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Is x > y^2?

(1) x > y+5

(2) x^2-y^2 = 0

Hello,

I was wondering if someone can help with providing a detailed explanation as to how they arrived at correct answer . The explanation on the test (GMAT Club Test m2#19) review is a bit brief. Thanks

I was wondering if someone can help with providing a detailed explanation as to how they arrived at (c). The explanation on the test review is a bit brief. Thanks

Is x>y^2?

(1) x>y+5

(2) x^2-y^2 = 0

Is \(x>y^2\)?

(1) \(x>y+5\) --> \(x-y>5\). Clearly insufficient, for example: if \(x=1\) and \(y=-10\) then the answer is NO, but if \(x=10\) and \(y=1\) then the answer is YES. Two different answers, hence not sufficient.

(2) \(x^2-y^2=0\) --> \((x-y)(x+y)=0\) --> so either \(x-y=0\) or \(x+y=0\). Also insufficient: if \(x=1\) and \(y=1\), then answer is NO, buy if \(x=\frac{1}{2}\) and \(y=\frac{1}{2}\), then the answer is YES. Two different answers, hence not sufficient.

(1)+(2) As from (1) \(x-y>5\neq{0}\), then from (2) must be true that \(x+y=0\) --> so \(x=-y\) --> substitute \(x\) in (1) --> \(-y-y>5\) --> \(y<-\frac{5}{2}<0\), as \(x=-y\), then \(x>\frac{5}{2}>0\), so \(y^2\) (or which is the same \(x^2\)) will always be more than \(x\), thus the answer to the question "Is \(x>y^2\)" is NO. Sufficient.

To elaborate more as \(x=-y>0\), the only chance for \(x>y^2\) to hold true (or which is the same for \(x>x^2\) to hold true) would be if \(x\) is fraction (\(0<x<1\)). For example if \(x=\frac{1}{2}\) and \(y=-\frac{1}{2}\) then \(x=\frac{1}{2}>y^2=\frac{1}{4}\). But the fact that \(x>\frac{5}{2}>0\) rules out this option.

This doesn't necessarily tell us anything. If y = 1, and x = 7, then x > y^2, but if y = -6 and x = 0, then x < y^2. But itself, Statement #1 is not sufficient.

Statement #2: x^2 - y^2 = 0

This means that x^2 = y^2, which means that x = ±y. Same absolute value, but both could be positive, both could be negative, or either one could be positive and the other negative. We know that y^2 will be positive, but the x can be positive or negative, so by itself, Statement #2 is insufficient.

Combined Now, we know that x^2 - y^2 = 0 ---> x = ±y, AND we know that x > y + 5. This leads immediate to a few conclusions (a) x is positive and y is negative --- that's the only way they could have the same absolute value, but with x bigger than y + 5 (b) x and y must have an absolute value greater than 2.5, so that the different between positive x and negative y is more than 5

So we are comparing a positive number x, greater than 2.5, to the square of the negative number with the same absolute value. Of course, x^2 and y^2 are equal, so the question really boils down to: given that x > 2.5, is x > x^2?

For all x greater than one, the square of x is greater than x. That's because, squaring is multiplying a number by itself, and when you multiply anything by a number greater than one, it gets bigger.

Thus, if x > 2.5, when we square it, it will get bigger. Therefore, x^2 = y^2 > x for all values of x > 2.5.

Thus, combined, the statements are sufficient together. Answer = C

Does that make sense? Please let me know if you have any questions.

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Re: Is x > y^2? (1) x > y+5 (2) x^2-y^2 = 0 [#permalink]

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tonebeeze wrote:

Hello,

I was wondering if someone can help with providing a detailed explanation as to how they arrived at (c). The explanation on the test review is a bit brief. Thanks

Is x>y^2?

(1) x>y+5

(2) x^2-y^2 = 0

Is \(x>y^2\)?

(1) \(x>y+5\) --> \(x-y>5\). Clearly insufficient, for example: if \(x=1\) and \(y=-10\) then the answer is NO, but if \(x=10\) and \(y=1\) then the answer is YES. Two different answers, hence not sufficient.

(2) \(x^2-y^2=0\) --> \((x-y)(x+y)=0\) --> so either \(x-y=0\) or \(x+y=0\). Also insufficient: if \(x=1\) and \(y=1\), then answer is NO, buy if \(x=\frac{1}{2}\) and \(y=\frac{1}{2}\), then the answer is YES. Two different answers, hence not sufficient.

(1)+(2) As from (1) \(x-y>5\neq{0}\), then from (2) must be true that \(x+y=0\) --> so \(x=-y\) --> substitute \(x\) in (1) --> \(-y-y>5\) --> \(y<-\frac{5}{2}<0\), as \(x=-y\), then \(x>\frac{5}{2}>0\), so \(y^2\) (or which is the same \(x^2\)) will always be more than \(x\), thus the answer to the question "Is \(x>y^2\)" is NO. Sufficient.

To elaborate more as \(x=-y>0\), the only chance for \(x>y^2\) to hold true (or which is the same for \(x>x^2\) to hold true) would be if \(x\) is fraction (\(0<x<1\)). For example if \(x=\frac{1}{2}\) and \(y=-\frac{1}{2}\) then \(x=\frac{1}{2}>y^2=\frac{1}{4}\). But the fact that \(x>\frac{5}{2}>0\) rules out this option.

Answer: C.

Hope it's clear.

Hello, could someone please remove the highlighted part from the original post? (also from my post now, I suppose). Also, I just wanted to know, if we could also write \(x^2-y^2=0\) as \(x^2=y^2\) which is the same as \(|x|=|y|\). Just asking because I've become slightly comfortable with solving with absolute values. So is this ok?

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Hello, could someone please remove the highlighted part from the original post? (also from my post now, I suppose). Also, I just wanted to know, if we could also write \(x^2-y^2=0\) as \(x^2=y^2\) which is the same as \(|x|=|y|\). Just asking because I've become slightly comfortable with solving with absolute values. So is this ok?

yes, you can use \(x^2-y^2=0\) as \(x^2=y^2\) or \(|x|=|y|\)

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Is x > y^2?

(1) x > y+5

(2) x^2-y^2 = 0

-> In the original condition, there are 2 variables(x, y), which should match with the number of equations. So, you need 2 equations. For 1) 1 equation, for 2) 1 equation, which is likely to make C the answer. In 1) & 2), it is x-y>5 for 1). In case of 2), x=y, x=-y. When x=y, it is 0>5 from x-y>5, which is impossible and becomes x=-y. Thus, x>y^2? --> -y>y^2? --> 0>y^2+y? --> 0>y(y+1)? --> -1<y<0?. In 1), -y>y+5, -5>2y, -5/2>y, -2.5>y, which is no and sufficient. Therefore, the answer is C.

During the exam, it is better to choose C since there are 2 variables.

-> For cases where we need 2 more equations, such as original conditions with “2 variables”, or “3 variables and 1 equation”, or “4 variables and 2 equations”, we have 1 equation each in both 1) and 2). Therefore, there is 70% chance that C is the answer, while E has 25% chance. These two are the majority. In case of common mistake type 3,4, the answer may be from A, B or D but there is only 5% chance. Since C is most likely to be the answer using 1) and 2) separately according to DS definition (It saves us time). Obviously there may be cases where the answer is A, B, D or E.
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