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Re: Are X and Y both positive? GMAT PREP CAT [#permalink]
19 Jul 2010, 10:32

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Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x-2y=1 (2) x/y>1

(1) 2x-2y=1. Well this one is clearly insufficient. You can do it with number plugging OR consider the following: x and y both positive means that point (x,y) is in the I quadrant. 2x-2y=1 --> y=x-1/2, we know it's an equation of a line and basically question asks whether this line (all (x,y) points of this line) is only in I quadrant. It's just not possible. Not sufficient.

(2) x/y>1 --> x and y have the same sign. But we don't know whether they are both positive or both negative. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Again it can be done with different approaches. You should just find the one which is the less time-consuming and comfortable for you personally.

One of the approaches: 2x-2y=1 --> x=y+\frac{1}{2} \frac{x}{y}>1 --> \frac{x-y}{y}>0 --> substitute x --> \frac{1}{y}>0 --> y is positive, and as x=y+\frac{1}{2}, x is positive too. Sufficient.

Re: Are X and Y both positive? GMAT PREP CAT [#permalink]
20 Jul 2010, 11:41

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I found this one easiest to solve by drawing a graph. Clearly 1) and 2) alone are not sufficient as discussed, so what remains to be seen is if 2) adds enough information to 1) to determine if both x and y are positive.

Drawing a quick graph of the line y=x-1/2 we find that the x-intercept of the line is (0.5,0) and the y-intercept is (0,-0.5). From this graph we can clearly see that we don't need to worry about anything in the 4th quadrant (+x/-y is not >1) or the 3rd quadrant (|x|<|y|, therefore x/y is not >1). All that is left is the 1st quadrant, in which x and y are both positive.

Sufficient. _________________

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Re: Are X and Y both positive? GMAT PREP CAT [#permalink]
30 Sep 2010, 00:03

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zerotoinfinite2006 wrote:

Manbehindthecurtain wrote:

Are x and Y both positive?

1) 2X-2Y = 1 2) (x/y) > 1

I guessed and got it right with a 50/50 guess at the end.

What I have done here is this

1) 2x - 2y = 1 hence x - y = \frac{1}{2} {Dividing both side by 2} In sufficient

2) x > y Alone in sufficient

When (1) + (2) We can say that if X is greater than y than x-y will yield a positive result.

Please correct me if I am wrong

First of all: the question is "are x and Y both positive?" not whether "x-y will yield a positive result".

Next, the red part is not correct.

\frac{x}{y}>1 does not mean that x>y. If both x and y are positive, then x>y, BUT if both are negative, then x<y. What you are actually doing when writing x>y from \frac{x}{y}>1 is multiplying both parts of inequality by y: never multiply (or reduce) an inequality by variable (or by an expression with variable) if you don't know the sign of it or are not certain that variable (or expression with variable) doesn't equal to zero.

So from (2) \frac{x}{y}>1, we can only deduce that x and y have the same sigh (either both positive or both negative).

See the complete solution of this problem in my previous post.

Re: Are X and Y both positive? GMAT PREP CAT [#permalink]
30 Sep 2010, 06:15

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Bunuel wrote:

zerotoinfinite2006 wrote:

Manbehindthecurtain wrote:

Are x and Y both positive?

1) 2X-2Y = 1 2) (x/y) > 1

I guessed and got it right with a 50/50 guess at the end.

What I have done here is this

1) 2x - 2y = 1 hence x - y = \frac{1}{2} {Dividing both side by 2} In sufficient

2) x > y Alone in sufficient

When (1) + (2) We can say that if X is greater than y than x-y will yield a positive result.

Please correct me if I am wrong

First of all: the question is "are x and Y both positive?" not whether "x-y will yield a positive result".

Next, the red part is not correct.

\frac{x}{y}>1 does not mean that x>y. If both x and y are positive, then x>y, BUT if both are negative, then x<y. What you are actually doing when writing x>y from \frac{x}{y}>1 is multiplying both parts of inequality by y: never multiply (or reduce) an inequality by variable (or by an expression with variable) if you don't know the sign of it or are not certain that variable (or expression with variable) doesn't equal to zero.

So from (2) \frac{x}{y}>1, we can only deduce that x and y have the same sigh (either both positive or both negative).

See the complete solution of this problem in my previous post.

Hope it helps.

I can clearly see how much weak I am in DS . I have no idea how to improve it. I am extremely weak in number system , including these kind of question. And day by day I am getting demoralize that I can't solve these kind of questions.

Anyways, Thanks a lot for your explanation Bunuel. You are genius as always. +1 more . _________________

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Re: Are X and Y both positive? GMAT PREP CAT [#permalink]
30 Sep 2010, 06:22

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zerotoinfinite2006 wrote:

I can clearly see how much weak I am in DS . I have no idea how to improve it. I am extremely weak in number system , including these kind of question. And day by day I am getting demoralize that I can't solve these kind of questions.

