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Originally posted by vwjetty on 31 Aug 2010, 13:04.
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oh wow. i feel dumb now. for some reason i was thinking something else. tricky tricky. thx. +1 kudo's good sir.
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Answer is indeed B.
stmt 1: says that n^2 is an integer. So n could be 4, which n^16 or n could be 5.477 and n^2 would be 30. This gives us two different options so insuff
stmt 2: says that sqrt n is an integer. that means n is the square of an (or integer x integer) which will always give you an integer. suff



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Is n an integer?
(1) n^2 is an integer
(2) sqrt(n) is an integer
S1: If n^2 is an integer, is n an integer?
Is n rational or irrational?
If rational, then n can be expressed as p/q, where p and q are nonzero integers. Further, if n^2 = (p/q)^2 is an integer, n = p/q is an integer.
If irrational, then n could be the noninteger square root of an integer, whose square is an integer.
S2: An integer multiplied by another integer is an integer.



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Thank you for the explanations. I know have an understanding of the question.



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Stament 1 : n^2=integer n=+/ sqrt(integer) => Sqrt of integer may or may not be integer depending on whether chose integer is perfect square or not. insufficient
Statement 2: sqrt (n) = integer => Squaring both sides => n= integer^2 = some other integer (as intg*intg=intg) = sufficient
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Bunuel wrote: vwjetty wrote: Is n an integer?
(1) n^2 is an integer
(2) n^(1/2) is an integer
Please explain. Thanks. Is n an integer? (1) n^2 is an integer > not sufficient, as if \(n^2=4\) answer is YES, but if \(n^2=3\) answer is NO. (2) n^(1/2) is an integer > \(\sqrt{n}=integer\) > \(n=integer^2=integer\). Sufficient. Answer: B. If we take \(\sqrt{3}\) = 1.732050807568877 and square it, we still get 2.999999999999 which is not an integer. That's the reason I marked D
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Quote: Writing Mathematical Formulas on the Forum: rulesforpostingpleasereadthisbeforeposting133935.html#p1096628 Please read. \(\sqrt{3}=1.732050807568877293527446341505872366942805253810380628055806...\). It's an irrational number, it goes on forever. Anyway, what's your question? How can square of noninteger be an integer? 1.73 is a non integer and so is its square



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Statement 1 says \(n^2\) is an integer. According to the solution, \((\sqrt{2})^2\) is an integer. But \(\sqrt{2}\) is an irrational number which is equal to 1.41421356237 approx. And when we square it we would get 1.9999999 approx. We do not get an integer on squaring an irrational number but rather a value close to an integer. So, if we exclude irrational numbers, we should get integer value for \(\sqrt{n^2}\) For this reason, i marked D. Can someone please explain why is my thinking wrong and why are we taking approximate values ?



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Bunuel wrote: vwjetty wrote: Is n an integer?
(1) n^2 is an integer
(2) n^(1/2) is an integer
Please explain. Thanks. Is n an integer? (1) n^2 is an integer > not sufficient, as if \(n^2=4\) answer is YES, but if \(n^2=3\) answer is NO. <<<< n will be square root of the value. So it can be an integer or noninteger, depending on the value whether it is a perfect square or not. So, not sufficient. (2) n^(1/2) is an integer > \(\sqrt{n}=integer\) > \(n=integer^2=integer\). Sufficient. Answer: B. I have added few more explanation for the 1st option, as i got this question wrong because of that problem. Hope you guys will not repeat the same mistake. #kudos
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vwjetty wrote: Is n an integer?
(1) n^2 is an integer
(2) n^(1/2) is an integer Required: Is n an integer? Statement 1: n^2 is an integer If n = 2, n^2 = 4 If n = √2, n^2 = 2 INSUFFICIENT Statement 2: √n is an integer. If √n is an integer, then (√n)^2 = n This will also be an integer. SUFFICIENT Correct Option: B



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vwjetty wrote: Is n an integer?
(1) n^2 is an integer
(2) n^(1/2) is an integer Statement 1: n^2 = Integer i.e. n^2 = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.... i.e. \(n^2 = 1, \sqrt{2}, \sqrt{3}, 2, \sqrt{5}\).... NOT SIFFICIENT Statement 2: \(\sqrt{n}\) = 1, 2, 3, 4, 5.... i.e. n = 1, 4, 9, 16, 25... SUFFICIENT Answer: Option B
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Bunuel wrote: vwjetty wrote: Is n an integer?
(1) n^2 is an integer
(2) n^(1/2) is an integer
Please explain. Thanks. Is n an integer? (1) n^2 is an integer > not sufficient, as if \(n^2=4\) answer is YES, but if \(n^2=3\) answer is NO. (2) n^(1/2) is an integer > \(\sqrt{n}=integer\) > \(n=integer^2=integer\). Sufficient. Answer: B. Actually why you dont ROOT both sides in (1)? Is this because we dont know if integer is negative or not? I mean n^2 = int and by ROOTING both sides you get n = sqrt(int) which then implies that since n can be any value is not sufficient (?). I find all this smart number approach unnecessary for this question.
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Ndkms wrote: Bunuel wrote: vwjetty wrote: Is n an integer?
(1) n^2 is an integer
(2) n^(1/2) is an integer
Please explain. Thanks. Is n an integer? (1) n^2 is an integer > not sufficient, as if \(n^2=4\) answer is YES, but if \(n^2=3\) answer is NO. (2) n^(1/2) is an integer > \(\sqrt{n}=integer\) > \(n=integer^2=integer\). Sufficient. Answer: B. Actually why you dont ROOT both sides in (1)? Is this because we dont know if integer is negative or not? I mean n^2 = int and by squaring both sides you get n = sqrt(int) which then implies that since n can be any value is not sufficient (?). I find all this smart number approach unnecessary for this question. Your explanation is fine if you can easily understand n = sqrt(int) and sqrt(int) may or may NOT be an Integer therefore 1st statement is NOT SUFFICIENT However it's not equally easy for everyone to understand as the natural bias of our mind makes us think that "if n is an integer then n^2 will also be an Integer therefore if n^2 is an Integer then n also must be an Integer" which would lead to incorrect answers.Being a trainer I keep asking this question to the students and around 70% students get this question wrong who just begin to learn DS Also, Smart Number approach is definitely a very good approach however the Smart number approach in isolation isn't as good enough in isolation as the Algebraic approach in isolation isn't good enough I suggest that use of both Smart Number and Algebraic approach is the best way to perform best in any aptitude test.
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GMATinsight wrote: Your explanation is fine if you can easily understand n = sqrt(int) and sqrt(int) may or may NOT be an Integer therefore 1st statement is NOT SUFFICIENT
However it's not equally easy for everyone to understand as the natural bias of our mind makes us think that "if n is an integer then n^2 will also be an Integer therefore if n^2 is an Integer then n also must be an Integer" which would lead to incorrect answers.
Being a trainer I keep asking this question to the students and around 70% students get this question wrong who just begin to learn DS
Also, Smart Number approach is definitely a very good approach however the Smart number approach in isolation isn't as good enough in isolation as the Algebraic approach in isolation isn't good enough
I suggest that use of both Smart Number and Algebraic approach is the best way to perform best in any aptitude test.
Imho smart number approach for this question is risky and borderline waste of time. There are GMAT questions that require you to know how to ROOT both sides (like this one for example ifx0whatisthevalueofx226745.html). Obviously there are "many roads that lead to Rome" although if someone doesn't know how to solve (1) with "ROOTING" means that has holes in algebra.



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Hi, Bunel how could n2 could be 3 in your assumption. I think it has to be 1,2,4,9 which is sufficient.




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