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If a is an even integer and a/18 is an odd integer, which of the following is NOT an even integer?

A (a^2)/54
B (a^2)/12
C (a^2)/9
D (a^2)/6
E (a^2)/2
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If a is an even integer and a/18 is an odd integer, which of the following is NOT an even integer?

A (a^2)/54
B (a^2)/12
C (a^2)/9
D (a^2)/6
E (a^2)/2


since a is an even integer and a/18 is an odd integer. thus maximum power of 2 in a is one. why ?? because if the power of 2 in the expression has been 2 or greater, then the a/18 must have been an even integer. (18=2*3^2. as 18 contain only one 2 in the expression)

now, any expression in which we have 4 at the denominator will be odd. out of the given options only 12 is a multiple of 4. hence answer should be B
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If a is an even integer and a/18 is an odd integer, which of the following is NOT an even integer?

A (a^2)/54
B (a^2)/12
C (a^2)/9
D (a^2)/6
E (a^2)/2


"a is an even integer"
implies a has at least one 2 as a factor.

"a/18 is an odd integer"
18 = 2*9
When you divide a by 18, all its 2s get canceled. Since 18 has only one 2, it means a had only one 2 too.

So a^2 has 2^2 = 4 as a factor but not 8.
Since 12 has two 2s as well, both the 2s of a^2 will get canceled and hence you will not get an even integer.
All other options cancel only a single 2 of a^2.

Answer (B)
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Answer = B

Let a = 54 (Even); \(\frac{a}{18} = \frac{54}{18} = 3\) (Odd)

Checking the OA

A: \(\frac{54 * 54}{54} = 54\)(Even)

B: \(\frac{54 * 54}{12} = 9*27\) (Odd)
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Great concept this. Thx folks.
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Substituting a=18 we can quickly check option B is odd
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