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Is A + B + C even?

(1) A - C - B is even

(2) (A - C)/B is odd
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08 Apr 2012, 07:41
I think the OA is incorrect.

1)A-B-C can only be even, if either all are even or two are odd and one is even, in both cases a+b+c is even.

2) (A-C)/B can be odd if all are even or if all are odd, so A+B+C is even or odd, which makes the statement insufficient.

IMO A is correct.
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catty2004 wrote:
Is A + B + C even?

(1) A - C - B is even

(2) (A - C)/B is odd

Notice that we are not told that a, b and c are integers.

Q: is $$a+b+c=even$$?

(1) $$a-c-b=even$$, if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not, for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$a-c-b=2=even$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient.

(2) $$\frac{a-c}{b}=odd$$. The same here: if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$\frac{a-c}{b}=3=odd$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient

(1)+(2) $$a+b+c$$ may or may not be even (again if variables are integers: YES but if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ answer is NO). Not sufficient.

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08 Apr 2012, 08:53
Hi

+1 E

This is explained in the GMAT Club notes. I suggest you refer the Club Notes, cause when i first took a crack at this I choose A as well.
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29 Jul 2012, 05:57
Bunuel wrote:
catty2004 wrote:
Is A + B + C even?

(1) A - C - B is even

(2) (A - C)/B is odd

Notice that we are not told that a, b and c are integers.

Q: is $$a+b+c=even$$?

(1) $$a-c-b=even$$, if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not, for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$a-c-b=2=even$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient.

(2) $$\frac{a-c}{b}=odd$$. The same here: if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$\frac{a-c}{b}=3=odd$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient

(1)+(2) $$a+b+c$$ may or may not be even (again if variables are integers: YES but if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ answer is NO). Not sufficient.

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29 Sep 2012, 21:44
Bunuel wrote:
catty2004 wrote:
Is A + B + C even?

(1) A - C - B is even

(2) (A - C)/B is odd

Notice that we are not told that a, b and c are integers.

Q: is $$a+b+c=even$$?

(1) $$a-c-b=even$$, if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not, for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$a-c-b=2=even$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient.

(2) $$\frac{a-c}{b}=odd$$. The same here: if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$\frac{a-c}{b}=3=odd$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient

(1)+(2) $$a+b+c$$ may or may not be even (again if variables are integers: YES but if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ answer is NO). Not sufficient.

Hi Bunuel,

Is this question, a good gmat candidate or not.
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29 Sep 2012, 23:53
Bunuel wrote:
catty2004 wrote:
Is A + B + C even?

(1) A - C - B is even

(2) (A - C)/B is odd

Notice that we are not told that a, b and c are integers.

Q: is $$a+b+c=even$$?

(1) $$a-c-b=even$$, if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not, for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$a-c-b=2=even$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient.

(2) $$\frac{a-c}{b}=odd$$. The same here: if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$\frac{a-c}{b}=3=odd$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient

(1)+(2) $$a+b+c$$ may or may not be even (again if variables are integers: YES but if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ answer is NO). Not sufficient.

Bunuel.. how can B will be even if it wud be mentioned that a b c are integers???
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01 Oct 2012, 04:40
sanjoo wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
catty2004 wrote:
Is A + B + C even?

(1) A - C - B is even

(2) (A - C)/B is odd

Notice that we are not told that a, b and c are integers.

Q: is $$a+b+c=even$$?

(1) $$a-c-b=even$$, if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not, for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$a-c-b=2=even$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient.

(2) $$\frac{a-c}{b}=odd$$. The same here: if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$\frac{a-c}{b}=3=odd$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient

(1)+(2) $$a+b+c$$ may or may not be even (again if variables are integers: YES but if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ answer is NO). Not sufficient.

Bunuel.. how can B will be even if it wud be mentioned that a b c are integers???

Sorry, but I don't understand your question at all. Can you please elaborate what you mean? Thank you.
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Bunuel wrote:
catty2004 wrote:
Is A + B + C even?

