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# If x and y are prime numbers, is y(x-3) odd?

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If x and y are prime numbers, is y(x-3) odd?

(1) x > 10
(2) y < 3

This is from the Kaplan 2013 book, page 562 #11

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I put B. I don't understand how (1) alone can be sufficient. Because when you plug in any prime number for x>10 using (1) guidelines, you will get an ODD number for (x-3) however we don't know the value of y, what if its 2 or 3, that can change the yes/no answer to the question. Please help the explanation is not thorough and its been bugging me for so long.
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07 Jul 2013, 21:51
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If x and y are prime numbers, is y(x-3) odd?

(1) x > 10
(2) y < 3

This is from the Kaplan 2013 book, page 562 #11

[Reveal] Spoiler:

I put B. I don't understand how (1) alone can be sufficient. Because when you plug in any prime number for x>10 using (1) guidelines, you will get an ODD number for (x-3) however we don't know the value of y, what if its 2 or 3, that can change the yes/no answer to the question. Please help the explanation is not thorough and its been bugging me for so long.

If x and y are prime numbers, is y(x-3) odd?

In order the product of 2 integers to be odd, both must be odd. So, y(x-3) to be odd, y must be any odd prime and x must be the only even prime 2, so that x-3=even-odd=odd. In all other cases given product will be even.

(1) x > 10 --> x is not 2, so the product is even. Sufficient.

Or: x is a prime number more than 10, so it's odd --> x-3=odd-odd=even --> y(x-3)=y*even=even.

(2) y < 3 --> the only prime less than 3 is 2, so y(x-3)=even*(x-3)=even. Sufficient.

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07 Jul 2013, 21:59
Ok, i'll follow rules next time, srry new to forum.

anyways i understand now, feel dumb lol
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15 Oct 2013, 20:14
Hi Banuel,

why are we presuming one of x and y to be 2 ?
for statement 1 : x is odd, so x-3 will be odd. y can also be odd, why do we presume it to be 2 ?

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Hi Banuel,

why are we presuming one of x and y to be 2 ?
for statement 1 : x is odd, so x-3 will be odd. y can also be odd, why do we presume it to be 2 ?

pl help.

We are not doing that.

y(x-3) to be odd, y must be any odd prime and x must be the only even prime 2, so that x-3=even-odd=odd.

Also, if x is odd, then x-3=odd-odd=even.
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16 Oct 2013, 20:30
Thanx Bunuel. I suddenly feel stupid. odd-odd=even, how silly of me.
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12 Nov 2013, 04:16
Are there no negative prime numbers? Because if there are negative prime numbers, the answer to this question would be A.
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12 Nov 2013, 06:21
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Are there no negative prime numbers? Because if there are negative prime numbers, the answer to this question would be A.

No, only positive integers can be primes. The smallest prime (and the only even prime) is 2. For more check here: math-number-theory-88376.html

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07 Jan 2014, 09:24
laserglare wrote:
If x and y are prime numbers, is y(x-3) odd?

(1) x > 10
(2) y < 3

This is from the Kaplan 2013 book, page 562 #11

[Reveal] Spoiler:

I put B. I don't understand how (1) alone can be sufficient. Because when you plug in any prime number for x>10 using (1) guidelines, you will get an ODD number for (x-3) however we don't know the value of y, what if its 2 or 3, that can change the yes/no answer to the question. Please help the explanation is not thorough and its been bugging me for so long.

Take a look at the question is y(x-3) odd?

Now, x,y both primes right? So x-3 will always be even except when x = 2, only even prime

(1) x>10 so x is not 2
Suff

(2) y<3 so 'y' has to be 2 cause is the smallest prime number

Remember negatives can't be prime numbers
1 is of course not prime either

Hence D here

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