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If x and y are positive integers is y odd?

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If x and y are positive integers is y odd?

(1) (y+2)!/x! = odd. Notice that $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=odd$$ can happen only in two cases:

A. $$(y+2)!=x!$$ in this case $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=1=odd$$. For this case $$y$$ can be even: $$y=2=even$$ and $$x=4$$: $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{24}{24}=1=odd$$;

B. $$y=odd$$ and $$x=y+1$$, in this case $$\frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd$$. For example, $$y=1=odd$$ and $$x=y+1=2$$: $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd$$ (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... --> y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... --> y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...).

Not sufficient.

(2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2. Clearly insufficient: consider $$y=1=odd$$ and $$x=2$$ OR $$y=2=even$$ and $$x=1$$.

(1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means $$y=odd$$. Sufficient.

Hope it's clear.
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24 Sep 2012, 22:17
very good explanation
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16 Jul 2013, 23:22
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19 Aug 2013, 07:08
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If x and y are positive integers is y odd?

(1) (y+2)!/x! = odd. Notice that $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=odd$$ can happen only in two cases:

A. $$(y+2)!=x!$$ in this case $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=1=odd$$. For this case $$y$$ can be even: $$y=2=even$$ and $$x=4$$: $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{24}{24}=1=odd$$;

B. $$y=odd$$ and $$x=y+1$$, in this case $$\frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd$$. For example, $$y=1=odd$$ and $$x=y+1=2$$: $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd$$ (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... --> y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... --> y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...).

Not sufficient.

(2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2. Clearly insufficient: consider $$y=1=odd$$ and $$x=2$$ OR $$y=2=even$$ and $$x=1$$.

(1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means $$y=odd$$. Sufficient.

Hope it's clear.

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Hi Bunuel,

**B. y=odd and x=y+1, in this case \frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd. For example, y=1=odd and x=y+1=2: \frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... --> y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... --> y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...).
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You mentioned y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...; and (1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means $$y=odd$$. Sufficient.

Are you considering y=1 as odd? can you explain how y=1 satisfies the solution.
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If x and y are positive integers is y odd?

(1) (y+2)!/x! = odd. Notice that $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=odd$$ can happen only in two cases:

A. $$(y+2)!=x!$$ in this case $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=1=odd$$. For this case $$y$$ can be even: $$y=2=even$$ and $$x=4$$: $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{24}{24}=1=odd$$;

B. $$y=odd$$ and $$x=y+1$$, in this case $$\frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd$$. For example, $$y=1=odd$$ and $$x=y+1=2$$: $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd$$ (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... --> y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... --> y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...).

Not sufficient.

(2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2. Clearly insufficient: consider $$y=1=odd$$ and $$x=2$$ OR $$y=2=even$$ and $$x=1$$.

(1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means $$y=odd$$. Sufficient.

Hope it's clear.

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Hi Bunuel,

**B. y=odd and x=y+1, in this case \frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd. For example, y=1=odd and x=y+1=2: \frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... --> y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... --> y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...).
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You mentioned y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...; and (1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means $$y=odd$$. Sufficient.

Are you considering y=1 as odd? can you explain how y=1 satisfies the solution.

Well 1 is an odd number. If $$y=1=odd$$ and $$x=y+1=2$$, then $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd$$.
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abhisheksriv85 wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
If x and y are positive integers is y odd?

(1) (y+2)!/x! = odd. Notice that $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=odd$$ can happen only in two cases:

A. $$(y+2)!=x!$$ in this case $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=1=odd$$. For this case $$y$$ can be even: $$y=2=even$$ and $$x=4$$: $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{24}{24}=1=odd$$;

B. $$y=odd$$ and $$x=y+1$$, in this case $$\frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd$$. For example, $$y=1=odd$$ and $$x=y+1=2$$: $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd$$ (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... --> y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... --> y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...).

Not sufficient.

(2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2. Clearly insufficient: consider $$y=1=odd$$ and $$x=2$$ OR $$y=2=even$$ and $$x=1$$.

(1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means $$y=odd$$. Sufficient.

Hope it's clear.

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Hi Bunuel,

**B. y=odd and x=y+1, in this case \frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd. For example, y=1=odd and x=y+1=2: \frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... --> y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... --> y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...).
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You mentioned y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...; and (1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means $$y=odd$$. Sufficient.

Are you considering y=1 as odd? can you explain how y=1 satisfies the solution.

Well 1 is an odd number. If $$y=1=odd$$ and $$x=y+1=2$$, then $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd$$.

Thanks Bunuel... got it!!
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If x and y are positive integers is y odd?

