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# If s and t are two different numbers on the number line, is s + t = 0

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Because S and T are two different numbers from Stem.

From (1), distance between S and 0 is the same as 0 and T on the number line, that implies S=-T or T=-S and hence S+T=0 -- Sufficient

From (2), 0 is in between S and T. It doesn't say anything about the distance ... hence S+T is not necessarily 0. -- Not Sufficient.

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I read between as middle. Isnt the word between confusing???
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rajathpanta wrote:
I read between as middle. Isnt the word between confusing???

You mean you read "between" as "middle" in "distance between t and 0"? What does it means then?
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rajathpanta wrote:
I read between as middle. Isnt the word between confusing???

You mean you read "between" as "middle" in "distance between t and 0"? What does it means then?

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Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. In DS, Variable approach is the easiest and quickest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember equal number of variables and independent equations ensures a solution.

If s and t are two different numbers on the number line, is s + t = 0 ?

(1) Distance between s and 0 is the same as distance between t and 0
(2) 0 is between s and t

If we modify the original condition and the question, we want to know whether s=-t.
Looking at condition 1, |s-0|=|t-0|, |s|=|t| and from this we can get s=t or s=-t, but it is given that s and t are different, so s=-t, the answer is 'yes', making this condition sufficient.
For condition 2, the answer to the question becomes 'yes' for s=2, t=-2, but 'no' for s=3,t=-2. This condition is insufficient, and the answer becomes A.

Once we modify the original condition and the question according to the variable approach method 1, we can solve approximately 30% of DS questions.
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Key observations:

1. It is a number line. SO don't draw the xy plane.
2. The numbers are "DIFFERENT".

Reframing the question: Is S = -T.

Statement 1 is sufficient to give the answer.

Statement 2 is insufficient. Between does not mean between and in the middle of. Earth is between Jupiter and Sun. Does not mean midway.
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Hi All,

We're told that S and T are two DIFFERENT numbers on the number line. We're asked if S + T = 0. This is a YES/NO question and can be solved by TESTing VALUES and a bit of Number Property logic.

1) The distance between S and 0 is the SAME as the distance between T and 0

Since S and T are DIFFERENT numbers, the only way for their respective distances from 0 to be the SAME is if S and T are 'opposites.'

IF....
S = +1, T = -1; the distances from 0 are the same and S+T = (1) + (-1) = 0, so the answer to the question is YES
S = -2, T = +2; the distances from 0 are the same and S+T = (-2) + (+2) = 0, so the answer to the question is YES.
Etc.
The answer to the question is ALWAYS YES.
Fact 1 is SUFFICIENT

2) 0 is between S and T

With the information in Fact 2, we know that 0 is some point between S and T, but that does NOT necessarily mean the "exact midpoint."

IF...
S = +1, T = -1; then S+T = (1) + (-1) = 0, so the answer to the question is YES
S = +1, T = -2; then S+T = (1) + (-2) = -1, so the answer to the question is NO
Fact 2 is INSUFFICIENT

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Because S and T are two different numbers from Stem.

From (1), distance between S and 0 is the same as 0 and T on the number line, that implies S=-T or T=-S and hence S+T=0 -- Sufficient

From (2), 0 is in between S and T. It doesn't say anything about the distance ... hence S+T is not necessarily 0. -- Not Sufficient.

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If s and t are two different numbers on the number line, is s + t = 0 ?

(1) Distance between s and 0 is the same as distance between t and 0
(2) 0 is between s and t

A as it says that s-0=0-t
B is not sufficient , we dont know where actually A and B lie
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Re: If s and t are two different numbers on the number line, is s + t = 0 [#permalink]
"Different" numbers is the only thing that makes A correct, otherwise we could plausibly have s=t
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If s and t are two different numbers on the number line, is s + t = 0 ?

(1) Distance between s and 0 is the same as distance between t and 0
(2) 0 is between s and t

S and T are "two different numbers". So there has to be one negative and one positive if they share the same distance.

1. Sufficient
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