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# If a and b are positive integers, is ab an even?

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If a and b are positive integers, is ab an even?
1) (a+1)b=even
2) (a+1)^b=odd

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Re: If a and b are positive integers, is ab an even?  [#permalink]

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01 Jan 2017, 10:03
Nice Question.
Here is my solution to this one ->

Given data ->
A and B are positive integers
We need to see if atleast one of them is even or not (so that A*B will be even)

Statement 1->
A=odd
B=odd
NO
A=even
B=even
YES
Hence not sufficient

Statement 2=>
Positive exponent do not effect the even odd nature of any number
Hence A+1 must be odd => A must be even => AB will be even

Hence sufficient

Hence B

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09 Mar 2017, 21:28
---- Statement 1 = (a+1)b=even----

Lets try a=odd
(odd+1)b=even
even*b=even
b=even/even
b=even

Now lets try a=Even
(Even+1)b=even
odd*b=even
b=even/odd
b=even

When a=odd, b=even
When a=even, b=even

Odd x even = even
even x even = even

hence in either case a*b=even

-----Statement 2 (a+1)^b=odd -----

Positive exponent do not effect the even odd nature of any number
Hence A+1 must be odd => A must be even => AB will be even

Hence Answer should be D Each alone is sufficient.
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10 Mar 2017, 02:51
St 1: (a+1)b is even that mean either of one is even or both are even. INSUFFICIENT
St 2: (a+1)^b is odd. thane means a+1 is odd, hence a is even.therefore ab will be even.ANSWER

Option B
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10 Mar 2017, 08:21
I don't agree to reply above that says
St 1: (a+1)b is even that mean either of one is even or both are even. INSUFFICIENT

even if either one is even or both are even final question asks is ab even?

If you look at even odd multiplication as below
Odd x even = even
even x even = even

SUFFICIENT
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