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# M26-12

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28 Mar 2013, 03:15
If −3<x<5 and −7<y<9, which of the following represents the range of all possible values of y−x?
a. −4<y−x<4
b. −2<y−x<4
c. −12<y−x<4
d. −12<y−x<12
e. 4<y−x<12

In the solution provided,the max value of y is taken as 9 whereas the min value of x is taken as -3.Is this a mistake in the question or we can ignore < and consider it as <= ?
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28 Mar 2013, 03:26
We can solve it using this method:
−3<x<5 all *-1 = 3>-x>-5 = $$-5<-x<3$$
$$-7<y<9$$
We can sum the inequalities : $$-7-5<y-x<9+3 = -12<y-x<12$$

shreerajp99 wrote:
In the solution provided,the max value of y is taken as 9 whereas the min value of x is taken as -3.Is this a mistake in the question or we can ignore < and consider it as <= ?

To answer your question, you can ignore the "<" and consider it "<=": it makes no difference.
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28 Mar 2013, 03:44
shreerajp99 wrote:
If −3<x<5 and −7<y<9, which of the following represents the range of all possible values of y−x?
a. −4<y−x<4
b. −2<y−x<4
c. −12<y−x<4
d. −12<y−x<12
e. 4<y−x<12

In the solution provided,the max value of y is taken as 9 whereas the min value of x is taken as -3.Is this a mistake in the question or we can ignore < and consider it as <= ?

Range of y-x will be defined as least value of y-x, and greatest value of y-x

y-x will least when y has its smallest value and x has its greatest value. so y - x = -7 - 5 = -12
y-x will greatest when y has its greatest value and x has its least value. so y - x = 9 - (-3) = 9+3 = 12

So range y-x = -12 < y-x < 12 Choice D

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