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If 4<(7-x)/3, which of the following must be true?

I. 5<x II. |x+3|>2 III. -(x+5) is positive

(A) II only (B) III only (C) I and II only (D) II and III only (E) I, II and III

Note that we are asked to determine which MUST be true, not could be true.

\(4<\frac{7-x}{3}\) --> \(12<7-x\) --> \(x<-5\). So we know that \(x<-5\), it's given as a fact. Now, taking this info we should find out which of the following inequalities will be true OR which of the following inequalities will be true for the range \(x<-5\).

Basically the question asks: if \(x<-5\) which of the following is true?

I. \(5<x\) --> not true as \(x<-5\).

II. \(|x+3|>2\), this inequality holds true for 2 cases, (for 2 ranges): 1. when \(x+3>2\), so when \(x>-1\) or 2. when \(-x-3>2\), so when \(x<-5\). We are given that second range is true (\(x<-5\)), so this inequality holds true.

Or another way: ANY \(x\) from the range \(x<-5\) (-5.1, -6, -7, ...) will make \(|x+3|>2\) true, so as \(x<-5\), then \(|x+3|>2\) is always true.

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Solved the equation to get x < -5 As the question says must be true, it means that for any below -5 the statements have to hold true. So just assumed it to be -6 in every statement

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Answer is D As statement 1 can be ruled out as from question statementx<-5 statement 2 holds ok as modulus of lx+3l>2 : as from question statementx<-5 staement 3 is also correct as from question statementx<-5 therefore multiplication of 2 negative term is positive

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SOLUTION

If 4<(7-x)/3, which of the following must be true?

I. 5<x II. |x+3|>2 III. -(x+5) is positive

(A) II only (B) III only (C) I and II only (D) II and III only (E) I, II and III

Note that we are asked to determine which MUST be true, not could be true.

\(4<\frac{7-x}{3}\) --> \(12<7-x\) --> \(x<-5\). So we know that \(x<-5\), it's given as a fact. Now, taking this info we should find out which of the following inequalities will be true OR which of the following inequalities will be true for the range \(x<-5\).

Basically the question asks: if \(x<-5\) which of the following is true?

I. \(5<x\) --> not true as \(x<-5\).

II. \(|x+3|>2\), this inequality holds true for 2 cases, (for 2 ranges): 1. when \(x+3>2\), so when \(x>-1\) or 2. when \(-x-3>2\), so when \(x<-5\). We are given that second range is true (\(x<-5\)), so this inequality holds true.

Or another way: ANY \(x\) from the range \(x<-5\) (-5.1, -6, -7, ...) will make \(|x+3|>2\) true, so as \(x<-5\), then \(|x+3|>2\) is always true.

III. \(-(x+5)>0\) --> \(x<-5\) --> true.

Answer: D.

Bunuel,

For Statement 2, the red part does not hold true as X>-1 but green part holds true. So in such situation when one part of inequality is true, does it qualify for " Must be true"?
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Bunuel wrote:

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If 4<(7-x)/3, which of the following must be true?

I. 5<x II. |x+3|>2 III. -(x+5) is positive

(A) II only (B) III only (C) I and II only (D) II and III only (E) I, II and III

Note that we are asked to determine which MUST be true, not could be true.

\(4<\frac{7-x}{3}\) --> \(12<7-x\) --> \(x<-5\). So we know that \(x<-5\), it's given as a fact. Now, taking this info we should find out which of the following inequalities will be true OR which of the following inequalities will be true for the range \(x<-5\).

Basically the question asks: if \(x<-5\) which of the following is true?

I. \(5<x\) --> not true as \(x<-5\).

II. \(|x+3|>2\), this inequality holds true for 2 cases, (for 2 ranges): 1. when \(x+3>2\), so when \(x>-1\) or 2. when \(-x-3>2\), so when \(x<-5\). We are given that second range is true (\(x<-5\)), so this inequality holds true.

Or another way: ANY \(x\) from the range \(x<-5\) (-5.1, -6, -7, ...) will make \(|x+3|>2\) true, so as \(x<-5\), then \(|x+3|>2\) is always true.

III. \(-(x+5)>0\) --> \(x<-5\) --> true.

Answer: D.

For (2): X could be a positive number or a negative number, if x is a negative number than solving inequality would result into X < -5 which is true because it is the exact same inequality which has been given in the question.

But if x would be positive that solving inequality would result into x >-1 which would make the option (2) not true. So in other words when x is negative than statement (2) is true but when x is positive than statement (2) is not true. So statement (2) is not ALWAYS true.

Can you please tell me why im unable to get the right answer? what is flaw in my reasoning?

If 4<(7-x)/3, which of the following must be true?

I. 5<x II. |x+3|>2 III. -(x+5) is positive

(A) II only (B) III only (C) I and II only (D) II and III only (E) I, II and III

Note that we are asked to determine which MUST be true, not could be true.

