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My doubt is there is a line passing through (-4, 16) that will be tangent to the curve at this point. Can we still say that this line intersects the curve ? I was thinking this line will touch the curve and not intersect it.

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20 May 2012, 08:32

1) This is clearly insufficient. It is possible that the line might intersect the curve at 4,16 ( if it has slope 0, like x=4), or might not intersect at all, like line y=-8.

2) This is sufficient as the line satisfies the equation of the curve y=x^2, 16=(-4)^2, therefore the line and curve intersect at this point.

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29 Jun 2012, 06:54

Hi Bunuel/Karishma,

I was able to solve this question by passing values in the equation y=x^2 and have found the correct answer. For reviewing the question, I googled it and ve found that Gmat instructors are rating this question -HARD. Could you please give me an idea what makes this question Hard. I'm bit skeptical about my approach now..

Thanks H

AbhiJ wrote:

In the xy-plane, does the line L intersect the graph of y = x^2

(1) Line L passes through (4, -8) (2) Line L passes through (-4, 16)

OA after some discussion.

My doubt is there is a line passing through (-4, 16) that will be tangent to the curve at this point. Can we still say that this line intersects the curve ? I was thinking this line will touch the curve and not intersect it.

Re: In the xy-plane, does the line L intersect the graph of y = [#permalink]
29 Jun 2012, 07:00

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imhimanshu wrote:

Hi Bunuel/Karishma,

I was able to solve this question by passing values in the equation y=x^2 and have found the correct answer. For reviewing the question, I googled it and ve found that Gmat instructors are rating this question -HARD. Could you please give me an idea what makes this question Hard. I'm bit skeptical about my approach now..

Thanks H

AbhiJ wrote:

In the xy-plane, does the line L intersect the graph of y = x^2

(1) Line L passes through (4, -8) (2) Line L passes through (-4, 16)

OA after some discussion.

My doubt is there is a line passing through (-4, 16) that will be tangent to the curve at this point. Can we still say that this line intersects the curve ? I was thinking this line will touch the curve and not intersect it.

Personally I wouldn't rate this question as hard. I think its difficulty level is ~600, not more. _________________

Re: In the xy-plane, does the line L intersect the graph of y = [#permalink]
29 Jun 2012, 10:55

imhimanshu wrote:

Hi Bunuel/Karishma,

I was able to solve this question by passing values in the equation y=x^2 and have found the correct answer. For reviewing the question, I googled it and ve found that Gmat instructors are rating this question -HARD. Could you please give me an idea what makes this question Hard. I'm bit skeptical about my approach now..

Thanks H

AbhiJ wrote:

In the xy-plane, does the line L intersect the graph of y = x^2

(1) Line L passes through (4, -8) (2) Line L passes through (-4, 16)

OA after some discussion.

My doubt is there is a line passing through (-4, 16) that will be tangent to the curve at this point. Can we still say that this line intersects the curve ? I was thinking this line will touch the curve and not intersect it.

GMAC rates this Q as hard , if you ask me there is a reason for it.

There is a line passing through (-4, 16) that will be tangent to the curve at (-4, 16). Can you say that a tangent intersects a curve. The literature says the tangent touches a curve, not sure if touch and intersect are the same thing. Intersect means dividing in sects/sections. However the tangent lies totally outside the curve.

This fact would make B insufficient as there is one line the tangent that does not intersect the curve. Hence the answer would be C and not B.

If however you take the mathematical definition that an equation of line and curve can be solved for one or more points then the line intersects the curve, then B will be sufficient. That's how i was able to digest the solution . _________________

The question is not can you rise up to iconic! The real question is will you ?

Re: In the xy-plane, does the line L intersect the graph of y = [#permalink]
21 Nov 2012, 10:50

AbhiJ wrote:

imhimanshu wrote:

Hi Bunuel/Karishma,

I was able to solve this question by passing values in the equation y=x^2 and have found the correct answer. For reviewing the question, I googled it and ve found that Gmat instructors are rating this question -HARD. Could you please give me an idea what makes this question Hard. I'm bit skeptical about my approach now..

Thanks H

AbhiJ wrote:

In the xy-plane, does the line L intersect the graph of y = x^2

(1) Line L passes through (4, -8) (2) Line L passes through (-4, 16)

OA after some discussion.

My doubt is there is a line passing through (-4, 16) that will be tangent to the curve at this point. Can we still say that this line intersects the curve ? I was thinking this line will touch the curve and not intersect it.

GMAC rates this Q as hard , if you ask me there is a reason for it.

There is a line passing through (-4, 16) that will be tangent to the curve at (-4, 16). Can you say that a tangent intersects a curve. The literature says the tangent touches a curve, not sure if touch and intersect are the same thing. Intersect means dividing in sects/sections. However the tangent lies totally outside the curve.

This fact would make B insufficient as there is one line the tangent that does not intersect the curve. Hence the answer would be C and not B.

If however you take the mathematical definition that an equation of line and curve can be solved for one or more points then the line intersects the curve, then B will be sufficient. That's how i was able to digest the solution .

It's definitely rated as a hard question.

Touching and intersecting mean the same thing . This is because the lines share a common point.

Re: In the xy-plane, does the line L intersect the graph of y = [#permalink]
15 Dec 2012, 15:30

mun23 wrote:

In the XY-Plane does line l intersect the graph of y=x^2?

(a)Line l passes through the point (4,-8) (b)Line l passes through the point (-4.16)

Need details explanation If you find this post helpful plz give+1 kudos

y=x^2 is a parabola with vertex at (0,0) and upward......

