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# If x, y, and z are all positive and 0.04x = 5y = 2z, then which of the

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If x, y, and z are all positive and 0.04x = 5y = 2z, then which of the following is true?

A. x < y < z
B. x < z < y
C. y < x < z
D. y < z < x
E. z < y < x

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15 Jan 2019, 02:48
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Bunuel wrote:
If x, y, and z are all positive and 0.04x = 5y = 2z, then which of the following is true?

A. x < y < z
B. x < z < y
C. y < x < z
D. y < z < x
E. z < y < x

With multiple "=" signs, put "= k"

0.04x = 5y = 2z = k

x = k/0.04 = 100k/4 = 25k

y = k/5

z = k/2

So y < z < x

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15 Jan 2019, 06:21

Solution

Given:
• x, y and z are positive
• 0.04x = 5y = 2z

To find:
• Which of the given options is true?

Approach and Working:
5y = 2z
• Implies, z = 2.5y
• Thus, z > y

0.04x = 2z
• Implies, x =50z
• Thus, x > z

Therefore, x > z > y

Hence, the correct answer is Option D

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15 Jan 2019, 06:36
Bunuel wrote:
If x, y, and z are all positive and 0.04x = 5y = 2z, then which of the following is true?

A. x < y < z
B. x < z < y
C. y < x < z
D. y < z < x
E. z < y < x

Best way of doing such questions is to convert the terms in single variable
0.04x = 0.008x = 0.02x
y = 0.008x
z = 0.02 x

Answer is D. y < z < x
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15 Jan 2019, 09:21
Bunuel wrote:
If x, y, and z are all positive and 0.04x = 5y = 2z, then which of the following is true?

A. x < y < z
B. x < z < y
C. y < x < z
D. y < z < x
E. z < y < x

$$0.04x = 5y = 2z$$

Or, $$4x = 500y = 200z = 1000$$ $$(Say)$$

So, $$x = 250$$ ; $$y = 2$$ & $$z = 5$$

So, $$y < z < x$$, Thus Answer must be (D)
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Bunuel wrote:
If x, y, and z are all positive and 0.04x = 5y = 2z, then which of the following is true?

A. x < y < z
B. x < z < y
C. y < x < z
D. y < z < x
E. z < y < x

Let’s use positive real numbers for x, y, and z.

If we let x = 1000, then 0.04x = 40.

Thus:

5y = 40

y = 8

Finally:

2z = 40

z = 20

So we see that y < z < x.

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