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The next set of medium/hard DS questions. I'll post OA's with detailed explanations after some discussion. Please, post your solutions along with the answers.

1. What is the product of three consecutive integers?

(1) At least one of the integers is positive (2) The sum of the integers is less than 6

4. Two machines, A and B, each working at a constant rate, can complete a certain task working together in 6 days. In how many days, working alone, can machine A complete the task?

(1) The average time A and B can complete the task working alone is 12.5 days. (2) It would take machine A 5 more days to complete the task alone than it would take for machine B to complete the task

5. Set A={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x}, where x is an integer. Is the standard deviation of set A more than the standard deviation of set B={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x, y}

(1) The standard deviation of set A is positive (2) y=3

6. The ratio of the number of employees of three companies X, Y and Z is 3:4:8, respectively. Is the average age of all employees in these companies less than 40 years?

(1) The total age of all the employees in these companies is 600 (2) The average age of employees in X, Y, and Z, is 40, 20, and 50, respectively.

7. Was the average (arithmetic mean) temperature in city A in March less than the average (arithmetic mean) temperature in city B in March?

(1) The median temperature in City A in March was less than the median temperature in city B (2) The ratio of the average temperatures in A and B in March was 3 to 4, respectively

8. Two marbles are drawn from a jar with 10 marbles. If all marbles are either red of blue, is the probability that both marbles selected will be red greater than 3/5?

(1) The probability that both marbles selected will be blue is less than 1/10 (2) At least 60% of the marbles in the jar are red

8. Two marbles are drawn from a jar with 10 marbles. If all marbles are either red of blue, is the probability that both marbles selected will be red greater than 3/5?

The question: is P(R and R)=R/10*(R-1)/9>3/5? Is R(R-1)>54? Is R>7? (By number plugging) So, the question asks whether the number of red marbles is more than 7 (8, 9, or 10).

(1) The probability that both marbles selected will be blue is less than 1/10. This implies that B/10*(B-1)/9<1/10. So, we have that B(B-1)<9, thus B<4, so the number of red marbles in the jar is 7, 8, 9, or 10. Not sufficient.

(2) At least 60% of the marbles in the jar are red. This implies that the number of red marbles is 6 or more. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) From above we have that R>6. Not sufficient.

5. Set A={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x}, where x is an integer. Is the standard deviation of set A more than the standard deviation of set B={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x, y}

(1) The standard deviation of set A is positive. We know that the standard deviation of any set is more than or equal to zero. The standard deviation of a set is zero only when the set consists of identical elements. So, this statement implies that set A does NOT consists of identical elements or that x does not equal to zero. Still this statement is not sufficient to answer the question.

(2) y=3. The mean of set A is 3. Now, if \(x\neq{0}\) for example if x=1, then the standard deviation of B would be smaller that the standard deviation A, since the elements of B would be less widespread than the element of set A. But if x=0, then A={3, 3, 3, 3, 3} and B={3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3}, so both will have the standard deviation of zero. Bot sufficient.

(1)+(2) Since from (1) \(x\neq{0}\), then adding a new element which equals to the mean will shrink the standard deviation, thus SD(A)>SD(B). Sufficient.

7. Was the average (arithmetic mean) temperature in city A in March less than the average (arithmetic mean) temperature in city B in March?

(1) The median temperature in City A in March was less than the median temperature in city B. Clearly insufficient.

(2) The ratio of the average temperatures in A and B in March was 3 to 4, respectively. Temperatures can be negative, thus this statement is also not sufficient. Consider T(A)=3 and T(B)=4 AND T(A)=-3 and T(B)=-4.

(1)+(2) We have no additional useful info. Not sufficient.

9. If x is an integer, is x^2>2x? \(x^2-2x>0\) \(x(x-2)>0\) The question asks is x in one of those intervals? \(x<0 , x>2\)

(1) x is a prime number. Sufficient All prime numbers are greater than 2 so \(x\geq{2}\) so we are in the right interval. What a stupid mistake!Not suff, x can be 2 (2) x^2 is a multiple of 9. Not sufficient. If x=0, x^2 =0 is a multiple of 9 but 0 isn't in the intervals, if x=3 x^2=9 is a multiple of nine and 3 is in our intervals.

