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For all positive integers m, m*= 3m when m is odd and m*=1/2 when m is even. Which of the following is equivalent to 9* x 6* 81 54 36 27 18

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For all positive integers m, [m]=3m when m is odd and [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even. What is [9]*[6] equivalent to?

A. [81] B. [54] C. [37] D. [27] E. [18]

Notice that [] is just some function such that "[m]=3m when m is odd and [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even".

So, [m]=3m when m is odd, [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even. As 9 is odd then [9] equals to 3*9=27; As 6 is even then [6] equals to 1/2*6=3;

So [9]*[6]=27*3=81. Note that numbers in the answer choices are also in boxes, so we have: [m]=81. m could be 27 (in this case as 27 is odd [27]=3*27=81) OR 162 (in this case as 162 is even [162]=162/2=81) --> only [27] is in the answer choices.

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03 Apr 2012, 06:53

Bunuel wrote:

Guduna wrote:

For all positive integers m, m*= 3m when m is odd and m*=1/2 when m is even. Which of the following is equivalent to 9* x 6* 81 54 36 27 18

Pleas post the questions in their original form.

For all positive integers m, [m]=3m when m is odd and [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even. What is [9]*[6] equivalent to?

A. [81] B. [54] C. [37] D. [27] E. [18]

Note that [] is just some function such that "[m]=3m when m is odd and [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even".

So, [m]=3m when m is odd, [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even. As 9 is odd then [9] equals to 3*9=27; As 6 is even then [6] equals to 1/2*6=3;

So [9]*[6]=27*3=81. Note that numbers in the answer choices are also in boxes, so we have: [m]=81. m could be 27 (in this case as 27 is odd [27]=3*27=81) OR 162 (in this case as 162 is even [162]=162/2=81) --> only [27] is in the answer choices.

Answer: D.

i had selected A, but then realised my mistake....Buneal the god....wounderful explanation....
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Regards, Harsha

Note: Give me kudos if my approach is right , else help me understand where i am missing.. I want to bell the GMAT Cat

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13 Jun 2014, 19:13

Bunuel wrote:

Guduna wrote:

For all positive integers m, m*= 3m when m is odd and m*=1/2 when m is even. Which of the following is equivalent to 9* x 6* 81 54 36 27 18

Pleas post the questions in their original form.

For all positive integers m, [m]=3m when m is odd and [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even. What is [9]*[6] equivalent to?

A. [81] B. [54] C. [37] D. [27] E. [18]

Notice that [] is just some function such that "[m]=3m when m is odd and [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even".

So, [m]=3m when m is odd, [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even. As 9 is odd then [9] equals to 3*9=27; As 6 is even then [6] equals to 1/2*6=3;

So [9]*[6]=27*3=81. Note that numbers in the answer choices are also in boxes, so we have: [m]=81. m could be 27 (in this case as 27 is odd [27]=3*27=81) OR 162 (in this case as 162 is even [162]=162/2=81) --> only [27] is in the answer choices.

For all positive integers m, m*= 3m when m is odd and m*=1/2 when m is even. Which of the following is equivalent to 9* x 6* 81 54 36 27 18

Pleas post the questions in their original form.

For all positive integers m, [m]=3m when m is odd and [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even. What is [9]*[6] equivalent to?

A. [81] B. [54] C. [37] D. [27] E. [18]

Notice that [] is just some function such that "[m]=3m when m is odd and [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even".

So, [m]=3m when m is odd, [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even. As 9 is odd then [9] equals to 3*9=27; As 6 is even then [6] equals to 1/2*6=3;

So [9]*[6]=27*3=81. Note that numbers in the answer choices are also in boxes, so we have: [m]=81. m could be 27 (in this case as 27 is odd [27]=3*27=81) OR 162 (in this case as 162 is even [162]=162/2=81) --> only [27] is in the answer choices.

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10 Dec 2014, 12:35

Bunuel wrote:

Guduna wrote:

For all positive integers m, m*= 3m when m is odd and m*=1/2 when m is even. Which of the following is equivalent to 9* x 6* 81 54 36 27 18

Pleas post the questions in their original form.

For all positive integers m, [m]=3m when m is odd and [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even. What is [9]*[6] equivalent to?

A. [81] B. [54] C. [37] D. [27] E. [18]

Notice that [] is just some function such that "[m]=3m when m is odd and [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even".

So, [m]=3m when m is odd, [m]=(1/2)*m when m is even. As 9 is odd then [9] equals to 3*9=27; As 6 is even then [6] equals to 1/2*6=3;

So [9]*[6]=27*3=81. Note that numbers in the answer choices are also in boxes, so we have: [m]=81. m could be 27 (in this case as 27 is odd [27]=3*27=81) OR 162 (in this case as 162 is even [162]=162/2=81) --> only [27] is in the answer choices.

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24 Mar 2015, 05:11

Dang, I cross-checked this answer and I was thinking, the GMAT would surely test harder questions on this exam and as it was the second question, it would not be this easy..

Well, I got stung, lesson learned, pay as much attention to answer choices as to the question itself... the dam box

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14 Jul 2016, 07:29

I have tried to understand this but not sure if I have got it correct.Pls guide me if I am wrong.So [m]=3m when m is odd ,therefore[9]=3*9 =27 and [6]=1/2*6=3 as m is even ;27*3=81 but answer choices are showing us[] so basically we have to pick an answer choice where the[]=81.Two ways we can get[81] is 3*27 and 1/2*162=[81] .Since we do not have answer option 162,so we go with [27]. But still again in the highlighted parts it is not inside the box[]