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12 Easy Pieces (or not?) [#permalink]
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After posting some 700+ questions, I've decided to post the problems which are not that hard. Though each question below has a trap or trick so be careful when solving. I'll post OA's with detailed solutions after some discussion. Good luck.

1. There are 5 pairs of white, 3 pairs of black and 2 pairs of grey socks in a drawer. If four socks are picked at random what is the probability of getting two socks of the same color? A. 1/5 B. 2/5 C. 3/4 D. 4/5 E. 1

2. If x is an integer and 9<x^2<99, then what is the value of maximum possible value of x minus minimum possible value of x? A. 5 B. 6 C. 7 D. 18 E. 20

3. Fanny and Alexander are 360 miles apart and are traveling in a straight line toward each other at a constant rate of 25 mph and 65 mph respectively, how far apart will they be exactly 1.5 hours before they meet? A. 25 miles B. 65 miles C. 70 miles D. 90 miles E. 135 miles

4. If -3<x<5 and -7<y<9, which of the following represent the range of all possible values of y-x? A. -4<y-x<4 B. -2<y-x<4 C. -12<y-x<4 D. -12<y-x<12 E. 4<y-x<12

5. The angles in a triangle are x, 3x, and 5x degrees. If a, b and c are the lengths of the sides opposite to angles x, 3x, and 5x respectively, then which of the following must be true? I. c>a+b II. c^2>a^2+b^2 III. c/a/b=10/6/2

A. I only B. II only C. III only D. I and III only E. II and III only

6. Anna has 10 marbles: 5 red, 2 blue, 2 green and 1 yellow. She wants to arrange all of them in a row so that no two adjacent marbles are of the same color and the first and the last marbles are of different colors. How many different arrangements are possible? A. 30 B. 60 C. 120 D. 240 E. 480

7. After 2/9 of the numbers in a data set A were observed, it turned out that 3/4 of those numbers were non-negative. What fraction of the remaining numbers in set A must be negative so that the total ratio of negative numbers to non-negative numbers be 2 to 1? A. 11/14 B. 13/18 C. 4/7 D. 3/7 E. 3/14

8. There are 15 black chips and 5 white chips in a jar. What is the least number of chips we should pick to guarantee that we have 2 chips of the same color? A. 3 B. 5 C. 6 D. 16 E. 19

9. Julie is putting M marbles in a row in a repeating pattern: blue, white, red, green, black, yellow, pink. If the row begins with blue marble and ends with red marble, then which of the following could be the value of M? A. 22 B. 30 C. 38 D. 46 E. 54

11. The numbers {1, 3, 6, 7, 7, 7} are used to form three 2-digit numbers. If the sum of these three numbers is a prime number p, what is the largest possible value of p? A. 97 B. 151 C. 209 D. 211 E. 219

12. If {-\frac{1}{3}}\leq{x}\leq{-\frac{1}{5}} and {-\frac{1}{2}}\leq{y}\leq{-\frac{1}{4}}, what is the least value of x^2*y possible? A. -1/100 B. -1/50 C. -1/36 D. -1/18 E. -1/6

Notice that most of the problems have short, easy and elegant solutions, since you've noticed a trick/trap hidden in the questions.

1. There are 5 pairs of white, 3 pairs of black and 2 pairs of grey socks in a drawer. If four socks are picked at random what is the probability of getting two socks of the same color? A. 1/5 B. 2/5 C. 3/4 D. 4/5 E. 1

No formula is need to answer this one. The trick here is that we have only 3 different color socks but we pick 4 socks, which ensures that in ANY case we'll have at least one pair of the same color (if 3 socks we pick are of the different color, then the 4th sock must match with either of previously picked one). P=1.

Answer: E.

But what if all three chosen pair of socks were of the white color? I think it's possible as there are 5 pairs of white socks. Sorry I don't really understand how the probability is 1 here.

Notice that most of the problems have short, easy and elegant solutions, since you've noticed a trick/trap hidden in the questions.

1. There are 5 pairs of white, 3 pairs of black and 2 pairs of grey socks in a drawer. If four socks are picked at random what is the probability of getting two socks of the same color? A. 1/5 B. 2/5 C. 3/4 D. 4/5 E. 1

No formula is need to answer this one. The trick here is that we have only 3 different color socks but we pick 4 socks, which ensures that in ANY case we'll have at least one pair of the same color (if 3 socks we pick are of the different color, then the 4th sock must match with either of previously picked one). P=1.

Answer: E.

But what if all three chosen pair of socks were of the white color? I think it's possible as there are 5 pairs of white socks. Sorry I don't really understand how the probability is 1 here.

First of all, we are not choosing 4 PAIRS of socks, we are choosing 4 socks. Next, I think you didn't understand the question properly: the question asks "what is the probability of getting two socks of the same color?"

Now, ask yourself: can we choose 4 socks, so that not to have two socks of the same color? Can we choose 4 socks of different colors? Since there are only 3 colors, then the answer is NO, hence the probability of getting two socks of the same color is 100% or 1.

