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Is x negative?

(1) At least one of x and x^2 is greater than x^3.
(2) At least one of x^2 and x^3 is greater than x.
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Re: Is x negative? At least one of x and x^2 is greater x^3 [#permalink] New post 17 Feb 2013, 13:50
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If x > 1, then it is always true that x < x^2 < x^3.

If 0 < x < 1, then it is always true that x^3 < x^2 < x.

From the above, you can see that neither statement is sufficient alone, since in each case, x can be positive. Notice from the above that if x is positive, x^2 is never the largest of the three expressions x, x^2 and x^3. Since Statement 1 guarantees that x^3 is not the largest of the three expressions, and Statement 2 guarantees that x is not the largest of the three expressions, then using both statements, the only possibility is that x^2 is the largest of the three expressions. Since that can't happen when x is positive, x must be negative, and the answer is C.
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Re: Is x negative? [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2014, 04:32
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Saabs wrote:
Can someone please explain me what "at least one of" means in the statements? I really have no idea how to convert this sentence into an equation.


At least one of x and x^2 is greater than x^3 means that x>x^3 OR x^2>x^3 OR x>x^3 and x^2>x^3 (so, x is greater than x^3 or x^2 is greater than x^3 or both are greater than x^3).
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Re: Is x negative? [#permalink] New post 04 Feb 2014, 06:28
PraPon wrote:
Is x negative?

(1) At least one of x and x^2 is greater than x^3.
(2) At least one of x^2 and x^3 is greater than x.


I second the approach by IanStewart although I followed a slightly different approach

Statement 1

X could be either a fraction or a negative number

Statement 2

X could be either a positive or a negative number

Statement 1 and 2 together

X has to be a negative number

C

Just my 2c

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Is x negative? [#permalink] New post 13 Jul 2014, 01:30
Can someone please explain me what "at least one of" means in the statements? I really have no idea how to convert this sentence into an equation.
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Re: Is x negative? [#permalink] New post 05 Aug 2014, 22:43
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Is x negative?

(1) At least one of x and x^2 is greater than x^3.
(2) At least one of x^2 and x^3 is greater than x.


Thanks for the question. C is the answer.

(1) x <1 for (1) to happen
(2) x<0 or x>1 for (2) to happen

Combine (1) and (2), x<0 , so C is the answer.

(You can solve it by doing a little bit algebra x^2> x^3 -> x^2 - x^3>0 -> x^2 (1-x)> 0, so x<1)
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