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At RW Press, the advertising rate, a, is inversely proportional to the productivity measure, b, which, in turn, is inversely proportional to the labor cost, c. Is the labor cost at least 200 when the productivity measure is at least 100?

(1) When $$C\geq{100}$$, $$B\geq{50}$$

(2) When $$C=100$$, $$a=100$$
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Last edited by Bunuel on 24 Oct 2012, 04:20, edited 1 time in total.
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At RW Press, the advertising rate, a, is inversely proportional to the productivity measure, b, which, in turn, is inversely proportional to the labor cost, c. Is the labor cost at least 200 when the productivity measure is at least 100?

(1) When $$C\geq{100}$$, $$B\geq{50}$$

(2) When $$C=100$$, $$a=100$$

Hi,

Based on Q's we can say that

a=k1/b where K1 is a constant and a -A.R and b is Productivity ----> Eq 1
b=K2/C where K2 is constant C is labour cost----> Eq 2

As per St 1 When C>/100, B>/50 ---> When C =100, B=50, Value of K2 is 5000
Putting B value as 100 in Eq 2, we can find value of C

St 2

Solving in similar way, we end up only with ratio of K1/K2 and hence cannot find value of C against given value of B

My ans choice is A
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Until the OA is posted, this answer will be based on my own understanding, therefore susceptible to be incorrect.

The wording of this problem seems off to me. Anyway, let's solve this.

First of all, we need to understand and rephrase the problem.

We are told that the advetising rate "a" is inversely proportional to the productivity measure "b". Algebraically it means that there's a constant C such as : $$a=\frac{C}{b}$$ (1)
Likewise, we are told that the productivity measure "b" is inversely proportional to the labor cost "c". Algebraically it means that there's a constant D such as : $$b = \frac{D}{c}$$ (2)

So we're told that to see whether the labor cost is at least 200 when the productivity measure is at least 100. Meaning that we need to find the value of the constant D.

Statement 1 : when$$c >=100$$ then $$b >=50$$

Using equation (2), we get : $$D = b*c$$ which means that given the statement, $$D >= 5000$$.
If we consider the lowest possible value of D, i.e 5000, we get for $$b >= 100$$, $$\frac{D}{c} >= 100$$, meaning that $$\frac{5000}{c} >=100$$, therefore
$$c <= 50$$.

Which means that the labor cost will be at most 50 when the productivity measure is at least 100 given $$D = 5000$$. In fact the more D increases, the more c decreases. So statement 1 is sufficient.

Statement 2 : when $$c = 100$$ then $$a = 100$$

Since a and c are not directly linked, then using both equations 1 & 2, we can find the link between the two variables :

We have : $$a=\frac{C}{b}$$
and $$b = \frac{D}{c}$$
Therefore, by putting b's expression in a, we get $$a = c*\frac{C}{D}$$

Since a = c, then we get C = D. And since there's no further information to be gained from this statement (remember that we're looking for D's value), then this statement is insufficient.

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06 Feb 2014, 01:32
My approach was very simple.

If two variables are inversely proportional, it simply means if one goes up then other goes down and vice versa.

Stmt 1 then gives straight forward NO answer to our question. when C>=100 B>=50. If B increases to 100 then C decreases further and will be <100. Hence C cannot be >=200 when B>=100. Sufficient.

Stmt 2 Is a bit tricky. Nothing is mentioned about B and we just know the relation between a & b. b & c.

given a=100 and c=100.

Now if a goes up b comes down. thus c increases.

if b were 900, increasing a & c to >=200 may have b at 400 or 100. we don't know. hence insufficient.

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At RW Press, the advertising rate, a, is inversely proportional to the productivity measure, b, which, in turn, is inversely proportional to the labor cost, c. Is the labor cost at least 200 when the productivity measure is at least 100?

(1) When c=>100, b=>50.

(2) When c=100, a=100.

---what I struggled with the question---

I think the correct choice should have been E because,

let's take c= 1000 and b=50, then if b= 100; c=500 that is greater than 200
let's take c= 100 and b=50, then if b= 100; c=50 that is less than 200, this inconsistency make the first stament insufficient.

Also, both together are not sufficient.
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At RW Press, the advertising rate, a, is inversely proportional to the productivity measure, b, which, in turn, is inversely proportional to the labor cost, c. Is the labor cost at least 200 when the productivity measure is at least 100?

(1) When c=>100, b=>50.

(2) When c=100, a=100.

---what I struggled with the question---

I think the correct choice should have been E because,

let's take c= 1000 and b=50, then if b= 100; c=500 that is greater than 200
let's take c= 100 and b=50, then if b= 100; c=50 that is less than 200, this inconsistency make the first stament insufficient.

Also, both together are not sufficient.

Merging similar topics. Please refer to the discussion above.
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04 Feb 2016, 18:19
we are told that a=1/b, and b=1/c, or a=c.
B and D we can eliminate right away, because we are told the same information. C=100 while A=100.
Thus, it must be A, C, or E.
C is highly unlikely, as there is no much new information given
picked A...but confused with the terms used here...
i think it should be specified that big letters are constants..
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