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If n is an integer, is \(3x^n\) positive? (1) x is negative. (2) n is odd.
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Originally posted by ninomoi on 15 May 2007, 02:03.
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ninomoi wrote: If n is an integer, is 3x^n positive?
1. x is negative 2. n is odd
pls explain. Thanks
Answer is C
in order for the expression to be positive we have to have x negative (*=+)
but we also know that x^n where n is even will give us positive number
2^2=2*2=4 so we have to have n odd



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29 Mar 2010, 13:58
Gmat Prep says the answer is C, but I think it is A. Can someone tell me what I am doing wrong?
1. x is negative
So, let x be 1. 1 ^ 2 *  * 3 = 3 1 ^ 3 *  * 3 = 3
If x is negative the answer is always positive. If the problem were 3(x)^n then that answer would be C. However, without the brackets you must distribute the negative after you take x^n...therefore the answer will always be a negative number multiplied by 3 which gives a positive answer.



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gmatready7 wrote: Gmat Prep says the answer is C, but I think it is A. Can someone
If x is negative the answer is always positive. If the problem were 3(x)^n then that answer would be C. However, without the brackets you must distribute the negative after you take x^n...therefore the answer will always be a negative number multiplied by 3 which gives a positive answer. I think it's an issue of order of operations. Exponents come before multiplication so if x = 1 and n is even say 2 Then 3 * 1^2 = 3 * 1 = 3 x = 1 and n is odd say 3 then 3 * 1^3 = 3 * 1 = 3 so A by itself is insufficient.... Please correct me if I am wrong



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PeterFaulkner wrote: gmatready7 wrote: Gmat Prep says the answer is C, but I think it is A. Can someone
If x is negative the answer is always positive. If the problem were 3(x)^n then that answer would be C. However, without the brackets you must distribute the negative after you take x^n...therefore the answer will always be a negative number multiplied by 3 which gives a positive answer. I think it's an issue of order of operations. Exponents come before multiplication so if x = 1 and n is even say 2 Then 3 * 1^2 = 3 * 1 = 3 x = 1 and n is odd say 3 then 3 * 1^3 = 3 * 1 = 3 so A by itself is insufficient.... Please correct me if I am wrong But you can raise a negative number to an even power and the answer is still negative. 1^2 = 1. For it to be positive you must use brackets around the 1....(1)^2 = 1. This is why I chose answer a. Are we to assume there are brackets on the GMAT even though they are not shown?



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NoHalfMeasures wrote: If n is an integer, is 3x^n positive? (1) x is negative. (2) n is odd.
pls press kudos if you liked the question Hi, what does the sign of 3x^n depends on ... 1) sign of x.. 2) value(odd/even) of n, and not on sign of n, as it will turn the x variable in a fraction but will not effect the sign of that fraction or integer.. lets see the statements.. (1) x is negative. we are told of one of the two things required .. insuff (2) n is odd. we are told of one of the two things required .. insuff combined both the info is provided ... suff
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chetan2u wrote: NoHalfMeasures wrote: If n is an integer, is 3x^n positive? (1) x is negative. (2) n is odd.
pls press kudos if you liked the question Hi, what does the sign of 3x^n depends on ... 1) sign of x.. 2) value(odd/even) of n, and not on sign of n, as it will turn the x variable in a fraction but will not effect the sign of that fraction or integer.. lets see the statements.. (1) x is negative. we are told of one of the two things required .. insuff (2) n is odd. we are told of one of the two things required .. insuff combined both the info is provided ... suff I don't understand  if x is negative then 3(x) = positive number and 3x^n will be positive  is it for PEMDAS? That x^n operation must come first?



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lpetroski wrote: chetan2u wrote: NoHalfMeasures wrote: If n is an integer, is 3x^n positive? (1) x is negative. (2) n is odd.
pls press kudos if you liked the question Hi, what does the sign of 3x^n depends on ... 1) sign of x.. 2) value(odd/even) of n, and not on sign of n, as it will turn the x variable in a fraction but will not effect the sign of that fraction or integer.. lets see the statements.. (1) x is negative. we are told of one of the two things required .. insuff (2) n is odd. we are told of one of the two things required .. insuff combined both the info is provided ... suff I don't understand  if x is negative then 3(x) = positive number and 3x^n will be positive  is it for PEMDAS? That x^n operation must come first? Hi, x^n operation is not there in PEMDAS.. because x^n is one number.. example 4=2^2 so if we have 7*2^2, it means 7*4, because 2^2 is one number.. same goes for x^n.. hence even sign of n is important.. because power of an even number will make any number positive, even if it is negative.. say x=2 and n=2.. (2)^2=2*2=4, whereas 2^3=2*2*2=8, a ive number.. hope it helps
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ninomoi wrote: If n is an integer, is 3x^n positive?
1. x is negative 2. n is odd
pls explain. Thanks Answer should be C For the given statement to be positive x should be negative and n should be odd number St 1 : states that x is negative but we dont know if n is even or odd if n is even insuff if n is odd sufficient so st 1 is insuff St 2: States that n is odd again we dont know the value of x whether positive or negative if positive answer to question is no if negative answer to ques is yes again insuff Combined sufficient since n is odd and x is negative statement will be positive.



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ninomoi wrote: If n is an integer, is \(3x^n\) positive?
(1) x is negative. (2) n is odd. Given: n = Integer Question : \(3x^n\) > 0 ? Or, Is 3 * x^n > 0 ? Or, Is x^n > 0 ? St 1: x < 0, but we don't know whether "n" is even or odd.
If "n" is even the answer to the question is YES If "n" is odd the answer to the question is NO (Insufficient) St 2: n is odd, we don't know "x" is positive or negative.If "x" is positive the answer to the question is YES If "x" is negative the answer to the question is NO (Insufficient) Combining both statements we get,x is ve and n is odd, therefore we can say that x^n < 0 always. Answer to the question is "NO" Sufficient (C)
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