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(1) \(\frac{r}{3s}=\frac{1}{4}\) --> \(\frac{r}{s}=\frac{3}{4}\), so \(\frac{s}{r}=\frac{4}{3}\) --> \(\frac{r}{s}=\frac{3}{4}<\frac{4}{3}=\frac{s}{r}\) thus answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

(2) \(s=r+4\) --> so \(s>r\) as given that \(r>0\) --> \(s>r>0\) --> \(\frac{s}{r}>1>\frac{r}{s}\), thus answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

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First I restated the problem since we are given r and s are greater than 0 --> therefore, the question can be solved by answering whether or not r^2<s^2.

(1) r = (3/4)s [r<s, so r^2 < s^2] Sufficient AD/BCE - elminate BCE (3) s = r + 4 [r<s, so r^2 < s^2] Sufficent - elminate A ... answered D

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Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. In DS, Variable approach is the easiest and quickest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember equal number of variables and independent equations ensures a solution.

If r > 0 and s > 0, is r/s < s/r?

(1) r/(3s) = 1/4 (2) s = r + 4

In inequalities, the sign does not change when a positive integer is multiplied on both sides. If we modify the question, r/x<s/r, or is r^2<s^2, of is r^2-s^2<0?, or (r-s)(r+s)<0? and r>0 and s>0, so we want to know whether r-s>0? For condition 1, in r/s=3/4, r and s are positive, so s>r, which answers the question 'yes' and is sufficient. For condition 2, s-r=4>0. s>r, so this also answers the question 'yes' and is sufficient. The answer becomes (D).

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