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If a and b are positive integers, which of the following

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If a and b are positive integers, which of the following cannot be an integer?

A. (2b)/(4a+1)
B. (2b)/(3a+1)
C. (2a+1)/(4b)
D. (2a+1)/(4b+1)
E. (2a·b)/(4b+2)
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If a and b are positive integers, which of the following cannot be an integer?

A) (2b)/(4a+1)
B) (2b)/(3a+1)
C) (2a+1)/(4b)
D) (2a+1)/(4b+1)
E) (2a·b)/(4b+2)


I'd first look for an option which gives odd/even for any values of a and b, because odd/even is not an integer.

Option C fits: \(\frac{2a+1}{4b}=\frac{even+odd}{even}=\frac{odd}{even}\neq{integer}\).

Answer: C.

To discard other A consider a=5 and b=1.
To discard other B consider a=2 and b=1.
To discard other D consider a=2 and b=1.
To discard other E consider a=3 and b=1.
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\(Answer = C = \frac{2a+1}{4b}\)

Adding 1 to a multiple of 2 would always make the resultant an odd number; which is not divisible by 4
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Can any one explain why not option A ?
(2b)/(4a+1)

If b = 1 and a = 5 ===> 2/21
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New post 29 Nov 2014, 08:53
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Can any one explain why not option A ?
(2b)/(4a+1)

If b = 1 and a = 5 ===> 2/21


hi, please reverse the values, put a=1 and b=5

10/5 = 2
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