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Beth's pizzeria offers x different toppings. What is the value of x?

(1) There are an equal number of different pizzas that can be made with (x − 2) toppings as there are different pizzas with just 2 toppings.

(2) If the pizzeria were to add one additional topping, the number of different pizzas that could be made with 4 toppings would double.
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Beth's pizzeria offers x different toppings. What is the value of x?

(1) There are an equal number of different pizzas that can be made with (x − 2) toppings as there are different pizzas with just 2 toppings.

The number of x-2 topping pizzas that can be made out of x toppings is \(C^{x-2}_{x}=\frac{x!}{(x-2)!2!}\).

The number of 2 topping pizzas that can be made out of x toppings is \(C^2_{x}=\frac{x!}{(x-2)!2!}\).

These two expressions are the same, thus when equating them we cannot solve for x. Not sufficient.

Basically, this statement says that xC(x-2) = xC2. But these expressions are always equal. For example, the number of groups of 3 you can choose out of 5 is the same as the number of groups of 5-3=2 you can choose out of 5.

(2) If the pizzeria were to add one additional topping, the number of different pizzas that could be made with 4 toppings would double.

\(C^4_{x+1}=2*C^4_x\) --> \(\frac{(x+1)!}{4!(x-3)!}=2*\frac{x!}{4!(x-4)!}\) --> \((x-2)(x-1)x(x+1)=2*(x-3)(x-2)(x-1)x\) --> \(x+1=2*(x-3)\) --> \(x=7\). Sufficient.

Answer: B.

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Just a point of clarification in Bunuel's answer above:

For option 2: Once you have the equation set up, you notice that you have one equation with one unknown. DON'T WASTE TIME TRYING TO SOLVE THE EQUATION. Just know that you have sufficient information to solve for x. Therefore 2) is sufficient.

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Bunuel, could you please elaborate the second statement ? Especially how to expand this (X-3)! And (X-4)! ?

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Bunuel, could you please elaborate the second statement ? Especially how to expand this (X-3)! And (X-4)! ?

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(2) If the pizzeria were to add one additional topping, the number of different pizzas that could be made with 4 toppings would double.

So, we are told that the number of different pizzas that could be made with 4 toppings out of x+1 toppings is twice the number of different pizzas that could be made with 4 toppings out of x toppings.

The number of different pizzas that could be made with 4 toppings out of x+1 = \(C^4_{x+1}=\frac{(x+1)!}{4!(x-3)!}\).

The number of different pizzas that could be made with 4 toppings out of x toppings = \(C^4_x=\frac{x!}{4!(x-4)!}\).


Thus given that \(\frac{(x+1)!}{4!(x-3)!}=2*\frac{x!}{4!(x-4)!}\);

\(\frac{(x+1)!}{(x-3)!}=2*\frac{x!}{(x-4)!}\);

Since \((x+1)! = x!*(x+1)\) and \((x-3)! = (x-4)!*(x-3)\), then \(\frac{ x!*(x+1)}{(x-4)!*(x-3)}=2*\frac{x!}{(x-4)!}\);

\(\frac{(x+1)}{(x-3)}=2\);

\(x+1=2*(x-3)\) --> \(x=7\).

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Bunuel, perfect !

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Hi All,

This question suffers a bit from "interpretative bias", which is something that you're not likely to see on Test Day. While Bunuel's explanation is spot-on, the math involved is not obvious from the wording of the question. Here's why:

From Fact 1....

(1) There are an equal number of different pizzas that can be made with (x − 2) toppings as there are different pizzas with just 2 toppings.

The phrase "different pizzas with just 2 toppings" COULD mean....

1) There are 2 toppings to choose from. You can have a pizza with 0 toppings, 1 topping or 2 toppings.

OR

2) It's a reference to ALL of the different pizzas that COULD be made that have 2 toppings on them (from the X toppings that are there).

These statements involve different math and end in different results (which obviously impacts what the correct answer will be). Thankfully, the GMAT is really rigorous with its design standards and has an active process to weed out these type of inconsistencies, so you're not likely to face this issue on the Official GMAT.

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(1) There are an equal number of different pizzas that can be made with (x − 2) toppings as there are different pizzas with just 2 toppings.

As we know that nCr = nCn-r , this statement gives no info. hence insufficient
(2) If the pizzeria were to add one additional topping, the number of different pizzas that could be made with 4 toppings would double.

Here (x+1)C 4 = 2 * x C4, It can be solved for x. Hence sufficient.
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