Notice that most of the problems have short, easy and elegant solutions, since you've noticed a trick/trap hidden in the questions.

1. There are 5 pairs of white, 3 pairs of black and 2 pairs of grey socks in a drawer. If four socks are picked at random what is the probability of getting two socks of the same color? A. 1/5 B. 2/5 C. 3/4 D. 4/5 E. 1

No formula is need to answer this one. The trick here is that we have only 3 different color socks but we pick 4 socks, which ensures that in ANY case we'll have at least one pair of the same color (if 3 socks we pick are of the different color, then the 4th sock must match with either of previously picked one). P=1.

Answer: E.

Bunuel, I agree with your explanation, but I thought of solving this using the algebraic method, just to test my understanding.

Here's what I did long method) :

10 = number of blue socks (5*2) 6 = number of black socks (3*2) 4 = number of grey socks (2*2)

{Quick explanation - First parenthesis => Choose two blue socks, and then I could choose two grey, or two black or 1 black and 1 grey} Similarly second parenthesis => Choose two black socks, and then I could choose two grey, or 1 blue and 1 grey; I have already chosen two black and two blue in the first parenthesis; Third parenthesis => Choose two grey, 1 black and 1 blue; I have already chosen two grey+two blue AND two grey+two black)}

Now, ask yourself: can we choose 4 socks, so that not to have two socks of the same color? Can we choose 4 socks of different colors? Since there are only 3 colors, then the answer is NO, hence the probability of getting two socks of the same color is 100% or 1.

Hope it's clear.

Bunuel, these are 700+ questions? Do you know their difficulty level?

4. If -3<x<5 and -7<y<9, which of the following represent the range of all possible values of y-x? A. -4<y-x<4 B. -2<y-x<4 C. -12<y-x<4 D. -12<y-x<12 E. 4<y-x<12

Here according to the solution, the max value for y is 9 but Y's value is between -7 and 9 so max value of y is 8 right? Please help.

7. After 2/9 of the numbers in a data set A were observed, it turned out that 3/4 of those numbers were non-negative. What fraction of the remaining numbers in set A must be negative so that the total ratio of negative numbers to non-negative numbers be 2 to 1? A. 11/14 B. 13/18 C. 4/7 D. 3/7 E. 3/14

If choose variable for set A there will be too many fractions to manipulate with, so pick some smart #: let set A contain 18 numbers.

"2/9 of the numbers in a data set A were observed" --> 4 observed and 18-4=14 numbers left to observe; "3/4 of those numbers were non-negative" --> 3 non-negative and 1 negative; Ratio of negative numbers to non-negative numbers to be 2 to 1 there should be total of 18*2/3=12 negative numbers, so in not yet observed part there should be 12-1=11 negative numbers. Thus 11/14 of the remaining numbers in set A must be negative.

Answer: A.

Bunuel..how ans A?? i got D..

i took 90 instead of 18..

90*2/9=20...20 were observe , 20*3/4= 15 were no negative.. so from remaining 70...we should bring 30 negative so ratio would be 2 to 1..between negative and non-negative ..

70*3/7=30...so i got 3/7 ans..

where m wrong??

Thanks bunuel for posting all these question.. i gonna know that where i m in math now.. _________________

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There are 5 pairs of white, 3 pairs of black and 2 pairs of [#permalink]
19 Oct 2012, 23:10

There are 5 pairs of white, 3 pairs of black and 2 pairs of grey socks in a drawer. If four socks are picked at random what is the probability of getting two socks of the same color? A. 1/5 B. 2/5 C. 3/4 D. 4/5 E. 1

This is from Bunuel's "12 Easy Pieces (or not?)" collection. I understand and agree with the simple explanation provided by Bunuel. However, I am wondering what should be the correct algebraic approach to find this probability using Combinations.

Please provide explanations, as the answer has already been provided by Bunuel.

5. The angles in a triangle are x, 3x, and 5x degrees. If a, b and c are the lengths of the sides opposite to angles x, 3x, and 5x respectively, then which of the following must be true? I. c>a+b II. c^2>a^2+b^2 III. c/a/b=10/6/2

A. I only B. II only C. III only D. I and III only E. II and III only

According to the relationship of the sides of a triangle: the length of any side of a triangle must be larger than the positive difference of the other two sides, but smaller than the sum of the other two sides. Thus I and III can never be true: one side (c) can not be larger than the sum of the other two sides (a and b). Note that III is basically the same as I: if c=10, a=6 and b=2 then c>a+b, which can never be true. Thus even not considering the angles, we can say that only answer choice B (II only) is left.

Answer: B.

Now, if interested why II is true: as the angles in a triangle are x, 3x, and 5x degrees then x+3x+5x=180 --> x=20, 3x=60, and 5x=100. Next, if angle opposite c were 90 degrees, then according to Pythagoras theorem c^2=a^+b^2, but since the angel opposite c is more than 90 degrees (100) then c is larger, hence c^2>a^+b^2.

