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# If x is positive, which of the following could be correct

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27 Jun 2012, 13:11

Statement III says $$2x < x^2 < \frac{1}{x}$$

So, we analyze part by part of this compound inequality:

a) $$2x < x^2$$
then, $$x>2$$

b) $$x^2 < \frac{1}{x}$$

then,$$x^3<1$$ ==> $$x < 1$$

So, we have $$x>2$$ and $$x<1$$.
That's impossible! if $$x>2$$, x cannot be less than 1 at the same time.
Statement III could not be correct!

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28 Jun 2012, 01:15
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Statement III says $$2x < x^2 < \frac{1}{x}$$

So, we analyze part by part of this compound inequality:

a) $$2x < x^2$$
then, $$x>2$$

b) $$x^2 < \frac{1}{x}$$

then,$$x^3<1$$ ==> $$x < 1$$

So, we have $$x>2$$ and $$x<1$$.
That's impossible! if $$x>2$$, x cannot be less than 1 at the same time.
Statement III could not be correct!

Yes, your reasoning for option III is correct.
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28 Jul 2012, 19:24
The question asked "what could be the correct ordering" means it asked for the possibilities.
What is question asked "what must be the correct ordering" ? In that case would we be required to choose an option which is true for all scenarios ?
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Please, refer to the attached drawing, in which the three graphs $$y=1/x,$$ $$y=2x,$$ and $$y=x^2$$ are depicted for $$x>0$$.
The exact values for A, B, and C can be worked out, but they are not important to establish the order of the three algebraic expressions.

So, the correct orderings are:
If $$x$$ between 0 and A: $$x^2<2x<1/x$$
If $$x$$ between A and B: $$x^2<1/x<2x$$
If $$x$$ between B and C: $$1/x<x^2<2x$$
If $$x$$ greater than C: $$1/x<2x<x^2$$

We can see that only the first two of the above options are listed as answers (I and II).

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The question asked "what could be the correct ordering" means it asked for the possibilities.
What is question asked "what must be the correct ordering" ? In that case would we be required to choose an option which is true for all scenarios ?

The ordering will be different for different values of x so the question cannot ask for a single correct ordering.
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In all cases only the 3 case doesn't work, so pretty fast you can reach D in this question youhave to be really comfortable with theory to solve it, otherwise is best and safe picking number . _________________ Intern Joined: 13 Dec 2012 Posts: 4 Followers: 0 Kudos [?]: 0 [0], given: 0 Re: If x is positive, which of the following could be correct [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Dec 2012, 22:41 if x = 1/2, then 1/1/2 = 2 which is greater than 2(1/2) VP Joined: 08 Jun 2010 Posts: 1398 Followers: 3 Kudos [?]: 113 [0], given: 812 Re: If x is positive, which of the following could be correct [#permalink] ### Show Tags 13 Dec 2012, 23:30 positiveness or negativeness is important to inequalit because x is positive we can multiple both sides of inequality with x and keep the same mark.for example x^2<2x<1/x is the same as x^3<2x^2<1 (if x is negative we have to change the mark of the inequality. this question is not relevant to that cases) now solve 2 inequality independently . this can be done quick. this questions can be done in less than 3 minutes. Other method takes longer time and in fact is not good. pls, comment. Intern Joined: 28 Aug 2012 Posts: 20 Location: United States Concentration: General Management, Leadership Schools: Thunderbird '16 GPA: 3.37 WE: Information Technology (Consulting) Followers: 1 Kudos [?]: 65 [0], given: 6 Re: If x is positive, which of the following could be correct [#permalink] ### Show Tags 11 May 2013, 01:05 Hey Karishma, I feel below highlighted part is not correct. Please check. If I am wrong, please explain. thanks. VeritasPrepKarishma wrote: Vavali wrote: If x is positive, which of the following could be correct ordering of $$\frac{1}{x}$$, $$2x$$, and $$x^2$$? (I) $$x^2 < 2x < \frac{1}{x}$$ (II) $$x^2 < \frac{1}{x} < 2x$$ (III) $$2x < x^2 < \frac{1}{x}$$ (a) none (b) I only (c) III only (d) I and II (e) I, II and III Let's look at this question logically. There will be some key takeaways here so don't focus on the question and the (long) solution. Focus on the logic. First of all, we are just dealing with positives so life is simpler. To compare two terms e.g. $$x^2$$ and $$2x$$, we should focus on the points where they are equal. $$x^2 = 2x$$ holds when $$x = 2$$. When $$x < 2, x^2 < 2x$$ When $$x > 2, x^2 > 2x$$ Similarly $$1/x = x^2$$ when $$x = 1$$ When $$x < 1, 1/x > x^2$$. When $$x > 1, 1/x > x^2$$ Are you sure this is correct? I think.. we can use x=4 here, then 1/4>16 .. which is not correct. Going on, $$1/x = 2x$$ when $$x = 1/\sqrt{2}$$ When $$x < 1/\sqrt{2}, 1/x > 2x$$ When $$x > 1/\sqrt{2}, 1/x < 2x$$ So now you know that: If $$x < 1/\sqrt{2}$$, $$1/x > 2x, 1/x > x^2$$ and $$x^2 < 2x$$ So $$x^2 < 2x < 1/x$$ is possible. If $$1/\sqrt{2} < x < 1$$ $$1/x < 2x, 1/x > x^2$$ So $$x^2 < 1/x < 2x$$ is possible. If $$x > 1$$ $$1/x < 2x, 1/x > x^2$$ So $$x^2 < 1/x < 2x$$ is possible. (Same as above) For no positive values of x is the third relation possible. 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To compare two terms e.g. $$x^2$$ and $$2x$$, we should focus on the points where they are equal. $$x^2 = 2x$$ holds when $$x = 2$$. When $$x < 2, x^2 < 2x$$ When $$x > 2, x^2 > 2x$$ Similarly $$1/x = x^2$$ when $$x = 1$$ When $$x < 1, 1/x > x^2$$. When $$x > 1, 1/x > x^2$$ Are you sure this is correct? I think.. we can use x=4 here, then 1/4>16 .. which is not correct. Going on, $$1/x = 2x$$ when $$x = 1/\sqrt{2}$$ When $$x < 1/\sqrt{2}, 1/x > 2x$$ When $$x > 1/\sqrt{2}, 1/x < 2x$$ So now you know that: If $$x < 1/\sqrt{2}$$, $$1/x > 2x, 1/x > x^2$$ and $$x^2 < 2x$$ So $$x^2 < 2x < 1/x$$ is possible. If $$1/\sqrt{2} < x < 1$$ $$1/x < 2x, 1/x > x^2$$ So $$x^2 < 1/x < 2x$$ is possible. If $$x > 1$$ $$1/x < 2x, 1/x > x^2$$ So $$x^2 < 1/x < 2x$$ is possible. (Same as above) For no positive values of x is the third relation possible. That is a typo. If you notice, for every case, the relation is opposite on the opposite sides of the equality value. So the relation that holds in x < 1 will be opposite to the relation that holds when x > 1. That did mess up the entire explanation. Good you pointed it out. I have edited the original post. _________________ Karishma Veritas Prep | GMAT Instructor My Blog Get started with Veritas Prep GMAT On Demand for$199

