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

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17 Jan 2019, 02:06
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(number properties) If $$x, y$$ are integers, is $$x^2+x+y$$ an odd integer?

1) $$x$$ is an odd integer
2) $$y$$ is an odd integer

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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 parity of $$x^2+x+y = x(x+1) + y$$ is same as the parity of $$y$$, since $$x^2+x = x(x+1)$$ is the product of two consecutive integers and so it is always an even integer.
Thus, asking whether $$x^2+x+y = x(x+1) + y$$ is odd is equivalent to asking whether $$y$$ is odd.

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18 Jan 2019, 05:07
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(number properties) If $$x$$ and $$y$$ are integers, is $$x^2-y^2$$ an even integer?

1) $$x^3-y^3$$ is an even integer
2) $$x+y$$ is an even integer

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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.

Asking whether $$x^2-y^2$$ is even is equivalent to asking whether $$(x+y)(x-y)$$ is an even integer.

Condition 2) is sufficient since $$x^2-y^2 = (x+y)(x-y)$$ is an even integer if $$x + y$$ is an even integer.

Condition 1)
In order for $$x^3-y^3$$ to be an even integer, $$x$$ and $$y$$ must both have the same parity.
There are only two cases to consider: both $$x$$ and $$y$$ are even integers or both are odd integers.
Since $$x$$ and $$y$$ have the same parity, $$x – y$$ is always an even integer.
Thus, $$x^2-y^2$$ is an even integer. Condition 1) is sufficient.

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20 Jan 2019, 18:39
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[Math Revolution GMAT math practice question]

(absolute value) Is $$ab<0$$?

$$1) |a+b| = - ( a + b )$$
$$2) |a+b| + 1 = |a| + |b|$$

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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.

You should remember that the inequality $$|x+y| < |x| + |y|$$ is equivalent to the inequality $$xy < 0.$$

Condition 2) tells us that $$|a+b| + 1 = |a| + |b|.$$ Thus, $$|a + b| < |a| + |b|$$ and $$ab < 0$$.
Thus, condition 2) is sufficient.

Condition 1)
If $$a = -2$$ and $$b = 1$$, then the answer is ‘yes’.
If $$a = -1$$ and $$b = -1$$, then the answer is ‘no’.
Since it does not yield a unique solution, condition 1) is not sufficient.

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21 Jan 2019, 05:24
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(number properties) $$n$$ is a $$3$$ digit integer of the form $$ab6$$. Is $$n$$ divisible by $$4$$?

1) $$a+b$$ is an even integer
2) $$ab$$ is an odd integer.

$$n = \left\langle {ab6} \right\rangle \,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \left\{ \matrix{ \,n > 0\,\,\,\left( {{\rm{implicitly}}} \right) \hfill \cr \,a \in \left\{ {1,2,3, \ldots ,9} \right\} \hfill \cr \,b \in \left\{ {0,1,2,3, \ldots ,9} \right\} \hfill \cr} \right.$$

$${{\left\langle {ab6} \right\rangle } \over 4}\,\,\mathop = \limits^? \,\,{\mathop{\rm int}}$$

$$\left( 1 \right)\,\,\,a + b = {\rm{even}}\,\,\,\left\{ \matrix{ \,{\rm{Take}}\,\,\left( {a,b} \right) = \left( {1,1} \right)\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\left\langle {{\rm{YES}}} \right\rangle \,\, \hfill \cr \,{\rm{Take}}\,\,\left( {a,b} \right) = \left( {2,2} \right)\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\left\langle {{\rm{NO}}} \right\rangle \,\, \hfill \cr} \right.$$

$$\left( 2 \right)\,\,ab = {\rm{odd}}\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,b = {\rm{odd}}\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\left\langle {b6} \right\rangle \in \left\{ {16,36,56,76,96} \right\}\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\left\langle {{\rm{YES}}} \right\rangle \,\,$$

The correct answer is therefore (B).

