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# In the xy-coordinate plane, line l and line k intersect at

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In the xy-coordinate plane, line l and line k intersect at [#permalink]  18 Dec 2005, 12:34
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In the xy-coordinate plane, line l and line k intersect at the point (4,3). Is the product of their slpes negative?

1) the product of the x-intercepts of the lines l and k is positive

2) the product of the y-intercepts of lines l and k is negative
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Let's see...

1) Since the product of the intercepts is positive, both intercepts must either intersect the x-axis in the positive or negative array.

If both intersect the x-axis in the negative array, the slope of both lines must be positive.
If they intersect the x-axis in the positive array, they can either have a positive or negative slope ( one can even be negative while the others is positive*), depending on if they intersect left or right from the point (4,3)

Thus statement 1 is insufficient

2) The one that intersects the y-axis in the negative array has to have a positive slope, the other one, which intersects in the positive array, has to have a negative slope. Thus sufficient. It's B
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Hik, I badly tried to find the link in which i solved this geo problem http://www.gmatclub.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=22973
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thanks laxie, i hope there is an easier way to do this. I spent a page of scrap paper for this.
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Its C... I did by drawing the possible lines on a coordinate plane..
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