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If m and r are two numbers on a number line, what is the value of r?

(1) The distance between r and 0 is 3 times the distance between m and 0.
(2) 12 is halfway between m and r.

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Re: If m and r are two numbers...DS [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2008, 05:38
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If m and r are two numbers on a number line, what is the value of r?

(1) The distance between r and 0 is 3 times the distance between m and 0.
(2) 12 is halfway between m and r.


Both (1) and (2) don't help!

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Re: If m and r are two numbers...DS [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2008, 05:45
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If m and r are two numbers on a number line, what is the value of r?

(1) The distance between r and 0 is 3 times the distance between m and 0.
(2) 12 is halfway between m and r.

E for me
Lets say distance between origin and m=x
so,between origin and r=3x
Distance between m and r= 3x-x = 2x or 3x+x=4x (depending on which side of 0 does r or m lie on )
1 is not enough
2 in itself is not enough
But if we use both
12 is half way between m and r
distance between m and r= 2x or 4x
so we cant say for sure.
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Re: If m and r are two numbers...DS [#permalink] New post 01 Jun 2008, 11:22
japped187 wrote:
If m and r are two numbers on a number line, what is the value of r?

(1) The distance between r and 0 is 3 times the distance between m and 0.
(2) 12 is halfway between m and r.


I think the answer is C - the only solution is m = 6 , r = 18 to satisfy both.
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Re: If m and r are two numbers...DS [#permalink] New post 02 Jun 2008, 20:56
E.
Two solutions:
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r-0=3m-0
(m+r)/2=12
r=18, m=6
2.
0-r=3m-0
(m+r)/2=12
r=36, m=-12
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Re: If m and r are two numbers...DS [#permalink] New post 03 Jun 2008, 02:05
There are two possibilities .m an r could be on the same side of 0 or they can be different.
Since none of the choices makes this clear, not even by taking the two together. so i will also go with E.
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Re: If m and r are two numbers on a number line, what is the [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 19:40
can you guys go into more detail? i am still confused.
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Re: If m and r are two numbers on a number line, what is the [#permalink] New post 26 Apr 2012, 20:28
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can you guys go into more detail? i am still confused.


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On the GMAT we can often see such statement: k is halfway between m and n on the number line. Remember this statement can ALWAYS be expressed as:

\frac{m+n}{2}=k.

Also on the GMAT when we see the distance between x and y, this can be expressed as |x-y|.

Back to the question:
If m and r are two numbers on a number line, what is the value of r?

(1) The distance between r and zero is 3 times the distance between m and zero --> |r-0|=3|m-0| --> |r|=3|m| --> r=3m OR r=-3m. Clearly insufficient.

(2) 12 is halfway between m and r --> \frac{r+m}{2}=12 --> r+m=24. Clearly insufficient.

(1)+(2) r=3m OR r=-3m and r+m=24.

r=3m --> r+m=3m+m=24 --> m=6 and r=18
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r=-3m --> r+m=-3m+m=24 --> m=-12 and r=36

Two different values for r. Not sufficient.

Answer: E.

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