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If -2x>3y , is x negative

Given: $$-2x>3y$$.
Question: is $$x<0$$? (Note here that if $$y$$ is any positive number then we would have $$-2x>positive$$, and in order that to be true $$x$$ must be some negative number).

(1) $$y>0$$ --> $$-2x>3y>0$$ --> $$x<0$$. Sufficient.

(2) $$2x+5y-20=0$$ --> $$2x=20-5y$$ --> $$-20+5y>3y$$ --> $$y>10$$. The same as above: $$x<0$$. Sufficient.

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Bunuel wrote:
dimitri92 wrote:
If -2x>3y , is X negative

1) y>0
2) 2x+5y-20=0

Given: $$-2x>3y$$. Q: is $$x<0$$? (Note here that if $$y$$ is any positive number then we would have $$-2x>positive$$, and in order that to be true $$x$$ must be some negative number).

(1) $$y>0$$ --> $$-2x>3y>0$$ --> $$x<0$$. Sufficient.

(2) $$2x+5y-20=0$$ --> $$2x=20-5y$$ --> $$-20+5y>3y$$ --> $$y>10$$. Same as above: $$x<0$$. Sufficient.

Can you please explain stmt. 2 again.
Unable to understand the following stmt---

$$-20+5y>3y$$

(2) $$2x+5y-20=0$$ --> $$2x=20-5y$$ --> given $$-2x>3y$$, substitute $$2x$$ --> $$-(20-5y)>3y$$ --> $$-20+5y>3y$$ --> $$y>10$$ --> $$y=positive$$, as discussed above if $$y$$ is any positive number then $$x$$ must be some negative number: $$x<0$$. Sufficient.

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I got this question in the GMATPrep.
Here is it.

if -2X > 3Y, is X negative?
(1) Y > 0
(2) 2X + 5Y - 20 = 0

The key here is knowing whether Y is positive or negative. If Y is positive, then X MUST be negative.
If Y=1, then in order for -2x = 3(1) = 3, then X must be a negative number.

If Y is negative, well - X could go either way. For example, if Y = -2, then x could = 2, in which case you would get

-2X > 3Y
-2X > 3(-2)
-2X > -6
x < 3

But the major point here is that if Y is positive, then X MUST be negative.
We already know (1) is good.
But with (2), what info do we know?

Well, if you combine
-2X > 3Y
with
2X + 5Y > 20

then the 2X cancels the -2X, bring the 3Y to the left and negate it and combine it with 5Y.

5Y - 3Y gets you to 2Y

So you get 2Y > 20
Y>10

OK, so what does that tell you? Well, it tells you that Y is positive! It's essentially a subset of statement (1) where Y>0. So both (1) and (2) basically say that Y is positive. That alone is enough info to answer the original question.

Therefore, when both (1) and (2) are good, we pick answer choice (D).

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In statement 2 we can write the equation 2x+3y+2y = 20 we know 2x+3y is positive and we get y = 10 hence same as statement 1 is this approach correct?

If -2x > 3y, is x negative?

(1) y > 0
-2x > +ve number, hence x is negative.
Sufficient

(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0
The area defined by -2x > 3y is the area under the red line. If we know that $$2x + 5y - 20 = 0$$ (blue line) (given the initial condition) we can say that x is negative because they intersect when x is negative. (refer to the image)
Sufficient

Your approach is correct. We know that 2x+3y is negative (typo I think), so $$2x + 3y +2y= 20$$ can be seen as $$-ve +2y=20$$ so y is positive for sure as $$2y=20+(+ve)$$
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Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. In DS, Variable approach is the easiest and quickest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember equal number of variables and independent equations ensures a solution.

If -2x > 3y, is x negative?

(1) y > 0
(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0

In the original condition, there are 2 variables(x,y) and 1 equation(-2x>3y), which should match with the number of equations. So you need 1 equation. For 1) 1 equation, for 2) 1 equation, which is likely to make D the answer. For 1), when y>0, it becomes 3y>2y. That is, -2x>3y>2y, -2x>2y. -x>y --> -x>y>0, -x>0 therefore x<0, which is yes and sufficient.
For 2), substitute y=(-2/5)x+4 to the equation. It becomes -2x>3(-2/5)x+4 and multiply 5 to both equations. Divide -10x>-6x+20, -4x>20 with -4 and x<-5<0 is also yes and sufficient. Therefore, the answer is D.

