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If x < 3, is (x + 1)/(x - 3) > 1/3?

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If x < 3, is \(\frac{x + 1}{x - 3}\) > 1/3?

(1) x < 2

(2) x > -1

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Re: If x < 3, is (x + 1)/(x - 3) > 1/3?  [#permalink]

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(x + 1)/(x - 3) - 1/3 > 0?

2(x + 3)/3(x -3) > 0? --> We have to find out whether the expression (x + 3)/(x - 3) is positive.

St1: x < 2 --> The expression can be positive, negative or zero.
Insufficient.

St2: x > -1 --> -1 < x < 3 --> Numerator is always positive and denominator is always negative. So the expression is negative.
Sufficient.

Answer: B

Originally posted by Vyshak on 10 Feb 2017, 10:58.
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Re: If x < 3, is (x + 1)/(x - 3) > 1/3?  [#permalink]

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(x + 1)/(x - 1) - 1/3 > 0?

2(x + 3)/3(x -3) > 0? --> We have to find out whether the expression (x + 3)/(x - 3) is positive.

St1: x < 2 --> The expression can be positive, negative or zero.
Insufficient.

St2: x > -1 --> -1 < x < 3 --> Numerator is always positive and denominator is always negative. So the expression is negative.
Sufficient.

Answer: B


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Re: If x < 3, is (x + 1)/(x - 3) > 1/3?  [#permalink]

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Vyshak wrote:
(x + 1)/(x - 1) - 1/3 > 0?

2(x + 3)/3(x -3) > 0? --> We have to find out whether the expression (x + 3)/(x - 3) is positive.

St1: x < 2 --> The expression can be positive, negative or zero.
Insufficient.

St2: x > -1 --> -1 < x < 3 --> Numerator is always positive and denominator is always negative. So the expression is negative.
Sufficient.

Answer: B


I think you may have incorrectly transcribed the question.

Thanks. I have corrected it now. But the steps seem to be fine.
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If x < 3, is \(\frac{x + 1}{x - 3}\) > 1/3?

(1) x < 2

(2) x > -1



Given: x < 3

Target question: Is (x + 1)/(x - 3) > 1/3?
This is a good candidate for rephrasing the target question.
Aside: See below for a video with tips on rephrasing the target question

Since x < 3, we know that (x - 3) will always be NEGATIVE.
So, let's take (x + 1)/(x - 3) > 1/3, and multiply both sides by (x - 3)
We get: x + 1 < (1/3)(x - 3) [ASIDE: since we multiplied both sides by a NEGATIVE value, we REVERSED the inequality sign]
Now take x + 1 < (1/3)(x - 3) and multiply both sides by 3 to get: 3(x + 1) < x - 3
Expand to get: 3x + 3 < x - 3
Subtract x from both sides: 2x + 3 < -3
Subtract 3 from both sides: 2x < -6
Divide both sides by 2 to get: x < -3

This equivalent inequality is much easier to work with. So, ....
REPHRASED target question: Is x < -3?

Statement 1: x < 2
There are several values of x that satisfy statement 1. Here are two:
Case a: x = -7, in which case x < -3
Case b: x = 0, in which case x > -3
Since we cannot answer the REPHRASED target question with certainty, statement 1 is NOT SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: x > -1
If x is greater than -1, then we can be 100% certain that x IS NOT less than -3
Since we can answer the REPHRASED target question with certainty, statement 2 is SUFFICIENT

Answer: B

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If x < 3, is (x + 1)/(x - 3) > 1/3?  [#permalink]

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New post 22 Jun 2017, 03:20
Step 1-
(x-3)+4
X-3
gives
1+4/(x-3)>1/3
(2/(x-3))>-1/3
Now, option b , since x>-1 & <3,LHS can never be greater than -1/3
So B is sufficient
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