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Bunuel wrote: If a, b, and c are positive integers, is \(b = \frac{a}{\sqrt{c}}\)?
(1) \(c = \frac{a^2}{b^2}\)
(2) \(\sqrt{c} = \frac{b}{a}\) Question: is \(b = \frac{a}{\sqrt{c}}\)?Statement 1: \(c = \frac{a^2}{b^2}\)Taking square root both sides √c = a/b SUFFICIENT Statement 2: \(\sqrt{c} = \frac{b}{a}\)@a = b = c = 1 Answer to the question is YES @a = 1, b=2, c = 4 Answer to the question is NO NOT SUFFICIENT Answer: Option A
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GMATinsight wrote: Bunuel wrote: If a, b, and c are positive integers, is \(b = \frac{a}{c}\)?
(1) \(c = \frac{a^2}{b^2}\)
(2) \(\sqrt{c} = \frac{b}{a}\) Question: is \(b = \frac{a}{c}\)?Statement 1: \(c = \frac{a^2}{b^2}\)If a = b = c = 1 then answer to the question is YES if a = b = 2 then c = 1 then answer to the question is NO NOT SUFFICIENT Statement 2: \(\sqrt{c} = \frac{b}{a}\)If a = b = c = 1 then answer to the question is YES if a = b = 2 then c = 1 then answer to the question is NO NOT SUFFICIENT After combining the two statementsIf a = b = c = 1 then answer to the question is YES if a = b = 2 then c = 1 then answer to the question is NO NOT SUFFICIENT Answer: Option E Sorry GMATinsight, the question is "If a, b, and c are positive integers, is \(b = \frac{a}{\sqrt{c}}\)?" NOT "If a, b, and c are positive integers, is \(b = \frac{a}{c}\)?". Edited.
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Re: If a, b, and c are positive integers, is b = ac^(1/2)
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10 Oct 2017, 05:00
Bunuel wrote: If a, b, and c are positive integers, is \(b = \frac{a}{\sqrt{c}}\)?
(1) \(c = \frac{a^2}{b^2}\)
(2) \(\sqrt{c} = \frac{b}{a}\) (1) \(c = \frac{a^2}{b^2}\) => taking square root => \(\sqrt{c} = \frac{a}{b}\) => \(b = \frac{a}{\sqrt{c}}\) Sufficient (2) \(\sqrt{c} = \frac{b}{a}\) => \(b =a\sqrt{c}\) In this case : if c = 1 => \(b =a\sqrt{c}\) => \(b = \frac{a}{\sqrt{c}}\) if c = 4 => \(b =a\sqrt{c}\) is not same as \(b = \frac{a}{\sqrt{c}}\) Insufficient Answer: A



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Re: If a, b, and c are positive integers, is b = ac^(1/2)
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Bunuel wrote: If a, b, and c are positive integers, is \(b = \frac{a}{\sqrt{c}}\)?
(1) \(c = \frac{a^2}{b^2}\)
(2) \(\sqrt{c} = \frac{b}{a}\) Given: a,b,c are +'ve To Calculate:\(b=\frac{a}{\sqrt{c}}\) Statement 1:\(c = \frac{a^2}{b^2}\) Since, \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\) and a,b,c are all +'ve [Already stated in question] Therefore, \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\) Using the above, we can root both sides(Since, all the variables are Positive, there will be no loss of solutions) \(\sqrt{c}=\frac{a}{b}\) Rearranging the terms, we get \(b = \frac{a}{\sqrt{c}}\) Hence Sufficient.Statement 2:\(\sqrt{c} = \frac{b}{a}\) Rearranging the terms, we get: \(b=a\sqrt{c}\) Which is not the term we desire. Hence Insufficient.Answer: AHowever, I do not see the need of Value Substitution while evaluating Statement 2. Can someone throw some light on why did we do that ?



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Re: If a, b, and c are positive integers, is b = ac^(1/2)
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07 Jun 2018, 09:36
[quote="Rumanshu1990"][quote="Bunuel"]If a, b, and c are positive integers, is [m]b = \frac{a}{[square_root]c[/square_root]}[/m]?
(1) [m]c = [fraction]a^2/b^2[/fraction][/m]
(2) [m][square_root]c[/square_root] = [fraction]b/a[/fraction][/m][/quote]
[b]Given:[/b] a,b,c are +'ve [b]To Calculate[/b]:[m]b=[fraction]a/[square_root]c[/square_root][/fraction][/m]
[b]Statement 1:[/b] [m]c = [fraction]a^2/b^2[/fraction][/m] Since, [m][square_root]x^2[/square_root]=x[/m] and a,b,c are all +'ve [Already stated in question] Therefore, [m][square_root]x^2[/square_root]=x[/m] Using the above, we can root both sides(Since, all the variables are Positive, there will be no loss of solutions) [m][square_root]c[/square_root]=[fraction]a/b[/fraction][/m] Rearranging the terms, we get [m]b = \frac{a}{[square_root]c[/square_root]}[/m] [b]Hence Sufficient.[/b]
[b]Statement 2:[/b] [m][square_root]c[/square_root] = [fraction]b/a[/fraction][/m] Rearranging the terms, we get: [m]b=a[square_root]c[/square_root][/m] Which is not the term we desire. [b]Hence Insufficient.[/b]
[b]Answer: A[/b]
However, I do not see the need of Value Substitution while evaluating Statement 2. Can someone throw some light on why did we do that ?[/quote]
Hello
Value substitution is just one of the techniques which often comes in very handy while solving DS questions, especially for someone who is not so good in algebra and advanced formulas, or if one is not so good in mathematics.
Even for people who are good in formulas/algebra etc, sometimes value substitution saves time. That's why you will often see experts solving questions using this technique.
Although I agree this questions second statement can probably be very easily resolved using what you suggested.
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