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# If x is a positive number less than 10, is z greater than

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If x is a positive number less than 10, is z greater than [#permalink]

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If x is a positive number less than 10, is z greater than the average (arithmetic mean) of x and 10 ?

1) On the number line, z is closer to 10 than it is to x.

2) z = 5x

I'd appreciate if someone could show me an algebraic or conceptual approach rather than plugging numbers.

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Re: DS : Number line [#permalink]

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12 Oct 2008, 04:04
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KUDOS
stat 1
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if z is Mean of x & 10, than z is equally distant from both. But now z is closer to 10 that means z is greater than mean.

stat 2
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z = 5x , not conclusive

So ans shold be A)
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Re: DS : Number line [#permalink]

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12 Oct 2008, 07:57
amitdgr wrote:
If x is a positive number less than 10, is z greater than the average (arithmetic mean) of x and 10 ?

1) On the number line, z is closer to 10 than it is to x.

2) z = 5x

I'd appreciate if someone could show me an algebraic or conceptual approach rather than plugging numbers.

X<10

IS 2Z> X+10

FROM 1

0....X..........Mean.........Z...10

thus whatever x is the mean between x and 10 is in the middle distance , and as z is closer to 10 thus it is sure bigger.....suff A

FROM 2

Z= 5X

QUESTION BECOMES

IS 10X> X+10

IS 9X>10

IE: IS X>10/9????........WE CAN NEVER KNOW

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Re: DS : Number line [#permalink]

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12 Oct 2008, 08:33
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Re: DS : Number line [#permalink]

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12 Oct 2008, 10:52
amitdgr wrote:

Even i got A

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