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Re: Odds and Evens.. [#permalink]
04 Apr 2006, 13:22

lhotseface wrote:

If x,y and z are integers and xy + z is odd, is x even ?

1. xy + xz is even 2. y + xz is odd

I think it is A.

Given
xy+z = Odd -(I)
xy+xz = Even -(II)

Subtract (I) from (II)

z(x-1) = Even-Odd = Odd
=> z(x-1) must be Odd
=> both z and x-1 are odd.

If x-1 is Odd => x is Even

A it is! _________________

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i think its C ... ywilfred is right from the stem z could be anything even or odd i f thats the case and x(y+z) is even ... x could be even or odd ... you need II) also ... good job

I posted answer C. I have read giddi's reply but I do not understand OAs answer. I don't understand if we use both equations to reach a solution, how come answer is A. Any help is appreciated.

I posted answer C. I have read giddi's reply but I do not understand OAs answer. I don't understand if we use both equations to reach a solution, how come answer is A. Any help is appreciated.

May be you could put some values and check the equations.
Remember:

O+/-E = O
O+/-O = E
E+/-E = E

and

O*O = O
O*E = E
E*E = E

if X is even and we are given that X-Y is odd, then Y has be odd.
Eg: If 10 - Y = ODD (say 3), then Y has to be ODD (= 7 in this eg).. HTH _________________

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