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Re: PS # 9: Largest possible absolute value/range of inequal [#permalink]
20 Dec 2004, 16:07

cpcalanoc wrote:

9. If x is a number such that -2 ≤ x ≤ 2, which of the following has the largest possible absolute value?

0 3x - 1 0 x^2 + 1 0 3 â€“ x 0 x â€“ 3 0 x^2 â€“ x

I would like to know a shortcut on getting the answer to this question

This can be answered quickly using logic and knowledge of the "rules" of the GMAT.

First, E is the only tricky answers, so lets leave this for last.

Okay, since the interval is symmetric, and answers C and D are simply negatives of one another, they both have the same max value. Since there is only one answer we can immediately eliminate both choices.

A is a simple linear function that is monotonically increasing so we can quickly plugin 2 to get 5 as the max value. B is a simple function of x^2 so we simply plug in the greatest absolute value in the interval which is either 2 or -2 and we get 5 again. Once again, since there is only one answer, we can eliminate both A and B.

Hence, by POE, we can quickly narrow the choices down to E without the burden of figuring out what the maximum value of this function is in the interval.

Best,

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AkamaiBrah Former Senior Instructor, Manhattan GMAT and VeritasPrep Vice President, Midtown NYC Investment Bank, Structured Finance IT MFE, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, Class of 2005 MBA, Anderson School of Management, UCLA, Class of 1993

I agree with you saurabh, answer should be A. I just read akamai's post without reading the actual question "absolute" in front of "value" changes the whole meaning of the question

Good day Paul! Nice to hear from u. How r u doing! yeah I agree with u and saurabh and the answer should be A as irrespective of +ve or -ve, it should be the highest number

I agree with you saurabh, answer should be A. I just read akamai's post without reading the actual question "absolute" in front of "value" changes the whole meaning of the question

Oops. My bad. Tried to answer quickly during a rare moment of free time.

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Best,

AkamaiBrah Former Senior Instructor, Manhattan GMAT and VeritasPrep Vice President, Midtown NYC Investment Bank, Structured Finance IT MFE, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley, Class of 2005 MBA, Anderson School of Management, UCLA, Class of 1993