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\sqrt{4x}=2*\sqrt{x}, so \sqrt{x} can either be integer or not an integer (for example \sqrt{x}=2.5) and the 2*\sqrt{x} is still an integer. So Statement 1 is insufficient.

\sqrt{3x}= \sqrt{3}*\sqrt{x}. As \sqrt{3} is not an integer, the \sqrt{x} can be either integer or non integer and the \sqrt{3}*\sqrt{x} will still be not integer. So Statement 2 is insufficient.

S1 and S2 together is still insufficient as \sqrt{x}=2 and \sqrt{x}=2.5 both satisfy statements requirement.

So I choose E as an answer.

Is there a flaw in my reasoning? OG Quant review answer to this question is different from E. Please advice.

Re: Is OG Quant question answer wrong? [#permalink]
20 Feb 2010, 14:14

alexBLR wrote:

This is the question from GMAT Quant Review:

If x is a positive integer , is \sqrt{x} an integer?

1) \sqrt{4x} is an integer. 2) \sqrt{3x} is not an integer.

My logic to solve this question:

\sqrt{4x}=2*\sqrt{x}, so \sqrt{x} can either be integer or not an integer (for example \sqrt{x}=2.5) and the 2*\sqrt{x} is still an integer. So Statement 1 is insufficient.

\sqrt{3x}= \sqrt{3}*\sqrt{x}. As \sqrt{3} is not an integer, the \sqrt{x} can be either integer or non integer and the \sqrt{3}*\sqrt{x} will still be not integer. So Statement 2 is insufficient.

S1 and S2 together is still insufficient as \sqrt{x}=2 and \sqrt{x}=2.5 both satisfy statements requirement.

So I choose E as an answer.

Is there a flaw in my reasoning? OG Quant review answer to this question is different from E. Please advice.

IMO D...

Ques: if x is a positive integer, is \sqrt{x} an integer?

S1: \sqrt{4x} is an integer

--> 2* \sqrt{x} is an integer --> \sqrt{x} has to be an integer.. as x is a positive integer and hence cannot be a fraction. Therefore SUFF

S2: \sqrt{3x} is an integer --> \sqrt{3}*\sqrt{x} --> \sqrt{x} is not an integer as same could be a of a form of a\sqrt{3} where 'a' is a positive integer. Therefore SUFF _________________

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Re: Is OG Quant question answer wrong? [#permalink]
20 Feb 2010, 14:57

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jeeteshsingh wrote:

alexBLR wrote:

This is the question from GMAT Quant Review:

If x is a positive integer , is \sqrt{x} an integer?

1) \sqrt{4x} is an integer. 2) \sqrt{3x} is not an integer.

My logic to solve this question:

\sqrt{4x}=2*\sqrt{x}, so \sqrt{x} can either be integer or not an integer (for example \sqrt{x}=2.5) and the 2*\sqrt{x} is still an integer. So Statement 1 is insufficient.

\sqrt{3x}= \sqrt{3}*\sqrt{x}. As \sqrt{3} is not an integer, the \sqrt{x} can be either integer or non integer and the \sqrt{3}*\sqrt{x} will still be not integer. So Statement 2 is insufficient.

S1 and S2 together is still insufficient as \sqrt{x}=2 and \sqrt{x}=2.5 both satisfy statements requirement.

So I choose E as an answer.

Is there a flaw in my reasoning? OG Quant review answer to this question is different from E. Please advice.

IMO D...

Ques: if x is a positive integer, is \sqrt{x} an integer?

S1: \sqrt{4x} is an integer

--> 2* \sqrt{x} is an integer --> \sqrt{x} has to be an integer.. as x is a positive integer and hence cannot be a fraction. Therefore SUFF

S2: \sqrt{3x} is an integer --> \sqrt{3}*\sqrt{x} --> \sqrt{x} is not an integer as same could be a of a form of a\sqrt{3} where 'a' is a positive integer. Therefore SUFF

If x is a positive integer, is \sqrt{x} an integer?

