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Are x and y both positive?

(1) $$2x-2y = 1$$

(2) $$\frac{x}{y} > 1$$
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Are x and y both positive?
(1) 2x-2y=1
(2) x/y>1

(1) 2x-2y=1. Well this one is clearly insufficient. You can do it with number plugging OR consider the following: x and y both positive means that point (x,y) is in the I quadrant. 2x-2y=1 --> y=x-1/2, we know it's an equation of a line and basically question asks whether this line (all (x,y) points of this line) is only in I quadrant. It's just not possible. Not sufficient.

(2) x/y>1 --> x and y have the same sign. But we don't know whether they are both positive or both negative. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Again it can be done with different approaches. You should just find the one which is the less time-consuming and comfortable for you personally.

One of the approaches:
$$2x-2y=1$$ --> $$x=y+\frac{1}{2}$$
$$\frac{x}{y}>1$$ --> $$\frac{x-y}{y}>0$$ --> substitute x --> $$\frac{1}{y}>0$$ --> $$y$$ is positive, and as $$x=y+\frac{1}{2}$$, $$x$$ is positive too. Sufficient.

Discussed here: ds1-93964.html?hilit=number%20plugging%20consider%20approaches and also here along with other hard inequality problems: inequality-and-absolute-value-questions-from-my-collection-86939.html

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Are x and y both positive?

1) 2x-2y=1
2(x-y)=1
x-y=1/2
-->3/4-1/4=1/2....YES
-->-1/4-(-3/4)=1/2...NO
INSUFFICIENT

2) x/y>1
This just means that x and y have the same sign. They're either both positive or both negative.
INSUFFICIENT

1&2)
x=1/2+y

(1/2+y)/y>1
y/2 + 1 > 1
y/2 > 0 which means that Y is greater than 0. And since both x and y have the same sign, both x and y are Positive. YES.

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I found this one easiest to solve by drawing a graph. Clearly 1) and 2) alone are not sufficient as discussed, so what remains to be seen is if 2) adds enough information to 1) to determine if both x and y are positive.

Drawing a quick graph of the line y=x-1/2 we find that the x-intercept of the line is (0.5,0) and the y-intercept is (0,-0.5). From this graph we can clearly see that we don't need to worry about anything in the 4th quadrant (+x/-y is not >1) or the 3rd quadrant (|x|<|y|, therefore x/y is not >1). All that is left is the 1st quadrant, in which x and y are both positive.

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Bunuel wrote:
Are x and y both positive?
(1) 2x-2y=1
(2) x/y>1

(1) 2x-2y=1. Well this one is clearly insufficient. You can do it with number plugging OR consider the following: x and y both positive means that point (x,y) is in the I quadrant. 2x-2y=1 --> y=x-1/2, we know it's an equation of a line and basically question asks whether this line (all (x,y) points of this line) is only in I quadrant. It's just not possible. Not sufficient.

(2) x/y>1 --> x and y have the same sign. But we don't know whether they are both positive or both negative. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Again it can be done with different approaches. You should just find the one which is the less time-consuming and comfortable for you personally.

One of the approaches:
$$2x-2y=1$$ --> $$x=y+\frac{1}{2}$$
$$\frac{x}{y}>1$$ --> $$\frac{x-y}{y}>0$$ --> substitute x --> $$\frac{1}{y}>0$$ --> $$y$$ is positive, and as $$x=y+\frac{1}{2}$$, $$x$$ is positive too. Sufficient.

Discussed here: ds1-93964.html?hilit=number%20plugging%20consider%20approaches and also here along with other hard inequality problems: inequality-and-absolute-value-questions-from-my-collection-86939.html

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From 1- X=Y+1/2. Divide both sides by Y you get X/Y=1+1/2Y --> 1+1/2Y>1 --> 1/2Y>0 then Y>0. Then consequently X>0.
Is the reasoning sound?

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Statement (1): x-y = 1/2. We can have x=1,y=1/2. Can also have x=0,y=-1/2. Insufficient.
Statement (2): x/y>1. We can have x=3,y=2. Can also have x=-3,y=-2. Insufficient.

