Scott Woodbury-Stewart

GMAT OFFICIAL GUIDE DS – If n is an integer, is n…

If n is an integer, is n…

Solution:

We need to determine whether integer n is even. Let’s review four facts about even and odd integers: 1) An integer and its square are either both even or both odd. 2) The sum (or difference) between an even integer and an odd integer is always odd. 3) The sum of two even integers (or two odd integers) is always even. 4) If the product of two integers is even, at least one of them must be even.

Statement One Alone:

(n^2) – 1 is an odd integer.

Since (n^2) – 1 is an odd integer, we know that n^2 must be even and thus n must be even. Statement one is sufficient to answer the question. We can eliminate answer choices B, C, and E.

Statement Two Alone:

3n + 4 is an even integer.

Since 3n + even = even integer, we know that 3n must be even, and since 3 is odd, n must be even. Statement two is sufficient to answer the question.

Answer: D