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# If x is positive integer, is √2x an integer?

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If x is positive integer, is √2x an integer?

1) x/2 is an integer squared
2) x/200 is an integer squared

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14 Oct 2017, 07:47
Hello Moderators/MathRevolution,

Do you think the question needs to be made math friendly?

The reason is, the way it is written looks to convey - "Is $$\sqrt{2}*x$$ an integer?". However, from the OE it seems that the stem means "Is $$\sqrt{(2*x)}$$ an integer?"

Do correct me if I am wrong.

PS: Note that even if the stem is read as $$\sqrt{2}*x$$ I still got D. The answer I got is 'x is not an integer' for both cases.Suggesting modification so that the stem matches the OE.

MathRevolution wrote:
If x is positive integer, is √2x an integer?

1) x/2 is an integer squared
2) x/200 is an integer squared

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23 Jan 2018, 07:20
susheelh wrote:
Hello Moderators/MathRevolution,

Do you think the question needs to be made math friendly?

The reason is, the way it is written looks to convey - "Is $$\sqrt{2}*x$$ an integer?". However, from the OE it seems that the stem means "Is $$\sqrt{(2*x)}$$ an integer?"

Do correct me if I am wrong.

PS: Note that even if the stem is read as $$\sqrt{2}*x$$ I still got D. The answer I got is 'x is not an integer' for both cases.Suggesting modification so that the stem matches the OE.

MathRevolution wrote:
If x is positive integer, is √2x an integer?

1) x/2 is an integer squared
2) x/200 is an integer squared

The same here. Agree with susheelh 100%.
Re: If x is positive integer, is √2x an integer?   [#permalink] 23 Jan 2018, 07:20
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