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

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If x is positive which of the following could be the correct [#permalink]  12 Aug 2008, 09:45
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If x is positive, which of the following could be the correct ordering of 1/x , 2x and x^2?

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

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

3. 2x < x^2 <1/x

I got that 1 is possible but from 2 and 3 another one is also possible according to the answer. Can someone please explain
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Re: DS: Variable x [#permalink]  12 Aug 2008, 10:01
I with you on that one. #2 and #3 don't seem possible to be in the right order. It's safe to say we're dealing with x as a positive fraction.
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Re: DS: Variable x [#permalink]  12 Aug 2008, 11:00
mba9now wrote:
If x is positive, which of the following could be the correct ordering of 1/x , 2x and x^2?

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

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

3. 2x < x^2 <1/x

I got that 1 is possible but from 2 and 3 another one is also possible according to the answer. Can someone please explain

x=1/2 I is possible (every body agrees with this)

2)
x^2 < 1/x < 2x
--> x^2-1/x<0 and 1/x-2x<0
x^3-1<0 and 2x*x-1>0 (x is positive)
(x-1)*(x2+1)<0 and x*x>1/2
(because x is postiive)
--> x<1 and x> 1/sqrt(2)

So its possible for any value > 1/sqrt(2) and <1

I and II possible.
3)

2x < x^2 <1/x

x^2-2x>0 and x^2-1/x<0
x*(x-2)>0 and x3-1<0
you know that x>0 (positive)
x-2>0 and x-1<0
x>2 and x<1 not possible at all.

only I and II possible.
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Re: DS: Variable x [#permalink]  12 Aug 2008, 11:02
Suresh, It looks like we agree with each other...again
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**I'm pretty sure I'm right, but then again, I'm just a guy with his head up his a$$. GMAT Club Premium Membership - big benefits and savings SVP Joined: 07 Nov 2007 Posts: 1828 Location: New York Followers: 29 Kudos [?]: 535 [0], given: 5 Re: DS: Variable x [#permalink] 12 Aug 2008, 11:10 jallenmorris wrote: Suresh, It looks like we agree with each other...again I will be very happy If my score agrees with your score.... in future.. _________________ Your attitude determines your altitude Smiling wins more friends than frowning SVP Joined: 30 Apr 2008 Posts: 1892 Location: Oklahoma City Schools: Hard Knocks Followers: 34 Kudos [?]: 467 [0], given: 32 Re: DS: Variable x [#permalink] 12 Aug 2008, 11:15 You're going to do great! I predict 720 - 750 for you. x2suresh wrote: jallenmorris wrote: Suresh, It looks like we agree with each other...again I will be very happy If my score agrees with your score.... in future.. _________________ ------------------------------------ J Allen Morris **I'm pretty sure I'm right, but then again, I'm just a guy with his head up his a$$.

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Re: DS: Variable x [#permalink]  12 Aug 2008, 11:40
jallenmorris wrote:
You're going to do great! I predict 720 - 750 for you.

x2suresh wrote:
jallenmorris wrote:
Suresh, It looks like we agree with each other...again

I will be very happy If my score agrees with your score.... in future..

Thats!! encouraging... Will try to beat that..
RC sucks for me.. ( I need your help to improve the same)
I need to work more on RC and CR.. (Just ordered GMAT CR POWERSCORE BIBLE)
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Re: DS: Variable x [#permalink]  12 Aug 2008, 11:53
The powerscore bible is awesome!

What part of RC seems to be the issue? I've never had an issue with RC (read too many cases in law school!). I'll help you where I can.
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Re: DS: Variable x [#permalink]  12 Aug 2008, 16:23
jallenmorris wrote:
The powerscore bible is awesome!

What part of RC seems to be the issue? I've never had an issue with RC (read too many cases in law school!). I'll help you where I can.

How to increase reading speed? I am very slow at reading and understanding passages....
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