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What is the value of the integer n?

(1) n(n + 2) = 15
(2) (n + 2)^n = 125

I am not sure if the given ans is right
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What is the value of the integer n?

(1) n(n + 2) = 15
(2) (n + 2)^n = 125

I am not sure if the given ans is right

What is the value of the integer n?

(1) n(n + 2) = 15 --> $$n^2+2n-15=0$$ --> $$(n+5)(n-3)=0$$ --> $$n=-5$$ or $$n=3$$. Not sufficient.

(2) (n + 2)^n = 125 --> as $$n$$ is an integer then $$(n + 2)^n=125^1=5^3$$ (125 can be written as integer^integer only in those two ways), only $$n=3$$ works: $$(2+3)^3=5^3=125$$. Sufficient.

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Thanks for the confirmation. I got the same. The given ans is wrong ...should be B.
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C it is

statment 2) is not sufficient coz N can be a decimal value

from statement 1) we know that N= -5 or 3
by sustituting these values in statement 2), we know that N=3
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girishkakkar wrote:
C it is

statment 2) is not sufficient coz N can be a decimal value

from statement 1) we know that N= -5 or 3
by sustituting these values in statement 2), we know that N=3

The question clearly states
"What is the value of the integer n?"

So the answer should be B.
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01 Jan 2011, 07:12
but talking about statement 2), cant value of N be 3 or ANY decimal number? Since it is NOT stated in the question that "N is an integer". Correct me if I am wrong.
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girishkakkar wrote:
but talking about statement 2), cant value of N be 3 or ANY decimal number? Since it is NOT stated in the question that "N is an integer". Correct me if I am wrong.

Question is: What is the value of the integer n? So the stem explicitly says that n is an integer.
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Agree with Buneul. If n is integer, them then S2 has to be an integer.

1. Clearly insufficient, two roots = -5,3
2. Since n is integer, only n that satisfies this equation is n = 3. Sufficient

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ajit257 wrote:
What is the value of the integer n?

(1) n(n + 2) = 15
(2) (n + 2)^n = 125

What is the value of the integer n?

(1) n(n + 2) = 15 --> $$n^2+2n-15=0$$ --> $$(n+5)(n-3)=0$$ --> $$n=-5$$ or $$n=3$$. Not sufficient.

Dear Bunuel,

My fist approach for statement 1 is 15=3X5, so my reasoning is n(n+2)=3X5. Only n=3 match to that equation, so I pick up D. Could you tell me any thing wrong from my reasoning? THX!
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Bunuel wrote:
ajit257 wrote:
What is the value of the integer n?

(1) n(n + 2) = 15
(2) (n + 2)^n = 125

What is the value of the integer n?

(1) n(n + 2) = 15 --> $$n^2+2n-15=0$$ --> $$(n+5)(n-3)=0$$ --> $$n=-5$$ or $$n=3$$. Not sufficient.

Dear Bunuel,

My fist approach for statement 1 is 15=3X5, so my reasoning is n(n+2)=3X5. Only n=3 match to that equation, so I pick up D. Could you tell me any thing wrong from my reasoning? THX!

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Bunuel wrote:
ajit257 wrote:
What is the value of the integer n?

(1) n(n + 2) = 15
(2) (n + 2)^n = 125

What is the value of the integer n?

(1) n(n + 2) = 15 --> $$n^2+2n-15=0$$ --> $$(n+5)(n-3)=0$$ --> $$n=-5$$ or $$n=3$$. Not sufficient.

Dear Bunuel,

My fist approach for statement 1 is 15=3X5, so my reasoning is n(n+2)=3X5. Only n=3 match to that equation, so I pick up D. Could you tell me any thing wrong from my reasoning? THX!

15 can also be written as -3 * -5... if n= -5 then n(n+2) => -5 * -3= 15
So A cannot provide an unique solution.
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Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. In DS, Variable approach is the easiest and quickest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem.
Remember equal number of variables and independent equations ensures a solution.

What is the value of the integer n?

(1) n(n + 2) = 15
(2) (n + 2)^n = 125

In the original condition there is 1 variable (n) and thus we need 1 equation to match the number of variable and equation. Since there is 1 each in 1) and 2), D has high probability of being the answer.
In case of 1), n^2+2n-15=0, (n+5)(n-3)=0 and thus n=-5,3. The answer is not unique, therefore the condition is not sufficient.
In case of 2), n=3, therefore the answer is unique and the condition is sufficient. Therefore the answer is B.

Normally for cases where we need 1 more equation, such as original conditions with 1 variable, or 2 variables and 1 equation, or 3 variables and 2 equations, we have 1 equation each in both 1) and 2). Therefore D has a high chance of being the answer, which is why we attempt to solve the question using 1) and 2) separately. Here, there is 59 % chance that D is the answer, while A or B has 38% chance. There is 3% chance that C or E is the answer for the case. Since D is most likely to be the answer according to DS definition, we solve the question assuming D would be our answer hence using 1) and 2) separately. Obviously there may be cases where the answer is A, B, C or E.
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