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If f(x) = x^3 + 9, is f(x) positive?

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If f(x) = x^3 + 9, is f(x) positive?

(1) x < −1

(2) x > −3


St I
x < -1
if x = -2 we have \((-2)^3+9\) = 1 f(x) is positive.
if x = -3 we have \((-3)^3+9\) = -18 f(x) is negative ----------Insufficient.

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x > -3
if x = -2 we have \((-2)^3+9\) = 1 f(x) is positive.
if x = -2.5 we have \((-2.5)^3+9\) = -6.25 f(x) is negative. ----------Insufficient.

St. I and II ----------Insufficient.

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Bunuel wrote:
If f(x) = x^3 + 9, is f(x) positive?

(1) x < −1

(2) x > −3


1) If x is -2 f(x) is +ve. If x is -3 f(x) is -ve. Not suff.
2) If x is -2 f(x) is +ve. If x is -2.9 f(x) is -ve. Not suff.
1)&2) Constraints for 2) still apply. Not suff. E.
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If \(f(x) = x^3 + 9\), is \(f(x)\) positive?

(1) \(x < −1\)

(2) \(x > −3\)


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If \(x<−1\), then x could be \(−2\) in which case \(f(x)\) is positive or \(x\) could be \(−3\) in which case \(f(x)\) is negative. Therefore, Statement 1 alone is not sufficient.

If \(x>−3\), the x could be \(−2\) in which case \(f(x)\) is positive. However, the problem never stated that \(x\) is an integer. Then, \(x\) could be \(-2.99999\), that is almost \(-3\). In this case, \(f(x)\) will be a negative. \(f(x)=(-2.99999)^3+9 = -17.99973\) Therefore, Statement 2 is not sufficient.

Combining Statement 1 and Statement 2, \(f(x)\) could still either be positive or negative. Therefore, the answer is \(E\).
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I think it should be B.

(-2.9999)^3 is less than 9 and therefor -899999+9 >0

Hence it should be B
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New post 13 Feb 2017, 02:28
deepthit wrote:
I think it should be B.

(-2.9999)^3 is less than 9 and therefor -899999+9 >0

Hence it should be B


(-2.9999)^3 = -26.997300 < 0. :)
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