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Can anyone help solving this problem?
Is A + B + C even? (1) A  B  C is even? (2) (AC)/ is odd
OA will be coming soon! By the way, is there any specific quick approach of dealing evenodd problem? Thanks!



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24 Jul 2008, 00:47
Is A + B + C even? (1) A  B  C is even (2) (AC) is odd
I go with A
St1: A if odd then B+C is odd => A+B+C is even and A if even B+C is even => A+B+C is even. There can be no case where st 1 is true and we cant say what A+B+C would be.suffic
St2: AC is odd now nothing has been told abt B hence insuff



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24 Jul 2008, 01:13
I go with A as well
My approach :
1) A bc is even
means
A  ( B +C ) is even
Now eveneven = even
or oddodd = even
Therefore either ( A is even , then B + C is even ) or (if A is odd , then B + C is odd .. )
either ways
A + ( B + C ) = odd + odd = even
or if A is even than B+ C is also even hence
A+ ( B + C ) = odd + odd = even
Therefore A is correct.
Option A C = odd, gives no information on B, hence inconclusive,



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24 Jul 2008, 02:48
For sum or difference: Even and even gives even Odd and odd gives even Odd and even gives odd
As such
(1) is sufficient. If AB is even, then A+B is even, vice versa. If (AB)C is even, (A+B)+C is even.
(2) I think you mean (AC)/B is odd
(2) tells us two possible cases
Case (i) (AC) is odd and B is odd, and Case (ii) (AC) is even and B is even
In (i) if (AC) is odd and B is odd
We can also conclude A or C is odd and the other is even
So two possible combination (a) A (odd), B (odd), C (even) (b) A (even), B (odd), C (odd)
In both (a) and (b) prove A + B + C is even
See Case (ii) (AC) is even and B is even So two possible combination (a) A (odd), B (even), C (odd) (b) A (even), B (even), C (even)
This also gives A+B+C even
So (2) alone is also sufficient.



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24 Jul 2008, 04:52
is something missing with statement 2 ? im not a fan of making assumptions



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24 Jul 2008, 08:11
It is a typical GMAT trap named unwarrant assumption. We are not given that A, B, C are integer!
OA is E!
Let's pick up numbers:
(1) Pick 9/2  3/2  1 for A  B  C respectively > A  B  C = 2 (even) but A + B + C = 1 (Odd) > insuff
(2) similarly, just pick up fraction like 2, 1/3, 1 for A, B,C, we got (AC)/B odd but A+B+C is even.
(1)&(2), just the same approach.
Wondering if there is a better approach?



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24 Jul 2008, 08:28
That's a good question!



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Re: Number property  even/odd problem [#permalink]
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24 Jul 2008, 10:36
There are a few key number properties you must know: Adding two evens or adding two odds results in an even number Adding an even and an odd results in an odd number For more info, see this Number Properties page that I found.




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