(1) A - C - B is even

(2) (A - C)/B is odd

Notice that we are not told that a, b and c are integers.

Q: is $$a+b+c=even$$?

(1) $$a-c-b=even$$, if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not, for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$a-c-b=2=even$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient.

(2) $$\frac{a-c}{b}=odd$$. The same here: if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$\frac{a-c}{b}=3=odd$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient

(1)+(2) $$a+b+c$$ may or may not be even (again if variables are integers: YES but if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ answer is NO). Not sufficient.

I was asking abt statement 2.. U said..if it were mentioned that a b and c are intergers than A+b+c=even ..and then this statement wud b sufficient.. But i got this now..i have solved this ..bt i tuk some time while proving this statemt 2 ...
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Bunuel wrote:
catty2004 wrote:
Is A + B + C even?

(1) A - C - B is even

(2) (A - C)/B is odd

Notice that we are not told that a, b and c are integers.

Q: is $$a+b+c=even$$?

(1) $$a-c-b=even$$, if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not, for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$a-c-b=2=even$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient.

(2) $$\frac{a-c}{b}=odd$$. The same here: if the variables are integers then $$a+b+c$$ will be even but if they are not for example if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ then $$\frac{a-c}{b}=3=odd$$, but $$a+b+c=5=odd$$. Not sufficient

(1)+(2) $$a+b+c$$ may or may not be even (again if variables are integers: YES but if $$a=3.5$$, $$b=1$$, $$c=0.5$$ answer is NO). Not sufficient.

I was asking abt statement 2.. U said..if it were mentioned that a b and c are intergers than A+b+c=even ..and then this statement wud b sufficient.. But i got this now..i have solved this ..bt i tuk some time while proving this statemt 2 ...

It goes like this:

Q: Is A+B+C= EVEN

S1: A-B-C= Even i.e. We can write A-B-C= 2N
=>A=2N + B+C
Substituting in the main equation
we get

2N+2(B+C)=2[N+B+C]

Now, N is an Integer, but we dont know whether, B+C= Integer or not. Hence N+B+C mayor may not be an Integer. Therefore, S1 is insufficient.

Same case with Statement 2, which on simplification gives, A=(2N+1)B + C
=> A+B+C= 2(B+C+NB)

Again same same scenario, We are not aware whether, the value in the parenthesis is an Integer or not.

Hence, S2 is also Insufficient.

S1 & S2 together also does not resolve the issue of whether B+C is integer or not.

Hence answer is E.

I hope this is clear. Thanks
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Note that we are not told that a, b and c are integers.

Q: is a+b+c=even?

(1) a-c-b=even, if the variables are integers then a+b+c will be even but if they are not: a=3.5, b=1, c=0.5 —> a-c-b=2=even, but a+b+c=5=odd. Not sufficient.

(2) \fraca-cb=odd. The same here: if the variables are integers then a+b+c will be even but if they are not: a=3.5, b=1, c=0.5 —> \fraca-cb=3=odd, but a+b+c=5=odd. Not sufficient

(1)+(2) a+b+c may or may not be even (again if variables are integers: YES but if a=3.5, b=1, c=0.5 answer is NO). Not sufficient.

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K is integer for sure.

1. A - (B+C) = 2K
=> A = 2K + B + C
A +B + C = 2K +2B + 2C = 2(K + B + C)

If B: Integer; C = 0.5
=> A + B + C = 2(K+B) + 1

2. (A - C)/B = 2k +1
=> A - C = 2kB + B
=> A = 2kB + B + C
=> A + B + C = 2(kB + B + C)
If B: Integer; C = 0.5

=> A + B + C = 2(kB + B) + 1

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What a great question! I started this one writing out all the cases but then realized we don't know if a,b and c are integers. Got answer E and thought it took me at most 2.5 mins... nope just over 3:50. Although I finally got it, this question has made me realize I really need to improve my speed.
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Extremely Poor Quality Question.?
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E is the answer D if they were +ve integers
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