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When x and y are integers, is x an even number?

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When x and y are integers, is x an even number?

1) 2x+y is an odd number.
2) 5x+3y is an odd number.


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St1: 2x + y = odd
even + y = odd
y = odd - even = odd
y is odd, but x can be even or odd. Not sufficient

St2: 5x + 3y = odd
even + odd = odd or
odd + even = odd
Again x can be even or odd. Not sufficient

Combining St1 and St2, we have,
y = odd
5x + 3y = odd
5x + odd = odd
5x = even
So x has to be even. Sufficient.

Answer: C
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Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. In DS, Variable approach is the easiest and quickest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember equal number of variables and independent equations ensures a solution.

When x and y are integers, is x an even number?

1) 2x+y is an odd number.
2) 5x+3y is an odd number.


In the original condition, there are 2 variables(x,y), which should match with the number of equations. So you need 2 equations. For 1) 1 equation, for 2) 1 equation, which is likely to make C the answer.
When 1) & 2), 2x becomes even and y=odd. If y=odd, 5x+3y=odd -> x=even, which is yes and sufficient.
Therefore, the answer is C.
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When x and y are integers, is x an even number?

1) 2x+y is an odd number.
2) 5x+3y is an odd number.


* A solution will be posted in two days.


1. x odd y odd - we get an odd number. x even y odd - we get again odd. Not sufficient.
2. x even y odd - we get an odd number. x odd, y even - we get again odd number. Not sufficient.

1+2. add these two equations.
7x+4y = even
4y is even for sure
that only means that 7x is even, meaning that X is even. sufficient.

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