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Hi guys,

Right now I'm reading the GMAT club math book and I'm having trouble on the advanced overlapping sets problems because no matter how much I read the definitions, I don't understand when to use each formula, which are Total=A+B+C-(sum of 2 group overlaps)+all three+neither and Total=A+B+C-(sum of EXACTLY 2 group overlaps)-2*(all three)+neither. Like what hints do you need to look for in the problem to know when to add all three or to subtract by all three times 2? Thanks for your help!
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liff91 wrote:
Hi guys,

Right now I'm reading the GMAT club math book and I'm having trouble on the advanced overlapping sets problems because no matter how much I read the definitions, I don't understand when to use each formula, which are Total=A+B+C-(sum of 2 group overlaps)+all three+neither and Total=A+B+C-(sum of EXACTLY 2 group overlaps)-2*(all three)+neither. Like what hints do you need to look for in the problem to know when to add all three or to subtract by all three times 2? Thanks for your help!

If you have 2-group overlap use the first formula and if you ahve EXACTLY 2-group overlap use the second formula.

Example 1:
Workers are grouped by their areas of expertise, and are placed on at least one team. 20 are on the marketing team, 30 are on the Sales team, and 40 are on the Vision team. 5 workers are on both the Marketing and Sales teams, 6 workers are on both the Sales and Vision teams, 9 workers are on both the Marketing and Vision teams, and 4 workers are on all three teams. How many workers are there in total?

Translating:
"are placed on at least one team": members of none =0;
"20 are on the marketing team": M=20;
"30 are on the Sales team": S=30;
"40 are on the Vision team": V=40;
"5 workers are on both the Marketing and Sales teams": MnS=5, note here that some from these 5 can be the members of Vision team as well, MnS is sections d an g on the diagram (assuming Marketing = A, Sales = B and Vision = C);
"6 workers are on both the Sales and Vision teams": SnV=6 (the same as above sections f an g);
"9 workers are on both the Marketing and Vision teams": MnV=9.
"4 workers are on all three teams": MnSnV=4, section 4.

Question: Total=?

Applying first formula as we have intersections of two groups and not the number of only (exactly) 2 group members:

$$Total=M+S+V-(MnS+MnV+SnV)+MnSnV+Neither=20+30+40-(5+6+9)+4+0=74$$.

Answer: 74. Discuss this question HERE.

Example 2:
Each of the 59 members in a high school class is required to sign up for a minimum of one and a maximum of three academic clubs. The three clubs to choose from are the poetry club, the history club, and the writing club. A total of 22 students sign up for the poetry club, 27 students for the history club, and 28 students for the writing club. If 6 students sign up for exactly two clubs, how many students sign up for all three clubs?

Translating:
"Each of the 59 members in a high school class is required to sign up for a minimum of one and a maximum of three academic clubs": Total=59, Neither=0 (as members are required to sign up for a minimum of one);
"27 students for the history club": H=27;
"28 students for the writing club": W=28;
"6 students sign up for exactly two clubs": (sum of EXACTLY 2-group overlaps)=6, so the sum of sections d, e, and f is given to be 6, (among these 6 students there are no one who is a member of ALL 3 clubs)

Question:: "How many students sign up for all three clubs?" --> $$PnHnW=g=?$$

Apply second formula: $$Total=P+H+W -(sum \ of \ EXACTLY \ 2-group \ overlaps)-2*PnHnW + Neither$$ --> $$59=22+27+28-6-2*x+0$$ --> $$x=6$$.

Answer: 6. Discuss this question HERE.

There are 9 more examples discussed here: advanced-overlapping-sets-problems-144260.html

Hope this helps.
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30 Sep 2013, 11:12
thanks for your help! i was making it a lot more complicated than it actually is
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30 Sep 2013, 16:55
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Hi guys,

Right now I'm reading the GMAT club math book and I'm having trouble on the advanced overlapping sets problems because no matter how much I read the definitions, I don't understand when to use each formula, which are Total=A+B+C-(sum of 2 group overlaps)+all three+neither and Total=A+B+C-(sum of EXACTLY 2 group overlaps)-2*(all three)+neither. Like what hints do you need to look for in the problem to know when to add all three or to subtract by all three times 2? Thanks for your help!

Well you got an explanation from the best there is.
And Bunuel great explanation as always.

But I think you need to work on this concept from the simple beginning. Try MGMAT's Venn Diagram Method. Once you understand that method, it will be easy for you to translate that diagram into the formula. Secondly, I think GMATClub's Maths Book is the best book on Quants there is. But first you need to brush up your concepts through more basic book. (Again! Try MGMAT Books or Veritase Series).
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I am not able to understand the below question:

Many of the students at the International School speak French or German or both. Among the students who
speak French, four times as many speak German as don't. In addition, 1/6 of the students who don't speak
German do speak French. What fraction of the students speak German?
(1) Exactly 60 students speak French and German.
(2) Exactly 75 students speak neither French nor German

If anyone can help. As per me both statements individually are sufficient. But answer is E.
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I am not able to understand the below question:

Many of the students at the International School speak French or German or both. Among the students who
speak French, four times as many speak German as don't. In addition, 1/6 of the students who don't speak
German do speak French. What fraction of the students speak German?
(1) Exactly 60 students speak French and German.
(2) Exactly 75 students speak neither French nor German

If anyone can help. As per me both statements individually are sufficient. But answer is E.

This question is discussed here: many-of-the-students-at-the-international-school-speak-163075.html

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