C _________________

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3. The length of the median BD in triangle ABC is 12 centimeters, what is the length of side AC? (1) ABC is an isosceles triangle (2) AC^2 = AB^2 + BC^2

1) There is no information on angles and which two sides are equal. Not sufficient.

2) It says that angle at B is right angle and AC is hypotenuse. If any right-angled triangle is inscribed in a circle, the hypotenuse of the triangle must be diameter of circle and the median extending to the hypotenuse of the triangle must be radius of the circle -->Median is equal to half of the hypotenuse --> AC = 24. Sufficient.

4. Two machines, A and B, each working at a constant rate, can complete a certain task working together in 6 days. In how many days, working alone, can machine A complete the task? (1) The average time A and B can complete the task working alone is 12.5 days. (2) It would take machine A 5 more days to complete the task alone than it would take for machine B to complete the task

Assuming A and B takes x and y days respectively to finish the work alone. In 6 days, work done by A = 6/x, work done by B = 6/y, total work done by A and B together = 6/x + 6/y 6/x + 6/y = 1 --> 6x + 6y = xy …. (eq1)

1) (x+y)/2 = 12.5 --> x+y = 25 Substituting this in eq1, 6*25 = x(25-x) --> x^2 -25x + 150 = 0 --> (x-10)(x-15) = 0 --> x = 10 or 15 Not sufficient.

2) y = x-5 Substituting this in eq1, 6x + 6x – 30 = x(x-5) --> x^2 -17x + 30 = 0 --> (x-2)(x-15) = 0 --> x = 2 or 15 If x = 2, y become -3 which is impossible. --> x = 15. Sufficient.

1. (1) Insufficient. It could be {0,1,2} and the product is 0, or it could be {1,2,3} and their product is 6. (2) Insufficient. It could be {0,1,2} and the product is 0, or it could be {-3,-2,-1} and the product is -6

(1)+(2) Sufficient. Suppose the least number is n, so the second is (n+1) and the third is (n+2). Their sum must be less than 6: n+(n+1)+(n+2)<6 or 3n+3<6 or n<1. By first statement at least one of the integers must be positive, it means that the largest is positive: n+2>0 or n>-2. So n=-1 or n=0. Therefore, there are two possible sets {-1, 0, 1} or {0, 1, 2}. The product anyway is 0.

The correct answer is C.

2. (1) Insufficient. For x=11 and y=10 the remainder when x is divided by y is 1, for x=12 and y=2 the remainder when x is divied by y is 2. (2) Insufficient. The main point here is the remainder must be less than the divisor. We don't know is y>9 or y<=9. For y=1 the remainder when x is divided by y is 0, for y=2, x=2q+9 the remainder is 1 when x is divided by 2.

(1)+(2) Sufficient. If y is a two-digit number the when qy is divided by y there is remainder 0, and when 9 is divided by y the remainder is 9, since 9<y. So, x when divided by y gives the remainder 9.

The correct answer C _________________

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(1) No number in set A is less than the average (arithmetic mean) of set A.

Since no number is less than the average, then no number is more than the average, which implies that the list contains identical elements: A={x, x, x, ...}. From this it follows that (the average)=(the median). But we don't know the value of x, thus this statement is NOT sufficient.

(2) The average (arithmetic mean) of set A is equal to the range of set A.

Not sufficient: if A={0, 0, 0, 0}, then (the median)=0, but if A={1, 2, 2, 3}, then (the median)=2.

(1)+(2) From (1) we have that the list contains identical elements. The range of all such sets is 0. Therefore, from (2) we have that (the average)=(the range)=0 and since from (1) we also know that (the average)=(the median), then (the median)=0. Sufficient.

1. What is the product of three consecutive integers?

(1) At least one of the integers is positive Clearly Not sufficient. {0, 1, 2} product=0; {1, 2, 3} product = 6 (2) The sum of the integers is less than 6 Clearly Not sufficient. {0, 1, 2} product=0; {-1, -2, -3} product = 6

(1)+(2) From 2 we know that \(a+(a+1)+(a+2)<6\) so \(a<1\) The three integers are \(a,a+1,a+2\), and at least one is positive (knowing that a is an integer less than 1) : 1)a>0 this cannot be: there is no integer between 0 and 1; 2)a+1>0 a>-1 with a<1 there is one solution a=0 and the product is 0 {0,1,2};3) a+2>0 a>-2 here we have 2 solutions a=-1 and the numbers are {-1,0,1}=>prod=0 or a=0 and the product is 0. IMO C _________________

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2. If x and y are both positive integers and x>y, what the remainder when x is divided by y?

