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21 Aug 2015, 03:27
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PerptualKnite56 wrote:
I have one doubt! Is 1 not considered a perfect square in GMAT?
1^2 = 1
If 1 is considered as a perfect square then Option A also does not yield single solution.

If N is 1 then A =1 so B = 1^3 -1 =0
A.B = 1.0 = 0 not odd.
For all other perfect squares A.B is definitely odd.
So option A is also insufficient.
Hence answer should be E.
Can you please clarify?

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You are partially correct there. 1 is indeed a perfect square in the realm of maths not just GMAT.

For any perfect square N, N = $$k^{2p}$$, where k,p $$\in$$integer,

The number of factors of such a perfect square = 2p+1. As 2p is always even for all 'p', 2p+1 will always be odd. This is true for ALL perfect squares = 25 = $$5^2$$ ---> Number of factors of 25 = 2+1 = 3 (odd number).

Thus, A = odd ---> B = odd -1 = even for all A.

Thus, out of A and B , B will always be even and hence AB = even for all A,B

You get a "sufficient" yes for statement 1.
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14 Nov 2015, 09:04
Part 2 of this question says " A is a product of two consecutive prime numbers...."

the only two consecutive prime numbers are 2 and 3, so why even consider the possibility of 3*5 or 5*7??

Please tell if you agree.
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14 Nov 2015, 09:43
kamni30 wrote:
Part 2 of this question says " A is a product of two consecutive prime numbers...."

the only two consecutive prime numbers are 2 and 3, so why even consider the possibility of 3*5 or 5*7??

Please tell if you agree.

Consecutive primes are primes between which there are no other primes.

2,3
3,5
5,7
7,11 etc are consecutive prime pairs.

2,3 is a particular case of "consecutive prime numbers" that are also 'consecutive' on the number line.
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23 Nov 2015, 09:38
Statement two clearly states that A = product of two consecutive prime numbers....and according to your prime 1 concept file, the only consecutive primes mean 2 and 3. thus A = 6. so statement 2 is sufficient to answer the questions ....

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28 Mar 2016, 08:07
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Damm, it really is a knockout question

No of factors in a perfect square is odd, therefore B would be even
Test it
Say 36....no of factors is A = 9, then B = 9^3 - = even integer
Therefore odd x even must be even, so the answer is sufficiently no .........Sufficient

Stmt 2. A could be 2*3 = even or, 3*5 = odd
If A is even, then B must be even for (B+ 3^11) to be odd, and for the total sum of A+ (B+ 3^11) to be odd, therefore A*B is even

If A is odd, then B must be odd for (B + 3 ^11) to be even, and for the total sum of (B+ 3^11), to be odd, therefore A*B is odd
Stmt 2 is insufficient

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You actually dont need to do any calculations
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Lets assume A can be odd or odd . we know that B=A^3 + 1 (Power does not affect even odd) so If A is odd B is even and vice versa!!!!
WE got the answer without thinking what would be the value of A
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22 Apr 2016, 09:07
Hey the question actually confused me. The second statement could have been more clear.
What does two consecutive prime numbers mean? Two prime numbers that are consecutive or Two prime numbers taken consecutively???
This has hampered my approach.
My Approach:
Statement one : N is perfect square. Then the number of factors of N are always odd. Hence A is ODD.
A^3 is odd...So (A^3) - 1 is even. So B is even and hence value can be determined.

Statement two: (No clarity at all or my understanding was poor): only prime numbers that are consecutive are 2, 3
So A is even. B + 3^11(Odd) + A(Even) gives Odd .. So B must be Even and product can be determined.

I may be wrong but my approach was the same.
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22 Aug 2016, 05:49
Here we need to get if AB is even or odd
Statement 1 =>
A = number of factors of any perfect square
But the number of factors of any perfect square is odd
Hence A=odd and B=A^3-1 => B=O-O=even => B is even
Hence AB= Even . The answer to the question is No AB is not odd
Suff
Statment 2 => Here A = product of two consecutive primes.
NoTe => The product of two consecutive prime numbers ≠ The product two of consecutive numbers that are prime
Hence A can be even if one of those primes is 2 else it would be odd
E.G => A=2*3=6 and A=3*5=15
So A can e even or Odd
Hence we Don't know the character of A
But we need to check B too as if B is even then we wont need A
Now B+3^11+A=odd
any odd^n =odd ; so 3^11 = odd
hence A+B=odd-odd=even
So B can be even or odd depending on A and we dont have A
Hence A,B can be both even or both odd
If both even the answer would be NO
if both odd the answer would be YES
Hence we dont have a unique answer.
Insuff

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06 Dec 2016, 08:35
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Detailed Solution

Step-I: Given Info

The question tells us about two integers $$A$$ & $$B$$ and asks us if their product is odd.