(1) (y+2)!/x! = odd
(2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2

From (1): assume: x = y + 2, so (y + 2)!/x! = 1 = odd
y can odd or even, so (1) Insufficient.

From (2): assume x = y + 1, so (y + 2)!/x! = y + 2 > 2 because y is a positive integer
y can odd or even, so (2) Insufficient.

From (1) + (2): (y + 2)!/x! > 2 and (y + 2)!/x! = odd
Assume: (y + 2)!/x! = 3, so (y + 2)! =x!*(2k + 1) with k >=1
If x = y + 2, so 1 = 2k + 1 (wrong because k >=1)
If x = y + 1, so y + 2 = 2k + 1, therefore y = odd
If x = y, so (y + 1)(y + 2) = 2k + 1 (wrong) because the product of 2 consecutive integers is even.
If x = y - 1, so y(y + 1)(y + 2) = 2k + 1 (wrong) because the product is always even.
Only one solution is right: If x = y + 1, so y + 2 = 2k + 1, therefore y = odd

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16 Sep 2013, 06:17
[quote="Bunuel"]If x and y are positive integers is y odd?

I am sorry i don't want to sound dumb, i just want to know how you assumed the cases above?? also what did you mean by:"(1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means . Sufficient."

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also what did you mean by:"(1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means . Sufficient."

Will appreciate your help.

Let's see if I can help you out. This question involves the knowledge of few concepts.

1) The division of two factorial expressions has to be odd. When does it happen? since a factorial say y! is the product amongst y, (y-1), (y-2) and so on, this sequence will always contain a multiple of two unless y is 1 or 0 (remember 1! =1 and 0! =1). In our case x and y are positive integers thus the lowest value y can assume is 1. If y=1 then (y+2)!=3!. We will not face the zero factorial case thus we can safely get rid of it.

Back to our question: if we want to obtain an odd integer from $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}$$ either

1. the two numbers have to be equal (entailing 1 as a quotient)
EG

y=1 ---> (y+2)!=3!
x!=3!
- result is 1 = odd integer. In this case y is odd

y=2 (y+2)!=4!
x!=4!
- result is 1 = odd integer. In this case y is even.

2. or x! has to be one less than (y+2)! with y as an odd number.

EG
y=3 (y+2)!=5!

x!=4!
- 5! upon 4! yields 5 and y must be ODD.

Statement one is thus insufficient by itself.

2) this statement doesn't tell us anything interesting besides that x! must be different from (y+2)! y can assume both an even and an odd value.
Not sufficient

1+2) Statement 2 conveys us that x! must be different from (y+2)! This said we can get rid of case one in our statement 1 analysis. Now we are sure that Y is an odd integer.

Sufficient
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(1): $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}$$ is odd. Clearly $$x<=(y+2)$$.

Let x=y+2 then $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}$$ =1 y can be even or odd. so (1) is insufficient

(2): $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!} > 2$$ so x has to be less than y+2

Let x=y+1 then

$$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!} > 2$$

is $$y+2>2$$

From this y can be any +ve integer. insufficient.

(1)+(2)

$$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!} > 2$$ and also odd.

Continuing the analysis from above, if y+2>2 and y+2 is odd, then y has to be odd.

Next Let x=y

then $$\frac{(y+2)!}{x!} > 2$$

is (y+2)(y+1) > 2. Notice (y+2) & (y+1) are consecutive integers. their product will always be even. This contradicts (1)+(2) hence x cannot be equal to y.

similarly x cannot be equal to y-1 and so on.

x has to be equal to y+1. and y must be odd. We have a concrete answer, y is odd. (1)+(2) is sufficient.
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If x and y are positive integers is y odd?

(1) (y+2)!/x! = odd
(2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2

It's pretty easy to see the answer is (C) if you understand the concept of factorials well.

Note that a! = 1*2*3*4...(a-1)*a
So a! is the product of alternate odd and even numbers.
a!/b! will be an integer only if a >= b

(1) (y+2)!/x! = odd
So y+2 >= x
Two Cases:
Case (i) If y+2 = x, (y+2)!/x! = 1 (odd). y could be odd or even.
Case (ii) If y+2 > x, y+2 must be only one more than x. If y+2 is 2 more than x, you wil have two extra terms in the numerator and one of them will be even. So to ensure that (y+2)!/x! is odd, y+2 must be only 1 more than x and must be odd so all we are left in the numerator is (y+2) which must be odd. y must be odd.
y could be odd or even so this statement alone is not sufficient.

(2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2
This means y+2 > x. But we have no idea about whether y is odd or even. Not sufficient.

Using both statements together, we know that only Case (ii) above is possible and hence y must be odd.

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