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In the jar there are white and black marbles (W>0 and B>0). How many black marbles are there?

(1) There are total 101 marbles in the jar. (2) From any two marbles from the jar at least one is white.

Again, please share your way of thinking, difficulty level and quality.

Explanation of the answer to follow.

C. If white marbles were 100 and 1 Black marble, then only you get at least 1/2 while drawing 2 marbles from the jar. But you do not get answer (no. of black and white marbles) until you mix 1 and 2. _________________

In the jar there are white and black marbles (W>0 and B>0). How many black marbles are there?

(1) There are total 101 marbles in the jar. (2) From any two marbles from the jar at least one is white.

Again, please share your way of thinking, difficulty level and quality.

Explanation of the answer to follow.

C. If white marbles were 100 and 1 Black marble, then only you get at least 1/2 while drawing 2 marbles from the jar. But you do not get answer (no. of black and white marbles) until you mix 1 and 2.

GMAT TIGER I didn't get the reasoning of your answer can you please specify. Anyway what's your answer, how many black marbles are there? C is incorrect.

Maybe you misunderstood the statements, or I stated them ambiguously _________________

In the jar there are white and black marbles (W>0 and B>0). How many black marbles are there?

(1) There are total 101 marbles in the jar. (2) From any two marbles from the jar at least one is white.

Again, please share your way of thinking, difficulty level and quality.

Explanation of the answer to follow.

C. If white marbles were 100 and 1 Black marble, then only you get at least 1/2 while drawing 2 marbles from the jar. But you do not get answer (no. of black and white marbles) until you mix 1 and 2.

GMAT TIGER I didn't get the reasoning of your answer can you please specify. Anyway what's your answer, how many black marbles are there? C is incorrect.

Maybe you misunderstood the statements, or I stated them ambiguously

I guess I overlooked - thought white for black. It is B. Given that: w>0 and b>0.

(1) Total = 101 tells nothing about individusl msrbles. (2) If any two marbles from the jar are drawn, at least one is a white. That means black cannot be more than 1. so Black = 1 irrespective of whites.

Another good one. Are you gmat instructer/question writer? _________________

Thats what I like in this problem: the number of black marbles are in no connection with total number of marbles. Simple logic.

I'm neither gmat instructor nor question writer, I'm just preparing for GMAT. Just found that composing questions helps me to understand better the logic of the quant problems in GMAT. _________________

Awesome question.. I arrived at E. Line of reasoning: At least one white means that number of white > 50% of total...however even after combining we cannot tell the exact number of whites..it can be 60%(Total) or 70%(Total)..

The catch is the word "any" in B. If ANY two marbles are picked and if black can be 1(max) means, there is only one black !!!!

Awesome question.. I arrived at E. Line of reasoning: At least one white means that number of white > 50% of total...however even after combining we cannot tell the exact number of whites..it can be 60%(Total) or 70%(Total)..

The catch is the word "any" in B. If ANY two marbles are picked and if black can be 1(max) means, there is only one black !!!!

Thanks Economist, I knew that this trap ("any" in second statement) would work.

And yes answer is 1 black marble, (2) alone is sufficient. B. _________________

Your questions are perfectly up to the real gmat standard.

lol................ +1

Bunuel wrote:

Yes you're right. Answer B. +1.

Thats what I like in this problem: the number of black marbles are in no connection with total number of marbles. Simple logic.

I'm neither gmat instructor nor question writer, I'm just preparing for GMAT. Just found that composing questions helps me to understand better the logic of the quant problems in GMAT.

Yes you're right. Answer B. +1. I'm neither gmat instructor nor question writer, I'm just preparing for GMAT. Just found that composing questions helps me to understand better the logic of the quant problems in GMAT.

Awesome question.....! U preparing for GMAT! U mite end up getting 900 score in it :D LOL!! _________________

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Goodday Bunuel Can you please explain why it is B??... Option B says : "From any two marbles from the jar at least one is white"...This means 1 or both are white but the question asks "how many?"....I am stuck here Thanks in advance..

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25 Feb 2014, 11:18

If there were 2 black balls, there is a chance of picking up two black balls. But the second statement states that from any two marbles from the jar AT LEAST 1 is white meaning there is only 1 black ball in the jar.

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Goodday Bunuel Can you please explain why it is B??... Option B says : "From any two marbles from the jar at least one is white"...This means 1 or both are white but the question asks "how many?"....I am stuck here Thanks in advance..

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Bunuel wrote:

In the jar there are white and black marbles (W>0 and B>0). How many black marbles are there?

(1) There are total 101 marbles in the jar. (2) From any two marbles from the jar at least one is white.

My take is B.

consider 1 alone) it tells us nothing about the number of white or black marbles in particular.

consider 2 alone) consider the total number of marbles to be 5 (for simplicity, it can be extended up to infinite number of marbles) let the 5 marbles be --> A,B,C,D and E. now option 2 says, if we pick any 2 marbles...at least 1 of them would be white. if we form every possible group of 2 from these, we get - AB,AC,AD,AE,BC,BD,BE,CD,CE and DE. (10 groups, which is nothing but C(5,2)) since at least one of any two is white, we can safely say A,B,C and D are definitely white. E can be either black or white. but since our fact statement says W>0 and B>0; E has to be a black marble. Hence, with statement 2 alone we can determine the number of black marbles...which would always be 1.

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Bunuel you were preparing for GMAT!!!!!!(P.S i just came to know that) sorry mate but there is no school for you not atleast on this planet my advice is please look in some other galaxy. For god's sake please tell me who can teach bunuel anything hahahaha. now i know from where the real competition comes in this exam. envy you bunuel

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