Step-II: Interpreting the Question Statement

To find if the product of two numbers is odd/even, we need to establish if either of the number is even or not. In case either of the number is even, the product would be even else the product would be odd.

Step-III: Statement-I

Statement- I tells us that $$A$$ is the number of factors of a perfect square, since the no. of factors of a perfect square is odd, we can deduce that $$A$$ is odd. Since $$A$$ is not even, to find the nature of product of $$A$$ & $$B$$, we need to find if $$B$$ is odd/even.

It’s given that $$B= A^3 -1$$, since we have established that $$A$$ is odd, $$A^ 3$$ will also be odd. Subtracting 1 from an odd number will give us an even number, hence we can deduce that $$B$$ is even.
Since, we know now that $$B$$ is even it is sufficient for us to deduce that the product of $$A$$ & $$B$$ would be even.

Thus Statement-I is sufficient to get the answer.

Step-IV: Statement-II

Statement- II tells us that $$A$$ is a product of two consecutive prime numbers, so $$A$$ may be even if one of the prime number is 2 and may be odd if none of the prime number is 2. So, we can’t establish with certainty the even/odd nature of $$A$$.
The statement also tells us that $$A+ B + 3^{11} =$$ odd, since 3 is an odd number, $$3^ {11}$$ would also be odd and subtracting an odd from an odd number would give us an even number. So, we can rewrite
$$A+ B =$$ even which would imply that either both $$A$$, $$B$$ are even or both are odd. In both the cases the nature of product of $$A$$ & $$B$$ can’t be established with certainty, it will be even if both $$A$$ & $$B$$ are even and will be odd if both $$A$$ & $$B$$ are odd.

So, Statement- II is not sufficient to answer the question.

Step-V: Combining Statements I & II

Since, we have a unique answer from Statement- I we don’t need to be combine Statements- I & II.
Hence, the correct answer is Option A

Key Takeaways

1. In even-odd questions, simplify complex expressions into simpler expressions using the properties of even-odd combinations.
2.The number of factors of a perfect square would always be odd.
3.Know the properties of Even-Odd combinations to save the time spent deriving them in the test

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Hi Harsh,

According to Statement 1:
(1) "A is the number of factors of N, where N is a perfect square"

In contrast to the answer you have provided, I have interpreted this to be the absolute number of factors of N (not the unique number) . Hence, if interpreted in this way, A can be Even.

For example if N = 4^2 = 16 (a perfect square) the factors would be 1,16,2,8,4,4. Hence A would be = 6, Even. On the other hand, the number of unique factors would be 5, and in this case A would Odd.

Please correct me if this interpretation is wrong.
The same answer, statement 1 is sufficient, is achieved.

Many thanks
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Hi Harsh,

According to Statement 1:
(1) "A is the number of factors of N, where N is a perfect square"

In contrast to the answer you have provided, I have interpreted this to be the absolute number of factors of N (not the unique number) . Hence, if interpreted in this way, A can be Even.

For example if N = 4^2 = 16 (a perfect square) the factors would be 1,16,2,8,4,4. Hence A would be = 6, Even. On the other hand, the number of unique factors would be 5, and in this case A would Odd.

Please correct me if this interpretation is wrong.
The same answer, statement 1 is sufficient, is achieved.

Many thanks
Ronak

Hey Ronak,

Thanks for posting your query.

When we are finding the number of factors of any number, we consider only the unique factors and there is no need to double count any numbers .

The example that you have considered, i.e. N= $$4^2$$, in this case, we will write N as $$2^4$$ and say that the factors of N are $$2^0$$,$$2^1$$,$$2^2$$,$$2^3$$,$$2^4$$.

We wont be writing $$2^2$$ twice!

You can understand it through this logic also...if the reasoning that you have suggested would have been valid that while writing N= $$4^2$$, we should have counted 2 four times..since N=$$2^4$$ and 2 is occurring 4 times..

I hope this clears your doubt.

Therefore, please remember, when we are counting the number of factors of any number, we only consider each factor once.

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riyazgilani wrote:
E-Gmat number properties concept file mentions that " 2 & 3 are the only consecutive prime numbers"

so when the que says consecutive prime nos, what are we supposed to assume..? whether we are talikng about 2 & 3 here or anything else like say 5 & 7 or 11 & 13..?

Dear riyazgilani

Please note that there is a difference between 'consecutive numbers that are prime' and 'consecutive prime numbers.'

