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If x and y are prime numbers such that x > y > 2, then x^2 − y^2 must be divisible by which one of the following numbers? (A) 3 (B) 4 (C) 5 (D) 9 (E) 12
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Originally posted by Asifpirlo on 20 Aug 2013, 12:29.
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22 Aug 2013, 20:38
y can take values like 3, 5, 7, 9 x can take values like 5, 7, 9 Square of their diff is divisible by 4 Ans: B
PS : Numbers have to be PRIME



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23 Aug 2013, 02:20
This can be termed as a property of the squares of the prime numbers....



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02 Sep 2013, 15:01
In addition to what has already been stated, this is a number properties question, without testing any numbers (not sure if that's faster or slower) but:
x>y>2 and noting that they are prime means that X and y are odd.
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X^2  y^2= (x+y)(xy) so now you have (odd+odd)(oddodd) which = even * even, which means that at minimum the numbers have 2 powers of 2 in them so it must be divisible by 4.
Just how I thought of it....



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10 Sep 2013, 01:14
if we take x=7 and y=5 then x2y2 is 4925=24 and this is divisible by 3,4 and 12, something is wrong with this question?



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we have
(xy)*(x+y)=x^2y^2
3,5,7,11,13,17,19,23,27,31......
difference is only 2 or 4 and when it is 2 the sum is always divisible by 4.
It is B



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Asifpirlo wrote: If x and y are prime numbers such that x > y > 2, then x^2 − y^2 must be divisible by which one of the following numbers?
(A) 3 (B) 4 (C) 5 (D) 9 (E) 12 X^2  Y^2 = ( X + Y ) * ( X –Y ) = ( odd + odd ) * ( odd – odd ) = even * even = 2x * 2x = 4 x^2 which must be divisible by 4



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Asifpirlo wrote: If x and y are prime numbers such that x > y > 2, then x^2 − y^2 must be divisible by which one of the following numbers?
(A) 3 (B) 4 (C) 5 (D) 9 (E) 12 Lets take some examples: \(x = 5 & y = 3\) \(= 5^2  3^2\) \(= 25  9\) \(= 16\) Similarly you take any other prime numbers you will get a difference which is always divisible by \(4\). Hece, Answer is B
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Bunuel wrote: Asifpirlo wrote: If x and y are prime numbers such that x > y > 2, then x^2 − y^2 must be divisible by which one of the following numbers?
(A) 3 (B) 4 (C) 5 (D) 9 (E) 12 If x=5 and y=3, then x^2y^2=16 and 16 is divisible only by 4 from the options, thus it must be correct. Answer: B. Hi, what if x = 7 and y = 5, then x^2y^2 = 49 25 = 24 which is divisible by 12 (answer no. E)



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zahinsarwar wrote: Bunuel wrote: Asifpirlo wrote: If x and y are prime numbers such that x > y > 2, then x^2 − y^2 must be divisible by which one of the following numbers?
(A) 3 (B) 4 (C) 5 (D) 9 (E) 12 If x=5 and y=3, then x^2y^2=16 and 16 is divisible only by 4 from the options, thus it must be correct. Answer: B. Hi, what if x = 7 and y = 5, then x^2y^2 = 49 25 = 24 which is divisible by 12 (answer no. E) The question ask x^2 − y^2 MUST be divisible by which one of the following numbers, not COULD be divisible by which one of the following numbers. It COULD be divisible by 12 but it MUST be divisible only by 4 (from the options). So, it will ALWAYS be divisible by 4, and will be divisible by 12 only in specific cases.
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Choice:B Time taken=1:26 In this case I took 2 choices first: x=5,y=3 x^2y^2 259 16 only choice B satisfies Second: x=7,y=5 x^2y^2 4925 24 Now A,B and E satisfies So B is correct choice
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