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If a and b are integers, is b/a even?

(1) b/a^2 is odd.

(2) a is even.

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If a and b are integers, is b/a even?

(1) b/a^2 is odd.

(2) a is even.

Statement 1: $$\frac{b}{a^2}=Odd$$

$$=>\frac{b}{a}*\frac{1}{a}=Odd =>\frac{b}{a}=Odd*a$$

So whether $$\frac{b}{a}$$ is even or odd will depend on the value of $$a$$. if $$a$$ is even then $$\frac{b}{a}$$ is even and if $$a$$ is odd then $$\frac{b}{a}$$ is odd. Insufficient

Statement 1: Nothing mentioned about $$b$$. Insufficient

Combining 1 & 2: we know $$\frac{b}{a}=Odd*a=Odd*Even=Even$$. Sufficient

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1. if a is odd, b must be odd. b/a must be odd
if a is even, b must be even. let a=2n,b=2m; b/a^2=2m/4n^2=2k+1
b/a=m/n=2n*(2k+1) even
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2. 6/2=3; 8/2=4. NS
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