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# K is a set of numbers such that

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The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition

K is a set of numbers such that

(i) if x is in K, then -x is in K, and
(ii) if each of x and y is in K, then xy is in K.

Is 12 in K?

(1) 2 is in K.
(2) 3 is in K.

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Category: Arithmetic Properties of numbers
Page: 158
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K is a set of numbers such that

(i) if x is in K, then -x is in K, and
(ii) if each of x and y is in K, then xy is in K.

Is 12 in K?

(1) 2 is in K --> according to (i) -2 is n K --> according to (ii) -2*2=-4 is in K --> according to (i) -(-4)=4 is in K and so on. Thus we know that 2, -2, -4, 4, 8, -8, 16, -16, ... are in K, so basically powers of 2 and their negative pairs. Is 12 in K? We don't know. Not sufficient.

(2) 3 is in K --> according to (i) -3 is n K --> according to (ii) -3*3=-9 is in K --> according to (i) -(-9)=9 is in K and so on. Thus we know that 3, -3, -9, 9, 27, -27, 81, -81, ... are in K, so basically powers of 3 and their negative pairs. Is 12 in K? We don't know. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) From (1) 4 is in K and from (2) 3 is in K, hence according to (ii) 4*3=12 must also be in K. Sufficient.

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31 Jan 2014, 01:08
Let's analyze statements with what's given in the question.

Statement (1)
2 is in K
(i) -2 is also in K
(ii) 2 and -2 are both in K, so -4 is also in K .... then +4... and then -8 and +8 are in K ... looks like 2^n and -2^n are included where n is integer
which does not include 12 definitely...
So Statement (1) is sufficient to answer the question "Is 12 in K?", answer being no.

Statement (2)
Similarly results in a set 3^n and -3^n , which again answers our question, that 12 is definitely not part of the set K.
So Statement (2 is sufficient to answer the question "Is 12 in K?", answer being no.

Answer D; Both statement 1 & statement 2 are ALONE sufficient.

[oops It turns out my answer was wrong ... Just leaving the post as it is, so you know what not to do ]
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From S1:if 2 is in the series,then -2 will also be there.
And if 2 & -2 are there -4 will be there.If -4 is in the series, 4 will also be there...and so on
The series becomes:2,-2,4,-4...powers of 2
But the stimulus remains silent about what is not there in this series.So insufficient.(12 might or might not be there.)

Same explanation for S2:The series will have numbers with powers of 3.

Together for S1 & S2,at some point we'll have multiple of 3 and 4 because if 3 and 4 are there in the series,their multiple will definitely be there as implied by the second statement in stimulus.Sufficient.
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K is a set of numbers such that

(i) if x is in K, then -x is in K, and
(ii) if each of x and y is in K, then xy is in K.

Is 12 in K?

(1) 2 is in K --> according to (i) -2 is n K --> according to (ii) -2*2=-4 is in K --> according to (i) -(-4)=4 is in K and so on. Thus we know that 2, -2, -4, 4, 8, -8, 16, -16, ... are in K, so basically powers of 2 and their negative pairs. Is 12 in K? We don't know. Not sufficient.

(2) 3 is in K --> according to (i) -3 is n K --> according to (ii) -3*3=-9 is in K --> according to (i) -(-9)=9 is in K and so on. Thus we know that 3, -3, -9, 9, 27, -27, 81, -81, ... are in K, so basically powers of 3 and their negative pairs. Is 12 in K? We don't know. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) From (1) 4 is in K and from (2) 3 is in K, hence according to (ii) 4*3=12 must also be in K. Sufficient.

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19 Feb 2014, 07:01
Bunuel, one quick query -> When we say that (from stmt 1) 2 is there in the set and hence -2 is also there -> Here we take 2 and -2 as x and -x, but then we also apply the logic x*y = -4 (here we consider 2 as x and -2 as y (and not as -x)).
Could there be a flaw in the problem statement?

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Bunel can you update the oa? It shows as d on gmat timer.

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Bunuel, one quick query -> When we say that (from stmt 1) 2 is there in the set and hence -2 is also there -> Here we take 2 and -2 as x and -x, but then we also apply the logic x*y = -4 (here we consider 2 as x and -2 as y (and not as -x)).
Could there be a flaw in the problem statement?

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(i) and (ii) are general rules for the set, meaning that they apply to any numbers in the set:

(i) if a number is in K, then - that number is also in K
(ii) for any two numbers in the set, their product is also in the set.

Hope it's clear.
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What is unclear to me is that it states that xy is in the set, but how can we infer that x*x and y*y is in the set.

-2 and 2
-3 and 3 gives us 6? How can do we infer that -2 * 2 = 4 is in the set?
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erikvm wrote:
What is unclear to me is that it states that xy is in the set, but how can we infer that x*x and y*y is in the set.

-2 and 2
-3 and 3 gives us 6? How can do we infer that -2 * 2 = 4 is in the set?

(i) and (ii) are general rules for the set, meaning that they apply to any numbers in the set:

(i) if a number is in K, then - that number is also in K
(ii) for any two numbers in the set, their product is also in the set.

(1) says that 2 is in K --> according to (i) -2 is n K --> according to (ii) -2*2=-4 is in K --> according to (i) -(-4)=4 is in K and so on.

(2) says 3 is in K --> according to (i) -3 is n K --> according to (ii) -3*3=-9 is in K --> according to (i) -(-9)=9 is in K and so on.

Does this make sense?
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