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If 0 < x < 2, which of the following must be greatest?

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If 0 < x < 2, which of the following must be greatest?

(A) x
(B) x^2
(C) 2x
(D) x + 2
(E) 2^x
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A graphical solution is the best in this case.


At \(x = 0\) , try to compare values of all functions, only two functions have non zero values \(x+2 = 2, 2^x = 1\).
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For x = 1, try the options given

(A) x = 1
(B) \(x^2 = 1^2 = 1\)
(C) 2x = 2
(D) x + 2 = 1 + 2 = 3
(E) \(2^x = 2^1 = 2\)

Answer = D
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why can it not be 1.5? are they looking for integers specifically

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0 < x < 2
x > 0 , x < 2
x = 1
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If x has to be less than 2 then how option D is the answer ? since D says x=2.

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Hi,

The best way to solve any MUST-BE/COULD –BE question in GMAT is plugging in,

Just plug values based out of the range given in the question,

Let’s pick x= 1

(A) x --> 1

(B) x^2 -->1

(C) 2x -->2

(D) x + 2 -->3

(E) 2^x -->2

So answer has to be D.

Here we are little lucky, because we plugged in value, we got the answer.

But sometime we might have to Plug more than once to get to a final answer.

Some students might think, we have plugged in only one value, what if we try other values and we might get more options,

Just remember this in GMAT, MUST BE means “Always”. So here all the other four options were not greater than D for x = 1. So we can eliminate.

So answer is D.

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If 0 < x < 2, which of the following must be greatest?

(A) x
(B) x^2
(C) 2x
(D) x + 2
(E) 2^x


The key word here is MUST.
That is, the correct answer must yield the biggest value for ALL values of x between 0 and 2
So, we need only test ONE of the possible x-values.

Let's test x = 1

We get....
(A) x = 1
(B) x^2 = 1^2 = 1
(C) 2x = (2)(1) = 2
(D) x + 2 = 1 + 2 = 3
(E) 2^x = 2^1 = 2

Since D yields the biggest value, then the correct answer MUST be D

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