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Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
\(\frac{7^7}{7^x} = 7^{7x}\), so as long as \(x\) is an integer and \(x \le 7\), the expression is an integer. Statement (1) by itself is insufficient. S1 says that \(x\) can be between 0 and 7, so it can be an integer or any fraction. Statement (1) by itself is sufficient. S2 implies that \(x\) is one of (1, 0, 1).
Answer: B Hi Bunnel, S2 is found by substituting values or by any other way ? Any other way available other than substituting ?? Thanks,
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prashd wrote: Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
\(\frac{7^7}{7^x} = 7^{7x}\), so as long as \(x\) is an integer and \(x \le 7\), the expression is an integer. Statement (1) by itself is insufficient. S1 says that \(x\) can be between 0 and 7, so it can be an integer or any fraction. Statement (1) by itself is sufficient. S2 implies that \(x\) is one of (1, 0, 1).
Answer: B Hi Bunnel, S2 is found by substituting values or by any other way ? Any other way available other than substituting ?? Thanks, You can solve it algebraically: Square x = x^2; x^2 = x^4; x^2(x^2  1) = 0 x^2(x  1)(x + 1) = 0; x = 0, 1, or 1. Hope it's clear.
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need to be careful.......... x is not integer, x can be 1.2, 3.5 5.6 anything. Any decimal in (0,7)..... CAREFUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! hence using 1st option it can be fraction!!!! Grrr.....



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Oh, yes ~ In the heat of battle, it is so easy to bypass the hidden constraint with Statement 1.. Great question, indeed!



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I think this is a highquality question and I don't agree with the explanation. I think the answer should be D. Reason: For the expression to be an integer, we need to show that x<=7 and condition in statement A gives us that value. Please explain if i am wrong



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I think this is a poorquality question and I agree with explanation. I believe GMAT does give explanation of every variable they use  whether X is a number or integer was not presented in this question. Do we see that in actual GMAT? If we dont, this is confusing the test taker as we would have to make an assumption for x  is it integer or number??? Not Good!
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Bunuel wrote: sa2222 wrote: I think this is a poorquality question and I agree with explanation. I believe GMAT does give explanation of every variable they use  whether X is a number or integer was not presented in this question. Do we see that in actual GMAT? If we dont, this is confusing the test taker as we would have to make an assumption for x  is it integer or number??? Not Good! x is a number what else it can be? Not every question will specify that a variable is an integer. In this case it can be an integer, or noninteger, basically any real number. I appreciate your reply. And, I do agree that it is a number. BUT, I believe GMAT specifies any variables they give in their questions. Since, these are GMAT related problems, I am expecting the same rules. That's the only point I am trying to make. The answer to this question does change based on the assumption we make, x  number (current answer), x  integer (which is again a number) (answer would be D).
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sa2222 wrote: Bunuel wrote: sa2222 wrote: I think this is a poorquality question and I agree with explanation. I believe GMAT does give explanation of every variable they use  whether X is a number or integer was not presented in this question. Do we see that in actual GMAT? If we dont, this is confusing the test taker as we would have to make an assumption for x  is it integer or number??? Not Good! x is a number what else it can be? Not every question will specify that a variable is an integer. In this case it can be an integer, or noninteger, basically any real number. I appreciate your reply. And, I do agree that it is a number. BUT, I believe GMAT specifies any variables they give in their questions. Since, these are GMAT related problems, I am expecting the same rules. That's the only point I am trying to make. The answer to this question does change based on the assumption we make, x  number (current answer), x  integer (which is again a number) (answer would be D). No, your assumptions are wrong. All numbers by default are real numbers on the GMAT. Sometimes a question specifies that a variable is an integer, or a positive integer, ... but not always. Please check the questions in PS or DS forums. Also, when you say "x = number", what does it mean? It does not make sense. Do you mean a fraction?
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I think this is a highquality question and I agree with explanation.



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Just a small doubt st 2) three values of x are derived... 1 , 0 ,1 so three different values... and stiff st sufficient? thanks



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Celestial09 wrote: Just a small doubt st 2) three values of x are derived... 1 , 0 ,1 so three different values... and stiff st sufficient? thanks If the question is about determining the Exact VALUE, so B would be insufficient. However, the question is YES/NO question, so there is not matter how many values satisfy the condition as long as we get same answer. So in question above, we have 3 values have same answer Yes so B is sufficient.



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Bunuel wrote: prashd wrote: Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
\(\frac{7^7}{7^x} = 7^{7x}\), so as long as \(x\) is an integer and \(x \le 7\), the expression is an integer. Statement (1) by itself is insufficient. S1 says that \(x\) can be between 0 and 7, so it can be an integer or any fraction. Statement (1) by itself is sufficient. S2 implies that \(x\) is one of (1, 0, 1).
Answer: B Hi Bunnel, S2 is found by substituting values or by any other way ? Any other way available other than substituting ?? Thanks, You can solve it algebraically: Square x = x^2; x^2 = x^4; x^2(x^2  1) = 0 x^2(x  1)(x + 1) = 0; x = 0, 1, or 1. Hope it's clear. im sorry how was this even calculated? I think aswer should be E This is how I see S2: x is equivalent to its absolute value which is given as x^2 7^7/7^x2 and thats all we get using S2 alone. From s1, we then plug in the values of x. when we reach value 7, 7 square is 49 hence 7^7 / 7^49 is NOT an integer now obviously i know im wrong since this is not the correct answer but i wanted to show my understanding of the question. can anyone please clarify? thanks



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is there a typo in the explanation in the second line?



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