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If J = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + . . . 98 + 100, and K = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + . . . + 97 + 99, then $$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2 =$$

A) J² - K²
B) -50(J² - K²)
C) -K - J
D) K² - J²
E) (-J - K)²

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GMATPrepNow wrote:
If J = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + . . . 98 + 100, and K = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + . . . + 97 + 99, then $$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2 =$$

A) J² - K²
B) -50(J² - K²)
C) -K - J
D) K² - J²
E) (-J - K)²

We have several differences of squares hiding in the expression 1² - 2² + 3² - 4² + 5² - 6² + . . . . . + 97² - 98² + 99² - 100²

1² - 2² + 3² - 4² + 5² - 6² + . . . . . + 97² - 98² + 99² - 100² = 1² - 2² + 3² - 4² + 5² - 6² + . . . . . + 97² - 98² + 99² - 100²
= (1 - 2)(1 + 2) + (3 - 4)(3 + 4) + (5 - 6)(5 + 6) + . . . . . + (97 - 98)(97 + 98) + (99 - 100)(99 + 100)
= (-1)(1 + 2) + (-1)(3 + 4) + (-1)(5 + 6) + . . . . . + (-1)(97 + 98) + (-1)(99 + 100)
= (-1)[(1 + 2) + (3 + 4) + (5 + 6) + . . . . . + (97 + 98) + (99 + 100)]
= (-1)(1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100)

IMPORTANT: within the sum, 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100, we have all of the ODD integers from 1 to 99 inclusive, and we have all of the EVEN integers from 2 to 100 inclusive.

So, we can say that 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100 = K + J

So, we're replace 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100 with K + J.
We get: (-1)(1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100) = (-1)(K + J)
= -K - J

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GMATPrepNow wrote:
If J = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + . . . 98 + 100, and K = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + . . . + 97 + 99, then $$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2 =$$

A) J² - K²
B) -50(J² - K²)
C) -K - J
D) K² - J²
E) (-J - K)²

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simply put j= 2+4
k= 1+3

then 1^2- 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 = 1-4+9-16= -10

also j= 2+4= 6 && k = 1+3 =4
j^2= 36 && k^2 =16

just plug in values to option to get -10 as our answer

only option C does

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GMATPrepNow wrote:
If J = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + . . . 98 + 100, and K = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + . . . + 97 + 99, then $$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2 =$$

A) J² - K²
B) -50(J² - K²)
C) -K - J
D) K² - J²
E) (-J - K)²

*kudos for all correct solutions

Hi,

$$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2 =$$ .....
Here take all inpairs $$1^2-2^2$$, $$3^2-4^2$$, and so on till $$99^2-100^2$$..
1^2-2^2=(1-2)(1+2)=-1(1+2)=-1-2...
3^2-4^2=(3-4)(3+4)=-1(3+4)=-3-4..
So the equation becomes -1-2-3-4-......-99-100=-(1+2+3+4+...+99+100)= -[(2+4+6....+98+100)+(1+3+5+...+97+99)]=-[(j)+(k)]=-j-k
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GMATPrepNow wrote:
If J = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + . . . 98 + 100, and K = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + . . . + 97 + 99, then $$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2 =$$

A) J² - K²
B) -50(J² - K²)
C) -K - J
D) K² - J²
E) (-J - K)²

*kudos for all correct solutions

We can break the problem into a^2 - b ^2 = 1^2 - 2^2 = (1+2) (1-2) = -3
similarly other pair will give = -7 ,next pair will give = -11
final pair will give -199
Now the question stem is reduced to below seq:
-3 -7-11.....-199

-3 = -(1+2)
-7 = -(3+4)
-11 = -(5+6)

-(1+3+5....)-(2+4+6...)
-(j)-(k)
-(j+k)..Ans
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GMATPrepNow wrote:
If $$J = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + . . . 98 + 100$$, and $$K = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + . . . + 97 + 99$$, then $$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2 =$$

A) J² - K²
B) -50(J² - K²)
C) -K - J
D) K² - J²
E) (-J - K)²

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From Matt (Veritas Prep)

We could also cheat with a pattern:

$$n² - (n + 1)² => n² - (n² + 2n + 1) => -(2n + 1) => -(n + n + 1)$$ for any value of n.

