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At a certain bookstore, each notepad costs x dollars and each markers costs y dollars. If $10 is enough to buy 5 notepads and 3 markers, is $10 enough to buy 4 notepads and 4 markers instead?

(1) Each notepad cost less than $1
(2) $10 is enough to buy 11 notepads
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At a certain bookstore, each notepad costs x dollars and each markers costs y dollars. If $10 is enough to buy 5 notepads and 3 markers, is $10 enough to buy 4 notepads and 4 markers instead?

1). each notepad cost less than $1

2). $10 is enough to buy 11 notepads


Given: \(5x+3y\leq{10}\). Question: is \(4x+4y\leq{10}\)?

Note that both statements are telling us basically the same thing:
(1) \(x<1\);
(2) \(11x<10\) --> \(x<\frac{10}{11}\approx{0.9}\);

Now, if both notepad and marker cost very cheap then the answer would be YES but if notepad costs $0.1 and marker costs $3 then the answer would be NO. Not sufficient.

Answer: E.
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metallicafan wrote:
At a certain bookstore, each notepad costs x dollars and each markers costs y dollars. If $10 is enough to buy 5 notepads and 3 markers, is $10 enough to buy 4 notepads and 4 markers instead?

1). each notepad cost less than $1

2). $10 is enough to buy 11 notepads


Given: 5x + 3y <= 10 .... (I)
Question: Is 4x + 4y <=10 ?....(II)

Statement (1) x < 1.
If x is a little less than 1 but almost 1, then 5x is little less than 5. Putting in (I) above, we get that y is less than \(\frac{5}{3}\).
Now we need to put these values in equation (II) and check.
4x will be a little less than 4 and 4y will be less than 4x\(\frac{5}{3}\) i.e. 6.66. Together, 4x + 4y will be less than 10.66. It may be less than 10 or a little more than 10, hence this is not sufficient.

Statement (2) x < \(\frac{10}{11}\)
If x is a little less than 10/11 but almost 10/11, then 5x is little less than 50/11. Putting in (I) above, we get that y is less than \(\frac{20}{11}\).
Now we need to put these values in equation (II) and check.
4x will be a little less than 40/11 and 4y will be less than 4x\(\frac{20}{11}\) i.e. \(\frac{80}{11}\). Together, 4x + 4y will be less than 120/11 i.e. less than 10.9. It may be less than 10 or more, we do not know, hence this is not sufficient.

Note: You didn't actually need to calculate the data in the second statement. This is because, if we compare 5x + 3y with 4x + 4y, the x term has reduced but the y term has increased. If x is as great as possible, it will keep y small and the extra y in second statement may not matter. We tried with x a little less than 1 in first statement. In second statement, x is smaller than 10/11. Hence, if first statement was not sufficient, no way could the second statement be sufficient.
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At a certain bookstore, each notepad costs x dollars and each markers costs y dollars. If $10 is enough to buy 5 notepads and 3 markers, is $10 enough to buy 4 notepads and 4 markers instead?

1). each notepad cost less than $1

2). $10 is enough to buy 11 notepads


Let me put it in this way:
given :
\(5x+3y <= 10\)
asking:
is \(4x+4y <= 10\)

NOTE: in both the above cases we buy total of \(8\) items. All it is asking is, with the same amount i.e. \($10\) can i buy \(1\) more\(y\), making \(y\) to \(4\) items from \(3\)items, instead of buying \(1\) \(x\), making \(x\) to \(4\) items from \(5\) items.

Hence, to answer this question, all we need to know is is the price of \(1 y\) less than that of one \(1 x\). ==> \(is Y < X\) If this is the case, then i can safely replace 1 x with 1 y for that/leass than the amount ($10). Can't I?

stmnt1: \(x < 1\). who cares. i need to know \(is Y < X\)..Not suff.
stmnt2: 11x<10. ==> x<1. Same as above...Not suff.
stmnts 1 & 2. Both are bread slices. Can not make the sandwich with out the extra stuff....Not suff.

Answer "E".

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can someone explain why "If $10 is enough to buy 5 notepads and 3 markers" => the translation can't be 5x+ 3y = 10 ( what's wrong with this)

and why is it => 5x+3y < = 10
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can someone explain why "If $10 is enough to buy 5 notepads and 3 markers" => the translation can't be 5x+ 3y = 10 ( what's wrong with this)

and why is it => 5x+3y < = 10


LET SAY X= 1 Y =1
THEN 5X + 3Y = 8
STILL 10 DOLLAR IS enough TO BUY 5 NOTEPADS AND 3 MARKERS.

so question wants to say that price of 5 notepads and 3 markers is less than or equal to 10 $

hope it is clear.
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can someone explain why "If $10 is enough to buy 5 notepads and 3 markers" => the translation can't be 5x+ 3y = 10 ( what's wrong with this)

and why is it => 5x+3y < = 10


'is enough' means that it suffices. Whether it suffices perfectly or something is leftover is not specified. e.g. it is correct to say $10 is enough to buy the chocolate bar I want. The bar could cost $5 or $8 or $9.2 or $10 etc. I any case, $10 is enough.

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I am pretty sure this wasnt intended to be a hard question.
Both statements in a way give the same info. So answer should be either D or E.
Since both x and y have changed in the question (4x+4y≤10?) from the given (5x+3y≤10) the answer has to be E
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