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How many minutes would it take Guy to complete 15X2 phone calls at a c

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How many minutes would it take Guy to complete $$15X^2$$ phone calls at a constant rate?

(1) Guy takes X minutes to complete each phone call.
(2) Every minute, Guy completes X phone calls.

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Originally posted by reto on 15 May 2015, 06:19.
Last edited by abhimahna on 29 May 2018, 08:17, edited 2 times in total.
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Re: How many minutes would it take Guy to complete 15X2 phone calls at a c  [#permalink]

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17 May 2015, 17:58
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Here the answer lies in the fact that those 2 statements together mean that X must be 1. If he completes x phones calls/minute AND takes x minutes to complete each phone call, the only possible value for X is 1. Knowing that, the question is asking us how long it takes him to complete 1,512 phone calls, if he completes 1 phone call each minute. Therefore together they are sufficient (it will take him 1,512 minutes), and the answer choice is C.

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It took me some time to understand why each statement alone is not sufficient. But to be honest i don't like this question. Moreover, i couldn't understand at first what is "15X2". Quite ambiguous.
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05 Jun 2015, 23:58
Konstantin1983 wrote:
It took me some time to understand why each statement alone is not sufficient. But to be honest i don't like this question. Moreover, i couldn't understand at first what is "15X2". Quite ambiguous.

Try plugging in random numbers in place of "15X2", in each case your answer will still be 1. As far as the question is concerned, I share your sentiments.
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19 Sep 2015, 14:48
I agree, understanding what 15X2 means was confusing, and the first statement one minutes isn't grammatically correct. Perhaps if variable was further defined in the question stem with "if x is an integer" then it might have helped in what was being asked. I was trying to decide if it were an operator or an integer.. Anyhow, good mental exercise nonetheless

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31 Dec 2017, 09:30
To be fiar you'd a get D too not just C.
x min --> 1 call
15x2 --> 15X2*1/X = 30

Same for statement 2.
would be glad to know the error in reasoning here.
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31 Dec 2017, 09:35
Madhavi1990 wrote:
To be fiar you'd a get D too not just C.
x min --> 1 call
15x2 --> 15X2*1/X = 30

Same for statement 2.
would be glad to know the error in reasoning here.

Hi Madhavi1990

Statement 2 says that every Minute the guy completes X calls. So in 1 minute I can make more than 1 call so X>=1. for eg. I can make 2 calls of 30 secs each. Hence B will not be the answer
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31 Dec 2017, 09:40
niks18 wrote:
Madhavi1990 wrote:
To be fiar you'd a get D too not just C.
x min --> 1 call
15x2 --> 15X2*1/X = 30

Same for statement 2.
would be glad to know the error in reasoning here.

Hi Madhavi1990

Statement 2 says that every Minute the guy completes X calls. So in 1 minute I can make more than 1 call so X>=1. for eg. I can make 2 calls of 30 secs each. Hence B will not be the answer

Thank you, I saw my error Have to read carefully
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18 Jan 2018, 18:31
Konstantin1983 wrote:
It took me some time to understand why each statement alone is not sufficient. But to be honest i don't like this question. Moreover, i couldn't understand at first what is "15X2". Quite ambiguous.

I understood it as 15X2 = 30 and was wondering it could be written as 30....
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18 Jan 2018, 22:07
Kezia9 wrote:
Konstantin1983 wrote:
It took me some time to understand why each statement alone is not sufficient. But to be honest i don't like this question. Moreover, i couldn't understand at first what is "15X2". Quite ambiguous.

I understood it as 15X2 = 30 and was wondering it could be written as 30....

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GMAT questions will not have ambiguity. If the intention of the question is to give you 30, they will NOT write it as 15X2 or even 15*2, it will be clearly mentioned. While I agree this question is slightly ambiguous, GMAT will take care of this. GMAT questions will try to trap us using means such as close options, common mistakes, incorrect comprehension, but NOT using ambiguity or misleading information
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29 May 2018, 08:06
reto wrote:
How many minutes would it take Guy to complete 15X2 phone calls at a constant rate?

(1) Guy takes X minutes to complete each phone call.
(2) Every minute, Guy completes X phone calls.

The author of the topic made a typo, the $$15X^2$$ would resolve the issue.
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29 May 2018, 08:21
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The author of the topic made a typo, the $$15X^2$$ would resolve the issue.

Hey Hero8888 ,

This has been resolved now. Thanks for reporting!
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