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Is |x| < 1 ?

(1) x^4 -1 > 0

(2) 1/ (1-|x|) > 0

Could any one tell me the approach without testing the numbers ?

thanks!
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Last edited by Bunuel on 13 Feb 2013, 09:16, edited 2 times in total.
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13 Feb 2013, 05:13
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Is |x|<1
1)X^4 -1 >0
2) 1/ 1-|x| >0

Question stem asks whether Is -1<x<1
Statement 1-$$X^4$$ -1 >0 ------>$$X^4$$ >1----> In order for this to be true x must be either greater than 1 or less than -1 i.e. x>1 or x<-1
In other words x does not fall in the range -1 to 1
Thus Sufficient

Statement 2 - 1/ 1-|x| >0
LHS is greater than 0 i.e. (any Positive number). Becuase the Numerator is positive Denominator has to be positive as well
Denominator = 1- |x|
In order to keep the Denominator positive, the Absolute value of x < Absolute value of 1
i.e. x range between -1 to 1.
Thus sufficient.

I hope this explanation helps.
By the way, this is a very POOR quality question as both options give two different answers.

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guerrero25 wrote:
Thanks for the explanation , Can we not have consistent answers to conclude that 1 & 2 independently are true?

Hi Guerrero,

That's possible logically but GMAT does not consider the same PRUDENT as you can observe that none of OG questions has two different answers.

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13 Feb 2013, 06:37
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fameatop wrote:
Is |x|<1
1)X^4 -1 >0
2) 1/ 1-|x| >0

Question stem asks whether Is -1<x<1
Statement 1-$$X^4$$ -1 >0 ------>$$X^4$$ >1----> In order for this to be true x must be either greater than 1 or less than -1 i.e. x>1 or x<-1
In other words x does not fall in the range -1 to 1
Thus Sufficient

Statement 2 - 1/ 1-|x| >0
LHS is greater than 0 i.e. (any Positive number). Becuase the Numerator is positive Denominator has to be positive as well
Denominator = 1- |x|
In order to keep the Denominator positive, the Absolute value of x < Absolute value of 1
i.e. x range between -1 to 1.
Thus sufficient.

I hope this explanation helps.
By the way, this is a very POOR quality question as both options give two different answers.

Fame

Thanks for the explanation , Can we not have consistent answers to conclude that 1 & 2 independently are true?

1) False for all the conditions ( taking |2| & |-2| both satisfy the condition )

2) True for all the conditions ( Taking |-1/2| & |-1/2| )

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13 Feb 2013, 07:02
fameatop wrote:
Is |x|<1
1)X^4 -1 >0
2) 1/ 1-|x| >0

Question stem asks whether Is -1<x<1
Statement 1-$$X^4$$ -1 >0 ------>$$X^4$$ >1----> In order for this to be true x must be either greater than 1 or less than -1 i.e. x>1 or x<-1
In other words x does not fall in the range -1 to 1
Thus Sufficient

Statement 2 - 1/ 1-|x| >0
LHS is greater than 0 i.e. (any Positive number). Becuase the Numerator is positive Denominator has to be positive as well
Denominator = 1- |x|
In order to keep the Denominator positive, the Absolute value of x < Absolute value of 1
i.e. x range between -1 to 1.
Thus sufficient.

I hope this explanation helps.
By the way, this is a very POOR quality question as both options give two different answers.

Fame

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Re: Is |x|<1   [#permalink] 13 Feb 2013, 07:02
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