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Is |xy| > x^2*y^2 ?

(1) 0 < x^2 < 1/4
(2) 0 < y^2 < 1/9


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Can someone please explain what to do with |xy| > x^2y^2 before we look into the equations?

I got |xy| > (xy)^2 but I didn't know how to interpret the inequality from here. Thanks in advance
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Re: Is |xy| > x^2*y^2 ? [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2013, 12:01
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|xy| > x^2y^2 ?

1) 0 < x^2 < 1/4

2) 0 < y^2 < 1/9


IMO C

|xy| > x^2y^2
since both sides are positive square both sides
(xy)^2 > (xy)^4
(xy)^2((xy)^2-1)<0
since (xy)^2>0 therefore (xy)^2-1<0
(xy)^2<1
or -1<xy<1
......so finally this is question.

finally you need both x and y to come to conclusion

STATEMENT 1==>ONLY X HENCE INSUFFICIENT.
0 < x^2 < 1/4
-1/2<x<1/2

STATEMENT 2 ==>ONLY Y HENCE INSUFFICIENT
0 < y^2 < 1/9
-1/3<y<1/3
now combining both clearly -1<xy<1
hence C

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Re: Is |xy| > x^2*y^2 ? [#permalink] New post 17 Aug 2013, 13:45
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|xy| > x^2y^2 ?

1) 0 < x^2 < 1/4

2) 0 < y^2 < 1/9


|xy| > x^2y^2
since both sides are positive square both sides
(xy)^2 > (xy)^4
(xy)^2((xy)^2-1)<0
since (xy)^2>0 therefore (xy)^2-1<0
(xy)^2<1
......so finally this is question.

finally you need both x and y to come to conclusion

STATEMENT 1==>ONLY X HENCE INSUFFICIENT.
STATEMENT 2 ==>ONLY Y HENCE INSUFFICIENT
hence D

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If both are insufficient OA is either C or E. Could you please elaborate?


for me the OA is C

Case 1: -> -1/2 < x < 1/2 and x <> 0

we dont know if |xy|>x^2y^2 as we dont know about Y

case 2; -> -1/3 < y < 1/3 and y <> 0

we dont know if |xy|>x^2y^2 as we dont know about X

Combining both

for any values of x & Y , |xy| > x^2y^2
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If both are insufficient OA is either C or E. Could you please elaborate?


for me the OA is C


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Is |xy|>x^2y^2 [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2014, 19:33
Q. Is |xy|>x^{2}y^{2}

1.0<x^{2}<1/4
2. 0<y^{2}<1/9

[Reveal] Spoiler:
In the answer explanation, the question is boiled down to is x^2 *y^2< 1..
Where as I solved it by saying that since x^2/geq{0} and y^2/geq{0} and thus not equal to zero the expression is true..I don't see a reason to prove less than 1 because if value of x and y are less than 1 then surely x^2y^2 will be less than 1...am I correct ??

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Re: Is |xy|>x^2y^2 [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2014, 19:49
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Here, it helps to know that numbers greater than 1, when squared, are larger. Numbers between 0 and 1, when squared, are smaller.

Once you establish that, you're just saying:

Statement 1: x^2 = smaller; y^2 = unknown (smaller or large) ==> Don't know if product is larger or smaller because you don't know magnitude
Statement 2: y^2 = smaller; x^2 = unknkown (smaller or larger) ==> Don't know if product is larger or smaller because you don't know magnitude

Statement 1 and 2: x^2 = smaller; y^2 = smaller ==> product is smaller because both numbers are smaller.

Therefore, correct answer is (C).
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Re: Is |xy|>x^2y^2 [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2014, 20:00
I will go with C .


| xy | is a positive and x^2 y^2 must be positive . x and y are positives or negatives . it does not matter . Only way to satisfy the condition is that both X & Y must be fractions .

basically we are asked that whether both x and y are fraction ?

1) it tells us x is a fraction because the highest possible value of x can be 1/2 . no info about y hence not sufficient.


2) it tells us , y is a fraction but no info about x . not sufficient





(1) + (2) , now both x & y are fractions so

| xy | will always be greater than x ^2 y ^2 .

hence sufficient . so answer is C

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Q. Is |xy|>x^{2}y^{2}

1.0<x^{2}<1/4
2. 0<y^{2}<1/9

[Reveal] Spoiler:
In the answer explanation, the question is boiled down to is x^2 *y^2< 1..
Where as I solved it by saying that since x^2/geq{0} and y^2/geq{0} and thus not equal to zero the expression is true..I don't see a reason to prove less than 1 because if value of x and y are less than 1 then surely x^2y^2 will be less than 1...am I correct ??


Two variables are confusing you.

Note that the question is just this:

Is |xy|> x^{2}y^{2}
Is |xy|> |xy|^2
Is z > z^2 where z = |xy|

When is z greater than z^2? When z lies between -1 and 1 or we can say between 0 and 1 when z is positive.

1.0<x^{2}<1/4
This tells you that 0 < |x| < 1/2. Doesn't tell you anything about y so you don't know anything about z.

2. 0<y^{2}<1/9
This tells you that 0 < |y| < 1/3. Doesn't tell you anything about x so you don't know anything about z.

Both together, you know that |x|*|y| is less than 1 i.e. z is less than 1. Hence z WILL BE greater than z^2.

Answer (C)
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Re: Is |xy| > x^2*y^2 ? [#permalink] New post 24 Jul 2014, 23:28
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Q. Is |xy|>x^{2}y^{2}

1.0<x^{2}<1/4
2. 0<y^{2}<1/9

[Reveal] Spoiler:
In the answer explanation, the question is boiled down to is x^2 *y^2< 1..
Where as I solved it by saying that since x^2/geq{0} and y^2/geq{0} and thus not equal to zero the expression is true..I don't see a reason to prove less than 1 because if value of x and y are less than 1 then surely x^2y^2 will be less than 1...am I correct ??

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Re: GMAT prep question pack 1 [#permalink] New post 18 Aug 2014, 22:26
If (xy)^2 is positive, (xy)^2>(xy)4 or 1> (xy)^2
I and 2 are insufficient because in each statement other value is missing.

By combining
We know that (xy)^2 is positive. So,

(xy)^2< (1/4)*(1/9)
Clearly, 1> (xy)^2
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