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# If Z*T is < -3, is Z < 4 1 Z < 9 2 T < -4

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If Z*T is < -3, is Z < 4

1 – Z < 9
2 – T < -4
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28 Feb 2008, 17:01
Is it E?

statement 1: z < 9

z = 8, t = -1 ---> zt < -3
z = -8, t = 1 ---> zt < -3

insuff

statement 2: T < -4

substitute into the stem ---> -4z < -3 ---> 4z > 3 , z > 3/4

z could be 2 or 10 or ...

insuff

1 and 2 together:

z could be 2 and t could be -5 , 2(-5) < -3

z could be 5 and t could be -5 , 5(-5) < -3

z could be any number between 3/4 and 9
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28 Feb 2008, 17:10
b). because, the first statement does not narrow down the problem.
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28 Feb 2008, 17:36
is it b?

stat 1 says that z>-9 . not much info here. insuff

stat 2 says that t>4. if this is the case, then z must be negative to make zt<-3 . and since z<0, that automatically means that z<4.
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28 Feb 2008, 17:59
kizito2001 wrote:
If Z*T is < -3, is Z < 4

1 – Z < 9
2 – T < -4

1: Z>-9 Yes and No. Insuff.

2: T>4.

Since T is + Z must be negative.

Thus Z<4. Suff

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28 Feb 2008, 18:40
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
kizito2001 wrote:
If Z*T is < -3, is Z < 4

1 – Z < 9
2 – T < -4

1: Z>-9 Yes and No. Insuff.

2: T>4.

Since T is + Z must be negative.

Thus Z<4. Suff

B

statement 2:
T < -4

NOT T > 4

unless the original text meant to say "2 minus T < -4" instead of statement 2: T < -4
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29 Feb 2008, 06:23
gmatnub wrote:
GMATBLACKBELT wrote:
kizito2001 wrote:
If Z*T is < -3, is Z < 4

1 – Z < 9
2 – T < -4

1: Z>-9 Yes and No. Insuff.

2: T>4.

Since T is + Z must be negative.

Thus Z<4. Suff

B

statement 2:
T < -4

NOT T > 4

unless the original text meant to say "2 minus T < -4" instead of statement 2: T < -4

ur right. Kizito can u plz use : instead of the - if thats what u meant to use the - as.
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29 Feb 2008, 06:41
So what is the original equation then? I am confused...
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29 Feb 2008, 08:00
At first I thought those were negatives. But I don't think they are meant to be neg's, so I came up with E as the answer. Neither are sufficient. 2 tells you that Z is positive.
You still can't determine if Z is < 4.
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29 Feb 2008, 12:02
I assumed they were negative signs as well.

Stmt 1: negative Z < 9, which when you divide both sides by negative 1 you get:
Stmt 1: Z > -9
Stmt 2: negative T < negative 4, which when you divide both sides by negative 1 you get:
Stmt 2: T > 4

We know Z*T is < -3 which tells us Z < -3T

Stmt 1: Z > -9
Insuff. Z could be larger or smaller than 4 depending on T

Stmt 2: T > 4
Suff. If T is any number greater than 4 then Z will always be less than 4.
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