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Try this one from me. In the jar there are white and black [#permalink]  09 Oct 2009, 15:08
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Try this one from me.

In the jar there are white and black marbles (W>0 and B>0). How many black marbles are there?

(1) There are total 101 marbles in the jar.
(2) From any two marbles from the jar at least one is white.

Explanation of the answer to follow.
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Re: Jar of marbles. [#permalink]  09 Oct 2009, 15:36
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Bunuel wrote:
Try this one from me.

In the jar there are white and black marbles (W>0 and B>0). How many black marbles are there?

(1) There are total 101 marbles in the jar.
(2) From any two marbles from the jar at least one is white.

Explanation of the answer to follow.

C. If white marbles were 100 and 1 Black marble, then only you get at least 1/2 while drawing 2 marbles from the jar. But you do not get answer (no. of black and white marbles) until you mix 1 and 2.
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Re: Jar of marbles. [#permalink]  09 Oct 2009, 15:50
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Bunuel wrote:
Try this one from me.

In the jar there are white and black marbles (W>0 and B>0). How many black marbles are there?

(1) There are total 101 marbles in the jar.
(2) From any two marbles from the jar at least one is white.

Explanation of the answer to follow.

C. If white marbles were 100 and 1 Black marble, then only you get at least 1/2 while drawing 2 marbles from the jar. But you do not get answer (no. of black and white marbles) until you mix 1 and 2.

Maybe you misunderstood the statements, or I stated them ambiguously
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Re: Jar of marbles. [#permalink]  09 Oct 2009, 23:58
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Bunuel wrote:
GMAT TIGER wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
Try this one from me.

In the jar there are white and black marbles (W>0 and B>0). How many black marbles are there?

(1) There are total 101 marbles in the jar.
(2) From any two marbles from the jar at least one is white.

Explanation of the answer to follow.

C. If white marbles were 100 and 1 Black marble, then only you get at least 1/2 while drawing 2 marbles from the jar. But you do not get answer (no. of black and white marbles) until you mix 1 and 2.

Maybe you misunderstood the statements, or I stated them ambiguously

I guess I overlooked - thought white for black. It is B.
Given that: w>0 and b>0.

(1) Total = 101 tells nothing about individusl msrbles.
(2) If any two marbles from the jar are drawn, at least one is a white. That means black cannot be more than 1. so Black = 1 irrespective of whites.

Another good one. Are you gmat instructer/question writer?
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Re: Jar of marbles. [#permalink]  10 Oct 2009, 00:21
Yes you're right. Answer B. +1.

Thats what I like in this problem: the number of black marbles are in no connection with total number of marbles. Simple logic.

I'm neither gmat instructor nor question writer, I'm just preparing for GMAT. Just found that composing questions helps me to understand better the logic of the quant problems in GMAT.
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Re: Jar of marbles. [#permalink]  10 Oct 2009, 03:59
Awesome question.. I arrived at E.
Line of reasoning: At least one white means that number of white > 50% of total...however even after combining we cannot tell the exact number of whites..it can be 60%(Total) or 70%(Total)..

The catch is the word "any" in B. If ANY two marbles are picked and if black can be 1(max) means, there is only one black !!!!
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Re: Jar of marbles. [#permalink]  10 Oct 2009, 09:10
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Awesome question.. I arrived at E.
Line of reasoning: At least one white means that number of white > 50% of total...however even after combining we cannot tell the exact number of whites..it can be 60%(Total) or 70%(Total)..

The catch is the word "any" in B. If ANY two marbles are picked and if black can be 1(max) means, there is only one black !!!!

Thanks Economist, I knew that this trap ("any" in second statement) would work.

And yes answer is 1 black marble, (2) alone is sufficient. B.
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Re: Jar of marbles. [#permalink]  10 Oct 2009, 09:30
I guess thats the best way to practice gmat.

Your questions are perfectly up to the real gmat standard.

lol................ +1

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Yes you're right. Answer B. +1.

Thats what I like in this problem: the number of black marbles are in no connection with total number of marbles. Simple logic.

I'm neither gmat instructor nor question writer, I'm just preparing for GMAT. Just found that composing questions helps me to understand better the logic of the quant problems in GMAT.

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Re: Jar of marbles. [#permalink]  05 Jan 2010, 13:24
Bunuel wrote:
Yes you're right. Answer B. +1.
I'm neither gmat instructor nor question writer, I'm just preparing for GMAT. Just found that composing questions helps me to understand better the logic of the quant problems in GMAT.

Awesome question.....! U preparing for GMAT! U mite end up getting 900 score in it :D LOL!!
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