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Material A costs $3 per kilogram, and Material B costs $5 per kilogram. If 10 kilograms of Material K consists of x kilograms of Material A and y kilograms of Material B, is x > y ?

(1) y > 4 (2) The cost of the 10 kilograms of Material K is less than $40.

Material A costs $3 per kilogram, and material B costs $5 per kilogram. If 10 kilograms of material K consists of x kilograms of material A and y kilograms of material B, is x >y?

(1) y > 4 (2) The cost of the 10 kilograms of material K is less than $40

Material A costs $3 per kilogram, and material B costs $5 per kilogram. If 10 kilograms of material K consists of x kilograms of material A and y kilograms of material B, is x >y?

Given: x+y=10. Question: is x>y?

(1) y > 4. Clearly insufficient: if y=4.5<x=5.5 the answer will be YES but if y=6>x=4 the answer will be NO.

(2) The cost of the 10 kilograms of material K is less than $40 ---> 3x+5y<40, as y=10-x then: 3x+5(10-x)<40 --> 2x>10 --> x>5, so x>y. Sufficient.

Material A cost 3$/kg and B cost 5$/kg. If 10 kg of material K consist of x kg of A and y kg of B, is x>y?

1- y>4

2- the cost of 10kg of K is less than $40.

Solution: -

1) Insufficient Material A cost 3$/kg and B cost 5$/kg x+y=10 and y>4 is all we have from statement 1. Since the total price is not fixed, (x,y) can be anything satisfying x+y=10 ....even (5,5) can't be wrong in this case

2) Sufficient Material A cost 3$/kg and B cost 5$/kg x+y=10 and the cost of 10kg of K is less than $40. Therefore, 3x+5y<40 => 3x+(10-x)5<40 => 10<2x => 5<x So, x>5 and x+y=10 means x>y

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Material A costs $3 per kilogram, and material B costs $5 per kilogram. If 10 kilograms of material K consists of x kilograms of material A and y kilograms of material B, is x > y? (1) y > 4 (2) The cost of the 10 kilograms of material K is less than $40

Let's setup the weighted average equation for this question:

\(x\) kilograms at 3$ per Kilogram \(y\) kilograms at 5$ per Kilogram Yields \(10\) kilograms at z$ per Kilogram We also know that \(x+y=10\) So Equation would be : \(3(x)+5(y)=10(z)\)

Now let's look at the statements:

Statement 1: \(y>4\)

Remember: \(x+y=10\) So: \(x\) could range between 0 and 6. Insufficient

Statement 2: Cost is \(<40\)

So \(3(x)+5(y)<40\) But \(x+y=10\) so \(x=10-y\) So \(3(10-y)+5(y)<40\) So \(30-2y+5y<40\) So \(2y<10\) So \(y<5\)

If \(y<5\) then \(x>5\) so \(x>y\) Sufficient

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Material A costs $3 per kilogram, and Material B costs $5 per kilogram. If 10 kilograms of Material K consists of x kilograms of Material A and y kilograms of Material B, is x > y ?

(1) y > 4 (2) The cost of the 10 kilograms of Material K is less than $40.

Material K cost "C" can be found out by calculating

C= (3*x+5*y)/10

Now the cost C will be close to Material A cost if x is more than y and vice versa

from St 1 we have y>4 For eg y=5, x=5 Cost of Material K will be $4/kg (in between price of Material A and Material B) now if x=4,y=6 ,Cost of material K will be be $ 4.2/kg if x=1,y=9 then Cost of material will be 4.8$ per kg but if we take y=4 and x=6 we get cost of material K as $ 3.8 per kg less than $ 4 which would have been the price had both material A and B were added equally.

Therefore if x>y we should have price of Material K < $ 4kg

Hence St1 alone not sufficient as we can have x=y or x<y

St 2, The cost of the 10 kilograms of Material K is less than $40.[/quote]

Cost of Material per kg <$4 which meets our above requirement which means x>y

Therefore ans st B
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Bunuel wrote:

alltimeacheiver wrote:

Material A costs $3 per kilogram, and material B costs $5 per kilogram. If 10 kilograms of material K consists of x kilograms of material A and y kilograms of material B, is x >y?

(1) y > 4 (2) The cost of the 10 kilograms of material K is less than $40

Material A costs $3 per kilogram, and material B costs $5 per kilogram. If 10 kilograms of material K consists of x kilograms of material A and y kilograms of material B, is x >y?

