Bunuel wrote:

If \(p_1\) and \(p_2\) are the populations and \(r_1\) and \(r_2\) are the numbers of representatives of District 1 and District 2, respectively, the ratio of the population to the number of representatives is greater for which of the two districts?

(1) \(p_1>p_2\)

(2) \(r_2>r_1\)

Solution:

We are given the following:

p_1 = population of District 1

p_2 = population of District 2

r_1 = the numbers of representatives of District 1

r_2 = numbers of representatives of District 2

We need to determine whether the ratio of the population to the number of representatives is greater in District 1 or District 2. We can translate the question into an inequality.

Is p_1/r_1 > p_2/r_2 ?

After cross multiplying we obtain:

Is (p_1)(r_2) > (r_1)(p_2) ?

Note that we could write the initial equation as p_1/r_1 < p_2/r_2 as well, because the question is only asking which one is greater. Whichever way we write the equation would be acceptable.

Statement One Alone:p_1 > p_2

Although p_1 > p_2, we do not have enough information to determine whether (p_1)(r_2) is greater than (r_1)(p_2). Let’s consider two cases.

Case # 1

p_1 = 300

p_2 = 200

r_1 = 2

r_2 = 1

We see that (p_1)(r_2) > (r_1)(p_2) = 300 > 400 is not true.

Case # 2

p_1 = 300

p_2 = 200

r_1 = 2

r_2 = 2

We see that (p_1)(r_2) > (r_1)(p_2) = 600 > 400 is true.

Statement one alone is not sufficient to answer the question. We can eliminate answer choices A and D.

Statement Two Alone:r_2 > r_1

Although r_2 > r_1, we do not have enough to determine whether (p_1)(r_2) is greater than (r_1)(p_2). Let’s consider two cases.

Case # 1

p_1 = 100

p_2 = 200

r_1 = 2

r_2 = 3

We see that (p_1)(r_2) > (r_1)(p_2) = 300 > 400 is not true.

Case # 2

p_1 = 200

p_2 = 200

r_1 = 2

r_2 = 3

We see that (p_1)(r_2) > (r_1)(p_2) = 600 > 400 is true.

Statement two alone is not sufficient to answer the question. We can eliminate answer choice B.

Statements One and Two Together:Using the information from statements one and two we know the following:

p_1 > p_2 and r_2 > r_1. Thus, (p_1)(r_2) must be greater than (r_1)(p_2).

The answer is C.

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