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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]
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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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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? GMAT PREP CAT [#permalink]
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score780 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.

Re: Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x-2y = 1 (2) x/y > 1 [#permalink]
14 Sep 2013, 21:39

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Hello Bunuel, Request you to please provide your comments on the doubt posted here-

Usually, whenever I see combining an inequality and equation, I substitute the value of one of the variable in the inequality and then analyze the effect. So, going by that approach;

x-y=1/2 ---(1) x/y>1 --(2) Substituting the value of x in equation(2)

(y+1/2)/y>1

Lets assume that y is positive-

(y+1/2) > y

1/2>0 --This means that our assumption is true since 1/2 is greater than Zero. Hence, y > 0

Now, Lets assume that y is negative-

Now, here I'm stuck, I know that multiplying by a negative number changes the sign of the inequality. I'm sure that the sign will be changed but what would be the resulting equation. I mean, do we need to replace y with "-y" in the whole equation. Please clarify. Which of the following would be correct then

a) y+1/2 <y b) y+1/2 < -y c) -y+1/2 < -y

Please help. Thanks

Refer to the highlighted portion : Actually you don't have to take 2 cases at this point: The expression you have is : \(\frac{y+0.5}{y}>1 \to 1+\frac{0.5}{y}>1 \to \frac{1}{y}>0\)--> Hence, y>0.

As for your doubt, if y is negative, we cross-multiply it and get : \(y+0.5<y \to 0>0.5\), which is absurd.

If y is negative, then -y would be positive, and for multiplying a positive quantity, you don't need to flip signs. So , yes expression a is correct. _________________

Re: Are X and Y both positive? GMAT PREP CAT [#permalink]
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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]
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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]
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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.

Bunuel i would like tto know how \(\frac{1}{y}>0\) have this : if I have ( y + 1 - y / 2 ) / y > 0 the result should be \(\frac{1}{2y}>0\) and not \(\frac{1}{y}> 0\)

can you please explain ??'

thanks

@edited ............I have seen the explanation in another answer by you ) Ok _________________

Re: Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x-2y = 1 (2) x/y > 1 [#permalink]
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Manbehindthecurtain wrote:

Are x and y both positive?

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

1. x-y = 1/2 This means that the distance between x and y is 1/2 unit and that x is greater than y. But x and y could be positive such as x=5 and y=4.5, OR x and y could be both negative such as x=-4 and y=-4.5

INSUFFICIENT.

2. x/y > 1 This shows that x and y must be positive meaning they are either both (+) or both (-). ex) x/y = 5/2 OR x/y = -5/-2 = 5/2 still > 1

INSUFFICIENT.

Combine. Let x = 5 and y=9/2: 5/(9/2) = 10/9 > 1 - This means when x and y are both positive it could be a solution to x/y > 1 Let x = -4 and y=-9/2: -4/(-9/2) = 8/9 < 1 - This means when x and y are negative it could not be a solution to x/y > 1

Re: Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x-2y = 1 (2) x/y > 1 [#permalink]
19 Nov 2013, 14:34

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vikrantgulia wrote:

Hi I get confused in this question. I understand A,B,D are not answer bu confuse in C and E.However,official answer is C.

My approach 1) x=y+(1/2) Not sufficient 2) x/y>1 Not sufficient 1+2) x=y+(1/2) So plugging in a value of y which makes x>y by statement 2 . So If,y=-2.5 which gives x=-2 then No If, y=2 x=2.5 then Yes So answer is E. Please correct me where I am wrong.

x=-2 and y=-2.5 does not satisfy x/y>1. _________________

Re: Are X and Y both positive? GMAT PREP CAT [#permalink]
22 Dec 2013, 03:47

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kartboybo wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

Are x and y both positive?

\(2x-2y=1\) --> \(x=y+\frac{1}{2}\) \(\frac{x}{y}>1\) --> \(\frac{x-y}{y}>0\) --> substitute x --> \(\frac{1}{y}>0\) --> \(y\) is positive, and as \(x=y+\frac{1}{2}\), \(x\) is positive too. Sufficient.

Hope it helps.

Sorry for the bump but could you elaborate on the last part where you go from x/y>1 to (x-y)/y>0 to 1/y>0 ..?

I don't quite follow this algebra

\(\frac{x}{y}>1\) --> \(\frac{x}{y}-1>\) --> \(\frac{x-y}{y}>0\). Now, substitute \(x=y+\frac{1}{2}\) there to get \(\frac{1}{2y}>0\), which further simplifies to \(\frac{1}{y}>0\).

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, 06:22

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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). _________________