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# Math Revolution DS Expert - Ask Me Anything about GMAT DS

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26 Dec 2018, 06:21
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(number properties) If $$n$$ is a positive integer, is $$\sqrt{n+1}$$ an even integer?

1) $$n$$ is the product of $$2$$ consecutive odd numbers
2) $$n$$ is an odd number

Beautiful problem, Max. Congrats (and kudos)!

$$n \geqslant 1\,\,\,\operatorname{int}$$

$$\sqrt {n + 1} \,\,\,\mathop = \limits^? \,\,{\text{even}}\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\mathop \Leftrightarrow \limits^{\left( * \right)} \,\,\,\,\,\,\boxed{\,\,n + 1\,\,\,\mathop = \limits^? \,\,\,{{\left( {{\text{even}}} \right)}^2}\,\,}$$

$$\left( 1 \right)\,\,\,n = \left( {2M - 1} \right)\left( {2M + 1} \right) = {\left( {2M} \right)^2} - {\left( 1 \right)^2}\,\,\,\,\,\left[ {M\,\,\operatorname{int} \,} \right]\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,n + 1 = {\left( {2M} \right)^2}\,\,\,,\,\,\,\,M\,\,\operatorname{int} \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\left\langle {{\text{YES}}} \right\rangle \,$$

$$\left( 2 \right)\,\,\,\left\{ \matrix{ \,{\rm{Take}}\,\,n = 1\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\left\langle {{\rm{NO}}} \right\rangle \,\, \hfill \cr \,{\rm{Take}}\,\,n = 3\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\left\langle {{\rm{YES}}} \right\rangle \,\, \hfill \cr} \right.\,\,$$

This solution follows the notations and rationale taught in the GMATH method.

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26 Dec 2018, 07:21
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MathRevolution wrote:
[Math Revolution GMAT math practice question]

(number properties) If $$m$$ and $$n$$ are positive integers, is $$m + n$$ an odd number?

1) $$\frac{m}{n}$$ is an even number
2) $$m$$ or $$n$$ is an even number

$$m,n\,\,\, \geqslant 1\,\,\,{\text{ints}}\,\,\,\,\left( * \right)$$

$$m + n\,\,\,\,\mathop = \limits^? \,\,{\text{odd}}\,\,\,\,\,\mathop \Leftrightarrow \limits^{\left( * \right)} \,\,\,\,\boxed{\,\,\,?\,\,\,:\,\,\,\left( {m\,\,{\text{odd}}\,,\,\,n\,\,{\text{even}}} \right)\,\,\,{\text{or}}\,\,\,{\text{vice - versa}\,\,}\,\,}$$

$$\left( 1 \right)\,\,\,\frac{m}{n} = {\text{even}}\,\,\,\,\left\{ \begin{gathered} \,{\text{Take}}\,\,\left( {m,n} \right) = \left( {2,1} \right)\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\left\langle {{\text{YES}}} \right\rangle \,\, \hfill \\ \,{\text{Take}}\,\,\left( {m,n} \right) = \left( {4,2} \right)\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\left\langle {{\text{NO}}} \right\rangle \,\, \hfill \\ \end{gathered} \right.$$

$$\left( 2 \right)\,\,\,m\,\,{\text{even}}\,\,\,{\text{or}}\,\,\,n\,\,{\text{even}}\,\,\,\,\left\{ \begin{gathered} \,\left( {\operatorname{Re} } \right){\text{Take}}\,\,\left( {m,n} \right) = \left( {2,1} \right)\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\left\langle {{\text{YES}}} \right\rangle \,\, \hfill \\ \,\left( {\operatorname{Re} } \right){\text{Take}}\,\,\left( {m,n} \right) = \left( {4,2} \right)\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\left\langle {{\text{NO}}} \right\rangle \,\, \hfill \\ \end{gathered} \right.\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\,\left( {\text{E}} \right)$$

This solution follows the notations and rationale taught in the GMATH method.

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P.S.: "A or B" means "only A", "only B" or BOTH.

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#2 says m or n even ; why have you taken both as even while proving statement as insufficient?
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26 Dec 2018, 08:35
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#2 says m or n even ; why have you taken both as even while proving statement as insufficient?

Hi Archit3110 ,

Thank you for your interest in my solution.

As I explained in my post scriptum (PS), the word "OR" has not the everyday common use of "exclusive or".

In other words, when it is given that "m is even or n is even", there are three possibilities available:

(i) m is even and n is not even
(ii) m is not even and n is even
(iii) m is even and n is also even

Regards and success in your studies,
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27 Dec 2018, 01:14
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(number properties) If $$n$$ is a positive integer, is $$\sqrt{n+1}$$ an even integer?

1) $$n$$ is the product of $$2$$ consecutive odd numbers
2) $$n$$ is an odd number

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Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. For DS problems, the VA (Variable Approach) method is the quickest and easiest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember that equal numbers of variables and independent equations ensure a solution.

The first step of the VA (Variable Approach) method is to modify the original condition and the question. We then recheck the question.

The question is equivalent to asking if $$\sqrt{n+1} = 2k$$ for some positive integer $$k$$.
$$\sqrt{n+1} = 2k$$
$$=> n+1 = 4k^2$$
$$=> n = 4k^2-1$$
$$=> n = (2k-1)(2k+1)$$
$$n$$ is a product of two consecutive odd integers.
Thus, condition 1) is sufficient.

Condition 2)
If $$n = 3$$, then $$\sqrt{3+1} = \sqrt{4}=2$$ and the answer is ‘yes’.
If $$n = 1$$, then $$\sqrt{1+1} = 2$$ is not an integer and the answer is ‘no’.
Condition 2) is not sufficient.

