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Question: If x, y, and z are integers greater than 0 and x = y + z, what is the value of (y-z)/y?

(1) (x-y)/y=4/5 (2) z/y=4/5

A)Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) is not sufficient. B)Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (1) is not sufficient. C)BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient. D)EACH statement ALONE is sufficient. E)Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient.

Data from question stem: x = y + z. Since we need the value of \(1 - \frac{z}{y}\), let us divide this equation by y. We get \(\frac{x}{y} = 1 + \frac{z}{y}\)

Question: What is \(\frac{(y-z)}{y} = 1 - \frac{z}{y}\) To get z/y, we should either have x/y (as seen above) or z/y

1.\(\frac{(x - y)}{y} = \frac{4}{5}\) or \(\frac{x}{y} - 1 = \frac{4}{5}\) From here, we get the value of x/y. Sufficient.

2. This directly gives us the value of z/y. Sufficient. Answer (D) _________________

now given x= y+z so if \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5}\) then we can take x= 9 and y=5 then z=4 here \(\frac{z}{y} =\frac{4}{5}\)

but if \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5}\)then we can also take x= 18 and z=10 can't we? then z= 8 here \(\frac{z}{y} =\frac{8}{10}\)

So I thought statement 1 did not give us the actual values of x and y, so I thought there were many possibilities hence marked statement as insufficient.

so this was my confusion , I though since we got a ratio at the end of simplification of 1 we do not know the actual values of x and y , since we got \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5}\), \(\frac{x}{y}\) could also be \(\frac{18}{10}\),or \(\frac{27}{15}\), if x and y differs so will z and hence will \(\frac{z}{y}\) unless we are always reducing ratios to their lowest form

please tell me how can we be sure of x and y from this ratio

now given x= y+z so if \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5}\) then we can take x= 9 and y=5 then z=4 here \(\frac{z}{y} =\frac{4}{5}\)

but if \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5}\)then we can also take x= 18 and z=10 can't we? then z= 8 here \(\frac{z}{y} =\frac{8}{10}\)

So I thought statement 1 did not give us the actual values of x and y, so I thought there were many possibilities hence marked statement as insufficient.

so this was my confusion , I though since we got a ratio at the end of simplification of 1 we do not know the actual values of x and y , since we got \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5}\), \(\frac{x}{y}\) could also be \(\frac{18}{10}\),or \(\frac{27}{15}\), if x and y differs so will z and hence will \(\frac{z}{y}\) unless we are always reducing ratios to their lowest form

please tell me how can we be sure of x and y from this ratio

thanks

Notice that we need to find the ratio of z to y (z/y). Now, you are right, we CANNOT get the VALUES of x, y, and z, from x=y+z and (x-y)/y=4/5, but we CAN get the RATIO of z to y (as shown in my post).

now given x= y+z so if \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5}\) then we can take x= 9 and y=5 then z=4 here \(\frac{z}{y} =\frac{4}{5}\)

but if \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5}\)then we can also take x= 18 and z=10 can't we? then z= 8 here \(\frac{z}{y} =\frac{8}{10}\)

So I thought statement 1 did not give us the actual values of x and y, so I thought there were many possibilities hence marked statement as insufficient.

so this was my confusion , I though since we got a ratio at the end of simplification of 1 we do not know the actual values of x and y , since we got \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5}\), \(\frac{x}{y}\) could also be \(\frac{18}{10}\),or \(\frac{27}{15}\), if x and y differs so will z and hence will \(\frac{z}{y}\) unless we are always reducing ratios to their lowest form

please tell me how can we be sure of x and y from this ratio

thanks

Notice that we need to find the ratio of z to y (z/y). Now, you are right, we CANNOT get the VALUES of x, y, and z, from x=y+z and (x-y)/y=4/5, but we CAN get the RATIO of z to y (as shown in my post).

Does this make sense?

So we are taking \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5} =\frac{18}{10} =\frac{27}{15}\)

if we are taking all these to be equal, then ratio's are being reduced to their lowest forms.

That was my original question. " Do we need to reduce ratio's to the lowest forms " The answer must be yes, because if the answer is no then \(\frac{9}{5}\) would not be equal \(\frac{18}{10}\) , and different values of x and y would give different values of z, and we would have different \(\frac{z}{y}\)

So yes , ratio's must be reduced to their lowest forms,Please can you reaffirm. _________________

now given x= y+z so if \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5}\) then we can take x= 9 and y=5 then z=4 here \(\frac{z}{y} =\frac{4}{5}\)

but if \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5}\)then we can also take x= 18 and z=10 can't we? then z= 8 here \(\frac{z}{y} =\frac{8}{10}\)

So I thought statement 1 did not give us the actual values of x and y, so I thought there were many possibilities hence marked statement as insufficient.

so this was my confusion , I though since we got a ratio at the end of simplification of 1 we do not know the actual values of x and y , since we got \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5}\), \(\frac{x}{y}\) could also be \(\frac{18}{10}\),or \(\frac{27}{15}\), if x and y differs so will z and hence will \(\frac{z}{y}\) unless we are always reducing ratios to their lowest form

please tell me how can we be sure of x and y from this ratio

thanks

Notice that we need to find the ratio of z to y (z/y). Now, you are right, we CANNOT get the VALUES of x, y, and z, from x=y+z and (x-y)/y=4/5, but we CAN get the RATIO of z to y (as shown in my post).

Does this make sense?

So we are taking \(\frac{x}{y} = \frac{9}{5} =\frac{18}{10} =\frac{27}{15}\)

if we are taking all these to be equal, then ratio's are being reduced to their lowest forms.

That was my original question. " Do we need to reduce ratio's to the lowest forms " The answer must be yes, because if the answer is no then \(\frac{9}{5}\) would not be equal \(\frac{18}{10}\) , and different values of x and y would give different values of z, and we would have different \(\frac{z}{y}\)

So yes , ratio's must be reduced to their lowest forms,Please can you reaffirm.

No, that's not correct. You don't have to reduce. 9/5 is the same ratio as 18/10.

If you consider x/y=18/10, you'll get that z/y=8/10, which is the same as 4/5. _________________

No, that's not correct. You don't have to reduce. 9/5 is the same ratio as 18/10.

If you consider x/y=18/10, you'll get that z/y=8/10, which is the same as 4/5.

Well I guess we all have different ways to look at it if x/y=9/5 = 18/10 The fact that their are equal is not easily visible to me, till i get both the numerator and denominator to have the same value as the other ratio's , and that I get when I reduce them

So I guess without reducing them if one can ascertain that the ratio's are same then no need to reduce them.

Main thing is to realize that 9/5 = 18/10 = 27/15

Let me know if I am still missing something, thank you +1 _________________

- Stne

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