Combining both,
(y+1/2)/y > 1
=> 1/2y>0
=> y>0

Also as x/y>1, x must be>0. Sufficient.

C it is.
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I got it correct but took approx 2.5 minutes.

stmnt 1 : insufficient by plugging numbers
stmnt 2 :

x/y >1 => not suff as bot x and y can be -ve or both +ve.

combined :

from stmnt 1 we have

x=y+1/2 => x/y = 1+1/2y => suppose x/y is 2 as x/y>1 => 2=1+1/2y = y=1/2 henc x=1

both positive.

Ans C

Am I right in my approach?

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Question: Is x > 0 AND y > 0?

Statement 1: 2x - 2y = 1 => 2(x - y) = 1 => x - y = 1/2
This just tells us that the difference is positive. But this can be true for cases when both x and y are positive, and when both x and y are negative.
For instance, x = 1.5, y = 1 => x - y = 0.5; also, x = -1, y = -1.5 => x - y = 0.5. Thus, INSUFFICIENT.

Statement 2: x/y > 1
This just tells us that x and y have the same sign. That is, both are positive or both are negative. INSUFFICIENT.

Combining these statements, we can use the same numbers used in Statement 1 to find out that both the cases together do not work for negative numbers.
For instance, x = -1, y = -1.5 => x - y = 0.5. However, x/y < 1. This violates statement 2.

Thus, the combination of the given statements tells us that x and y both have to be positive. => x > 0 AND y > 0. SUFFICIENT.
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St 1) 2x-2y = 1 => 2 (x-y) = 1 => x-y =1/2 => all this tells us is that x > y (could be positive or negative) == hence INSUFF

St 2) x/y > 1 => we don't know if y is (+) or (-) . So we have two cases:

if y positive, then x>y; if y negative, then x<y (again INSUFF)

Combining 1) and 2) we get x>y (from 1) ...which means y is positive (from 2)

Hence, if y is positive, and x >y, then x is also positive. SUFF!!

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Bunuel wrote:
Are x and y both positive?

$$2x-2y=1$$ --> $$x=y+\frac{1}{2}$$
$$\frac{x}{y}>1$$ --> $$\frac{x-y}{y}>0$$ --> substitute x --> $$\frac{1}{y}>0$$ --> $$y$$ is positive, and as $$x=y+\frac{1}{2}$$, $$x$$ is positive too. Sufficient.

Hope it helps.

Sorry for the bump but could you elaborate on the last part where you go from x/y>1 to (x-y)/y>0 to 1/y>0 ..?

I don't quite follow this algebra

$$\frac{x}{y}>1$$ --> $$\frac{x}{y}-1>$$ --> $$\frac{x-y}{y}>0$$. Now, substitute $$x=y+\frac{1}{2}$$ there to get $$\frac{1}{2y}>0$$, which further simplifies to $$\frac{1}{y}>0$$.

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Are x and Y both positive?

1) 2X-2Y = 1
2) (x/y) > 1

I guessed and got it right with a 50/50 guess at the end.

What I have done here is this

1) 2x - 2y = 1
hence x - y = \frac{1}{2} {Dividing both side by 2}
In sufficient

2) [fraction]x > y[/fraction] Alone in sufficient

When (1) + (2) We can say that if X is greater than y than x-y will yield a positive result.

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Manbehindthecurtain wrote:
Are x and Y both positive?

1) 2X-2Y = 1
2) (x/y) > 1

I guessed and got it right with a 50/50 guess at the end.

What I have done here is this

1) 2x - 2y = 1
hence x - y = \frac{1}{2} {Dividing both side by 2}
In sufficient

2) x > y Alone in sufficient

When (1) + (2) We can say that if X is greater than y than x-y will yield a positive result.

Please correct me if I am wrong

First of all: the question is "are x and Y both positive?" not whether "x-y will yield a positive result".

