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If m, p, s and v are positive, and \frac{m}{p} <\frac{s}{v}, which of the following must be between \frac{m}{p} and \frac{s}{v}

I. \frac{m+s}{p+v}
II. \frac{ms}{pv}
III. \frac{s}{v} - \frac{m}{p}

A. None
B. I only
C. II only
D. III only
E. I and II both
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Re: If m, p, s and v are positive, and m/p<s/v, which of the fol [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2013, 07:31
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If m, p, s and v are positive, and \frac{m}{p} <\frac{s}{v}, which of the following must be between \frac{m}{p} and \frac{s}{v}

I. \frac{m+s}{p+v}
II. \frac{ms}{pv}
III. \frac{s}{v} - \frac{m}{p}

A. None
B. I only
C. II only
D. III only
E. I and II both


Given that \frac{m}{p}<\frac{s}{v} \to \frac{m}{s}<\frac{p}{v}Adding 1 on both sides we have \frac{m+s}{s}<\frac{p+v}{v} \to \frac{m+s}{p+v}<\frac{s}{v}

Again,\frac{m}{p}<\frac{s}{v} \to \frac{v}{p}<\frac{s}{m} Adding 1 on both sides, we have \frac{v+p}{p}<\frac{s+m}{m} \to \frac{m}{p}<\frac{s+m}{v+p} . Thus, I is always true. We just have to check for Option II now.

Assming it to be true, we should have\frac{ms}{pv}<\frac{s}{v} \to \frac{m}{p}<1 Which is not always true. Thus the answer is B.

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Re: If m, p, s and v are positive, and m/p<s/v, which of the fol [#permalink] New post 22 Sep 2013, 10:47
How can I solve this using numbers?

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Re: If m, p, s and v are positive, and m/p<s/v, which of the fol [#permalink] New post 23 Sep 2013, 00:37
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How can I solve this using numbers?


You can take numbers such 1,2,3 and 4 as m,p,s and v
find the value between m/p and s/v
try to enter the numbers in the answer choices.
only option B will satisfy .

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Re: If m, p, s and v are positive, and m/p<s/v, which of the fol [#permalink] New post 24 Sep 2013, 01:53
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If m, p, s and v are positive, and \frac{m}{p} <\frac{s}{v}, which of the following must be between \frac{m}{p} and \frac{s}{v}

I. \frac{m+s}{p+v}
II. \frac{ms}{pv}
III. \frac{s}{v} - \frac{m}{p}

A. None
B. I only
C. II only
D. III only
E. I and II both


Responding to a pm:

You can work on this question using some number line and averaging concepts.
Let's look at statement II and III first since they are very easy.

We know \frac{m}{p} <\frac{s}{v}

On the number line: .............0....................m/p ........................s/v (since m, p, s and v are all positive so m/p and s/v are to the right of 0)

II. \frac{ms}{pv}
Think of the case when m/p and s/v are both less than 1. When you multiply them, they will become even smaller. Say .2*.3 = .06. So the product may not lie between them.

III. \frac{s}{v} - \frac{m}{p}
Think of a case such as this: .............0..............................m/p .......s/v
\frac{s}{v} - \frac{m}{p} will be much smaller than both m/p and s/v and will lie somewhere here:
.............0.......Here...........................m/p .......s/v
So it needn't be between them.

Now only issue is (I). You can check some numbers for it including fractions and non fractions. Or try to understand it using number line.
Think of 4 numbers as N1, N2, D1, D2 for ease and given fractions as N1/D1 and N2/D2.

\frac{m+s}{p+v} = \frac{m+s/2}{p+v/2} = (Avg of N1 and N2)/(Avg of D1 and D2)

Now numerator of avg will lie between N1 and N2 and denominator of avg will lie between D1 and D2. So Avg N/Avg D will lie between N1/D1 and N2/D2. Try to think this through.

If N1/D1 < N2/D2, it could be because N1 < N2 and D1 = D2. So AvgN will lie between N1 and N2 and AvgD = D1 = D2. It could also be because N1 < N2 and D1 > D2. AvgN will be larger than N1 but smaller than N2. AvgD will be smaller than D1 but greater than D2 so AvgN/AvgD will be greater than N1/D1 but smaller than N2/D2. It could also be because N1 << N2 and D1 < D2 i.e. N1 is much smaller than N2 as compared to D1 to D2.
It could be because N1=N2 but D1>D2. Again, AvgD will lie between D1 and D2 and AvgN = N1 = N2.
It could also be because N1 > N2 but D1 >> D2.
Take some numbers to understand why this makes sense.

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Re: If m, p, s and v are positive, and m/p<s/v, which of the fol [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2013, 00:08
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How can I solve this using numbers?


You can take numbers such 1,2,3 and 4 as m,p,s and v
find the value between m/p and s/v
try to enter the numbers in the answer choices.
only option B will satisfy .

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Hi,

I make the plug in as follows but it does not work: 1/2 < 3/4

1. (1+3)/(2+4) = 4/6 = 2/3 so in between
2. (1*3)/(2*4) = 3/8 less than 1/2
3. (3-1)/(4-2) = 1 > 3/4

So this problem cannot solve by using plugin?? Please help to correct me if I went wrong.

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Re: If m, p, s and v are positive, and m/p<s/v, which of the fol [#permalink] New post 19 Nov 2013, 19:56
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I make the plug in as follows but it does not work: 1/2 < 3/4

1. (1+3)/(2+4) = 4/6 = 2/3 so in between
2. (1*3)/(2*4) = 3/8 less than 1/2
3. (3-1)/(4-2) = 1 > 3/4

So this problem cannot solve by using plugin?? Please help to correct me if I went wrong.

