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# If both x and y are integers, is √x^2-y^2 an integer?

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If both x and y are integers, is √$$x^2$$-$$y^2$$ an integer?
(1) x+y=0
(2)$$x^2-y^2$$equals the cube of an integer.
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jalice wrote:
If both x and y are integers, is √$$x^2$$-$$y^2$$ an integer?
(1) x+y=0
(2)$$x^2-y^2$$equals the cube of an integer.

S1 - x+y=0
x=-y
$$\sqrt{x^2-y^2}$$ = $$\sqrt{x^2-x^2}$$ = 0 = Integer
Sufficient.

S2 = $$x^2-y^2$$ = $$a^3$$ where a is an integer
$$\sqrt{x^2-x^2} = \sqrt{a^3}$$, which may or may not be an integer.
E.g. if a=2, not integer, but if a=4, then integer.
Insufficient.
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30 Sep 2018, 20:35
jalice wrote:
If both x and y are integers, is √$$x^2$$-$$y^2$$ an integer?
(1) x+y=0
(2)$$x^2-y^2$$equals the cube of an integer.

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