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If x and y are positive integers is y odd?(1) (y+2)!/x! = odd. Notice that \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=odd\) can happen only in two cases: A. \((y+2)!=x!\) in this case \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=1=odd\). For this case \(y\) can be even: \(y=2=even\) and \(x=4\): \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{24}{24}=1=odd\); B. \(y=odd\) and \(x=y+1\), in this case \(\frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd\). For example, \(y=1=odd\) and \(x=y+1=2\): \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd\) (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... > y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... > y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...). Not sufficient. (2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2. Clearly insufficient: consider \(y=1=odd\) and \(x=2\) OR \(y=2=even\) and \(x=1\). (1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means \(y=odd\). Sufficient. Answer: C. Hope it's clear.
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Bunuel wrote: If x and y are positive integers is y odd?
(1) (y+2)!/x! = odd. Notice that \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=odd\) can happen only in two cases:
A. \((y+2)!=x!\) in this case \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=1=odd\). For this case \(y\) can be even: \(y=2=even\) and \(x=4\): \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{24}{24}=1=odd\);
B. \(y=odd\) and \(x=y+1\), in this case \(\frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd\). For example, \(y=1=odd\) and \(x=y+1=2\): \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd\) (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... > y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... > y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...).
Not sufficient.
(2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2. Clearly insufficient: consider \(y=1=odd\) and \(x=2\) OR \(y=2=even\) and \(x=1\).
(1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means \(y=odd\). Sufficient.
Answer: C.
Hope it's clear. *********** Hi Bunuel, **B. y=odd and x=y+1, in this case \frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd. For example, y=1=odd and x=y+1=2: \frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... > y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... > y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...). ** You mentioned y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...; and (1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means \(y=odd\). Sufficient. Are you considering y=1 as odd? can you explain how y=1 satisfies the solution.



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abhisheksriv85 wrote: Bunuel wrote: If x and y are positive integers is y odd?
(1) (y+2)!/x! = odd. Notice that \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=odd\) can happen only in two cases:
A. \((y+2)!=x!\) in this case \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=1=odd\). For this case \(y\) can be even: \(y=2=even\) and \(x=4\): \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{24}{24}=1=odd\);
B. \(y=odd\) and \(x=y+1\), in this case \(\frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd\). For example, \(y=1=odd\) and \(x=y+1=2\): \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd\) (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... > y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... > y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...).
Not sufficient.
(2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2. Clearly insufficient: consider \(y=1=odd\) and \(x=2\) OR \(y=2=even\) and \(x=1\).
(1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means \(y=odd\). Sufficient.
Answer: C.
Hope it's clear. *********** Hi Bunuel, **B. y=odd and x=y+1, in this case \frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd. For example, y=1=odd and x=y+1=2: \frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... > y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... > y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...). ** You mentioned y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...; and (1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means \(y=odd\). Sufficient. Are you considering y=1 as odd? can you explain how y=1 satisfies the solution. Well 1 is an odd number. If \(y=1=odd\) and \(x=y+1=2\), then \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd\).
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Bunuel wrote: abhisheksriv85 wrote: Bunuel wrote: If x and y are positive integers is y odd?
(1) (y+2)!/x! = odd. Notice that \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=odd\) can happen only in two cases:
A. \((y+2)!=x!\) in this case \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=1=odd\). For this case \(y\) can be even: \(y=2=even\) and \(x=4\): \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{24}{24}=1=odd\);
B. \(y=odd\) and \(x=y+1\), in this case \(\frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd\). For example, \(y=1=odd\) and \(x=y+1=2\): \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd\) (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... > y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... > y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...).
Not sufficient.
(2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2. Clearly insufficient: consider \(y=1=odd\) and \(x=2\) OR \(y=2=even\) and \(x=1\).
(1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means \(y=odd\). Sufficient.
Answer: C.
Hope it's clear. *********** Hi Bunuel, **B. y=odd and x=y+1, in this case \frac{(y+2)!}{(y+1)!}=y+2=odd. For example, y=1=odd and x=y+1=2: \frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd (basically all the cases like: 3!/2!, 5!/4!, 7!/6!, ... > y+2=odd, 3, 5, 7, ... > y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...). ** You mentioned y=odd, 1, 3, 5, ...; and (1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means \(y=odd\). Sufficient. Are you considering y=1 as odd? can you explain how y=1 satisfies the solution. Well 1 is an odd number. If \(y=1=odd\) and \(x=y+1=2\), then \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}=\frac{3!}{2!}=3=odd\). Thanks Bunuel... got it!!



