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If \(0 \lt x \lt 53\), what is the value of integer \(x\)?


(1) \(x\) is divisible by at least 2 prime numbers greater than 2

(2) \(\sqrt{x +1} - 1\) is prime
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Statement (1) by itself is insufficient.

Statement (2) by itself is insufficient. Run squares of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. In reality we need only squares of 2, 4, 6 as \(x -1\) is prime and thus, the square root result has to be even to make \(x - 1\) odd. If \(x = 15\), \(\sqrt{16} = 4\) and \(4 - 1 = 3\). Also, if \(x = 35\), \(\sqrt{36} = 6\), and \(6 - 1=5\). There are several values that work for \(x\).

Statements (1) and (2) combined are insufficient. If we take both statements together, \(x\) can be 35 or 15. Both are divisible by several primes greater than 2.


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Statement (1) by itself is insufficient.

Statement (2) by itself is insufficient. Run squares of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. In reality we need only squares of 2, 4, 6 as \(x -1\) is prime and thus, the square root result has to be even to make \(x - 1\) odd. If \(x = 15\), \(\sqrt{16} = 4\) and \(4 - 1 = 3\). Also, if \(x = 35\), \(\sqrt{36} = 6\), and \(6 - 1=5\). There are several values that work for \(x\).

Statements (1) and (2) combined are insufficient. If we take both statements together, \(x\) can be 35 or 15. Both are divisible by several primes greater than 2.


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Can you please explain why statement 2 is insufficient? Also the question does not say anything about \(x -1\) being a prime number.

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Statement (1) by itself is insufficient.

Statement (2) by itself is insufficient. Run squares of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. In reality we need only squares of 2, 4, 6 as \(x -1\) is prime and thus, the square root result has to be even to make \(x - 1\) odd. If \(x = 15\), \(\sqrt{16} = 4\) and \(4 - 1 = 3\). Also, if \(x = 35\), \(\sqrt{36} = 6\), and \(6 - 1=5\). There are several values that work for \(x\).

Statements (1) and (2) combined are insufficient. If we take both statements together, \(x\) can be 35 or 15. Both are divisible by several primes greater than 2.


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Can you please explain why statement 2 is insufficient? Also the question does not say anything about \(x -1\) being a prime number.


(2) says that \(\sqrt{x +1} - 1\) is prime. This statement is not sufficient because it holds true for different values of x. For example, x can be 35 or 15.
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Statement (1) by itself is insufficient.

Statement (2) by itself is insufficient. Run squares of 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, and 7. In reality we need only squares of 2, 4, 6 as \(x -1\) is prime and thus, the square root result has to be even to make \(x - 1\) odd. If \(x = 15\), \(\sqrt{16} = 4\) and \(4 - 1 = 3\). Also, if \(x = 35\), \(\sqrt{36} = 6\), and \(6 - 1=5\). There are several values that work for \(x\).

Statements (1) and (2) combined are insufficient. If we take both statements together, \(x\) can be 35 or 15. Both are divisible by several primes greater than 2.


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Can you please explain why statement 2 is insufficient? Also the question does not say anything about \(x -1\) being a prime number.


We can simplified Statement 2 as follows:

\(\sqrt{x +1} - 1\) = prime

\(\sqrt{x +1}\) = prime + 1 ...square both sides

x + 1= (Prime+1)^2

x + 1= Prime^2 + 2 Prime + 1

x = Prime^2 + 2 Prime

Choose prime as follows (easy task)

Let Prime=2 ........x = 8

Let Prime= 3........x=15

Let Prime= 5........x=35

You can't put prime= 7 because this will violate the question that 0<x<53

When you combine 1 & 2

You will have x= 15 that has two prime numbers 3 & 5
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You will have x= 35 that has two prime numbers 5 & 7

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for evaluating Stmt 2, I wonder why you skipped 8?
sqrt(8+1) - 1 = 3-1 = 2 which is a prime number. So the possible x values are 8, 15, 35.

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for evaluating Stmt 2, I wonder why you skipped 8?
sqrt(8+1) - 1 = 3-1 = 2 which is a prime number. So the possible x values are 8, 15, 35.

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