post 28 May 2014, 08:54
If a, b, and c are consecutive positive integers and a < b < c, which of the following must be true?

I. c - a = 2 #True: Since a,b,c are consecutive integers a and c must be 2 integers apart
II. abc is an even integer. #True: For any 3 consecutive integers a,b,c the product has to be divisible by 3! i.e. 6 --> it is even
III. (a + b + c)/3 is an integer. #True: This is a mean of the series. That is this has to be the middle no. b which as per the question stem is an integer

Answer: E
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Re: If a, b, and c are consecutive positive integers and a < b < [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2015, 00:00
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Assume the following variables to make the calculations simpler:
3 consecutive integers: x-1, x, x+1
3 consecutive even/odd integers: x-2, x, x+2


Although, this question can be solved without the information, still you should keep it in mind if you encounter questions involving consecutive integers/even integers/odd integers etc.

If a, b, and c are consecutive positive integers and a < b < c, which of the following must be true?

I. c - a = 2. By our assumption, (a, b, c) are x-1, 1, x+1.
c - a = (x+1) - (x-1) = 2
Correct

II. abc is an even integer.
2 or more consecutive integers will always be even as every alternate number is even
Correct

III. (a + b + c)/3 is an integer.
((x+1) + x + (x-1))/3 = 3x/3 =x
And x is an integer.
Correct.

Hence option E: I, II, and III
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