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GMATH practice exercise (Quant Class 11)

If $$\,{{x - 1} \over {x - 3}}\,>\,{{x - 2} \over {x - 4}}\,$$ is equivalent to $$\,a < x < b\,$$, the value of $$b-a$$ is:

(A) 0.25
(B) 0.5
(C) 0.75
(D) 1
(E) 1.25

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Bring all the equations to the LHS.

$$\frac{(x-1)}{(x-3)}-\frac{(x-2)}{(x-4)}>0$$

Take the LCM, then we get,

$$\frac{x^2-5x+4-x^2+5x-6}{(x-3)(x-4)}>0$$

Now, x = 3 or x = 4.
Plotting this in wavy curve, we get.
(-∞, 3) to (4,+∞)

So a<x<b can be written as 3<x<4
b-a = 4-3 = 1

D is the answer.
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fskilnik wrote:
GMATH practice exercise (Quant Class 11)

If $$\,{{x - 1} \over {x - 3}}\,>\,{{x - 2} \over {x - 4}}\,$$ is equivalent to $$\,a < x < b\,$$, the value of $$b-a$$ is:

(A) 0.25
(B) 0.5
(C) 0.75
(D) 1
(E) 1.25

Let´s see a "non-standard" (but absolutely rigorous) approach, very interesting for high-level candidates:

$${{x - 1} \over {x - 3}} > {{x - 2} \over {x - 4}}\,\,\,\left( * \right)\,\,\,\, \Leftrightarrow \,\,\,\,\,a < x < b$$

$$? = b - a$$

$$\left( * \right)\,\,\,\,\,\mathop \Leftrightarrow \limits^{ \cdot \left( {x - 3} \right)\left( {x - 4} \right)} \,\,\,\,\left\{ \matrix{ \,\left( {x - 1} \right)\left( {x - 4} \right) > \left( {x - 2} \right)\left( {x - 3} \right)\,\,\,{\rm{if}}\,\,\,\,\left( {x - 3} \right)\left( {x - 4} \right) > 0\,\,\,\left( {\rm{I}} \right) \hfill \cr \left( {x - 1} \right)\left( {x - 4} \right) < \left( {x - 2} \right)\left( {x - 3} \right)\,\,\,{\rm{if}}\,\,\,\,\left( {x - 3} \right)\left( {x - 4} \right) < 0\,\,\,\left( {{\rm{II}}} \right) \hfill \cr} \right.$$

$$\left( {\rm{I}} \right)\,\,\,\,\left( {x - 1} \right)\left( {x - 4} \right) > \left( {x - 2} \right)\left( {x - 3} \right)\,\,\,\,\, \Leftrightarrow \,\,\,\,{x^2} - 5x + 4 > {x^2} - 5x + 6\,\,\,{\rm{impossible!}}$$

$$\left( {{\rm{II}}} \right)\,\,\,\,\left( {x - 1} \right)\left( {x - 4} \right) < \left( {x - 2} \right)\left( {x - 3} \right)\,\,\,\,\, \Leftrightarrow \,\,\,\,{x^2} - 5x + 4 < {x^2} - 5x + 6\,\,\,{\rm{always}}\,\,\left[ {\,{\rm{for}}\,\,\left( {x - 3} \right)\left( {x - 4} \right) < 0\,} \right]\,\,!\,{\rm{!}}$$

$$\left( {x - 3} \right)\left( {x - 4} \right) < 0\,\,\,\,\, \Leftrightarrow \,\,\,\,\,3 < x < 4$$

$$? = 4 - 3 = 1$$

The correct answer is (D).

We follow the notations and rationale taught in the GMATH method.

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Fabio.
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fskilnik wrote:
GMATH practice exercise (Quant Class 11)

If $$\,{{x - 1} \over {x - 3}}\,>\,{{x - 2} \over {x - 4}}\,$$ is equivalent to $$\,a < x < b\,$$, the value of $$b-a$$ is:

(A) 0.25
(B) 0.5
(C) 0.75
(D) 1
(E) 1.25

Classical Approach:

$${{x - 1} \over {x - 3}} > {{x - 2} \over {x - 4}}\,\,\,\,\, \Leftrightarrow \,\,\,\,\,{{x - 1} \over {x - 3}} - {{x - 2} \over {x - 4}} > 0\,\,\,\,\, \Leftrightarrow \,\,\,\,{{\left( {x - 1} \right)\left( {x - 4} \right)} \over {\left( {x - 3} \right)\left( {x - 4} \right)}} - {{\left( {x - 2} \right)\left( {x - 3} \right)} \over {\left( {x - 4} \right)\left( {x - 3} \right)}} > 0\,\,$$

$$\,\, \Leftrightarrow \,\,\,\,{{ - 2} \over {\left( {x - 3} \right)\left( {x - 4} \right)}} > 0\,\,\,\,\, \Leftrightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\left( {x - 3} \right)\left( {x - 4} \right) < 0\,\,\,\,\, \Leftrightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\,3 < x < 4$$

Regards,
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