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For the system of equations given, what is the value of z?

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x-4=z
y-x=8
8-z=t

For the system of equations given, what is the value of z?


(1) x = 7. Substitute the value of x in the first equation to find z. Sufficient.
(2) t = 5. Substitute the value of t in the third equation to find z. Sufficient.

Answer: D.
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Bunuel wrote:
x-4=z
y-x=8
8-z=t

For the system of equations given, what is the value of z?

(1) x = 7
(2) t = 5


St 1: Sufficient: x=7, substituting in Eq 1, we will get value of Z, 7-4=z=3,
ST 2. Sufficient: t=5, substituting in Eq 3, We will get value of Z, 8-Z=5, Z= 3.

Hence Answer D.
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New post 18 Jul 2013, 14:58
I didnt even solve for z, all I used was the fact that "ONE unknown and TWO knowns means you can solve for the unknown".

Hence, we are given x in s(1) and that is sufficent just by looking at the top equation. Then we are given t in s(2) which is enough for the third equation.

The reason this method is superior to any other is that you quickly can move on to the next quant problem on the test, I solved this q in 35 seconds using this method.

If there are any holes in this approach, please speak up and correct me.
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New post 11 Sep 2015, 00:31
Basic rule for solving linear equation

NO of Unknown === no of equation
In this question :
NO of Unknown==4
no of equation ==3

both the statements are reducing 1 unknown making the equation solvable

hence D
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x-4=z
y-x=8
8-z=t

For the system of equations given, what is the value of z?

(1) x = 7
(2) t = 5


We are given 3 equations:

1) x – 4 = z

2) y – x = 8

3) 8 – z = t

We need to determine the value of z.

Statement One Alone:

x = 7

We see that we can substitute 7 for x in the first equation and then determine the value of z.

x – 4 = z

7 – 4 = z

3 = z

Statement one alone is sufficient to answer the question. We can eliminate answer choices B, C, and E.

Statement Two Alone:

t = 5

We see that we can substitute 5 for t in equation 3 and then determine the value of z.

8 – z = t

8 – z = 5

3 = z

Statement two alone is sufficient to answer the question.

The answer is D.
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Bunuel wrote:
i) x - 4 = z
ii) y - x = 8
iii) 8 - z = t

For the system of equations given, what is the value of z?

(1) x = 7
(2) t = 5


Target question: What is the value of z?

Statement 1: x = 7
Scanning the three given equations, we see that equation i is all we need to determine the value of z
i) x - 4 = z
Replace x with 7 to get: 7 - 4 = z
So, z = 3
Since we can answer the target question with certainty, statement 1 is SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: t = 5
Scanning the three given equations, we see that equation iii is all we need to determine the value of z
iii) 8 - z = t
Replace t with 5 to get: 8 - z = 5
So, z = 3
Since we can answer the target question with certainty, statement 2 is SUFFICIENT

Answer: D

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