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If x#-y, is x-y/x+y > 1? 1.) x > 0 2.) y < 0 These

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If x#-y, is x-y/x+y > 1?

1.) x > 0
2.) y < 0


These problems always get me, I tend to pick one as 0, what is correct approach?
Pick numbers and prove 2 answers Y/N?
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New post 02 Mar 2009, 19:54
ConkergMat wrote:
If x#-y, is x-y/x+y > 1?

1.) x > 0
2.) y < 0


These problems always get me, I tend to pick one as 0, what is correct approach?
Pick numbers and prove 2 answers Y/N?


for f = (x-y)/(x+y) > 1 to be true:

(I) x - y and x + y need to have same sign
(II) abs. value of (x - y) needs to be greater than abs value of (x + y)

(1) x > 0

for y>0 f < 1

for certain value of y < 0 (where |y| < |x|) f > 1

=> A insufficient --> D insufficient

(2) similar argument for y < 0 --> B insufficient

with (1)&(2) combined:

f > 1 if x > |y|
f < 1 if x < |y|

=> C insufficient

--> Answer is E
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