Next, the red part is not correct.

$$\frac{x}{y}>1$$ does not mean that $$x>y$$. If both $$x$$ and $$y$$ are positive, then $$x>y$$, BUT if both are negative, then $$x<y$$. What you are actually doing when writing $$x>y$$ from $$\frac{x}{y}>1$$ is multiplying both parts of inequality by $$y$$: never multiply (or reduce) an inequality by variable (or by an expression with variable) if you don't know the sign of it or are not certain that variable (or expression with variable) doesn't equal to zero.

So from (2) $$\frac{x}{y}>1$$, we can only deduce that $$x$$ and $$y$$ have the same sigh (either both positive or both negative).

See the complete solution of this problem in my previous post.

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1 is not suff, x = 0, y = -1/2

2 is not suff,x and y can be both -ve

Combining both :

x - y = 1/2

and (x - y)/y > 0

so 1/2/y > 0 => y is +ve and because x - y is +ve, x is +ve as well.

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i did same u subhashghosh
(1) 2x-2y=1
x-y= 1/2
so y could be +ve or -ve insuff.

(2) x/y>1
here x and y both could be +ve or -ve. so insuff.

Considering C
from (1) x is positive so from (2) y must be positive.
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Hello Bunuel,

Usually, whenever I see combining an inequality and equation, I substitute the value of one of the variable in the inequality and then analyze the effect.
So, going by that approach;

x-y=1/2 ---(1)
x/y>1 --(2)
Substituting the value of x in equation(2)

(y+1/2)/y>1

Lets assume that y is positive-

(y+1/2) > y

1/2>0 --This means that our assumption is true since 1/2 is greater than Zero. Hence, y > 0

Now, Lets assume that y is negative-

Now, here I'm stuck, I know that multiplying by a negative number changes the sign of the inequality.
I'm sure that the sign will be changed but what would be the resulting equation. I mean, do we need to replace y with "-y" in the whole equation. Please clarify. Which of the following would be correct then

a) y+1/2 <y
b) y+1/2 < -y
c) -y+1/2 < -y

Thanks

Refer to the highlighted portion : Actually you don't have to take 2 cases at this point: The expression you have is : $$\frac{y+0.5}{y}>1 \to 1+\frac{0.5}{y}>1 \to \frac{1}{y}>0$$--> Hence, y>0.

As for your doubt, if y is negative, we cross-multiply it and get : $$y+0.5<y \to 0>0.5$$, which is absurd.

If y is negative, then -y would be positive, and for multiplying a positive quantity, you don't need to flip signs. So , yes expression a is correct.
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Are x and y both positive?

(1) 2x-2y = 1
(2) x/y > 1

Target question: Are x and y both positive?

Statement 1: 2x - 2y = 1
There are several pairs of numbers that satisfy this condition. Here are two:
Case a: x = 1 and y = 0.5, in which case x and y are both positive
Case b: x = -0.5 and y = -1, in which case x and y are not both positive
Since we cannot answer the target question with certainty, statement 1 is NOT SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: x/y > 1
This tells us that x/y is positive. This means that either x and y are both positive or x and y are both negative. Here are two possible cases:
Case a: x = 4 and y = 2, in which case x and y are both positive
Case b: x = -4 and y = -2, in which case x and y are not both positive
Since we cannot answer the target question with certainty, statement 2 is NOT SUFFICIENT

Statements 1 and 2
Statement 1 tells us that 2x - 2y = 1.
Divide both sides by 2 to get: x - y = 1/2
Solve for x to get x = y + 1/2

Now take the statement 2 inequality (x/y > 1) and replace x with y + 1/2 to get:
(y + 1/2)/y > 1
Rewrite as: y/y + (1/2)/y > 1
Simplify: 1 + 1/(2y) > 1
Subtract 1 from both sides: 1/(2y) > 0
If 1/(2y) is positive, then y must be positive.

Statement 2 tells us that either x and y are both positive or x and y are both negative.
Now that we know that y is positive, it must be the case that x and y are both positive
Since we can now answer the target question with certainty, the combined statements are SUFFICIENT

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What happens when y = o?
X = 0.5 and y = 0, satisfies i and x/y is indeed > 0 since anything divided by 0 is infinity. But, despite this, y is not positive as it '0'.
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It may seem that 0.5/0 = infinity, but this is not the case.
If we approach 0 from the positive side, then it looks like 0.5/0 is a REALLY BIG POSITIVE NUMBER
0.5/0.1 = 5
0.5/0.01 = 50
0.5/0.001 = 500
0.5/0.0001 = 5000
0.5/0.00001 = 50000
etc.