-> For cases where we need 1 more equation, such as original conditions with “1 variable”, or “2 variables and 1 equation”, or “3 variables and 2 equations”, we have 1 equation each in both 1) and 2). Therefore, there is 59 % chance that D is the answer, while A or B has 38% chance and C or E has 3% chance. Since D is most likely to be the answer using 1) and 2) separately according to DS definition. Obviously there may be cases where the answer is A, B, C or E.
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If -2x > 3y, is x negative?
(1) y > 0
(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0

Hi,
-2x > 3y...
(a)If y<0, x can be both +ive and -ive..
(b)if y>0, x will have to be +ive as 3y is positive and -2x , to be positive, has to have x as -ive..

now lets see the choices..

(1) y > 0
If y>0, x is -ive as proved in (b) above... suff

(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0..
this can be written as 2x+3y + 2y -20=0..
now 2x+3y<0, so 2y>20... or y is +ive and therefore x is -ive.... suff

ans D
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If -2x > 3y, is x negative?

(1) y > 0
(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0

Target question: Is x negative?

Given: -2x > 3y

Statement 1: y > 0
In other words, y is POSITIVE
This means that 3y is POSITIVE
It is given that -2x > 3y
Since 3y is POSITIVE, we can write: -2x > SOME POSITIVE #
If -2x is greater than SOME POSITIVE #, we know that -2x is POSITIVE
If -2x is POSITIVE, then x must be negative
Since we can answer the target question with certainty, statement 1 is SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: 2x + 5y - 20 = 0
IMPORTANT: It is given that -2x > 3y
So, let's take 2x + 5y - 20 = 0 and rewrite it as 5y - 20 = -2x [I have isolated -2x, just like we have in the GIVEN information]
Now, we'll take -2x > 3y, and replace -2x with 5y - 20 to get: 5y - 20 > 3y
Subtract 3y from both sides: 2y - 20 > 0
Add 20 to both sides: 2y > 20
Solve: y > 10
This means that y is POSITIVE
We already saw in statement 1, that when y is positive, x must be negative
Since we can answer the target question with certainty, statement 2 is SUFFICIENT

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dimitri92 wrote:
If -2x>3y , is X negative

1) y>0
2) 2x+5y-20=0

Given: $$-2x>3y$$. Q: is $$x<0$$? (Note here that if $$y$$ is any positive number than we would have $$-2x>positive$$, and in order that to be true $$x$$ must be some negative number).

(1) $$y>0$$ --> $$-2x>3y>0$$ --> $$x<0$$. Sufficient.

(2) $$2x+5y-20=0$$ --> $$2x=20-5y$$ --> $$-20+5y>3y$$ --> $$y>10$$. Same as above: $$x<0$$. Sufficient.

Can you please explain stmt. 2 again.
Unable to understand the following stmt---

$$-20+5y>3y$$
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If -2x > 3y, is x negative?
(1) y > 0
(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0

-2x > 3y
2x + 3y<0 -----(1)

Statement 1
If y>0
& 2x + 3y<0

Then x must be Negative.
Sufficient

Statement 2
2x + 5y - 20 = 0
2x + 5y = 20
(2x + 3y) + 2y=20
We can write
2y + some negative no = 20
2y = 20 + some Positiveno
y = 10 + some Positiveno/2
This mean that y>10

2x + 3y<0
2x< -3y
x < -1.5 (Positive no) because y is positive

Then x must be Negative.
Sufficient

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If -2x > 3y, is x negative?
(1) y > 0
(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0

From F.S 1, we know that -2x>0. Thus, x<0. Sufficient.

From F.S 2, we know that $$y = \frac{20-2x}{5}$$ , replacing this value , $$-2x>3*\frac{20-2x}{5} \to$$$$-10x>60-6x \to -4x>60$$. Again, x<0.

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We are given
-2x > 3y
need to find if x is negative?