\(4<\frac{7-x}{3}\) --> \(12<7-x\) --> \(x<-5\). So we know that \(x<-5\), it's given as a fact. Now, taking this info we should find out which of the following inequalities will be true OR which of the following inequalities will be true for the range \(x<-5\).

Basically the question asks: if \(x<-5\) which of the following is true?

I. \(5<x\) --> not true as \(x<-5\).

II. \(|x+3|>2\), this inequality holds true for 2 cases, (for 2 ranges): 1. when \(x+3>2\), so when \(x>-1\) or 2. when \(-x-3>2\), so when \(x<-5\). We are given that second range is true (\(x<-5\)), so this inequality holds true.

Or another way: ANY \(x\) from the range \(x<-5\) (-5.1, -6, -7, ...) will make \(|x+3|>2\) true, so as \(x<-5\), then \(|x+3|>2\) is always true.

III. \(-(x+5)>0\) --> \(x<-5\) --> true.

Answer: D.

For (2): X could be a positive number or a negative number, if x is a negative number than solving inequality would result into X < -5 which is true because it is the exact same inequality which has been given in the question.

But if x would be positive that solving inequality would result into x >-1 which would make the option (2) not true. So in other words when x is negative than statement (2) is true but when x is positive than statement (2) is not true. So statement (2) is not ALWAYS true.

Can you please tell me why im unable to get the right answer? what is flaw in my reasoning?

It should be other way around.

To elaborate more. Question uses the same logic as in the examples below:

If \(x=5\), then which of the following must be true about \(x\): A. x=3 B. x^2=10 C. x<4 D. |x|=1 E. x>-10

Answer is E (x>-10), because as x=5 then it's more than -10.

Or: If \(-1<x<10\), then which of the following must be true about \(x\): A. x=3 B. x^2=10 C. x<4 D. |x|=1 E. x<120

Again answer is E, because ANY \(x\) from \(-1<x<10\) will be less than 120 so it's always true about the number from this range to say that it's less than 120.

Or: If \(-1<x<0\) or \(x>1\), then which of the following must be true about \(x\): A. x>1 B. x>-1 C. |x|<1 D. |x|=1 E. |x|^2>1

As \(-1<x<0\) or \(x>1\) then ANY \(x\) from these ranges would satisfy \(x>-1\). So B is always true.

\(x\) could be for example -1/2, -3/4, or 10 but no matter what \(x\) actually is it's IN ANY CASE more than -1. So we can say about \(x\) that it's more than -1.

On the other hand for example A is not always true as it says that \(x>1\), which is not always true as \(x\) could be -1/2 and -1/2 is not more than 1.

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Bunuel wrote:

mulhinmjavid wrote:

Bunuel wrote:

SOLUTION

If 4<(7-x)/3, which of the following must be true?

I. 5<x II. |x+3|>2 III. -(x+5) is positive

(A) II only (B) III only (C) I and II only (D) II and III only (E) I, II and III

Note that we are asked to determine which MUST be true, not could be true.

\(4<\frac{7-x}{3}\) --> \(12<7-x\) --> \(x<-5\). So we know that \(x<-5\), it's given as a fact. Now, taking this info we should find out which of the following inequalities will be true OR which of the following inequalities will be true for the range \(x<-5\).

Basically the question asks: if \(x<-5\) which of the following is true?

I. \(5<x\) --> not true as \(x<-5\).

II. \(|x+3|>2\), this inequality holds true for 2 cases, (for 2 ranges): 1. when \(x+3>2\), so when \(x>-1\) or 2. when \(-x-3>2\), so when \(x<-5\). We are given that second range is true (\(x<-5\)), so this inequality holds true.

Or another way: ANY \(x\) from the range \(x<-5\) (-5.1, -6, -7, ...) will make \(|x+3|>2\) true, so as \(x<-5\), then \(|x+3|>2\) is always true.

III. \(-(x+5)>0\) --> \(x<-5\) --> true.

Answer: D.

For (2): X could be a positive number or a negative number, if x is a negative number than solving inequality would result into X < -5 which is true because it is the exact same inequality which has been given in the question.

But if x would be positive that solving inequality would result into x >-1 which would make the option (2) not true. So in other words when x is negative than statement (2) is true but when x is positive than statement (2) is not true. So statement (2) is not ALWAYS true.

Can you please tell me why im unable to get the right answer? what is flaw in my reasoning?

It should be other way around.

To elaborate more. Question uses the same logic as in the examples below:

If \(x=5\), then which of the following must be true about \(x\): A. x=3 B. x^2=10 C. x<4 D. |x|=1 E. x>-10

Answer is E (x>-10), because as x=5 then it's more than -10.

Or: If \(-1<x<10\), then which of the following must be true about \(x\): A. x=3 B. x^2=10 C. x<4 D. |x|=1 E. x<120

Again answer is E, because ANY \(x\) from \(-1<x<10\) will be less than 120 so it's always true about the number from this range to say that it's less than 120.

