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(1) n + m is odd --> \(n+m=odd\). The sum of two integers is odd only if one is odd and another is even, hence \(m\) may or may not be odd. Not sufficient.

(2) n + m = n^2 + 5 --> \(m-5=n^2-n\) --> \(m-5=n(n-1)\), either \(n\) or \(n-1\) is even hence \(n(n-1)=even\) --> \(m-5=m-odd=even\) --> \(m=odd\). Sufficient.

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16 Aug 2013, 06:22

m and n are integers, is m odd? -Can't rephrase the question here, so you work with m = odd? It's a Yes/No DS question type.

Here's how I approached the problem.

Statement 1. Given: m + n is odd. Using even/odd number property rules: even + odd = odd. OR, odd + even = odd. Since m can be either even or odd in this case, Statement 1 is insufficient, we don't have enough information.

Statement 2. Given: \(m+n = n^2 + 5\)

Simplifying the equation: \(m - 5 = n^2 - n\) \(m - 5 = n(n - 1)\) \(m = n(n-1) +5\) m = Even + odd. Therefore, m is odd.

n(n-1) will always be even because it's a number times the number preceding it (think consecutive)...so one of those numbers has to be even (if n = 3 for example, you would have 3*(3-1) = 3*(2) = 6). You have an even*odd = even situation here.

5 is odd. So putting it all together, m = Even + Odd. You can answer with the given information that, yes, m is odd. Sufficient.

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23 Nov 2013, 05:04

Statement 1, m and n could be both odd or one odd, one even. Insufficient. Statement 2, when n is odd, n^2+5 is even, then m+n is even, m is odd; when n is even, n^2+5=odd, m+n is odd, then m is odd. Sufficient. So, answer is B

(1) n + m is odd --> \(n+m=odd\). The sum of two integers is odd only if one is odd and another is even, hence \(m\) may or may not be odd. Not sufficient.

(2) n + m = n^2 + 5 --> \(m-5=n^2-n\) --> \(m-5=n(n-1)\), either \(n\) or \(n-1\) is even hence \(n(n-1)=even\) --> \(m-5=m-odd=even\) --> \(m=odd\). Sufficient. Answer: B.

Another method: St1: n + m is odd, Answer is YES when n is even but answer is NO when n is odd. Insufficient!

St2: n + m = n^2 + 5 --> n^2 - n + (5-m) = 0 -- > is a quadratic equation with sum of roots = 1 and product of roots = (5-m). Clearly the the roots are consecutive integers with least among them as negative (ex. 4 & -3, 6 & -5...) That means one of the root is even. So, product of roots (5-m) is also even. For (5-m) to be even, m must be odd. Sufficient! Answer: B

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28 Mar 2014, 08:22

Satatment 1:Clearly insuff. Even+odd=odd.So m could be even or odd. S2:sufficient. The eq can be rearranged as N(n-1)=m-5 Now n(n-1) is a product of 2 consecutive integers so it'll definitely be even=>m-5=even So m=odd because only odd-odd=even Ans option B

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Hi All,

Even though this is an old post (and most of the original posters are probably long gone), this question serves as a nice example of some of the Number Properties that you're likely to face on Test Day. If you can spot the NPs involved, then you can move relatively quickly through the work, but even if you don't recognize the NPs, you can still TEST VALUES to prove that patterns exist. In that way, you can do some quick work and avoid "staring at the screen" and hoping that something comes to you.

We're told that M and N are INTEGERS. We're asked if M is ODD. This is a YES/NO question.

Fact 1: N + M is ODD

IF.... N = 1 M = 0 The answer to the question is NO

IF.... N = 0 M = 1 The answer to the question is YES Fact 1 is INSUFFICIENT

Fact 2: N + M = N^2 + 5

Here, the value of M depends on the value of N. Let's start with something simple and see if a pattern emerges.

IF.... N = 0 M = 5 The answer to the question is YES

IF.... N = 1 M = 5 The answer to the question is YES

IF.... N = 2 M = 7 The answer to the question is YES

IF.... N = 3 M = 11 The answer to the question is YES

It certainly looks like the answer to the question is ALWAYS YES. We can quickly TEST some negative values for N and see what happens....

IF.... N = -1 M = 7 The answer to the question is YES

IF.... N = -2 M = 11 The answer to the question is YES Fact 2 is SUFFICIENT

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