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If c and d are both integers, c>d, and -3c>19, then the largest value of d would be?

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If c and d are both integers, c>d, and -3c>19, then the largest value of d would be?

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Given: c and d are both integers and -3c>19.

Whenever we talk about "greatest" values, only an inequality of the form \(a<X\) or \(a\leq{Y}\) will give the maximum value of a as either X-1 or Y (for 'a' \(\in\) integer).

Now, -3c>19 ----> 3c<-19 ---> c<-6.33 ---> the maximum value of c is -7 (as c MUST be an integer, given).

As d<c and d is an integer , thus d<-7 ---> d = -8 as the maximum value. D is the correct answer.
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If c and d are both integers, c>d, and -3c>19, then the largest value of d would be?

A. -5
B. -6
C. -7
D. -8
E. -10

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Given : d < c

CONCEPT: For largest value of d, the value of c must be greatest

-3c > 19
i.e. 3c < -19
i.e. c < -19/3
i.e. c < -6.33
i.e. Largest Integer possible value of c which is less than -6.33 is -7
\(c_{max.} = -7\)

and since d < c
therefore Largest possible Integer Value of d is less than -7 i.e. -8

\(d_{max.} = -8\)

Answer: Option D
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I am having trouble understanding why the maximum of D is -8. What about -10? If C>D, then D could be any number less than -7, so, the largest in the 5 answer choices is -10....?
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I am having trouble understanding why the maximum of D is -8. What about -10? If C>D, then D could be any number less than -7, so, the largest in the 5 answer choices is -10....?


No, your thinking is incorrect. When we know that c>d and c<-6.33, the largest value of c can be -7 while if c=-7, then largest value of d < -7 will be -8. For negative numbers, -7 > -8 and -8> -10 .

You are right in saying that d can take any value less than -7 ---> d could be -8, -9, -10 .... and out of all these values, -8 is the greatest.

Look at the numbers on the number line. For any 2 numbers, the ones on the right are greater than the ones on the left:

.......-11 -10 -9 -8 -7 -6 -5 ..... 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... (-11< -10, -10< -8, 4< 5 etc).

So, as per the question if d<c and c = -7 , then d's largest 'possible' value has to be -8.

-10 is smaller than -8.

Hope this helps.
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I am having trouble understanding why the maximum of D is -8. What about -10? If C>D, then D could be any number less than -7, so, the largest in the 5 answer choices is -10....?


-10 is LESS than -8

therefore -8 is the biggest value of d

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immanl wrote:
I am having trouble understanding why the maximum of D is -8. What about -10? If C>D, then D could be any number less than -7, so, the largest in the 5 answer choices is -10....?


No, your thinking is incorrect. When we know that c>d and c<-6.33, the largest value of c can be -7 while if c=-7, then largest value of d < -7 will be -8. For negative numbers, -7 > -8 and -8> -10 .

You are right in saying that d can take any value less than -7 ---> d could be -8, -9, -10 .... and out of all these values, -8 is the greatest.

Look at the numbers on the number line. For any 2 numbers, the ones on the right are greater than the ones on the left:

.......-11 -10 -9 -8 -7 -6 -5 ..... 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 ... (-11< -10, -10< -8, 4< 5 etc).

So, as per the question if d<c and c = -7 , then d's largest 'possible' value has to be -8.

-10 is smaller than -8.

Hope this helps.



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