As given that x is a positive integer then \sqrt{x} is either an integer itself or an irrational number.

(1) \sqrt{4x} is an integer --> 2\sqrt{x}=integer --> 2\sqrt{x} to be an integer \sqrt{x} must be an integer or integer/2, but as x is an integer, then \sqrt{x} can not be integer/2, hence \sqrt{x} is an integer. Sufficient.

(2) \sqrt{3x} is not an integer --> if x=9, condition \sqrt{3x}=\sqrt{27} is not an integer satisfied and \sqrt{x}=3 IS an integer, BUT if x=2, condition \sqrt{3x}=\sqrt{6} is not an integer satisfied and \sqrt{x}=\sqrt{2} IS NOT an integer. Two different answers. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.

jeeteshsingh, you should have spotted that there was something wrong with your solution as in DS two statements can not give you TWO DIFFERENT answers to the question (as you've got).

Re: Is OG Quant question answer wrong? [#permalink]
20 Feb 2010, 15:13

Bunuel wrote:

jeeteshsingh, you should have spotted that there was something wrong with your solution as in DS two statements can not give you TWO DIFFERENT answers to the question (as you've got).

Hope it helps.

My Bad.... overlooked it... Infact today I was telling this to someone over the forum that both the statements in DS would always be in sync..

Thanks Bunuel... for pointing this out. _________________

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Re: If x is a positive integer, is root(x) an integer? [#permalink]
05 Jun 2013, 06:58

[quote="alexBLR"]If x is a positive integer, is \sqrt{x} an integer?

(1) \sqrt{4x} is an integer. (2) \sqrt{3x} is not an integer.

(1) since \sqrt{4x} is an integer, it is the same as 2*\sqrt{x} that means \sqrt{x} also must be ans integer - sufficient

(2) \sqrt{3x} is not an integer, in this case \sqrt{x} could be or couldn't be an integer. Case 1) x=4, where \sqrt{x} is an integer, then \sqrt{3*4}=2\sqrt{3} still not an integer Case 2) x=5, where \sqrt{x} is NOT an integer, then \sqrt{3*5}=\sqrt{15} still not an integer. This statement is not sufficient. Answer is A _________________

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\sqrt{4x}=2*\sqrt{x}, so \sqrt{x} can either be integer or not an integer (for example \sqrt{x}=2.5) and the 2*\sqrt{x} is still an integer. So Statement 1 is insufficient.

\sqrt{3x}= \sqrt{3}*\sqrt{x}. As \sqrt{3} is not an integer, the \sqrt{x} can be either integer or non integer and the \sqrt{3}*\sqrt{x} will still be not integer. So Statement 2 is insufficient.

S1 and S2 together is still insufficient as \sqrt{x}=2 and \sqrt{x}=2.5 both satisfy statements requirement.

So I choose E as an answer.

Is there a flaw in my reasoning? OG Quant review answer to this question is different from E. Please advice.

From First statement we get 2 sqrt (x) is an integer Therefore sqrt (x) must be an integer

Just to elaborate a bit further:

The thing is that sqrt (x) can't be an integer/2, cause the square root of any positive integer (as stated in the givens) is always >=1. Therefore, sqrt (x) will have to be an integer.

Suff

From second setatement we get the sqrt (3x) is not an integer Therefore, 3x is not a perfect square or x is not perfect square that is multiple of 3 But it could very well be a perfect square Matter is we still don't know

Just to clarify, sqrt (x) could or could not be an integer. If sqrt root (x) is an integer then sure 1.7 (integer) not an integer. But, sqrt (x) could also be say x=2, therefore sqrt (2)=1.4. Then 1.4*1.7 is clearly not an integer either. Answer A stands

Insuff

Hence A is our best choice here

Hope it helps Let the kudos rain begin

Cheers! J

gmatclubot

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