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Is k^2 + k - 2 > 0 ?

(1) k < 1
(2) k < -2
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Last edited by Bunuel on 12 Feb 2013, 14:57, edited 1 time in total.
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Hi All,

If you spot the Quadratic expression in the prompt, then you can use an Algebra approach to get to the correct answer. This question can also be solved with a combination of TESTing VALUES and Number Properties.

We're asked if K^2 + K - 2 > 0. This is a YES/NO question

Fact 1: K < 1

IF....
K = 0
0^2 + 0 - 2 = -2 and the answer to the question is NO.

IF...
K = -3
(-3)^2 -3 - 2 = 4 and the answer to the question is YES.
Fact 1 is INSUFFICIENT

Fact 2: K < -2

With this Fact, we have an interesting "limit" issue.

Even though it's not permitted....IF K = -2, then
(-2)^2 - 2 + 2 = 0 which is NOT > 0

As K becomes "more negative" (re. -2.1, -3, -100, etc.)....
K^2 creates a "bigger positive" than (+K - 2) creates a "negative"

eg.
K = -3
(-3)^2 = +9 vs. (-3 - 2)

K = -2.1
(-2.1)^2 = +4.41 vs. (-2.1 - 2)
Etc.

Thus, the result of the calculation will ALWAYS be greater than 0 and the answer to the question is ALWAYS YES.
Fact 2 is SUFFICIENT.

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B

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12 Feb 2013, 15:11
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rephrasing the statement we have

$$(x + 2) (x - 1) > 0$$ ====> $$x > -2$$ AND $$x > 1$$

on a number line we have

-------------------0 ----- $$1$$ +++++++

----- $$- 2$$ +++++0++++++++++++

So from 1) we have $$x > 1$$ so 2 intervals : one positive and one negative. two values. not suff

from2) $$x < - 2$$ the only values are positive. so is suff.

Bunuel ?? correct my approach, pretty straightforward
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Is k^2 + k - 2 > 0 ?

First let's see for which ranges of k the given inequality holds true: $$k^2 + k - 2 > 0$$ --> $$(k+2)(k-1)>0$$ --> roots are -2 and 1 --> ">" sign indicates that the solution lies to the left of a smaller root and to the right of a larger root (check here for this technique: if-x-is-an-integer-what-is-the-value-of-x-1-x-2-4x-94661.html#p731476). Thus the given inequality holds true for: $$k<-2$$ and $$k>1$$.

So, the question asks whether $$k<-2$$ or $$k>1$$.

(1) k < 1. Not sufficient.
(2) k < -2. Sufficient.

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19 May 2016, 04:00
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Is k^2 + k - 2 > 0 ?

(1) k < 1
(2) k < -2

For the equation k^2+k-2 greater than 0, K should either be less than -2 or should be greater than 1 (explaination: k^2+K-2 can be written as (k+1)(k-2) and for this product to be positive either K+1 and K-2 both should be positive or negative)

Coming to options:

1. K<1 is not sufficient because it includes the range k<-2 and some numbers beyond it
2. k<-2 is sufficient (as explained above)

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19 May 2016, 08:51
Statement 1 gives solutions both > or < 0

Statement 2 is enough to reach the solution.

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