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If 0 < ab < ac, is a negative?

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If 0 < ab < ac, is a negative? [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2012, 11:08
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If 0 < ab < ac, is a negative?

(1) c < 0
(2) b > c

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I know that ab and ac > 0, ab < ac

b could be bigger than c and still ab < ac when b is negative but then the expression will not be bigger than 0. If "a" alone is negative also the whole expression will not be bigger than 0.

If a is negative and b is negative then ab will not be < ac.

I don't quite get it. Pls help :)
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Re: Inequality [#permalink] New post 15 Nov 2012, 20:19
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Hello Everyone,

I don't quite get a problem. I've got an inequality:

0 < ab < ac

(1) -> c < 0 -> this one I understand well
(2) -> b > c

Is "a" negative?

I know that ab and ac > 0, ab < ac

b could be bigger than c and still ab < ac when b is negative but then the expression will not be bigger than 0. If "a" alone is negative also the whole expression will not be bigger than 0.

If a is negative and b is negative then ab will not be < ac.

I don't quite get it. Pls help :)


We are given 0<ab<ac
=> ab and ac both are positive.

Statement 1: c <0
=> for ac to be positive , a must be negative. Sufficient

Statement 2: b >c
Now lets take a look at what is given in question
0<ab<ac
=> ab <ac
=> ab-ac <0
=> a(b-c) <0

But from statement 2 we know b>c thus b-c must be positive.
Therefore for a(b-c) <0 to be true, a must be negative. Sufficient.

Since each statement is sufficient, Ans D it is.

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Re: If 0 < ab < ac, is a negative? [#permalink] New post 16 Nov 2012, 06:11
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Re: If 0 < ab < ac, is a negative? [#permalink] New post 05 Jul 2014, 17:55
Am I on right path here?
Statement 1 is fine but for statement 2 we have ac > ab > 0 and b > c
I want to plug in values and solve this one.

let b = 5 and c = 3 , so b > c is satisfied . this will mean 3a > 5 a > 0 , so a needs to be positive for this to be greater than zero but 3a can never be greater than 5a , if a is positive so we cannot consider this.

b = -3 , c = -5 ac >ab>0 means -5a > -3a > 0 which will hold when a < 0 .
So statement 2 is sufficient as well.
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