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# If x is a positive integer, is sqrt(x) an integer? (1)

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If x is a positive integer, is sqrt(x) an integer?

(1) sqrt(4x) is an integer
(2) sqrt(3x) is not an integer

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26 Aug 2004, 09:29
1) sqrt4X=sqrt4xsqrtX since sqrt4 is always an integer, X is an integer then sqrt X must also be an integer, so 1) is sufficient
2) sqrt 3 is not an integer, same reasoning as above sqrt3 is not an integer then sqrtX can be or can not be an integer so 2) is insufficient
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26 Aug 2004, 09:39
Thanks.
I was confused with the sqrt function.
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26 Aug 2004, 10:01
Shygo, Guest........In statement one it says sqrt 4x is an integer......or we can say:
sqrt4 * sqrt x = INTEGER
or 2*sqrt x= INT
dow we assume that the INT is always even??what if it was odd??
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26 Aug 2004, 10:13
cbrf3,

Since we multiply sqrt (x) by 2 the result is always even (any integer multipled by 2 always results in an even integer)
Hope it is clear.
26 Aug 2004, 10:13
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