Given: x+y=10. Question: is x>y?

(1) y > 4. Clearly insufficient: if y=4.5<x=5.5 the answer will be YES but if y=6>x=4 the answer will be NO.

(2) The cost of the 10 kilograms of material K is less than $40 ---> 3x+5y<40, as y=10-x then: 3x+5(10-x)<40 --> 2x>10 --> x>5, so x>y. Sufficient.

Answer: B.

Bunuel, Can you, please, advise, if the problem stated that x and y can only be integers, would statement 1 be sufficient? I guess YES.

Material A costs $3 per kilogram, and Material B costs $5 [#permalink]

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Bunuel wrote:

alltimeacheiver wrote:

Material A costs $3 per kilogram, and material B costs $5 per kilogram. If 10 kilograms of material K consists of x kilograms of material A and y kilograms of material B, is x >y?

(1) y > 4 (2) The cost of the 10 kilograms of material K is less than $40

Material A costs $3 per kilogram, and material B costs $5 per kilogram. If 10 kilograms of material K consists of x kilograms of material A and y kilograms of material B, is x >y?

Given: x+y=10. Question: is x>y?

(1) y > 4. Clearly insufficient: if y=4.5<x=5.5 the answer will be YES but if y=6>x=4 the answer will be NO.

(2) The cost of the 10 kilograms of material K is less than $40 ---> 3x+5y<40, as y=10-x then: 3x+5(10-x)<40 --> 2x>10 --> x>5, so x>y. Sufficient.

Answer: B.

Hi...If in the question it is mentioned that x and y are integers, then will the answer be D? because it will lead to contradiction that 'x is not greater than y' or will still answer be b because (there is no clarity whether x may be equal to y or may be less than y'?

Material A costs $3 per kilogram, and material B costs $5 per kilogram. If 10 kilograms of material K consists of x kilograms of material A and y kilograms of material B, is x >y?

(1) y > 4 (2) The cost of the 10 kilograms of material K is less than $40

Material A costs $3 per kilogram, and material B costs $5 per kilogram. If 10 kilograms of material K consists of x kilograms of material A and y kilograms of material B, is x >y?

Given: x+y=10. Question: is x>y?

(1) y > 4. Clearly insufficient: if y=4.5<x=5.5 the answer will be YES but if y=6>x=4 the answer will be NO.

(2) The cost of the 10 kilograms of material K is less than $40 ---> 3x+5y<40, as y=10-x then: 3x+5(10-x)<40 --> 2x>10 --> x>5, so x>y. Sufficient.

Answer: B.

Hi...If in the question it is mentioned that x and y are integers, then will the answer be D? because it will lead to contradiction that 'x is not greater than y' or will still answer be b because (there is no clarity whether x may be equal to y or may be less than y'?

If we were told that x and y are integers then y > 4 (5, 6, 7, ...) together with x + y = 10, would be sufficient to say that x is NOT greater than y. But in this case the question would be flawed because the statements would contradict each other which never happens in proper GMAT DS questions.

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Thank you Buennel!

Very important point since i came here with the same problem and i pulled my hair over this for a solid 20 minutes.

If you simplify (2) it results in y < 5. While (1) says that y > 4.

Contradicting? No. We might think its contradictory if we assume that the qty involved are integers (common mistake, since qty usually are).

Do note that the question does not say that x or y are integers. And it is for this reason, otherwise, the question would logically be incorrect.

My takeaway: 1) Always remember that GMAT statements are never contradictory 2) If at some point, it seems like they are contradicting, it could mean a) i've done it incorrectly b) they aren't contradicting in the first place! :p 3) In such WP questions, ask yourself, are the quantities divisible into decimals?

Material A costs $3 per kilogram, and Material B costs $5 per kilogram. If 10 kilograms of Material K consists of x kilograms of Material A and y kilograms of Material B, is x > y ?

(1) y > 4 (2) The cost of the 10 kilograms of Material K is less than $40.

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In solving the B part of this question (like in many situation i have faced) 3[5]+5[5]=15+25="40<40" This is my question: [Q-1] Can we ever take 40<40 ie x<x when x is same number. Similarly x>x and so on in GMAT?

To be honest, I am not sure what your question means. 40 < 40 is not correct and neither is x < x since both are equal. And no, x > x doesn't work either. If they are the same number, one cannot be greater than the other. You might want to show me the steps of where you come across this problem.
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