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Vavali wrote:
If x is positive, which of the following could be correct ordering of 1/x, 2x, and x^2?

(I) X^2 < 2x < 1/x
(II) x^2 < 1/x < 2x
(III) 2x < x^2 < 1/x

(a) none
(b) I only
(c) III only
(d) I and II
(e) I, II and III

could be correct ordering

So if we can find any example that satisfy the inequation, that statement will be correct

(I) x = 0.1 => 0.01 < 0.2 < 10
(II) x= 1/2 => 1/4 < 1/2 < 1

(III)
2x < x^2 <=> x ( 2 -x) < 0, x > 0 then x > 2

with x > 2 ==> x^2 < 1/x <=> x^3 < 1 <=> x < 1

So (III) can't happen

if x = 1/2, 1/x = 2 .. wrong example used
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02 Oct 2013, 08:40
Hello Bunuel,
Can you show us graphical approach to this question.
I was able to draw the graph for all three equations and intersection points, however, I was not able to negate the third ordering. Would you please help me out.

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Hello Bunuel,
Can you show us graphical approach to this question.
I was able to draw the graph for all three equations and intersection points, however, I was not able to negate the third ordering. Would you please help me out.

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III. 2x < x^2 < 1/x

For 2x to be less than x^2, the graph of 2x should lie below the graph of x^2. This happens when the graph of 2x is the red line.
For x^2 to be less than 1/x at the same time, the graph of x^2 should lie below the graph of 1/x in the region of the red line. But in the region of the red line, the graph of x^2 is never below the graph of 1/x. It will never be because graph of 1/x is going down toward y = 0 while graph of x^2 is going up toward y = infinity.
Hence this inequality will not hold for any region.
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What a horrific problem?! I think a fast and simple way is to graph all functions and compare all vertically. Doing this, it can be easy to see that III is impossible.
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Vavali wrote:
If x is positive, which of the following could be correct ordering of 1/x, 2x, and x^2?

(I) X^2 < 2x < 1/x
(II) x^2 < 1/x < 2x
(III) 2x < x^2 < 1/x

(a) none
(b) I only
(c) III only
(d) I and II
(e) I, II and III

could be correct ordering

So if we can find any example that satisfy the inequation, that statement will be correct

(I) x = 0.1 => 0.01 < 0.2 < 10
(II) x= 1/2 => 1/4 < 1/2 < 1

(III)
2x < x^2 <=> x ( 2 -x) < 0, x > 0 then x > 2

with x > 2 ==> x^2 < 1/x <=> x^3 < 1 <=> x < 1

So (III) can't happen

double check your calculation for x= 1/2 the equation won't hold true
1/0.5 = 2
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