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# If k is a positive integer, is k the square of an integer?

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07 Jun 2010, 02:37
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If K is a positive integer, is K the square of an integer?

(1) K is divisible by 4
(2) K is divisible by exactly four different prime numbers

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07 Jun 2010, 02:42
Ohhh....now got the ans....

I mistook B as my ans...because I thought 4 different prime nos....so 4 different numbers...and hence we can infer that it is not a Square...

but the case can be...like squares/cubes of prime numbers.

Simple question, but got confused....hmmm..
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Re: If k is a positive integer, is k the square of an integer?  [#permalink]

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07 Jun 2010, 02:59
Given k is a positive integer. Prompt - Is k a perfect square?

With this one it's easiest to test it by plugging in.

(1) Pick k = 8 not a perfect square
Pick k = 16, a perfect square
--> INSUFF

(2) Pick k = 2*3*5*7 = 210 ; not a perfect square

Pick $$k = 2^2 * 3^2 * 5^2 * 7^2 = (210)^2$$ ; is a perfect square

--> INSUFF

Both (1) and (2)
(210)^2 satisfies (1) and (2) and IS a perfect square.
So does 420 which is not a perfect square
--> INSUFF

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11 Aug 2017, 02:52
If k is a positive integer, is k the square of an integer?

(1) k is divisible by 4. If $$k=4$$ answer is YES, but if $$k=8$$ answers is NO. Not sufficient.

(2) k is divisible by exactly four different prime numbers.

We don't know the powers of these primes, so if $$k=2^2*3*5*7$$ the answer is NO, but if $$k=(2^2*3*5*7)^2$$ the answer is YES ($$k$$ equals to square of some integer). Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Again if $$k=2^2*3*5*7$$ the answer is NO, but if $$k=(2^2*3*5*7)^2$$ the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

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