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# Is x = \sqrt{x^2} 1. x = even 2. 13<x<17

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Is $$x = \sqrt{x^2}$$

(1) x = even
(2) 13<x<17

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21 Mar 2007, 13:33
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(B) for me

We should transform a little the question to know clearly what it is asked

x = sqrt (x^2) ?
<=> x = |x| ?
<=> x >= 0 ?

Stat 1
x is even
<=> x = 2*k where k is an integer.

So,
o If k > 0, then x > 0
o If k < 0, then x < 0

INSUFF.

Stat 2
13 < x < 17
=> x > 0

SUFF.
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22 Mar 2007, 04:22
Hi Summer, thanks for the link but frankly speaking I could not get amardeep's explanation for statement 2..may be I am bit dumb or more dumb

Can anybody please explain the same...thanks
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There is a tricky aspect to remember about sqrt(x)... The function sqrt(x) is only definied for x >=0 and the function returns only one value for a positive or nul x.

That said... This is the trick:
> x^2 = b^2 : x can be either b or -b
> sqrt(Y) = c : y can only be c^2 (no -c^2) >>> y must be positive by definition of sqrt()

So... the answer is (B) not (E)... and actually, this question is just asking x >= 0.

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18 Jul 2007, 11:23
Sorry Fig.. I didnt get ur approach

As i see it

For a number 14 : sqrt(14^2) would give both +14 and -14 as the answer.

Hence x != sqrt(x^2)

Maybe my concepts are screwed up.. Help
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15 Jun 2013, 23:57
I thought, even numbers had to be positive but as I learnt, they can be both +ve as well as -ve.
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avik629 wrote:
I thought, even numbers had to be positive but as I learnt, they can be both +ve as well as -ve.

An even number is an integer that is "evenly divisible" by 2, i.e., divisible by 2 without a remainder. So, positive as well as negative numbers could be even. For example, -8, -6, -2 are all even numbers.

Also, note that 0 is also an even integer: zero is evenly divisible by 2 thus it must be even (in fact zero is divisible by every integer except zero itself).

For more check Number Theory chapter of Math Book: math-number-theory-88376.html

Is $$x = \sqrt{x^2}$$?

Note that: $$\sqrt{x^2}=|x|$$, so the question basically asks whether $$x=|x|$$ or, which is the same, whether $$x\geq{0}$$ or whether $$x$$ is a non-negative number.

(1) x = even --> not sufficient as x can be negative as well as non-negative even number.
(2) 13<x<17 --> x is non-negative. Sufficient.

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Hope it helps.

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