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If xy < 3, is x < 1? [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2014, 09:37
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The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition

If xy < 3, is x < 1?

(1) y > 3
(2) x < 3

Data Sufficiency
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Re: If xy < 3, is x < 1? [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2014, 09:38
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If xy < 3, is x < 1?

(1) y > 3. If x were \geq{1}, then xy would be more than or equal to 3, which would contradcit the condition that xy < 3. Thus x must be less than 1. Sufficient.

(2) x < 3. Not sufficient: consider x=y=0 and x=2 and y=0. Not sufficient.

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Re: If xy < 3, is x < 1? [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2014, 10:47
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Statement 1) y > 3 and if xy < 3, then X has to be < 1 (One of the variable has to compensate for the increase in other variable).
Sufficient.

Statement 2) x < 3
As there is no information of y, we cannot determine if x < 1
So insufficient.

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Re: If xy < 3, is x < 1? [#permalink] New post 26 Jan 2014, 22:03
From S1:y>3=>x=fraction/negative integer=>x<1.Sufficient
From S2:x<3=>x=2,1,0...depending on y.It cannot be said whether x<1 or >1.Hence insufficient.
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Re: If xy < 3, is x < 1? [#permalink] New post 28 Jan 2014, 02:07
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Statement (1). By number picking strategy, if y>3 and xy<3, then X is always less than 1. Sufficient

Statement (2). X can be greater or less than 1 and still xy<3 holds. Insufficient.

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Re: If xy < 3, is x < 1? [#permalink] New post 01 Feb 2014, 08:07
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SOLUTION

If xy < 3, is x < 1?

(1) y > 3. If x were \geq{1}, then xy would be more than or equal to 3, which would contradcit the condition that xy < 3. Thus x must be less than 1. Sufficient.

(2) x < 3. Not sufficient: consider x=y=0 and x=2 and y=0. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.

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