SAT Math Multiple Choice Practice Question 277: Answer and Explanation

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Question: 277

13. If a, b, and c are positive even integers such that and , then the greatest possible value of c is

A. 36
B. 40
C. 42
D. 54
E. 57

Correct Answer: D


D To maximize c you must minimize the value of a + b. Since the numbers must be positive and even, the least values that a and b can have are 2 and 4:

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