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# At Happywell. Inc., last year the average annual salary for

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At Happywell. Inc., last year the average annual salary for [#permalink]  06 Aug 2004, 22:52
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8. At Happywell. Inc., last year the average annual salary for dieticians was \$ 50,000, while the average annual salary for physical therapists was \$ 42,000. The average annual salary for all Happywell employees last year was \$ 40,000.

If the information above is correct, which one of the following conclusions can properly by drawn on the basis of it?

(A) There were more physical therapists than dieticians at Happywell last year.
(B) There was no dietician at Happy well last year who earned less than the average for a physical therapist.
(C) At least one Happywell employee earned less than the average for a physical therapist last year.
(D) At least one physical therapist earned less than the lowest-paid Happywell dietician last year.
(E) At least one dietician earned more than the highest-paid Hppywell physical therapist last year.
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C it is. Means the avg is brought down drastically by one or more employees that are much below 42k.

A - Even if there were more lower earning PT's than DT's....the avg will still not be lower than 42k. Avg will tend to be closer to the lower of the two (which is 42k) but not below.

B and E are out because they can actually mean that the avg would lean more towards the higher bracket than the lower bracket. Typical Au contraire choices.

D - surely cant be a conclusion that can be drawn. Provides another data that can mean nothing.
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Re: CR 004 Happywell [#permalink]  07 Aug 2004, 07:01
I am going ahead with E.

In the averages, we cannot talk about the lowest values as the higher values do compensate for it.
However, the highest value does make sense in arriving at E.

I try to come out with better answer in terms of numbers.

srijay007 wrote:
8. At Happywell. Inc., last year the average annual salary for dieticians was \$ 50,000, while the average annual salary for physical therapists was \$ 42,000. The average annual salary for all Happywell employees last year was \$ 40,000.

If the information above is correct, which one of the following conclusions can properly by drawn on the basis of it?

(A) There were more physical therapists than dieticians at Happywell last year.
(B) There was no dietician at Happy well last year who earned less than the average for a physical therapist.
(C) At least one Happywell employee earned less than the average for a physical therapist last year.
(D) At least one physical therapist earned less than the lowest-paid Happywell dietician last year.
(E) At least one dietician earned more than the highest-paid Hppywell physical therapist last year.

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Re: CR 004 Happywell [#permalink]  07 Aug 2004, 07:03
I agree with venksume.
Yes, it must be C.

mallelac wrote:
I am going ahead with E.

In the averages, we cannot talk about the lowest values as the higher values do compensate for it.
However, the highest value does make sense in arriving at E.

I try to come out with better answer in terms of numbers.

srijay007 wrote:
8. At Happywell. Inc., last year the average annual salary for dieticians was \$ 50,000, while the average annual salary for physical therapists was \$ 42,000. The average annual salary for all Happywell employees last year was \$ 40,000.

If the information above is correct, which one of the following conclusions can properly by drawn on the basis of it?

(A) There were more physical therapists than dieticians at Happywell last year.
(B) There was no dietician at Happy well last year who earned less than the average for a physical therapist.
(C) At least one Happywell employee earned less than the average for a physical therapist last year.
(D) At least one physical therapist earned less than the lowest-paid Happywell dietician last year.
(E) At least one dietician earned more than the highest-paid Hppywell physical therapist last year.

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Excellent question. I think it is C.

A may not be true. There may be only two PT whose salaries are 43K and 41K and 100 other DTs whose salary spans from 35 to 60K
B may not be true. In my above case there were many DTs below 42K. So gone.
C Yes, this sd be true to drag the overall average below 42K. He or his group sd hv the lowest salary average.
D may not be true. In my example for A, the two PTs got more than 35K (the lowest paid DT).
E Seems more near the correct answer. But, lets consider another case.
There may be only two PT whose salaries are 70K and 14K (ave = 42K) and 100 other DTs whose salary spans from 35 to 60K (ave = 50K). In this case, there is no DT who gets more than the highest paid PT (70K).

Too long explanation?
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Easy question I believe. C must be it
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OA is C
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some quant here:

(avg D + avg T + X)/3 = 40,000
50,000+42,000+X=120,000
X = 28,000

C it is.
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Common Sense say that answer is C.
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