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devinawilliam83 wrote: If x and y are positive integers is y odd?
(1) (y+2)!/x! = odd (2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2 From (1): assume: x = y + 2, so (y + 2)!/x! = 1 = odd y can odd or even, so (1) Insufficient. From (2): assume x = y + 1, so (y + 2)!/x! = y + 2 > 2 because y is a positive integer y can odd or even, so (2) Insufficient. From (1) + (2): (y + 2)!/x! > 2 and (y + 2)!/x! = odd Assume: (y + 2)!/x! = 3, so (y + 2)! =x!*(2k + 1) with k >=1 If x = y + 2, so 1 = 2k + 1 (wrong because k >=1) If x = y + 1, so y + 2 = 2k + 1, therefore y = odd If x = y, so (y + 1)(y + 2) = 2k + 1 (wrong) because the product of 2 consecutive integers is even. If x = y  1, so y(y + 1)(y + 2) = 2k + 1 (wrong) because the product is always even. Only one solution is right: If x = y + 1, so y + 2 = 2k + 1, therefore y = odd Answer is C.



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[quote="Bunuel"]If x and y are positive integers is y odd?
I am sorry i don't want to sound dumb, i just want to know how you assumed the cases above?? also what did you mean by:"(1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means . Sufficient."
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skamran wrote: also what did you mean by:"(1)+(2) From (2) we cannot have case A, hence we have case B, which means . Sufficient."
Will appreciate your help.
Let's see if I can help you out. This question involves the knowledge of few concepts. 1) The division of two factorial expressions has to be odd. When does it happen? since a factorial say y! is the product amongst y, (y1), (y2) and so on, this sequence will always contain a multiple of two unless y is 1 or 0 (remember 1! =1 and 0! =1). In our case x and y are positive integers thus the lowest value y can assume is 1. If y=1 then (y+2)!=3!. We will not face the zero factorial case thus we can safely get rid of it. Back to our question: if we want to obtain an odd integer from \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}\) either 1. the two numbers have to be equal (entailing 1 as a quotient) EG y=1 > (y+2)!=3! x!=3!  result is 1 = odd integer. In this case y is odd y=2 (y+2)!=4! x!=4!  result is 1 = odd integer. In this case y is even. 2. or x! has to be one less than (y+2)! with y as an odd number. EG y=3 (y+2)!=5! x!=4!  5! upon 4! yields 5 and y must be ODD. Statement one is thus insufficient by itself.2) this statement doesn't tell us anything interesting besides that x! must be different from (y+2)! y can assume both an even and an odd value. Not sufficient1+2) Statement 2 conveys us that x! must be different from (y+2)! This said we can get rid of case one in our statement 1 analysis. Now we are sure that Y is an odd integer. Sufficient
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(1): \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}\) is odd. Clearly \(x<=(y+2)\). Let x=y+2 then \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!}\) =1 y can be even or odd. so (1) is insufficient(2): \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!} > 2\) so x has to be less than y+2 Let x=y+1 then \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!} > 2\) is \(y+2>2\) From this y can be any +ve integer. insufficient.(1)+(2) \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!} > 2\) and also odd. Continuing the analysis from above, if y+2>2 and y+2 is odd, then y has to be odd. Next Let x=y then \(\frac{(y+2)!}{x!} > 2\) is (y+2)(y+1) > 2. Notice (y+2) & (y+1) are consecutive integers. their product will always be even. This contradicts (1)+(2) hence x cannot be equal to y. similarly x cannot be equal to y1 and so on. x has to be equal to y+1. and y must be odd. We have a concrete answer, y is odd. (1)+(2) is sufficient.
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devinawilliam83 wrote: If x and y are positive integers is y odd?
(1) (y+2)!/x! = odd (2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2 It's pretty easy to see the answer is (C) if you understand the concept of factorials well. Note that a! = 1*2*3*4...(a1)*a So a! is the product of alternate odd and even numbers. a!/b! will be an integer only if a >= b (1) (y+2)!/x! = odd So y+2 >= x Two Cases: Case (i) If y+2 = x, (y+2)!/x! = 1 (odd). y could be odd or even. Case (ii) If y+2 > x, y+2 must be only one more than x. If y+2 is 2 more than x, you wil have two extra terms in the numerator and one of them will be even. So to ensure that (y+2)!/x! is odd, y+2 must be only 1 more than x and must be odd so all we are left in the numerator is (y+2) which must be odd. y must be odd. y could be odd or even so this statement alone is not sufficient. (2) (y+2)!/x! is greater than 2 This means y+2 > x. But we have no idea about whether y is odd or even. Not sufficient. Using both statements together, we know that only Case (ii) above is possible and hence y must be odd. Answer (C)
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i igore the possibility that (y+2)! is equal to x! so i choose A... a little difficult~~