(1) y is a two-digit prime number Not sufficient. ie 22/11 R=0, 23/11 R=1 (2) x=qy+9, for some positive integer q Not sufficient. ie x= 29 = 20+9 = 4*5+9 or 5*4+9 I don't know if 4 or 5 is y and this changes the R.

(1)+(2) If y is a two-digit prime number x=qy+9 for any q says that the R of x/y is 9. x/y=q+9/y IMO C _________________

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6. The ratio of the number of employees of three companies X, Y and Z is 3:4:8, respectively. Is the average age of all employees in these companies less than 40 years?

(1) The total age of all the employees in these companies is 600 Not sufficient. ie totEmployees= 15 (3+4+8) => average age = 600/15=40 or totEmployees = 30 (2*(3+4+8))=> average age = 600/30=20. In the first case the answer is NO, in the second is YES (2) The average age of employees in X, Y, and Z, is 40, 20, and 50, respectively. \(\frac{(40*3+20*4+50*8)}{15}=\frac{120+80+400}{15}=\frac{600}{15}=40\) If you weight the average age with the ratios you find out that the average age is 40, which is NOT less than 40. Sufficient IMO B _________________

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The next set of medium/hard DS questions. I'll post OA's with detailed explanations after some discussion. Please, post your solutions along with the answers.

1. What is the product of three consecutive integers?

(1) At least one of the integers is positive -Can not determine the values (2) The sum of the integers is less than 6- Can not determine the values

(1)+(2)-> at least one positive and <6 so can't be 1,2,3 -> so 0 must be part of the sequence .

IMO: C

Bunuel wrote:

2. If x and y are both positive integers and x>y, what the remainder when x is divided by y?

(1) y is a two-digit prime number - Can not determine the values (2) x=qy+9, for some positive integer q - Can not determine the values 1+2=>y>9 , as y is two digit ...so remainder 9

IMO: C

Bunuel wrote:

3. The length of the median BD in triangle ABC is 12 centimeters, what is the length of side AC?

(1) ABC is an isosceles triangle No idea about which sides are same (2) AC^2 = AB^2 + BC^2 D is mid point of AC , SO AD= DC=BD = 12 => AC

IMO:B

Bunuel wrote:

4. Two machines, A and B, each working at a constant rate, can complete a certain task working together in 6 days. In how many days, working alone, can machine A complete the task?

(1) The average time A and B can complete the task working alone is 12.5 days.say A can complete in x , then b in = 12.5*2 - x hence \(\frac{1}{x}+\frac{1}{25-x}=\frac{1}{6}=> x= 15 or 10\)

(2) It would take machine A 5 more days to complete the task alone than it would take for machine B to complete the task \(\frac{1}{x}+\frac{1}{x+5}=\frac{1}{6}=> x= 10\) So A 15 days [/color]

IMO: B

Bunuel wrote:

5. Set A={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x}, where x is an integer. Is the standard deviation of set A more than the standard deviation of set B={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x, y}

(1) The standard deviation of set A is positiveNot sufficient (2) y=3So we added 3 to the existing series , where 3 was mean=> SD will decrease

IMO: B

Bunuel wrote:

6. The ratio of the number of employees of three companies X, Y and Z is 3:4:8, respectively. Is the average age of all employees in these companies less than 40 years?

(1) The total age of all the employees in these companies is 600Can 't do anything (2) The average age of employees in X, Y, and Z, is 40, 20, and 50, respectively.can determine \(40*3x + 20*4x + 50 *8x = total age , now dividing by 15x we can get avg age\)

IMO: B

Bunuel wrote:

7. Was the average (arithmetic mean) temperature in city A in March less than the average (arithmetic mean) temperature in city B in March?

(1) The median temperature in City A in March was less than the median temperature in city BNo idea about avg (2) The ratio of the average temperatures in A and B in March was 3 to 4, respectivelyit means Avg(A) < Avg(B)

IMO: B

Bunuel wrote:

8. Two marbles are drawn from a jar with 10 marbles. If all marbles are either red of blue, is the probability that both marbles selected will be red greater than 3/5?

