Positive integers a, b, c, m, n, and p are defined as follows: m=2^a3^b , n=2^c and p=2m/n. Is p odd?
(1) a<b
(2) a<c
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p=2m/n=(2*2^a*3^b)/(2^c)=2^(a+1c)*3^b
Now,
since b is a positive integer, we need not worry about 3^b.
If, the power of 2 is positive then p will be even(not odd).
from statement (1) we cannot make out whether the power of 2, i.e., (a+1c) is positive or not.
Statement (2)
a<c
ac<0
a+1c<1
since a,c both are integers, (a+1c) will be 0,1,2,3 etc. In any case it can't be positive
Since p is integer, (a+1c) can't be negative, or else p will become fraction.
So the only value which (a+1c) can attain is 0.
Since, the power of 2 is 0 as per statement (2), 2^0=1 and hence, we can tell for sure that p is odd.
Hence B is the correct answer.
Now,
since b is a positive integer, we need not worry about 3^b.
If, the power of 2 is positive then p will be even(not odd).
from statement (1) we cannot make out whether the power of 2, i.e., (a+1c) is positive or not.
Statement (2)
a<c
ac<0
a+1c<1
since a,c both are integers, (a+1c) will be 0,1,2,3 etc. In any case it can't be positive
Since p is integer, (a+1c) can't be negative, or else p will become fraction.
So the only value which (a+1c) can attain is 0.
Since, the power of 2 is 0 as per statement (2), 2^0=1 and hence, we can tell for sure that p is odd.
Hence B is the correct answer.
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Hi j_shreyans,
Can you use parentheses to clarify any of the ambiguous terms in this question?
For example:
m=2^a3^b is probably meant to be m = (2^a)(3^b). Without the clear definition of terms though, it's tough to be sure that we're answering the original prompt correctly.
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Can you use parentheses to clarify any of the ambiguous terms in this question?
For example:
m=2^a3^b is probably meant to be m = (2^a)(3^b). Without the clear definition of terms though, it's tough to be sure that we're answering the original prompt correctly.
GMAT assassins aren't born, they're made,
Rich