(1) y > 0
x has to be negative to ensure that -2x > 3y
Suff

(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0
substituting y = (20-2x)/5
gives
x>15
Suff

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If -2x > 3y, is x negative?
(1) y > 0
(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0

Hi,
-2x > 3y...
(a)If y<0, x can be both +ive and -ive..
(b)if y>0, x will have to be +ive as 3y is positive and -2x , to be positive, has to have x as -ive..

now lets see the choices..
(1) y > 0
If y>0, x is -ive as proved in (b) above... suff

(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0..
this can be written as 2x+3y + 2y -20=0..
now 2x+3y<0, so 2y>20... or y is +ive and therefore x is -ive.... suff

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NoHalfMeasures wrote:
If -2x > 3y, is x negative?
(1) y > 0
(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0

Hi,
-2x > 3y...
(a)If y<0, x can be both +ive and -ive..
(b)if y>0, x will have to be +ive as 3y is positive and -2x , to be positive, has to have x as -ive..

now lets see the choices..
(1) y > 0
If y>0, x is -ive as proved in (b) above... suff

(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0..
this can be written as 2x+3y + 2y -20=0..
now 2x+3y<0, so 2y>20... or y is +ive and therefore x is -ive.... suff

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how can you say
2x+3y<0?

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paidlukkha wrote:
chetan2u wrote:
NoHalfMeasures wrote:
If -2x > 3y, is x negative?
(1) y > 0
(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0

Hi,
-2x > 3y...
(a)If y<0, x can be both +ive and -ive..
(b)if y>0, x will have to be +ive as 3y is positive and -2x , to be positive, has to have x as -ive..

now lets see the choices..
(1) y > 0
If y>0, x is -ive as proved in (b) above... suff

(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0..
this can be written as 2x+3y + 2y -20=0..
now 2x+3y<0, so 2y>20... or y is +ive and therefore x is -ive.... suff

ans D

how can you say
2x+3y<0?

Hi,
2x + 3y <0 comes from -2x>3y..
-2x>3y..
2x-2x>3y+2x..
0>2x+3y...
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Hi,
2x + 3y <0 comes from -2x>3y..
-2x>3y..
2x-2x>3y+2x..
0>2x+3y...
hope it helps[/quote]

Aye, it does!
Thanks

Also, if I understand, <> sign changes in multiplication only!

Btw,
St2 gives me x as +ve
What am I doing wrong?
(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0
substituting y = (20-2x)/5
gives
x>15
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Hi,
2x + 3y <0 comes from -2x>3y..
-2x>3y..
2x-2x>3y+2x..
0>2x+3y...
hope it helps

Aye, it does!
Thanks

Also, if I understand, <> sign changes in multiplication only![/quote]

hi,
yes you are right , whenever you multiply two sides on either side of equality with a -ive sign or -ive quantity, you are required to change the greater/lesser than sign..
-2x>3y..
2x<-3y..
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If -2x > 3y, is x negative?
(1) y > 0
(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0

Given that -2x > 3 y---> x<-1.5 y and the question asks whether x<0.

Per statement 1, y>0 ---> from this statement and the fact that x<-1.5y, clearly we can see that x must be <0. Sufficient.

Per statement 2, 2x + 5y - 20 = 0 ---> y = (20-2x)/5 and from the given fact, y<-2x/3 ---> x < -15. Again sufficient to answer the question asked.

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If -2x > 3y, is x negative?
(1) y > 0
(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0

It is clear that if x negative, -2x > 0, so we will wish to see whether 3y >0, if so -2x > 3y > 0.

(1) y >0 => clearly, -2x > 3y > 0 => x negative

(2) 2x + 5y - 20 = 0. => 2x + 5y =20
Because -2x > 3y => 2x < -3y
=> 2x + 5y < -3y + 5y =2y
or 20 < 2y => 10<y => -2x > 3y > 30 => x negative

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If -2x>3y , is x negative

Given: $$-2x>3y$$.
Question: is $$x<0$$? (Note here that if $$y$$ is any positive number then we would have $$-2x>positive$$, and in order that to be true $$x$$ must be some negative number).

(1) $$y>0$$ --> $$-2x>3y>0$$ --> $$x<0$$. Sufficient.

(2) $$2x+5y-20=0$$ --> $$2x=20-5y$$ --> $$-20+5y>3y$$ --> $$y>10$$. The same as above: $$x<0$$. Sufficient.

we have 2 equation and two variables so we can calculate . so answer is D.

That is a very dangerous way to look at inequalities question.

Same number of equations and variables MAY OR MAY NOT give you unique values.

Example, 2x+3y=10 and 4x+6y=20, you have 2 equation and 2 variables but still you can not determine UNIQUELY the values of x and y.

Refer to solutions above to understand the correct logic behind D being the correct answer.
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