We follow the notations and rationale taught in the GMATH method.

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21 Jan 2019, 07:44
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MathRevolution wrote:
[Math Revolution GMAT math practice question]

(absolute value) Is $$ab<0$$?

$$1) |a+b| = - ( a + b )$$
$$2) |a+b| + 1 = |a| + |b|$$

=>

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.

You should remember that the inequality $$|x+y| < |x| + |y|$$ is equivalent to the inequality $$xy < 0.$$

Condition 2) tells us that $$|a+b| + 1 = |a| + |b|.$$ Thus, $$|a + b| < |a| + |b|$$ and $$ab < 0$$.
Thus, condition 2) is sufficient.

Condition 1)
If $$a = -2$$ and $$b = 1$$, then the answer is ‘yes’.
If $$a = -1$$ and $$b = -1$$, then the answer is ‘no’.
Since it does not yield a unique solution, condition 1) is not sufficient.

MathRevolution

You should remember that the inequality $$|x+y| < |x| + |y|$$ is equivalent to the inequality $$xy < 0.$$

BUT HERE #2
$$2) |a+b| + 1 = |a| + |b|$$

ITS NOT > BUT = .. SO HOW IS THAT RELATION VALID?

IMO

#2:
|a+b| + 1 = |a| + |b|[/m]

this can be written as:
-a-b+1 = a+b
1= 2 ( a+b)
a+b= 1/2
this would be possible when either of values of a & b are either + & -ve or if one of the values of a & b is 0 and other is 1/2 ; so insufficient

combining 1 & 2 :
- ( a + b )+1 = |a| + |b|
or say 1/2 = a+b
again this would be possible when either of values of a & b are either + & -ve or if one of the values of a & b is 0 and other is 1/2 ; so insufficient

IMO E
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22 Jan 2019, 00:29
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(absolute values) If $$y=|x-1|+|x+1|,$$ then $$y=$$?