Let the side opposite to 5x = 10 , 3x = 9 and x = 8 C^2 > a^2 + b^2 wont hold true pls explain

5. The angles in a triangle are x, 3x, and 5x degrees. If a, b and c are the lengths of the sides opposite to angles x, 3x, and 5x respectively, then which of the following must be true? I. c>a+b II. c^2>a^2+b^2 III. c/a/b=10/6/2

A. I only B. II only C. III only D. I and III only E. II and III only

According to the relationship of the sides of a triangle: the length of any side of a triangle must be larger than the positive difference of the other two sides, but smaller than the sum of the other two sides. Thus I and III can never be true: one side (c) can not be larger than the sum of the other two sides (a and b). Note that III is basically the same as I: if c=10, a=6 and b=2 then c>a+b, which can never be true. Thus even not considering the angles, we can say that only answer choice B (II only) is left.

Answer: B.

Now, if interested why II is true: as the angles in a triangle are x, 3x, and 5x degrees then x+3x+5x=180 --> x=20, 3x=60, and 5x=100. Next, if angle opposite c were 90 degrees, then according to Pythagoras theorem c^2=a^+b^2, but since the angel opposite c is more than 90 degrees (100) then c is larger, hence c^2>a^+b^2.

Let the side opposite to 5x = 10 , 3x = 9 and x = 8 C^2 > a^2 + b^2 wont hold true pls explain

The angles are uniquely determined: 20, 60 and 100. Then, the sides cannot be anything you wish. All the triangles with angles 20, 60, and 180 are similar, which means, once you have fixed one side, the other two are uniquely determined. For example, if you consider that the side opposing the 20 angle is 10, then the side opposing the 60 angle should be approximately 25.3209 , it cannot be 9. You need trigonometry (which is out of the scope of the GMAT) to determine the sides. But definitely, they cannot be 10, 9 and 8. _________________

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3. Fanny and Alexander are 360 miles apart and are traveling in a straight line toward each other at a constant rate of 25 mph and 65 mph respectively, how far apart will they be exactly 1.5 hours before they meet? A. 25 miles B. 65 miles C. 70 miles D. 90 miles E. 135 miles

Make it simple! The question is: how far apart will they be exactly 1.5 hours before they meet? As Fanny and Alexander's combined rate is 25+65 mph then 1.5 hours before they meet they'll be (25+65)*1.5=135 miles apart.

Answer: E.

Bunuel,

Shouldn't this be 360 - 135? Because, when Fanny and Alexander meet, they would have traveled 360 miles and 135 miles is the distance traveled in 1.5 hours and not the distance apart. _________________

3. Fanny and Alexander are 360 miles apart and are traveling in a straight line toward each other at a constant rate of 25 mph and 65 mph respectively, how far apart will they be exactly 1.5 hours before they meet? A. 25 miles B. 65 miles C. 70 miles D. 90 miles E. 135 miles

Make it simple! The question is: how far apart will they be exactly 1.5 hours before they meet? As Fanny and Alexander's combined rate is 25+65 mph then 1.5 hours before they meet they'll be (25+65)*1.5=135 miles apart.

Answer: E.

Bunuel,

Shouldn't this be 360 - 135? Because, when Fanny and Alexander meet, they would have traveled 360 miles and 135 miles is the distance traveled in 1.5 hours and not the distance apart.

The question asks about the distance between them 1.5 hours before they meet, which is 135 miles.

Now, if interested why II is true: as the angles in a triangle are x, 3x, and 5x degrees then x+3x+5x=180 --> x=20, 3x=60, and 5x=100. Next, if angle opposite c were 90 degrees, then according to Pythagoras theorem c^2=a^+b^2, but since the angel opposite c is more than 90 degrees (100) then c is larger, hence c^2>a^+b^2.

Hi Experts,

I am having trouble understanding the above quoted part. I understand that -side opposite to biggest angle is longest and opposite is also true. Also, I know that acc to Pythagoras theorem c^2=a^+b^2, However, I am failed to understand the reasoning behind:

Quote:

since the angle opposite c is more than 90 degrees (100) then c is larger, hence c^2>a^+b^2.

At 90 degree- Biggest Side = c; Other two sides are - a and b At 100 degree- Biggest Side is = (C+delta c); and other two sides are -(a-delta a)and (b-delta b) where, delta a - change in value of a hence, Equation becomes-

(C+delta c)^2 >=<(a-delta a)^2and (b-delta b)^2 Now, how to be sure about Inequality sign? Since lengths of triangle varies per trigonometry rules..

Q7: Lets assume total numbers = 36 (I took an LCM of 9 and 4 so that I have integers to work with) Of 8 numbers (2/9 of 36), 6 are Non-Negative or 2 are negative Remaining numbers = 36 - 8 = 28

let negative numbers out of these 28 be X and Non-negative numbers be 28-x (x + 2) / (28 - x + 6) = 2/1 or x = 22

Hence 22 numbers in remaining 28 must be negative. 22 / 28 = 11/14 Ans A

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