Since we've got 1² - 2² + 3² - 4² ..., we've really got -(1 + 2) -(3 + 4) .... -(99 + 100), or -1 -2 -3 -4 .... - 99 - 100, or -(1 + 2 + 3 + ... + 100), or -(K + J), or -K - J.
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GMATPrepNow wrote:
If J = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + . . . 98 + 100, and K = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + . . . + 97 + 99, then $$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2 =$$

A) J² - K²
B) -50(J² - K²)
C) -K - J
D) K² - J²
E) (-J - K)²

*kudos for all correct solutions

There can be many solutions possible. But we will go with the basic solution, though it might be lengthy one to understand the concepts..
We can use tricks to solve problem as suggested by other members in exam.. Learning tricks is also very important.

J = 2+4+6+8+....+98+100
K = 1+3+5+7+....++97+99

$$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2 =$$
= (1-2)(1+2) + (3-4) (3+4)+ (5-6)(5+6) +.......+ (97-98)(97+98) +(99-100)(99+100)
= -1[(1+2)+(3+4)(5+6) +......+ (97+98)+(99+100)]
= -1[ (1+3+5+...+97+99) + (2+4+6+...+98+100)]
= -1(K+J)
= -K-J

Anwer : C
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We can pair any 2 consecutive term and apply (a+b) (a-b) in stead of a^2 - b ^2.

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GMATPrepNow wrote:
GMATPrepNow wrote:
If J = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + . . . 98 + 100, and K = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + . . . + 97 + 99, then $$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2 =$$

A) J² - K²
B) -50(J² - K²)
C) -K - J
D) K² - J²
E) (-J - K)²

We have several differences of squares hiding in the expression 1² - 2² + 3² - 4² + 5² - 6² + . . . . . + 97² - 98² + 99² - 100²

1² - 2² + 3² - 4² + 5² - 6² + . . . . . + 97² - 98² + 99² - 100² = 1² - 2² + 3² - 4² + 5² - 6² + . . . . . + 97² - 98² + 99² - 100²
= (1 - 2)(1 + 2) + (3 - 4)(3 + 4) + (5 - 6)(5 + 6) + . . . . . + (97 - 98)(97 + 98) + (99 - 100)(99 + 100)
= [color=red](-1)(1 + 2) + (-1)(3 + 4) + (-1)(5 + 6) + . . . . . + (-1)(97 + 98) + (-1)(99 + 100)
= (-1)[(1 + 2) + (3 + 4) + (5 + 6) + . . . . . + (97 + 98) + (99 + 100)]
= (-1)(1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100)

IMPORTANT: within the sum, 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100, we have all of the ODD integers from 1 to 99 inclusive, and we have all of the EVEN integers from 2 to 100 inclusive.

So, we can say that 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100 = K + J

So, we're replace 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100 with K + J.
We get: (-1)(1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100) = (-1)(K + J)
= -K - J

Cheers,
Brent

Hi Brent, I did't understand the step 3. Can you please elaborate, how did you write
(1-2)(1+2) = (-1)(1 + 2)
(3-4)(3+4) =(-1)(3+4)... and so on...?
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GMATPrepNow wrote:
GMATPrepNow wrote:
If J = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + . . . 98 + 100, and K = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + . . . + 97 + 99, then $$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2 =$$

A) J² - K²
B) -50(J² - K²)
C) -K - J
D) K² - J²
E) (-J - K)²

We have several differences of squares hiding in the expression 1² - 2² + 3² - 4² + 5² - 6² + . . . . . + 97² - 98² + 99² - 100²

1² - 2² + 3² - 4² + 5² - 6² + . . . . . + 97² - 98² + 99² - 100² = 1² - 2² + 3² - 4² + 5² - 6² + . . . . . + 97² - 98² + 99² - 100²
= (1 - 2)(1 + 2) + (3 - 4)(3 + 4) + (5 - 6)(5 + 6) + . . . . . + (97 - 98)(97 + 98) + (99 - 100)(99 + 100)
= (-1)(1 + 2) + (-1)(3 + 4) + (-1)(5 + 6) + . . . . . + (-1)(97 + 98) + (-1)(99 + 100)
= (-1)[(1 + 2) + (3 + 4) + (5 + 6) + . . . . . + (97 + 98) + (99 + 100)]
= (-1)(1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100)

IMPORTANT: within the sum, 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100, we have all of the ODD integers from 1 to 99 inclusive, and we have all of the EVEN integers from 2 to 100 inclusive.