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Statement 3 is (s/v) - (m/p)
When you take values as 1, 2, 3 and 4, it becomes (3/4) - (1/2) = 1/4 (This is not between 1/2 and 3/4 and hence you know that statement 3 may not hold always)

Plugging in numbers is not the best strategy for 'must be true' questions. You know that statement 1 holds for these particular values of m , p, s and v (1, 2, 3 and 4) but how do you know that it will be true for every set of valid values of m, p, s and v? You cannot try every set. You can certainly ignore statements II and III since you have already got values for which they are not satisfied. But you must focus more on statement I and try to figure out using logic whether it must always hold.

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Re: If m, p, s and v are positive, and m/p<s/v, which of the fol [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2014, 12:00
This is one of those very few problems were picking numbers is almost your only weapon

Let's say that m/p<s/v,

Let's say m=4, p=2, s=3 and v=1

So let's begin with statements

I. 4+3/3=7/3=2.3 is it between 2<x<3?

Yes, so this one is true

2. Clearly not true
3. Clearly not true

Therefore only I is our best answer choice

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Re: If m, p, s and v are positive, and m/p<s/v, which of the fol [#permalink] New post 26 Feb 2014, 18:03
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If m, p, s and v are positive, and \frac{m}{p} <\frac{s}{v}, which of the following must be between \frac{m}{p} and \frac{s}{v}

I. \frac{m+s}{p+v}
II. \frac{ms}{pv}
III. \frac{s}{v} - \frac{m}{p}

A. None
B. I only
C. II only
D. III only
E. I and II both


for these kind of problems, I feel it is better to keep as close as possible so that we can be confident with every option

I chose 3,4,4,5 so that 3/4<4/5 (i.e. 0.75<0.8)

I=> (3+4)/(4+5) = 7/9 = 0.77 satisfies
II=>12/20=>3/5=0.6 incorrect
III=>4/5 - 3/4 = 0.8 - 0.75= 0.05

only I is correct.
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Re: If m, p, s and v are positive, and m/p<s/v, which of the fol [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2014, 05:28
which of the following 'must be' between m/p and s/v?

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Re: If m, p, s and v are positive, and m/p<s/v, which of the fol [#permalink] New post 01 Mar 2014, 06:16
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which of the following 'must be' between m/p and s/v?

I didn't understand the question. What does the question mean here by 'must be'?


"Must be" means for any (possible) values of m, p, s and v. So, \frac{m}{p}< (option) <\frac{s}{v}, must hold true fo any positive values of m, p, s and v.

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Re: If m, p, s and v are positive, and m/p<s/v, which of the fol [#permalink] New post 05 Apr 2014, 09:45
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which of the following 'must be' between m/p and s/v?

I didn't understand the question. What does the question mean here by 'must be'?


"Must be" means for any (possible) values of m, p, s and v. So, \frac{m}{p}< (option) <\frac{s}{v}, must hold true fo any positive values of m, p, s and v.

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Bunuel can you please explain why option 1 must be true? I dont get it. Thanks in advance
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1 - \frac{m+s}{p+v}

2 - \frac{ms}{pv}

3 - \frac{s}{v} - \frac{m}{p}


A - None
B - 1 only
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D - 3 only
E - 1 & 2

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Re: m, p, s, and v are positive and m/p < s/v [#permalink] New post 17 May 2014, 09:52
I couldn't get my head around this one, so I used numbers:

\frac{m}{p} = \frac{1}{2} and \frac{s}{v} = \frac{3}{4}

This fulfils the condition that \frac{m}{p} < \frac{s}{v}

Now,

\frac{m+s}{p+v} is \frac{1+3}{2+4} =\frac{4}{6} =\frac{2}{3}, so sufficient as it is between \frac{1}{2} and \frac{3}{4}.

\frac{ms}{pv} is \frac{1*3}{2*4} = \frac{3}{8}, which is less than \frac{1}{2}, so not sufficient

\frac{s}{v} - \frac{m}{p} is \frac{3}{4}-\frac{1}{2} = \frac{1}{4}, which is less than \frac{1}{2}, so not sufficient

Answer is B (1 only).

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Re: m, p, s, and v are positive and m/p < s/v [#permalink] New post 17 May 2014, 23:52
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If m, p, s, and v are positive and \frac{m}{p} < \frac{s}{v}, which of the following must be between \frac{m}{p} and \frac{s}{v}?

1 - \frac{m+s}{p+v}

2 - \frac{ms}{pv}

3 - \frac{s}{v} - \frac{m}{p}


A - None
B - 1 only
C - 2 only
D - 3 only
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I couldn't get my head around this one, so I used numbers:

\frac{m}{p} = \frac{1}{2} and \frac{s}{v} = \frac{3}{4}

This fulfils the condition that \frac{m}{p} < \frac{s}{v}

Now,

\frac{m+s}{p+v} is \frac{1+3}{2+4} =\frac{4}{6} =\frac{2}{3}, so sufficient as it is between \frac{1}{2} and \frac{3}{4}.

\frac{ms}{pv} is \frac{1*3}{2*4} = \frac{3}{8}, which is less than \frac{1}{2}, so not sufficient

\frac{s}{v} - \frac{m}{p} is \frac{3}{4}-\frac{1}{2} = \frac{1}{4}, which is less than \frac{1}{2}, so not sufficient

Answer is B (1 only).

Is this approach suitable for such questions? Both in terms of accuracy and time: is this valid solution valid for all fractions and is there a faster way to solve this?


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