Or: If \(-1<x<0\) or \(x>1\), then which of the following must be true about \(x\): A. x>1 B. x>-1 C. |x|<1 D. |x|=1 E. |x|^2>1

As \(-1<x<0\) or \(x>1\) then ANY \(x\) from these ranges would satisfy \(x>-1\). So B is always true.

\(x\) could be for example -1/2, -3/4, or 10 but no matter what \(x\) actually is it's IN ANY CASE more than -1. So we can say about \(x\) that it's more than -1.

On the other hand for example A is not always true as it says that \(x>1\), which is not always true as \(x\) could be -1/2 and -1/2 is not more than 1.

Hope it's clear.

I still don't understand the application of this, to the question. Sure, I understand that if x = 5 its > -10.

But, here, we get two different cases. Solving the question stem we get x < -5.

In "II" we have that x is either x < -5 or x > -1. If I plug in a value where x > -1. Say x = 3. The equation doesn't hold?

We get 4 < (7-3)/3 --> 12 < 4. Not true?

How can this be a valid answer choice then

Edit: Don't know if this is how you should go about doing it, correct me if I'm wrong:

If we have \(x < -5.\)

Plugging in a value < -5, say -6 into II: \(|-6+3| > 2\). This holds true, aka sufficient

Let me explain the solution to you using the representation on number line. We need to evaluate if for every value in the range of the question statement i.e. x < -5, do the statements hold true.

Refer the below diagram for the range given to us in the question & the other statements:

Question Statement: The question statement gives us the range as x < -5. We need to see for every value of x < -5, are the inequality in the statements true.

Statement-I: St-I gives us the range as x > 5. We see that this range does not hold true for any value of x. Hence, it can't be true.

Statement-II: St-II gives us the range as x > -1 or x < -5. We see that for every value of x < -5 (i.e. the inequality in the question statement), we can write |x +3| > 2 holds. Hence this is a must be true statement.

Statement-III: St-III gives us the range as x < -5 which is nothing but the range in question statement. Hence this is a must be true statement.

Therefore, st-II & III are true for every value of x < -5 and hence must be true statements.

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Thanks, I'm just abit confused about the whole "must be true". I know how absolute values work, but \(|x+3| > 2\) provides me with 2 different values for x, so I just assumed that this statement was not true because we have two different possibilities for X

Thanks, I'm just abit confused about the whole "must be true". I know how absolute values work, but \(|x+3| > 2\) provides me with 2 different values for x, so I just assumed that this statement was not true because we have two different possibilities for X

Actually, \(|x+3| > 2\) provides you infinite values of x. It gives you two ranges: x < -5 OR x > -1. The inequality implies that distance of x from -3 is more than 2. So x can lie to the right of -1 or to the left of -5. (Draw it on a number line to see). Hence you get two ranges: x < -5 OR x > -1

The question gives you that x < -5. So x will take any value less than -5. When it does, for all such values \(|x+3| > 2\) will always be true because it holds for all values such that x < -5. It holds for some more values too (x > -1) but we don't care about those. All values that x can take in our question, for those \(|x+3| > 2\) will always work. So \(|x+3| > 2\) must be true.
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The answer is B. Statement II is not always true. The question is about 'must be' true. What is given is x<-5. There are not two answers. Statement II should produce a unique answer that satisfies x<-5.

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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

erikvm wrote:

Thanks, I'm just abit confused about the whole "must be true". I know how absolute values work, but \(|x+3| > 2\) provides me with 2 different values for x, so I just assumed that this statement was not true because we have two different possibilities for X

Actually, \(|x+3| > 2\) provides you infinite values of x. It gives you two ranges: x < -5 OR x > -1. The inequality implies that distance of x from -3 is more than 2. So x can lie to the right of -1 or to the left of -5. (Draw it on a number line to see). Hence you get two ranges: x < -5 OR x > -1

The question gives you that x < -5. So x will take any value less than -5. When it does, for all such values \(|x+3| > 2\) will always be true because it holds for all values such that x < -5. It holds for some more values too (x > -1) but we don't care about those. All values that x can take in our question, for those \(|x+3| > 2\) will always work. So \(|x+3| > 2\) must be true.

It is true, you need not care if the question is framed like 'which of the following is true for all values of x?'. Otherwise, you need to care. The problem is confirmation bias. Fallacy 1: Framing Fallacy 2: Appeal to Authority

Why can statement 1 not be true? if we consider x to be negative, the question stem gives us x>5 as a possible result of x.

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Hi BobbyAssassinCross, look at the highlighted portion.. initially you start with x as -ive and then get a +ive value for x as x>5.. so contradictory solution.. hence NOT possible
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4<(7-x)/3 12<(7-x) 5<-x x<-5

That means x is -ve and less than -5 Now lets look at the options

I. 5<x not possible. we know that x<-5

II. |x+3|>2 putting any -ve value for x <-5 will yield +ve value >2. True

III. -(x+5) is positive. Since X <-5, expression (x-5) will be -ve and because it is multiplied by -ve, it will give +ve result. True

(D) II and III only is the answer
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