IanElliott wrote:

If x is an integer, is x even?

1.) x^2-y^2 = 0

2.) x^2+y^2 = 98

First of all, this strikes me as a little harder than 600-level, so I would estimate 700-level. I would be interested to hear other experts' estimations.

Statement #1This tells us

x^2 = y^2

x = +/-y

So, x and y have the same absolute value, could be same signed or opposite signed, and could be anything. We have no idea whether x is even or odd. This statement, alone and by itself, is

insufficient.

Statement #2We know x is an integer, but y doesn't have to be an integer. Remember, never make restrictions for things that aren't there -- that's a huge trap on all GMAT math. We know x is an integer, but y can be absolutely anything from the continuous infinity of the number line. For example

x = 1 y = sqrt(97)

x = 2 y = sqrt(94)

x = 3 y = sqrt(89)

x = 4 y = sqrt(82)

etc. etc.

So, x could be even or odd. This statement, alone and by itself, is

insufficient.

Combined statements Now, we know that both x & y must be integers, either equal, or positive/negative versions of each other.

Since, from statement #1, we know x^2 = y^2, we can sub this into statement #2:

x^2 + y^2 = 98

x^2 + x^2 = 98

2(x^2) = 98

x^2 = 49

x = +/-7

So, x could be positive or negative 7, but either one is an odd integer, and therefore we can give a clear "no" to the prompt question. Since we are able to give a definitive answer to the prompt question, that means the combined statement are

sufficient.

Answer =

CDoes this make sense?

Mike

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