(a) Line passes through (4,-8); if line is parallel to X-axis it can never intersect the parabola.... if line is parallel to Y-axis it will... Not Sufficient (b) Line passes through (-4,16); observe that this point is on y=x^2 which means line is intersecting parabola at the point.... It may or maynot intersect y=x^2 at some other point, we don't bother about it.... because question asks for if the line is intersecting y=x^2 or not... so just a yes or no question.... in this case it is intersecting the graph... so sufficient....

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19 Jan 2013, 04:13

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Tough question! Does anyone have a detailed solution for this one

In the XY-Plane does line l intersect the graph of y=x^2?

(1) Line l passes through the point (4, -8). Consider the diagram below:

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As you can see line passing through (4, -8) may or may not intersect with the graph of y=x^2. Not sufficient.

(2) Line l passes through the point (-4, 16). Since (-4)^2=16, then point (-4, 16) is ON the graph of y=x^2, thus line passing through this point intersects the graph of y=x^2. Sufficient.

Re: In the xy-plane, does the line L intersect the graph of y = [#permalink]
23 Apr 2014, 20:32

Hi Gurus,

My question may be absurd but please help me understand the concept here. When I see y=x^2 i do not see it as an Upright parabola but a parabola drawn towards positive x axis . Say y=-3 then x^2 = 9 so (-3,9) is on the parabola, similarly (-2,4),(-1,1),(0,0),(1,1) and (2.4) all should form the parabola with function y=X^2.

Now if line l passes through (-4,16)- statement B, i see it as x co-ordinate as -4 and y co-ordinate as 16 then this point does not lie on the parabola. Can anyone please explain where am I at fault?

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24 Apr 2014, 01:43

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amariappan wrote:

Hi Gurus,

My question may be absurd but please help me understand the concept here. When I see y=x^2 i do not see it as an Upright parabola but a parabola drawn towards positive x axis . Say y=-3 then x^2 = 9 so (-3,9) is on the parabola, similarly (-2,4),(-1,1),(0,0),(1,1) and (2.4) all should form the parabola with function y=X^2.

Now if line l passes through (-4,16)- statement B, i see it as x co-ordinate as -4 and y co-ordinate as 16 then this point does not lie on the parabola. Can anyone please explain where am I at fault?

Thanks in advance.

Arun

I think you should brush-up fundamental on coordinate geometry:

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04 Jun 2014, 11:05

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AbhiJ wrote:

imhimanshu wrote:

Hi Bunuel/Karishma,

I was able to solve this question by passing values in the equation y=x^2 and have found the correct answer. For reviewing the question, I googled it and ve found that Gmat instructors are rating this question -HARD. Could you please give me an idea what makes this question Hard. I'm bit skeptical about my approach now..

Thanks H

AbhiJ wrote:

In the xy-plane, does the line L intersect the graph of y = x^2

(1) Line L passes through (4, -8) (2) Line L passes through (-4, 16)

OA after some discussion.

My doubt is there is a line passing through (-4, 16) that will be tangent to the curve at this point. Can we still say that this line intersects the curve ? I was thinking this line will touch the curve and not intersect it.

GMAC rates this Q as hard , if you ask me there is a reason for it.

There is a line passing through (-4, 16) that will be tangent to the curve at (-4, 16). Can you say that a tangent intersects a curve. The literature says the tangent touches a curve, not sure if touch and intersect are the same thing. Intersect means dividing in sects/sections. However the tangent lies totally outside the curve.

This fact would make B insufficient as there is one line the tangent that does not intersect the curve. Hence the answer would be C and not B.

If however you take the mathematical definition that an equation of line and curve can be solved for one or more points then the line intersects the curve, then B will be sufficient. That's how i was able to digest the solution .

Moreover, IMO what makes this question hard is the fact that most believe that St1 is clearly insufficient and I dont think that's the case. Here we need to ensure that point (4, -8) does not lie inside the parabola. If the point lies inside the parabola it will cross the parabola no matter what. Thus this verification will involve 2 steps drawing the parabola and locating the point. This will take up some time. _________________

Please consider giving 'kudos' if you like my post and want to thank

Re: In the xy-plane, does the line L intersect the graph of y = [#permalink]
25 Jun 2014, 20:48

I understand the everything concerning how line l intersects y=x^2 at (-4,16) and not (4,-8), but I am confused as to what the question is asking. As a data sufficiency problem, are we not simply supposed to select the statements that allow us to reach an answer? For example, this question specifically asks whether line intersects y=x^2; then, is the first statement not sufficient NOT simply because (4,-8) isn't on y=x^2 but because even if it's not, we don't know if it intersects at another point (i.e. a vertical line at x=4 vs. a horizontal line at y=-8)? Just trying to make sure I'm not getting the right answer for the wrong reason.

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26 Jun 2014, 00:33

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Gmatestaker08 wrote:

I understand the everything concerning how line l intersects y=x^2 at (-4,16) and not (4,-8), but I am confused as to what the question is asking. As a data sufficiency problem, are we not simply supposed to select the statements that allow us to reach an answer? For example, this question specifically asks whether line intersects y=x^2; then, is the first statement not sufficient NOT simply because (4,-8) isn't on y=x^2 but because even if it's not, we don't know if it intersects at another point (i.e. a vertical line at x=4 vs. a horizontal line at y=-8)? Just trying to make sure I'm not getting the right answer for the wrong reason.

Thanks in advance!

There are two kinds of data sufficient questions: YES/NO DS questions and DS questions which ask to find a value.

In Yes/No Data Sufficiency questions, statement is sufficient if the answer is “always yes” or “always no” while a statement is insufficient if the answer is "sometimes yes" and "sometimes no".

When a DS question asks about the value of some variable, then the statement is sufficient ONLY if you can get the single numerical value of this variable.

The original question is an Yes/No Data Sufficiency question. And the first statement is not sufficient because we can have both yes and no answers to the question. See my post with diagram in it.