So, we can say that 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100 = K + J

So, we're replace 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100 with K + J.
We get: (-1)(1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100) = (-1)(K + J)
= -K - J

Cheers,
Brent

Hi Brent, I did't understand the step 3. Can you please elaborate, how did you write
(1-2)(1+2) = (-1)(1 + 2)
(3-4)(3+4) =(-1)(3+4)... and so on...?

Sure thing.
Let's take (1 - 2)(1 + 2) + (3 - 4)(3 + 4) + (5 - 6)(5 + 6) + . . . . . + (97 - 98)(97 + 98) + (99 - 100)(99 + 100) and break it into its individual parts:
(1 - 2)(1 + 2) = (-1)(1 + 2) because 1 - 2 = -1
(3 - 4)(3 + 4) = (-1)(3 + 4) because 3 - 4 = -1
(5 - 6)(5 + 6) = (-1)(5 + 6) because 5 - 6 = -1
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(97 - 98)(97 + 98) = (-1)(97 + 98) because 97 - 98 = -1
(99 - 100)(99 + 100) = (-1)(99 + 100) because 99 - 100 = -1

So, we get: (-1)(1 + 2) + (-1)(3 + 4) + (-1)(5 + 6) + . . . . . + (-1)(97 + 98) + (-1)(99 + 100)
From here, we can factor out the -1 to get: (-1)[(1 + 2) + (3 + 4) + (5 + 6) + . . . . . + (97 + 98) + (99 + 100)]
Which is the same as: (-1)(1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100)

Does that help?

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Hi Brent, I did't understand the step 3. Can you please elaborate, how did you write
(1-2)(1+2) = (-1)(1 + 2)
(3-4)(3+4) =(-1)(3+4)... and so on...?

Sure thing.
Let's take (1 - 2)(1 + 2) + (3 - 4)(3 + 4) + (5 - 6)(5 + 6) + . . . . . + (97 - 98)(97 + 98) + (99 - 100)(99 + 100) and break it into its individual parts:
(1 - 2)(1 + 2) = (-1)(1 + 2) because 1 - 2 = -1
(3 - 4)(3 + 4) = (-1)(3 + 4) because 3 - 4 = -1
(5 - 6)(5 + 6) = (-1)(5 + 6) because 5 - 6 = -1
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(97 - 98)(97 + 98) = (-1)(97 + 98) because 97 - 98 = -1
(99 - 100)(99 + 100) = (-1)(99 + 100) because 99 - 100 = -1

So, we get: (-1)(1 + 2) + (-1)(3 + 4) + (-1)(5 + 6) + . . . . . + (-1)(97 + 98) + (-1)(99 + 100)
From here, we can factor out the -1 to get: (-1)[(1 + 2) + (3 + 4) + (5 + 6) + . . . . . + (97 + 98) + (99 + 100)]
Which is the same as: (-1)(1 + 2 + 3 + 4 + . . . . . 97 + 98 + 99 + 100)

Does that help?

Cheers,
Brent

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GMATPrepNow wrote:
If J = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + . . . 98 + 100, and K = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + . . . + 97 + 99, then $$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2 =$$

A) J² - K²
B) -50(J² - K²)
C) -K - J
D) K² - J²
E) (-J - K)²

*kudos for all correct solutions

Brent's solution in this thread above is amazing and is the way to go. I am sharing here the approach for working backwards from the answer choices.

1. Take a sample from the two series (highlighted above)
$$J = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 = 20$$
$$K = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 = 16$$

Now, $$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + 7^2 - 8^2 = -36$$

2. Plug $$J = 20$$, $$K = 16$$ in the choices to check which one yields $$-36$$
As you will realize that only C i.e. $$-K - J$$ works
$$-K - J = -20-16 = -36$$

Ans. C
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If J = 2 + 4 + 6 + 8 + . . . 98 + 100, and K = 1 + 3 + 5 + 7 + . . . + 97 + 99, then $$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2 =$$

A) J² - K²
B) -50(J² - K²)
C) -K - J --> CORRECT: $$1^2 - 2^2 + 3^2 - 4^2 + 5^2 - 6^2 + . . . . . + 97^2 - 98^2 + 99^2 - 100^2$$ = $$(1^2 - 2^2) + (3^2 - 4^2) + (5^2 - 6^2) + . . . . . + (97^2 - 98^2) + (99^2 - 100^2)$$ = (1+2)(1-2)+ (3+4)(3-4)+(5+6)(5-6)+.....+(97+98)(97-98)+(99+100)(99-100) = (-1)*( 1+2+3+4+5+6+.....+97+98+99+100)=-1(J+K)=-J-K
D) K² - J²
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