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28 Dec 2018, 02:17
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(number properties) If $$m$$ and $$n$$ are positive integers, is $$m + n$$ an odd number?

1) $$\frac{m}{n}$$ is an even number
2) $$m$$ or $$n$$ is an even number

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Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. For DS problems, the VA (Variable Approach) method is the quickest and easiest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember that equal numbers of variables and independent equations ensure a solution.

Since we have $$2$$ variables ($$m$$ and $$n$$) and $$0$$ equations, C is most likely to be the answer. So, we should consider conditions 1) & 2) together first. After comparing the number of variables and the number of equations, we can save time by considering conditions 1) & 2) together first.

Conditions 1) & 2)
Since $$\frac{m}{n}$$ is even, $$\frac{m}{n} = 2k$$ and $$m = (2k)n$$ for some positive integer $$k$$.
If $$m = 2$$ and $$n = 1$$, then $$m + n = 3$$, is an odd integer and the answer is ‘yes’.
If $$m = 4$$ and $$n = 2$$, then $$m + n = 6$$ is an even integer and the answer is ‘no’.
Since we do not obtain a unique answer, conditions 1) & 2) are not sufficient when considered together.

In cases where 3 or more additional equations are required, such as for original conditions with “3 variables”, or “4 variables and 1 equation”, or “5 variables and 2 equations”, conditions 1) and 2) usually supply only one additional equation. Therefore, there is an 80% chance that E is the answer, a 15% chance that C is the answer, and a 5% chance that the answer is A, B or D. Since E (i.e. conditions 1) & 2) are NOT sufficient, when taken together) is most likely to be the answer, it is generally most efficient to begin by checking the sufficiency of conditions 1) and 2), when taken together. Obviously, there may be occasions on which the answer is A, B, C or D.
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30 Dec 2018, 17:28
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(number properties) If $$m$$ and $$n$$ are positive integers, is $$3^{4m+2}+n$$ divisible by $$5$$?

$$1) m=3$$
$$2) n=1$$

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Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. For DS problems, the VA (Variable Approach) method is the quickest and easiest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember that equal numbers of variables and independent equations ensure a solution.

The first step of the VA (Variable Approach) method is to modify the original condition and the question. We then recheck the question.

The units digits of $$3^k$$ have period $$4$$ as they form the cycle $$3 -> 9 -> 7 -> 1.$$
$$3^{4m+2}$$ has $$9$$ as its units digit if $$3^{4m+2}$$ has units digit $$9$$, regardless of the value of $$m$$.
Thus, the divisibility of $$3^{4m+2}+n$$ by $$5$$ relies on the variable n only.

Therefore, the correct answer is B.
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31 Dec 2018, 01:23
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(absolute value) Is $$\sqrt{(x+1)^2}=x+1$$ ?

$$1) x(x-2) = 0$$
$$2) x(x+2) = 0$$
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02 Jan 2019, 00:42
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[Math Revolution GMAT math practice question]

(absolute value) Is $$\sqrt{(x+1)^2}=x+1$$ ?

$$1) x(x-2) = 0$$
$$2) x(x+2) = 0$$

=>

Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. For DS problems, the VA (Variable Approach) method is the quickest and easiest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember that equal numbers of variables and independent equations ensure a solution.

The first step of the VA (Variable Approach) method is to modify the original condition and the question. We then recheck the question.

The question is equivalent to asking if $$x ≥ -1$$ as shown below:
$$\sqrt{(x+1)^2}=x+1$$
$$=> |x+1| = x+1$$
$$=> x ≥ -1$$

Since we have $$1$$ variable ($$x$$) and $$0$$ equations, D is most likely to be the answer. So, we should consider each condition on its own first.

Condition 1)
$$x(x-2) = 0$$
$$=> x = 0$$ or $$x = 2$$
If $$x = 0$$, then $$x ≥ -1$$ and the answer is ‘yes’.
If $$x = 2$$, then $$x ≥ -1$$ and the answer is ‘yes’.
Since it gives a unique answer, condition 1) is sufficient.

Condition 2)
$$x(x+2) = 0$$
$$=> x = 0$$ or $$x = -2$$
If $$x = 0$$, then $$x ≥ -1$$ and the answer is ‘yes’.
If $$x = -2$$, then $$x < -1$$ and the answer is ‘no’.
Since it does not give a unique answer, condition 2) is not sufficient.

If the original condition includes “1 variable”, or “2 variables and 1 equation”, or “3 variables and 2 equations” etc., one more equation is required to answer the question. If each of conditions 1) and 2) provide an additional equation, there is a 59% chance that D is the answer, a 38% chance that A or B is the answer, and a 3% chance that the answer is C or E. Thus, answer D (conditions 1) and 2), when applied separately, are sufficient to answer the question) is most likely, but there may be cases where the answer is A,B,C or E.
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02 Jan 2019, 23:26
[Math Revolution GMAT math practice question]

(absolute value) Is $$\frac{x}{y}<0$$?

$$1) |x+y|<|x|+|y|$$
$$2) x+y<0$$
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Is $$\frac{x}{y}<0$$?

$$1) x^4y^5<0$$
$$2) x^5y^3<0$$
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Is $$\frac{x}{y}<0$$?

$$1) x^4y^5<0$$
$$2) x^5y^3<0$$

=>

Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. For DS problems, the VA (Variable Approach) method is the quickest and easiest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember that equal numbers of variables and independent equations ensure a solution.

The question is equivalent to asking if $$xy < 0$$. This can be seen by multiplying both sides of the inequality by $$y^2$$.

Since we can ignore even exponents in inequalities like $$x^4y^5<0$$, condition 1) is equivalent to the statement $$y < 0$$ and condition 2) is equivalent to the statement $$xy < 0$$.

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