Anyways, Thanks a lot for your explanation Bunuel. You are genius as always. +1 more .

Check Number Theory chapter of Math Book for more on number properties (link in my signature). _________________

Re: Are x and Y both positive? 1) 2X-2Y = 1 2) (x/y) > 1 I [#permalink]
03 Jan 2012, 23:28

C is the answer. Question: Is x > 0 AND y > 0?

Statement 1: 2x - 2y = 1 => 2(x - y) = 1 => x - y = 1/2 This just tells us that the difference is positive. But this can be true for cases when both x and y are positive, and when both x and y are negative. For instance, x = 1.5, y = 1 => x - y = 0.5; also, x = -1, y = -1.5 => x - y = 0.5. Thus, INSUFFICIENT.

Statement 2: x/y > 1 This just tells us that x and y have the same sign. That is, both are positive or both are negative. INSUFFICIENT.

Combining these statements, we can use the same numbers used in Statement 1 to find out that both the cases together do not work for negative numbers. For instance, x = -1, y = -1.5 => x - y = 0.5. However, x/y < 1. This violates statement 2.

Thus, the combination of the given statements tells us that x and y both have to be positive. => x > 0 AND y > 0. SUFFICIENT. _________________

Re: Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x-2x = 1 (2) x/y > 1 [#permalink]
17 Mar 2012, 17:54

Well, already proved by so many members in different ways, I will just share mine.

Clearly 1) 2x-2y =1, does not say much except simplifying it to x-y = 1/2 , 2) x/y>1 , simplifying it to x>y => x-y>0

I start with 2nd , x>y => X, Y positive or x,y negative. x/y +/- (Not an option since x/y>1) not I pick back 1st, x-y>1/2, if x is -ve, the y > x and +ve, but from 2nd we know that is not true. x>y.

so, we know x is +ve. Now, if x is +ve, then y cannot be -ve because x/y is +ve. So x,y are +ve and hence we need both statements to answer it. _________________

Re: Are X and Y both positive? GMAT PREP CAT [#permalink]
18 Mar 2012, 06:31

Bunuel wrote:

zerotoinfinite2006 wrote:

Manbehindthecurtain wrote:

Are x and Y both positive?

1) 2X-2Y = 1 2) (x/y) > 1

I guessed and got it right with a 50/50 guess at the end.

What I have done here is this

1) 2x - 2y = 1 hence x - y = \frac{1}{2} {Dividing both side by 2} In sufficient

2) x > y Alone in sufficient

When (1) + (2) We can say that if X is greater than y than x-y will yield a positive result.

Please correct me if I am wrong

First of all: the question is "are x and Y both positive?" not whether "x-y will yield a positive result".

Next, the red part is not correct.

\frac{x}{y}>1 does not mean that x>y. If both x and y are positive, then x>y, BUT if both are negative, then x<y. What you are actually doing when writing x>y from \frac{x}{y}>1 is multiplying both parts of inequality by y: never multiply (or reduce) an inequality by variable (or by an expression with variable) if you don't know the sign of it or are not certain that variable (or expression with variable) doesn't equal to zero.

So from (2) \frac{x}{y}>1, we can only deduce that x and y have the same sigh (either both positive or both negative).

See the complete solution of this problem in my previous post.

Hope it helps.

Just to add we can multiply y to both numerator and denominator of x/y the advantage is that the denominator becomes a square i.e in this case y^2 so now we can safely cross multiply in xy/y^2>1 since square of a no. is always +ve xy>y^2 or y(x-y)>0 This is a general method.

Re: Are X and Y both positive? GMAT PREP CAT [#permalink]
18 Mar 2012, 06:39

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jach2012 wrote:

Just to add we can multiply y to both numerator and denominator of x/y the advantage is that the denominator becomes a square i.e in this case y^2 so now we can safely cross multiply in xy/y^2>1 since square of a no. is always +ve xy>y^2 or y(x-y)>0 This is a general method.

More usual way of doing this would be: \frac{x}{y}>1 --> \frac{x}{y}-1> --> \frac{x-y}{y}>0. _________________

Re: Are X and Y both positive? GMAT PREP CAT [#permalink]
09 May 2012, 09:15

Bunuel wrote:

Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x-2y=1 (2) x/y>1

(1) 2x-2y=1. Well this one is clearly insufficient. You can do it with number plugging OR consider the following: x and y both positive means that point (x,y) is in the I quadrant. 2x-2y=1 --> y=x-1/2, we know it's an equation of a line and basically question asks whether this line (all (x,y) points of this line) is only in I quadrant. It's just not possible. Not sufficient.

(2) x/y>1 --> x and y have the same sign. But we don't know whether they are both positive or both negative. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Again it can be done with different approaches. You should just find the one which is the less time-consuming and comfortable for you personally.