But what if we approach 0 from the NEGATIVE side:
0.5/(-0.1) = -5
0.5/(-0.01) = -50
0.5/(-0.001) = -500
0.5/(-0.0001) = -5000
0.5/(-0.00001) = -50000
Here it looks like 0.5/0 will be a REALLY BIG NEGATIVE NUMBER

This is why we say that x/0 is undefined.

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Are x and y both positive?

(1) 2x-2y = 1
(2) x/y > 1

Solution:

We need to determine whether x and y are both positive.

Statement One Alone:

2x – 2y = 1

Simplifying statement one we have:

2(x – y) = 1

x – y = ½

The information in statement one is not sufficient to determine whether x and y are both positive. For example, if x = 1 and y = ½, x and y are both positive; however, if x = -1/2 and y = -1, x and y are both negative. We can eliminate answer choices A and D.

Statement Two Alone:

x/y> 1

Using the information in statement two, we see that x and y can both be positive or both be negative. Statement two alone is not sufficient to answer the question. We can eliminate answer choice B.

Statements One and Two Together:

Using the information in statements one and two, we know that x – y = ½ and that x/y > 1. Isolating x in the equation we have: x = ½ + y. We can now substitute ½ + y for x in the inequality x/y > 1 and we have:

(1/2 + y)/y > 1

(1/2)/y + y/y > 1

1/(2y) + 1 > 1

1/(2y) > 0

Thus, y must be greater than zero. Since x = ½ + y, x also must be greater than zero.

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Bunuel wrote:
zerotoinfinite2006 wrote:
Manbehindthecurtain wrote:
Are x and Y both positive?

1) 2X-2Y = 1
2) (x/y) > 1

I guessed and got it right with a 50/50 guess at the end.

What I have done here is this

1) 2x - 2y = 1
hence x - y = \frac{1}{2} {Dividing both side by 2}
In sufficient

2) x > y Alone in sufficient

When (1) + (2) We can say that if X is greater than y than x-y will yield a positive result.

Please correct me if I am wrong

First of all: the question is "are x and Y both positive?" not whether "x-y will yield a positive result".

Next, the red part is not correct.

$$\frac{x}{y}>1$$ does not mean that $$x>y$$. If both $$x$$ and $$y$$ are positive, then $$x>y$$, BUT if both are negative, then $$x<y$$. What you are actually doing when writing $$x>y$$ from $$\frac{x}{y}>1$$ is multiplying both parts of inequality by $$y$$: never multiply (or reduce) an inequality by variable (or by an expression with variable) if you don't know the sign of it or are not certain that variable (or expression with variable) doesn't equal to zero.

So from (2) $$\frac{x}{y}>1$$, we can only deduce that $$x$$ and $$y$$ have the same sigh (either both positive or both negative).

See the complete solution of this problem in my previous post.

Hope it helps.

I can clearly see how much weak I am in DS . I have no idea how to improve it. I am extremely weak in number system , including these kind of question. And day by day I am getting demoralize that I can't solve these kind of questions.

Anyways, Thanks a lot for your explanation Bunuel. You are genius as always.
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Re: Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x-2y = 1 (2) x/y > 1 [#permalink]

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30 Sep 2010, 07:22
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zerotoinfinite2006 wrote:
I can clearly see how much weak I am in DS . I have no idea how to improve it. I am extremely weak in number system , including these kind of question. And day by day I am getting demoralize that I can't solve these kind of questions.

Anyways, Thanks a lot for your explanation Bunuel. You are genius as always.
+1 more .

Check Number Theory chapter of Math Book for more on number properties (link in my signature).
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Re: Are x and y both positive? (1) 2x-2y = 1 (2) x/y > 1   [#permalink] 30 Sep 2010, 07:22

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