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ZY<XY<0 is |X-Z| + |x| = |Z|
1.) Z<X
2.) Y<0
What is a good approach here?

Thanks!

The question is asking is |X-Z| + |X| = |Z|

|X-Z| + |X| = |Z|

|X-Z| = |Z| - |X|

This is true only when X and Z are the same sign, or essentially when they are both either greater than zero or less than zero. Since the assumption is that they are both less than zero when multiplied by Y, then if Y is positive, they are both negative, and if Y is negative, they are both positive.

1. Z < X
All this tells us is that Y < 0

2. Y < 0
This also tells us that Y < 0

IF Y < 0 then Z and X must be positive. Thus they are the same sign, thus the answer is D. However, I would say that if Y was positive, then |X-Z| + |X| = |Z| would still be true. Y can't be zero because then XY and ZY can't be less than zero.

My question is, will there be questions like this on the Real Gmat, where the data given is not required to solve the question?

The question is from GMAT PREP so presumably it's representative of the real GMAT.

I hope not to see it on the real thing though - I hate this type of Q and have a limit on how many scenarios I'm willing to write out before moving onto the next question!

I'm guessing it might be a 50/51 threshold question, I didn't get it but got a 50 on the practice test.

ZY<XY<0 is |X-Z| + |x| = |Z| 1.) Z<X 2.) Y<0 What is a good approach here?

Thanks!

The question is asking is |X-Z| + |X| = |Z|

|X-Z| + |X| = |Z|

|X-Z| = |Z| - |X|

This is true only when X and Z are the same sign, or essentially when they are both either greater than zero or less than zero. Since the assumption is that they are both less than zero when multiplied by Y, then if Y is positive, they are both negative, and if Y is negative, they are both positive.

1. Z < X All this tells us is that Y < 0

2. Y < 0 This also tells us that Y < 0

IF Y < 0 then Z and X must be positive. Thus they are the same sign, thus the answer is D. However, I would say that if Y was positive, then |X-Z| + |X| = |Z| would still be true. Y can't be zero because then XY and ZY can't be less than zero.

My question is, will there be questions like this on the Real Gmat, where the data given is not required to solve the question?

This is a necessary, but not sufficient condition for the statement in the question to be true. It must also be true that |z| -|x| is positive

Re: GMATPREP Modulus Q [#permalink]
25 Nov 2009, 07:30

Fig, I understand your explanation but shouldn't the statements themselves be always true? If so, the two scenarios Y>0 and Y<0 are contradictory? Am I missing something here?

if Y>0, then Z-X<0 , the case can be z=2, X=3 and Z-X<0 which dont agree with z<x<0

please advise

This is not a good question, for two reasons:

1. Neither of statement is needed to answer the question, stem is enough to do so. I don't know if such kind of situation can occur in real GMAT. Maybe someone can clarify this? 2. Statements contradict. This will never occur in real GMAT.

If zy<xy<0 is |x-z|+|x| = |z|

Look at the inequality zy<xy<0:

We can have two cases:

A. If y<0 --> when reducing we should flip signs and we'll get: z>x>0. In this case: as z>x --> |x-z|=-x+z; as x>0 and z>0 --> |x|=x and |z|=z.

Hence in this case |x-z|+|x|=|z| will expand as follows: -x+z+x=z --> 0=0, which is true.

And:

B. If y>0 --> when reducing we'll get: z<x<0. In this case: as z<x --> |x-z|=x-z; as x<0 and z<0 --> |x|=-x and |z|=-z.

Hence in this case |x-z|+|x|=|z| will expand as follows: x-z-x=-z --> 0=0, which is true.

So knowing that zy<xy<0 is true, we can conclude that |x-z|+|x| = |z| will also be true. Answer should be D even not considering the statements themselves.

Next:

Statement (1) says that z<x, hence we have case B, which implies that y>0.

BUT

Statement (2) says that y<0.

So statements are contradictory, which will never occur in GMAT.

Re: GMATPREP Modulus Q [#permalink]
06 May 2010, 12:17

ZY<XY<0 is |X-Z| + |x| = |Z| 1.) Z<X 2.) Y<0 What is a good approach here?

---------------------------------------------------- A simpler approach :: -make a few cases

subcases x y z case 1 + - + 2 - + - case1:: if x,y +ve and y negative thn z>x to satisfy zy<xy frm question part 1) given z<x exact opposite of wht we just did i.e x,z negative and y positive take numbers say x=-3 , z=-4 , y =+1 so 4=4 substitute in the equation ::same goes for any othr number .. hence part 1 satisfies similary do for part 2..m too tired to write [:)]
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ZY<XY<0 is |X-Z| + |x| = |Z| 1.) Z<X 2.) Y<0 What is a good approach here?

Thanks!

The question is asking is |X-Z| + |X| = |Z|

|X-Z| + |X| = |Z|

|X-Z| = |Z| - |X|

This is true only when X and Z are the same sign, or essentially when they are both either greater than zero or less than zero. Since the assumption is that they are both less than zero when multiplied by Y, then if Y is positive, they are both negative, and if Y is negative, they are both positive.

1. Z < X All this tells us is that Y < 0

2. Y < 0 This also tells us that Y < 0

IF Y < 0 then Z and X must be positive. Thus they are the same sign, thus the answer is D. However, I would say that if Y was positive, then |X-Z| + |X| = |Z| would still be true. Y can't be zero because then XY and ZY can't be less than zero.

My question is, will there be questions like this on the Real Gmat, where the data given is not required to solve the question?

I think you almost got it but you are missing the case when both are zero

For |X-Z| = |Z| - |X| both x and z must have the same sign OR be both equal to zero.

Funny thing is that as you mention we already know that y is different from zero since we are told that 0>xy>zy, so it will work in either case Anyone else thinks that this question is flawed?