$$1) x>-1$$
$$2) x<1$$
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Is $$n$$ divisible by $$4$$? 1) $$a+b$$ is an even integer 2) $$ab$$ is an odd integer. given n= ab6 is it divisible by 4 any no which is two times divisible by 2 would be divisible by 4 #1 a+b is an even integer here a,b can both be odd or even so in sufficient #2 ab is an odd integer means both ab are odd integers so ab6 is not divisible by 4 sufficient IM O B GMAT Club Legend Joined: 18 Aug 2017 Posts: 5697 Location: India Concentration: Sustainability, Marketing GPA: 4 WE: Marketing (Energy and Utilities) Re: Math Revolution DS Expert - Ask Me Anything about GMAT DS [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 Jan 2019, 03:47 MathRevolution wrote: [Math Revolution GMAT math practice question] (absolute values) If $$y=|x-1|+|x+1|,$$ then $$y=$$? $$1) x>-1$$ $$2) x<1$$ IMO e would be sufficeint #1: x>-1 ; x can be any no from -1 to infinity #2 x<1 : x can be any value <1 to infinity from 1 & 2 range of 1>x>-1 ; x can be 0 ,0.5 , -0.5 .. combining both we get answer different values of y IMO E GMATH Teacher Status: GMATH founder Joined: 12 Oct 2010 Posts: 935 Re: Math Revolution DS Expert - Ask Me Anything about GMAT DS [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 Jan 2019, 07:14 MathRevolution wrote: [Math Revolution GMAT math practice question] (absolute values) If $$y=|x-1|+|x+1|,$$ then $$y=$$? $$1) x>-1$$ $$2) x<1$$ $$y = \left| {x - 1} \right| + \left| {x + 1} \right|$$ $$? = y$$ $$\left( 1 \right)\,\,x > - 1\,\,\,\left\{ \matrix{ \,{\rm{Take}}\,\,x = 0\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,? = 2\, \hfill \cr \,{\rm{Take}}\,\,x = 2\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,? = 4\, \hfill \cr} \right.$$ $$\left( 2 \right)\,\,x < 1\,\,\,\left\{ \matrix{ \,\left( {{\mathop{\rm Re}\nolimits} } \right){\rm{Take}}\,\,x = 0\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,? = 2\, \hfill \cr \,{\rm{Take}}\,\,x = - 2\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,? = 4\, \hfill \cr} \right.$$ $$\left( {1 + 2} \right) - 1 < x < 1\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\left\{ \matrix{ \,\left| {x - 1} \right| = 1 - x \hfill \cr \,\left| {x + 1} \right| = x + 1 \hfill \cr} \right.\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,? = 2$$ We follow the notations and rationale taught in the GMATH method. Regards, Fabio. _________________ Fabio Skilnik :: GMATH method creator (Math for the GMAT) Our high-level "quant" preparation starts here: https://gmath.net GMATH Teacher Status: GMATH founder Joined: 12 Oct 2010 Posts: 935 Math Revolution DS Expert - Ask Me Anything about GMAT DS [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 Jan 2019, 07:19 Archit3110 wrote: from 1 & 2 range of 1>x>-1 ; x can be 0 ,0.5 , -0.5 .. combining both we get answer different values of y Hi, Archit3110 ! Please read my solution above, and take into account that -1<x<1 implies: (a) -1<x hence x+1 > 0 , hence |x+1| = x+1 (b) x<1 hence x-1 < 0 , hence |x-1| = -(x-1) = 1-x Then y = (x+1) + (1-x) = 2 , therefore x will have infinite possible values (between -1 and 1), but y will be always 2 (when -1<x<1). I hope I could help you! Regards and success in your studies! Fabio. _________________ Fabio Skilnik :: GMATH method creator (Math for the GMAT) Our high-level "quant" preparation starts here: https://gmath.net Math Revolution GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Aug 2015 Posts: 8433 GMAT 1: 760 Q51 V42 GPA: 3.82 Re: Math Revolution DS Expert - Ask Me Anything about GMAT DS [#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Jan 2019, 01:06 MathRevolution wrote: [Math Revolution GMAT math practice question] (number properties) $$n$$ is a $$3$$ digit integer of the form $$ab6$$. Is $$n$$ divisible by $$4$$? 1) $$a+b$$ is an even integer 2) $$ab$$ is an odd integer. => 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. We can determine whether $$a$$ number is divisible by $$4$$ from its final two digits. Numbers with the final digits $$16, 36, 56, 76$$ and $$96$$ are divisible by $$4$$ and those with final digits $$06, 26, 46, 66$$ and $$88$$ are not divisible by $$4$$. Thus, asking whether $$n$$ is divisible by $$4$$ is equivalent to asking whether $$b$$ is odd. Since it implies that both $$a$$ and $$b$$ are odd integers, condition 2) is sufficient. Condition 1) There are two cases to consider. If $$a$$ is an even integer and $$b$$ is an odd integer, the answer is ‘yes’. If $$a$$ is an odd integer and $$b$$ is an even integer, the answer is ‘no’. Since it does not yield a unique solution, condition 1) is not sufficient. Therefore, B is the answer. Answer: B _________________ MathRevolution: Finish GMAT Quant Section with 10 minutes to spare The one-and-only World’s First Variable Approach for DS and IVY Approach for PS with ease, speed and accuracy. "Only$79 for 1 month Online Course"
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23 Jan 2019, 01:08
[Math Revolution GMAT math practice question]

(algebra) $$x=$$?

$$1) x^3-x=0$$
$$2) x=-x$$
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24 Jan 2019, 06:27
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If $$x$$ and $$y$$ are non-zero numbers and $$x≠±y$$, then $$\frac{( x^2 + y^2 )}{( x^2 - y^2 )}=?$$

$$1) |\frac{x}{y}|=\frac{1}{3}$$
$$2) y=-3x$$
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