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While on a summer vacation in Hawaii, Carla goes for an ocean ride on a mystic porpoise named Noelani. If Noelani maintains a constant speed for the entire trip, does the ride take less than 3 hours ?

(1) Noelani swims faster than 6 miles per hour.

(2) The ride is 20 miles in the winter, but is then reduced by a mile per month until the fall.

I don't have the OA.
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Re: While on a summer vacation in Hawaii, Carla goes for an ocea [#permalink] New post 10 Jul 2012, 20:25
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While on a summer vacation in Hawaii, Carla goes for an ocean ride on a mystic porpoise named Noelani. If Noelani maintains a constant speed for the entire trip, does the ride take less than 3 hours ?

(1) Noelani swims faster than 6 miles per hour.

(2) The ride is 20 miles in the winter, but is then reduced by a mile per month until the fall.

I don't have the OA.

Hi,

Using (1)
We don't know the distance. Insufficient.

Using (2),
We don't know the speed. Insufficient.

Now using both the statements,
We don't know what will happen after fall. Also, we can't assume the duration of winter/fall/summer. Insufficient.

Answer (E).

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Re: While on a summer vacation in Hawaii, Carla goes for an ocea [#permalink] New post 11 Jul 2012, 09:19
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While on a summer vacation in Hawaii, Carla goes for an ocean ride on a mystic porpoise named Noelani. If Noelani maintains a constant speed for the entire trip, does the ride take less than 3 hours ?

(1) Noelani swims faster than 6 miles per hour.

(2) The ride is 20 miles in the winter, but is then reduced by a mile per month until the fall.

I don't have the OA.


Hi Smita,

This is a yes/no question, asking about the ride--is it faster than three hours?

Statement 1) clearly doesn't help to answer that. It gives us a minimum speed, but no distance. A 6mph trip takes 3 hours if it's exactly 18 miles long, so the answer is "Yes" for a 15 mile trip and "No" for a 20 mile one--and that's only if we assume minimum speed, which isn't necessarily the case. Insufficient.

Statement 2), meanwhile, gives no clues about speed. Obviously insufficient.

Put them together, though, and we have a hint. The speed in statement 1 will take less than three hours for a trip of less than 18 miles. And if we assume that Spring, between Winter and Summer, is three months long, then going from some point in the Winter to some point in the Summer, the Noelani's circuit has dropped by a minimum of three hours. A 17 mile-or-shorter trip at 6-or-more mph will definitely take less than 3 hours. We can answer the question "Yes," and that means that Together, choice (C), is the correct answer.

Note, however, that this problem isn't quite test like. I've never seen a GMAT question referencing the time of the seasons; in fact, since some parts of the globe don't have four seasons, the GMAT is very unlikely to require knowledge about it.
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Re: While on a summer vacation in Hawaii, Carla goes for an ocea [#permalink] New post 01 Aug 2013, 13:32
While on a summer vacation in Hawaii, Carla goes for an ocean ride on a mystic porpoise named Noelani. If Noelani maintains a constant speed for the entire trip, does the ride take less than 3 hours ?

(1) Noelani swims faster than 6 miles per hour.
We are told nothing about distance. r > 6 miles/hour
INSUFFICIENT

(2) The ride is 20 miles in the winter, but is then reduced by a mile per month until the fall.
J F M A M J J A S O N D
20 20 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 20
We are told nothing about the speed of the porposie.
INSUFFICIENT

1+2)

J F M A M J J A S O N D
20 20 20 19 18 17 16 15 14 13 12 20

In April, the first month of spring and the first month less than 20miles, it's possible that the trip is not completed in under three hours. For example, let's say the speed was greater than 6 miles/hour but just barely.

Time = Distance/Speed
Speed = 6.01 miles/hour
Time = 19/6.01
Time = 3.16 hours

For any summer month besides April, the trip would take less than three hours, but we cannot be 100% sure.
INSUFFICIENT

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Re: While on a summer vacation in Hawaii, Carla goes for an ocea [#permalink] New post 12 Oct 2013, 09:32
KapTeacherEli wrote:
Smita04 wrote:
While on a summer vacation in Hawaii, Carla goes for an ocean ride on a mystic porpoise named Noelani. If Noelani maintains a constant speed for the entire trip, does the ride take less than 3 hours ?

(1) Noelani swims faster than 6 miles per hour.

(2) The ride is 20 miles in the winter, but is then reduced by a mile per month until the fall.

I don't have the OA.


Hi Smita,

This is a yes/no question, asking about the ride--is it faster than three hours?

Statement 1) clearly doesn't help to answer that. It gives us a minimum speed, but no distance. A 6mph trip takes 3 hours if it's exactly 18 miles long, so the answer is "Yes" for a 15 mile trip and "No" for a 20 mile one--and that's only if we assume minimum speed, which isn't necessarily the case. Insufficient.

Statement 2), meanwhile, gives no clues about speed. Obviously insufficient.

Put them together, though, and we have a hint. The speed in statement 1 will take less than three hours for a trip of less than 18 miles. And if we assume that Spring, between Winter and Summer, is three months long, then going from some point in the Winter to some point in the Summer, the Noelani's circuit has dropped by a minimum of three hours. A 17 mile-or-shorter trip at 6-or-more mph will definitely take less than 3 hours. We can answer the question "Yes," and that means that Together, choice (C), is the correct answer.

Note, however, that this problem isn't quite test like. I've never seen a GMAT question referencing the time of the seasons; in fact, since some parts of the globe don't have four seasons, the GMAT is very unlikely to require knowledge about it.


I agree with Mr. Eli on this one, this is the correct approach, but very unlikely it will come in the GMAT,so don't worry about this problem.
Just as a key takeaway, when dealing with this constraints ALWAYS try the extremes and see if it satisfies. It WILL make a difference

Hope it helps :)
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