(1) The probability that both marbles selected will be blue is less than 1/10 say there are b blue and 10-b red=> \frac{(bC2)}{(10C2) < 0.1=> b(b-1) < 9 Not sufficient} (2) At least 60% of the marbles in the jar are red So Red GE 6 and Blue LE 4 => for 6 red p(selecting 2 red out of 6) = 0.33 < \frac{3}{5} but if all are red P(red) = 1 > \frac{3}{5} so insufficient

Now adding 1+2 => blue can be 4 ,3,2,1,0 both blue should be less than 0.1 => so b can't be 4 it can only 3,2 So red balls can be 7 or 8-> no definite ans

IMO: E

Bunuel wrote:

9. If x is an integer, is x^2>2x?

(1) x is a prime number.not sufficient can be 2 or 3.. (2) x^2 is a multiple of 9. =>X is a multiple of 3 when we do squaring we multiply with a multiple of 3 and whem we do 2X we multiply with 2 so x^2>2x is always true except x= 0

adding 1 +2 => x can't be zero IMO: C

Bunuel wrote:

10. What is the value of the media of set A?

(1) No number in set A is less than the average (arithmetic mean) of set A. so all the numbers must be same =>median is any number of the set, sufficient to determine (2) The average (arithmetic mean) of set A is equal to the range of set A.not sufficient

IMO: A

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5. Set A={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x}, where x is an integer. Is the standard deviation of set A more than the standard deviation of set B={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x, y}

(1) The standard deviation of set A is positive Not sufficient.ie with x=1 A={1,2, 3, 4, 5} B={1, 2, 3, 4, 5, y} All depends on y. (2) y=3 Not sufficient.ie if x=0 A={3,3,3,3,3} B={3,3,3,3,3,3} STD of B is = STD of A if x=1 A={1,2, 3, 4, 5} B={1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 3} STD of B is < STD of A

(1)+(2) From 1 we know that \(x\neq{0}\) and from 2 that y=3. Sufficient. ie:x=1 : A={1,2, 3, 4, 5} B={1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 3} STD of B is < STD of A x=1000 : A={-1997,-997, 3, 1003, 2003} B={-1997,-997, 3, 1003, 2003, 3} STD of B is < STD of A A and B share 4 elements in common that are different from 3, but because B has one more 3 than X it will have a STD lesser than A _________________

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8. Two marbles are drawn from a jar with 10 marbles. If all marbles are either red of blue, is the probability that both marbles selected will be red greater than 3/5?

(1) The probability that both marbles selected will be blue is less than 1/10 \(\frac{B}{10}*\frac{B-1}{9}<\frac{1}{10}\) \(B^2-B-9<0\) b<3,5xxx so b can be (0,1,2,3) If b=0 the answer is YES; if b=3 the answer is NO (\(\frac{7}{10}*\frac{6}{9}=\frac{42}{90}<\frac{3}{5}\)) Not sufficient. (2) At least 60% of the marbles in the jar are red \(R\geq{6}\). Clearly not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Since together they add no new info IMO E _________________

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1. What is the product of three consecutive integers?

(1) At least one of the integers is positive (2) The sum of the integers is less than 6

My answer C

Stmt 1: Three consecutive integers can be any among (-1,0,1) or (1,2,3) or (99,100,101) etc...no sufficient. Stmt 2: Three consecutive integers can be any among (-100,-99,-98) or (-1,0,1) or (-16,-15,-14) etc...no sufficient.

combining both statements we have only 2 sets (-1,0,1) or (0,1,2). and in ether case product is 0. hence C

2. If x and y are both positive integers and x>y, what the remainder when x is divided by y?

(1) y is a two-digit prime number (2) x=qy+9, for some positive integer q

My answer C.

Stmt 1: Y can be among 11,13,37,61 etc.. and so can X be any number satisfying X>Y.Hence reminder when x is divided by y cannot be uniquely determined.

Stmt 2 : x=qy+9. Say Q=2 and Y=3 .=>X=15 and X/Y leave no reminder. Say Q=3 and Y=4 => X=21 and X/Y leaves a reminder of 1.. Hence insufficient.

combining : we know that Y>9..hence the reminder when X=qy+9/y will always leave a reminder of 9

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