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# If x is an integer, is x^3 divisible by 9?

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If x is an integer, is x^3 divisible by 9?

(1) x^2 is divisible by 9.

(2) x^4 is divisible by 9.
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If x is an integer, is x^3 divisible by 9?

Important thing to know when solving this problem is that exponentiation does not "produce" primes. For example, for integer x if x^(positive integer) is divisible by 3, then x must be divisible by 3. How else would 3 appear in x^(positive integer)?

(1) x^2 is divisible by 9 --> x^2 is divisible by 3^2 --> x is divisible by 3 --> x^3 is divisible by 3^3*k, thus it's divisible by 9 too. Sufficient.

(2) x^4 is divisible by 9 --> the same here: x^4 is divisible by 3^2 --> x is divisible by 3 --> x^3 is divisible by 3^3*k, thus it's divisible by 9 too. Sufficient.

Answer: D.

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01 Feb 2014, 07:47
Hi Bunuel, is it okay to reason stmt2 as below?

$$x^4$$ is divisible by 9.
then either
a. x is divisible by 9 or
b. $$x^3$$ is divisible by 9.

If a is true then b is also true.
if a is not true then b has to be true. therefore for $$x^4$$ to be divisible by 9, $$x^3$$ MUST be divisible by 9.
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26 Sep 2014, 21:31
Bunuel wrote:
russ9 wrote:
If x is an integer, is x^3 divisible by 9?

1) x^2 is divisible by 9
2) x^4 is divisible by 9

Merging similar topics. Please refer to the discussion above.

Why cant we consider the case where x= sqrt 3; in that case x^3 will be divisible by 3sqrt 3
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27 Sep 2014, 01:23
ani781 wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
russ9 wrote:
If x is an integer, is x^3 divisible by 9?

1) x^2 is divisible by 9
2) x^4 is divisible by 9

Merging similar topics. Please refer to the discussion above.

Why cant we consider the case where x= sqrt 3; in that case x^3 will be divisible by 3sqrt 3

Because we are told that x is an integer, while $$\sqrt{3}$$ is not. Also, what does divisibility by $$3\sqrt{3}$$ has to do with the question? We need to find whether x^3 divisible by 9.

Also, note two things:
1. Every GMAT divisibility question will tell you in advance that any unknowns represent positive integers (ALL GMAT divisibility questions are limited to positive integers only).

2. On the GMAT when we are told that $$a$$ is divisible by $$b$$ (or which is the same: "$$a$$ is multiple of $$b$$", or "$$b$$ is a factor of $$a$$"), we can say that:
(i) $$a$$ is an integer;
(ii) $$b$$ is an integer;
(iii) $$\frac{a}{b}=integer$$.

For more check [url=http://gmatclub.com/forum/divisibility-multiples-factors-tips-and-hints-174998.html]Divisibility/Multiples/Factors: Tips and hints
[/url].

Hope it helps.
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