Our concept file mentions that 2 and 3 are the only 'consecutive numbers that are prime'

On the other hand, examples of 'consecutive prime numbers' are many: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19 . . . all these prime numbers are consecutive prime numbers, because they come one after the other in the list of prime numbers.

So, when this question says that two numbers are consecutive prime numbers, they can be (2,3) or (5, 7) or (7,11) etc.

I hope this clarification helped.

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Hello e-gmat team

This surely is a knockout question.

I marked D very confidently assuming that I read somewhere in e-gmat file that only 2 and 3 are consecutive prime numbers.
Thanks for explaining the importance of every word and construction of the question.

Great post.
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02 Apr 2017, 07:03
(1)
Perfect squares have odd number of factors, thus A is ODD.
B=A^3-1=A-1=EVEN
Basing on aforementioned, product of A & B is EVEN
Suff.
(2)
A can be EVEN or ODD:
2*3=EVEN
3*5=ODD
B+3^11+A=ODD
3^11 is ODD (as power of 11 ends with 7 which is ODD)
B+ODD+A=ODD
B+A=ODD-ODD
B+A=EVEN, thus A and B can be even or odd
Suff.

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12 May 2017, 05:24
EgmatQuantExpert wrote:
riyazgilani wrote:
E-Gmat number properties concept file mentions that " 2 & 3 are the only consecutive prime numbers"

so when the que says consecutive prime nos, what are we supposed to assume..? whether we are talikng about 2 & 3 here or anything else like say 5 & 7 or 11 & 13..?

Dear riyazgilani

Please note that there is a difference between 'consecutive numbers that are prime' and 'consecutive prime numbers.'

Our concept file mentions that 2 and 3 are the only 'consecutive numbers that are prime'

On the other hand, examples of 'consecutive prime numbers' are many: 2, 3, 5, 7, 11, 13, 17, 19 . . . all these prime numbers are consecutive prime numbers, because they come one after the other in the list of prime numbers.

So, when this question says that two numbers are consecutive prime numbers, they can be (2,3) or (5, 7) or (7,11) etc.

I hope this clarification helped.

Best Regards

Japinder

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Is the product of two integers $$A$$ and $$B$$ odd?

(1) $$A$$ is the number of factors of $$N$$, where $$N$$ is a perfect square and $$B = A^3 - 1$$
(2) $$A$$ is a product of two consecutive prime numbers and when $$B + 3^{11}$$ is added to $$A$$, the sum is an odd number.

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Is $$A*B$$ - Odd?, which means is $$A$$ - odd & $$B$$ - odd as well?

Statement 1:
Let $$N = a^x*b^y*c^z$$

Since $$N$$ is a perfect square, $$x,y,z$$ are even

& $$A = (x+1)(y+1)(z+1)$$ is a product of odd integers, Hence $$A$$ is $$Odd$$.

given, $$B = A^3 - 1$$ = $$Odd - Odd = Even$$, Hence $$B$$ - $$Even$$.

The product $$A*B = Odd * Even$$ = $$Even$$

Hence $$A*B$$ is not $$Odd$$

Statement 1 alone is Sufficient.

Statement 2:
$$A = P * Q$$, $$P$$ & $$Q$$ are consecutive prime numbers

So they could be $$P = 2$$ & $$Q = 3$$ or could be $$P = 3$$ & $$Q = 5$$ or any two other consecutive primes.

If $$P = 2$$, we get $$A$$ - $$Even$$
If $$P = 3$$ or any other Odd prime, then $$A$$ - $$Odd$$

Also given $$A + B + 3^{11}$$ = $$Odd$$
When $$A$$ - $$Even$$, the above expression will have $$B$$ - $$Even$$, Hence $$A * B = Even$$
When $$A$$ - $$Odd$$, the above expression will have $$B$$ - $$Odd$$, Hence $$A* B = Odd$$

Statement 2 alone is Not Sufficient.

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Is the product of two integers A and B odd? -> in another phrase, is A = Odd and B = Odd?

(1) A is the number of factors of N, where N is a perfect square and B=A^3−1
1st part of the information about A is useless. We can tell from B=A^3-1 that B and A are even/odd or odd/even. This means product of A&B is even. So this is sufficient.

(2) A is a product of two consecutive prime numbers and when B+3^11 is added to A, the sum is an odd number.
Got tricked on the first part. Since 2 is not excluded from prime number so A can be even or odd.
From the 2nd part of this statement, we know B+3^11+A is odd -> B+A is even -> means B & A are even/even or odd/odd. This result in different A*B product. Thus not sufficient.

Answer therefore is A.
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