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A shelf contains hardcover and paperback books, of either fiction or nonfiction. How many books are on the shelf?

(1) 2/3 of the books are fiction and 1/4 of the books are hardcover
(2) Fewer than 30 books are paperback and more than 10 are nonfiction


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Statement 1 : Not sufficient , we do know the value of X

Statement 2 : Not sufficient we do know the number of books still

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When combined \(\frac{X}{3} >10\) = \(X > 30\)
\(\frac{3*X}{4} < 30\) = \(X < 40\)

Values can be 30 < X < 40 . Only 36 seems to satisfy the equation .

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Bunuel wrote:
A shelf contains hardcover and paperback books, of either fiction or nonfiction. How many books are on the shelf?

(1) 2/3 of the books are fiction and 1/4 of the books are hardcover
(2) Fewer than 30 books are paperback and more than 10 are nonfiction


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ans C..

1) statement tells us ' 2/3 of the books are fiction and 1/4 of the books are hardcover'... it basically tells us that the total books have to be a multiple of 3 and 4 or 12..
so total books = 12,24,36,48,60..... insufficient
2) say total books are x...two informations-
a) as 1/4 are hardcover, 3/4 are paperback..
x*3/4<30.. or x<40
b) 2/3 are fiction, so 1/3 are nonfiction...
x*1/3>10...x>30..
insufficient..

combined with (a), the values can be 12,24,36.. and with (b), the values can be 36,48..
however only 36 is common... so sufficient
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Bunuel wrote:
A shelf contains hardcover and paperback books, of either fiction or nonfiction. How many books are on the shelf?

(1) 2/3 of the books are fiction and 1/4 of the books are hardcover
(2) Fewer than 30 books are paperback and more than 10 are nonfiction


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Solution: C.

Statement 1 indicates that the total number of books is a multiple of 12, as the number must be able to be broken into both thirds and fourths. But without any actual numbers, the statement is not sufficient. Similarly statement 2 is not sufficient, as it offers no insight into proportions. But together, the statements guarantee that there are either 24, 36 or 48 total books (multiples of 12 that are in the range of the statement 2 numbers). 48 is out of the question, as if 3/4 of the books are paperback, that would mean that 3/4 of 48 = 36 books are paperback, and statement 2 limits that number to under 30. And 24 is not enough - 1/3 of the books are nonfiction, meaning that only 8 out of 24 books would be nonfiction, and the statement requires that at least 10 be nonfiction. With 36 total books: 2/3 are fiction = 24. 1/3 are nonfiction = 12. 1/4 are hardcover = 9, and 3/4 are paperback = 27.
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A shelf contains hardcover and paperback books, of either fiction or nonfiction. How many books are on the shelf?

(1) 2/3 of the books are fiction and 1/4 of the books are hardcover
(2) Fewer than 30 books are paperback and more than 10 are nonfiction

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Statement 1 indicates that the total number of books is a multiple of 12, as the number must be able to be broken into both thirds and fourths. But without any actual numbers, the statement is not sufficient.


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Similarly statement 2 is not sufficient, as it offers no insight into proportions.


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But together, the statements guarantee that there are either 24, 36 or 48 total books (multiples of 12 that are in the range of the statement 2 numbers).

48 is out of the question, as if 3/4 of the books are paperback, that would mean that 3/4 of 48 = 36 books are paperback, and statement 2 limits that number to under 30.

And 24 is not enough - 1/3 of the books are nonfiction, meaning that only 8 out of 24 books would be nonfiction, and the statement requires that at least 10 be nonfiction.

With 36 total books: 2/3 are fiction = 24. 1/3 are nonfiction = 12. 1/4 are hardcover = 9, and 3/4 are paperback = 27.
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