One of the approaches: 2x-2y=1 --> x=y+\frac{1}{2} \frac{x}{y}>1 --> \frac{x-y}{y}>0 --> substitute x --> \frac{1}{y}>0 --> y is positive, and as x=y+\frac{1}{2}, x is positive too. Sufficient.

I was trying to solve this question by plugging in numbers. I too agree that staements A and B both alone are insufficient. SO now by taking both the statements together x>y so let us take x=3/2 and y=1 and plugging this value we can satisfy the equation 2x-2y = 1. Now let us take x=-1 and y=-3/2 and again plugging this value we can satisfy the equation 2x-2y = 1.

So the answer must be E. Please correct me where I am going wrong.

Re: Are X and Y both positive? GMAT PREP CAT [#permalink]
09 May 2012, 09:22

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subhajeet wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x-2y=1 (2) x/y>1

(1) 2x-2y=1. Well this one is clearly insufficient. You can do it with number plugging OR consider the following: x and y both positive means that point (x,y) is in the I quadrant. 2x-2y=1 --> y=x-1/2, we know it's an equation of a line and basically question asks whether this line (all (x,y) points of this line) is only in I quadrant. It's just not possible. Not sufficient.

(2) x/y>1 --> x and y have the same sign. But we don't know whether they are both positive or both negative. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Again it can be done with different approaches. You should just find the one which is the less time-consuming and comfortable for you personally.

One of the approaches: 2x-2y=1 --> x=y+\frac{1}{2} \frac{x}{y}>1 --> \frac{x-y}{y}>0 --> substitute x --> \frac{1}{y}>0 --> y is positive, and as x=y+\frac{1}{2}, x is positive too. Sufficient.

I was trying to solve this question by plugging in numbers. I too agree that staements A and B both alone are insufficient. SO now by taking both the statements together x>y so let us take x=3/2 and y=1 and plugging this value we can satisfy the equation 2x-2y = 1. Now let us take x=-1 and y=-3/2 and again plugging this value we can satisfy the equation 2x-2y = 1.

So the answer must be E. Please correct me where I am going wrong.

x=-1 and y=-3/2 don't satisfy the second statement: x/y=(-1)/(-3/2)=2/3<1. _________________

Re: Are X and Y both positive? GMAT PREP CAT [#permalink]
09 May 2012, 09:32

Bunuel wrote:

subhajeet wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x-2y=1 (2) x/y>1

(1) 2x-2y=1. Well this one is clearly insufficient. You can do it with number plugging OR consider the following: x and y both positive means that point (x,y) is in the I quadrant. 2x-2y=1 --> y=x-1/2, we know it's an equation of a line and basically question asks whether this line (all (x,y) points of this line) is only in I quadrant. It's just not possible. Not sufficient.

(2) x/y>1 --> x and y have the same sign. But we don't know whether they are both positive or both negative. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Again it can be done with different approaches. You should just find the one which is the less time-consuming and comfortable for you personally.

One of the approaches: 2x-2y=1 --> x=y+\frac{1}{2} \frac{x}{y}>1 --> \frac{x-y}{y}>0 --> substitute x --> \frac{1}{y}>0 --> y is positive, and as x=y+\frac{1}{2}, x is positive too. Sufficient.

I was trying to solve this question by plugging in numbers. I too agree that staements A and B both alone are insufficient. SO now by taking both the statements together x>y so let us take x=3/2 and y=1 and plugging this value we can satisfy the equation 2x-2y = 1. Now let us take x=-1 and y=-3/2 and again plugging this value we can satisfy the equation 2x-2y = 1.

So the answer must be E. Please correct me where I am going wrong.

x=-1 and y=-3/2 don't satisfy the second statement: x/y=(-1)/(-3/2)=2/3<1.

Can we write the expression x/y>1 as x>y. I did it this way and plugged in the values x=-1 and y=-3/2

Statement (1): x-y = 1/2. We can have x=1,y=1/2. Can also have x=0,y=-1/2. Insufficient. Statement (2): x/y>1. We can have x=3,y=2. Can also have x=-3,y=-2. Insufficient.

Re: Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x-2y = 1 (2) x/y > 1 [#permalink]
02 Aug 2012, 08:10

Hi Bunuel please help me out...

I used the numbers x = 1, y = 1/2 and x = -1/2 and y = -1 while combining both the statements and both these sets satisfy, hence I get an E. Is this wrong? If so, why?

Re: Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x-2y = 1 (2) x/y > 1 [#permalink]
02 Aug 2012, 09:04

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RohanNanda wrote:

Hi Bunuel please help me out...

I used the numbers x = 1, y = 1/2 and x = -1/2 and y = -1 while combining both the statements and both these sets satisfy, hence I get an E. Is this wrong? If so, why?

x = -1/2 and y = -1 do not satisfy the second statement: x/y=(-1/2)/(-1)=1/2<1. _________________