Bunuel wrote:

If a is less than b, which of the following numbers is greater than a and less than b ?

(A) (a + b)/2

(B) ab/2

(C) b^2 – a^2

(D) ab

(E) b – a

Let’s take a = 3 and b = 4 and test each answer choice:

A) (a + b)/2 = (3 + 4)/2 = 3.5

We see that (a + b)/2 is greater than a and less than b.

We could stop here, but let’s double-check the remaining answer choices.

B) ab/2 = 3(4)/2 = 6

We see that ab is greater than b.

C) b^2 - a^2 = 16 - 9 = 7

We see that b^2 - a^2 is greater than b.

D) ab = 3(4) = 12

We see that ab is greater than b.

E) b - a = 4 - 3 = 1

We see that b - a is less than a.

The only answer choice that produced a value between a and b is A.

Answer: A

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