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A it is. y < x => PQ < SR SUFF.
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Given two parallel line and an intercepting line, the intercept length is inversely proportional to the angle between the lines i.e smaller the angle the greater the length (provided angle < 90)

S1. x > y => PQ < SR Sufficient.
S2. x+y > 90, we still don't know x,y separately.

A is not sufficient. Imagine y=45 and x=170. Which one is longer now?

When there is a graph in the test, remember to be very careful about not to assume additional conditions based on the graph shown.

But the stem specifically says that X and Y are both less than 90. Unless this is a tricky GMATPrep play on words, then by the basic laws of Geometry Statement 1 has to be sufficient.

Re: DS: Lines (GMATPrep) [#permalink]
19 Jun 2006, 07:50

mrmikec wrote:

Please explain your answers.

E.

This is why

Let's take (A),
X > Y means nothing, for e.g. if X = 135 and y = 45, then the line segments are equal. The length will contract and expand from one side of the 90 deg to the other. So if we draw a perpendicular line (i.e. assume x = 90, then the lengths are same for each degree either side). Not useful.

Take (B), as in case (A), X+Y>90 means nothing, as there are many possible variations with either PQ=SR or greater or lesser.