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Re: If a > 0 and b > 0, is a/b > b/a ?
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22 Aug 2016, 05:01

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Bunuel wrote:

If a > 0 and b > 0, is a/b > b/a ?

(1) a = b - 2 (2) a/(4b) =1/5

Target question:Is a/b > b/a ?

Given: a > 0 and b > 0

This is a great candidate for REPHRASING the target question: Is a/b > b/a ? Since a and b are both POSITIVE, we can multiply both sides of the inequality by ab to get: Is a² > b²?

Nice Rules: If 0 < b < a, then and b² < a² Conversely, if a and b are positive AND b² < a², then we can be certain that b < a

This allows us to REPHRASE our target question once more to get... REPHRASED target question:Is b < a?

Once we're rephrased the target question like this, the statements are pretty easy to analyze.

Statement 1: a = b - 2 In other words, a is 2 less than b So, we can be certain that a < b In other words, it is definitely NOT the case that b < a Since we can answer the REPHRASED target question with certainty, statement 1 is SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: a/(4b) =1/5 Multiply both sides by 4b to get: a = (4/5)b In other words, a is equal to 4/5 of b Since it's given that a and b are positive, we can be certain that a < b In other words, it is definitely NOT the case that b < a Since we can answer the REPHRASED target question with certainty, statement 2 is SUFFICIENT

Re: If a > 0 and b > 0, is a/b > b/a ?
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15 Sep 2018, 06:24

I tried with fractions and integers-- the question doesn't expressly say its not an integer. 1) St 1; if with integers, a = 8, b = 10 - 2 --> 8/10 < 5/4 A is suff, with a = 1/4 , b = 9/4 A suff 2) a = 4/5 b, which is suff for both integers and fractions

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Re: If a > 0 and b > 0, is a/b > b/a ? &nbs
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15 Sep 2018, 06:24