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If a price of an article costing $8 will be reduced to $x [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2003, 12:25
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Hi,
A certain store has decided that it will reduce all prices based on a formula. If a price of an article costing $8 will be reduced to $x, what is the original price of an article whose price will be reduced to $3
1.x =6
2.The formula is: the reduced price equals the original price minus two.

The official answer is : A
Based on (1) we can make different assumptions .e.g the reduced price equals the original price minus two OR the discount percentage is 25%. Based o the former , we get 5 as the original price and based on the latter we get 4. In short (1) is not sufficient and thus A is not right. Just wondering what you guys think?
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2003, 12:30
Interesting question. I agree with you, sarnia.
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 [#permalink] New post 18 Nov 2003, 12:40
agree with you, sarnia.

is this from GMAT...? must not be, or the guy who wrote and gave the solution was :smoke
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2003, 07:58
Yup, the question is either self-made or abnormal.....
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 [#permalink] New post 20 Nov 2003, 10:10
yeah....u're right sarnia. I think the answer should be C.
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 [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2003, 05:42
Hi guys!!!
Where r we going..
the answer should be D..
both the statements give the answer to us!!!!

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Re: DS-Formula [#permalink] New post 22 Nov 2003, 21:58
sarnia wrote:
Hi,
A certain store has decided that it will reduce all prices based on a formula. If a price of an article costing $8 will be reduced to $x, what is the original price of an article whose price will be reduced to $3
1.x =6
2.The formula is: the reduced price equals the original price minus two.

The official answer is : A
Based on (1) we can make different assumptions .e.g the reduced price equals the original price minus two OR the discount percentage is 25%. Based o the former , we get 5 as the original price and based on the latter we get 4. In short (1) is not sufficient and thus A is not right. Just wondering what you guys think?
Sarnia


No, everybody. The answer here is B.

In 1) the formula could be anything that maps 8 to 6. Hence we have no idea what number maps to 3. (e.g. formula could be subtract 2 or could be multiply by 3/4).

In 2) the formula is given explicitly, hence 5 is the only number that can map to 3.

Answer is B.
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Re: DS-Formula   [#permalink] 22 Nov 2003, 21:58
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