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Case 1: (Y+2)!/X! = Odd If Y=3, then the above equation can only be odd when X= (Y+2)1 which is 4. So you get 5!/4! =5. If Y=2, and X=4, 4!/4! = 1 which is also odd. Hence, Insufficient.
Case 2:(Y+2)!/X! is greater than 2 This holds for multiple values of Y and X. Hence clearly, Insufficient.
Together, if it is greater than 2 then it means Y has to be odd. Hence C!
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Hey Bunuel, I solved the problem by plugging in values
combining statement 1 and 2,
10/2=5 and 9/3=3
in this case answer will be E. Please explain where I did wrong!



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Simply one of the best questions from MGMAT.!! Here we need to get if y is odd.even Statement 1 => here y can be odd or Y+2=x => insuff Statement 2 => insuff as y can be even or odd Statement one and two's combination gives us the evidence that y+2≠x hence y has to be odd. P.S =>Simply one of the best questions from MGMAT.!! CC abhimahna Go Ahead and tell me you didnt solve it in 60 sec. It took me forever to solve this
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sidoknowia wrote: If x and y are positive integers, is y odd?
(1) (y+2)! / x! is an odd integer. (2) (y+2)! / x! is greater than 2.
Didn't really understood OE. Can someone explain OA? (1) we can easily eliminate 1 as we can easily get 1 when we divide any unknowm variable and 1 is odd eg if y=2(EVEN) then (y+2)!=4! and we can easily choose x to be 4 for having desired odd integer for the given condition......NO similarly if y=3 then putting x=5 ...after division we get 1 (odd) but y= odd.......YES Having both scenario option is insuff.... (2) it says we get divisible value given is greater than 2... again we can assign any integer to Y and any integer for X such that x not equal y+2 then we get desired result.. Let y=3(odd) and x=2 then expression gives result>2.......Yes But if y=2(even) and x=1 then also expression gives result>2......NO so insuff... COmbining both we eliminate the possiblity of x=y+2 and as any number n!>1 always gives even number and any even number dividing any even number easily gives even number too.. but as per (1) we should have obtained a integer which is odd and it is possible in only one case when y=1 and x=2 Ans C



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stonecold wrote: Simply one of the best questions from MGMAT.!! Here we need to get if y is odd.even Statement 1 => here y can be odd or Y+2=x => insuff Statement 2 => insuff as y can be even or odd Statement one and two's combination gives us the evidence that y+2≠x hence y has to be odd. P.S =>Simply one of the best questions from MGMAT.!! CC abhimahna Go Ahead and tell me you didnt solve it in 60 sec. It took me forever to solve this stonecold : Just checked that you have mentioned my name here. I am not sure how but I missed this question. Now, coming back to the question. This time also I really took 58 secs to solve this question. Statement 1 : We are given (y+2)! / x ! = ODD. I took the value of ODD integer as 1,3,5. Found that I am getting y as even for y =1 and for others u as ODD. So, my mindset for the next move was ready. Statement 2 : We are given (y+2)! / x ! > 2 I know from the previous statement that for 3 and 5 it is ODD. I checked the value for 4 and 6 and found the value of y as even. Now I checked for a larger even and ODD integer, and found that for y = ODD and > 3, I will get my statements satisfied. Hence, I marked C. P.S : Going forward, please IM me such questions so that I can quickly check and respond.
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In statement 1, pay attention to the SPECIAL CASE in which (y+2)!=x!
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