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Re: which of the following inequalities has a solution that [#permalink]
03 Jan 2011, 06:41

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anilnandyala wrote:

which of the following inequalities has a solution that , when graphed on the number line is a straight line of finite length?

Which of the following inequalities has a solution set, when graphed on the number line, is a single line segment of finite length?

The key words in the stem are: "a single line segment of finite length"

Now, answer choices A, B, and C can not be correct answers as solutions sets for these exponential functions are not limited at all (>= for even powers and <= for odd power) and thus can not be finite (x can go to + or -infinity for A and C and x can got to -infinity for B). As for D: we have that absolute value of x is between two positive values, thus the solution set for x (because of absolute value) will be two line segments which will be mirror images of each other.

Answer: E.

Just to demonstrate:

A. x^4 >= 1 --> x\leq{-1} or x\geq{1}: two infinite ranges;

B. x^3 <= 27 --> x\leq{3}: one infinite range;

C. x^2 >= 16 --> x\leq{-4} or x\geq{4}: two infinite ranges;

D. 2 <= |x| <= 5 --> -5\leq{x}\leq{-2} or 2\leq{x}\leq{5}: two finite ranges;

E. 2 <= 3x+4 <= 6 --> -2\leq{3x}\leq{2} --> -\frac{2}{3}\leq{x}\leq{\frac{2}{3}}: one finite range.

Re: which of the following inequalities has a solution that [#permalink]
11 Jun 2011, 21:36

It is good question, It was obvious that A,B , C are incorrect as these are exponent of X but I couldn't figure out which one between d & e is better, so attempted D on GMAT Prep test Later, During review of the question I found that X was actually |X| - absolute value , Hence two lines, So correct is E

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Re: Which of the following inequalities has a solution set, when [#permalink]
13 Jul 2014, 07:34

Bunuel wrote:

anilnandyala wrote:

which of the following inequalities has a solution that , when graphed on the number line is a straight line of finite length?

Which of the following inequalities has a solution set, when graphed on the number line, is a single line segment of finite length?

The key words in the stem are: "a single line segment of finite length"

Now, answer choices A, B, and C can not be correct answers as solutions sets for these exponential functions are not limited at all (>= for even powers and <= for odd power) and thus can not be finite (x can go to + or -infinity for A and C and x can got to -infinity for B). As for D: we have that absolute value of x is between two positive values, thus the solution set for x (because of absolute value) will be two line segments which will be mirror images of each other.

Answer: E.

Just to demonstrate:

A. x^4 >= 1 --> x\leq{-1} or x\geq{1}: two infinite ranges;

B. x^3 <= 27 --> x\leq{3}: one infinite range; C. x^2 >= 16 --> x\leq{-4} or x\geq{4}: two infinite ranges;

D. 2 <= |x| <= 5 --> -5\leq{x}\leq{-2} or 2\leq{x}\leq{5}: two finite ranges;

E. 2 <= 3x+4 <= 6 --> -2\leq{3x}\leq{2} --> -\frac{2}{3}\leq{x}\leq{\frac{2}{3}}: one finite range.

Answer: E.

Hope it's clear.

Hi Bunuel, for option B, why isn't it a finite range?

Re: Which of the following inequalities has a solution set, when [#permalink]
13 Jul 2014, 07:36

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russ9 wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

anilnandyala wrote:

which of the following inequalities has a solution that , when graphed on the number line is a straight line of finite length?

Which of the following inequalities has a solution set, when graphed on the number line, is a single line segment of finite length?

The key words in the stem are: "a single line segment of finite length"

Now, answer choices A, B, and C can not be correct answers as solutions sets for these exponential functions are not limited at all (>= for even powers and <= for odd power) and thus can not be finite (x can go to + or -infinity for A and C and x can got to -infinity for B). As for D: we have that absolute value of x is between two positive values, thus the solution set for x (because of absolute value) will be two line segments which will be mirror images of each other.

Answer: E.

Just to demonstrate:

A. x^4 >= 1 --> x\leq{-1} or x\geq{1}: two infinite ranges;

B. x^3 <= 27 --> x\leq{3}: one infinite range; C. x^2 >= 16 --> x\leq{-4} or x\geq{4}: two infinite ranges;

D. 2 <= |x| <= 5 --> -5\leq{x}\leq{-2} or 2\leq{x}\leq{5}: two finite ranges;

E. 2 <= 3x+4 <= 6 --> -2\leq{3x}\leq{2} --> -\frac{2}{3}\leq{x}\leq{\frac{2}{3}}: one finite range.

Answer: E.

Hope it's clear.

Hi Bunuel, for option B, why isn't it a finite range?