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If x and z are integers, is x + z^2 odd?

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If x and z are integers, is x + z^2 odd?

(1) x is odd and z is even.
(2) x – z is odd.


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If x and z are integers, is x + z^2 odd?

few points..
(A) x will have same property as \(x^2\) or \(x^5\) and so on
(B) x+z will have same property as x-z or z-x or z+x.


(1) x is odd and z is even.
\(x+z^2=odd+even^2=odd+even=odd\)
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(2) x – z is odd.
x-z will have same property as x+z, which will have same property as \(x+z^2\)
So, \(x+z^2\) is odd.
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The only ways x + z^2 can be odd is: Either 'x is odd and z is even' or 'y is odd and z is even'.
(Since, O+O=E, E+E=E, E+O=O) & (O^2=O and E^2=E)

(1) x is odd and z is even.
It satisfies our condition. hence it's sufficient.

(2) x – z is odd
The only way X-Z can be odd is either of them is even and the other is odd.
(since: O-O=E, E-0=0, 0-E=0)
This satisfies our condition too. thus x + z^2 is odd.
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New post 26 Oct 2019, 15:53
chetan2u wrote:
If x and z are integers, is x + z^2 odd?

few points..
(A) x will have same property as \(x^2\) or \(x^5\) and so on
(B) x+z will have same property as x-z or z-x or z+x.


(1) x is odd and z is even.
\(x+z^2=odd+even^2=odd+even=odd\)
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(2) x – z is odd.
x-z will have same property as x+z, which will have same property as \(x+z^2\)
So, \(x+z^2\) is odd.
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Could you please further explain below statement:

x+z will have same property as x-z or z-x or z+x.
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Re: If x and z are integers, is x + z^2 odd?   [#permalink] 26 Oct 2019, 15:53

If x and z are integers, is x + z^2 odd?

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