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If $$x_1$$, $$x_2$$, $$x_3$$, … $$x_n$$ is a sequence such that $$x_n=\frac{n}{2}$$ for all values $$x \geq 1$$, is $$x_b$$ less than $$x_h$$ ?

(1) $$\sqrt{b} \geq \sqrt{h}$$

(2) b and h are distinct prime numbers.

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Bunuel wrote:
If $$x_1$$, $$x_2$$, $$x_3$$, … $$x_n$$ is a sequence such that $$x_n=\frac{n}{2}$$ for all values $$x \geq 1$$, is $$x_b$$ less than $$x_h$$ ?

(1) $$\sqrt{b} \geq \sqrt{h}$$

(2) b and h are distinct prime numbers.

eventually the question is whether b>h
a)considering b=1 h=1 1<1 No
b=2 h=1 2>1 yes...Insuff

b)b and can be any prime no,making either of the two possibilities of b>h or h>b..insuff

c)makes sense
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Bunuel wrote:
If $$x_1$$, $$x_2$$, $$x_3$$, … $$x_n$$ is a sequence such that $$x_n=\frac{n}{2}$$ for all values $$x \geq 1$$, is $$x_b$$ less than $$x_h$$ ?

(1) $$\sqrt{b} \geq \sqrt{h}$$

(2) b and h are distinct prime numbers.

To find $$x_b$$$$<$$$$x_h$$

or $$\frac{b}{2}<\frac{h}{2}=> b<h$$

Statement 1: as $$b$$ & $$h$$ are positive, we can directly square the inequality to get $$b≥h$$

Now if $$b>h$$, then the answer to our question stem is NO

and if $$b=h$$, then also answer to our question stem is NO. Hence Sufficient

Statement 2: $$b$$ and $$h$$ can be any prime nos and hence $$b>h$$ or $$b<h$$. Hence Insufficient

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St 1: root b >= root h

--> root b - root h >= 0
squaring:

b + h -2root b root h> = 0
b + h >= 2 root b root h
so b not equal to h
as root b> root h
and terms are divisble 2, its suff

2) b , h prime
no idea about the distance from 0 --> -2,0,2,4 --< b is 2 or -2 (or h) we don't know. Not Suff Re: If x1, x2, x3… xn is a sequence such that xn=n/2 for all values x≥1, i   [#permalink] 11 Sep 2018, 01:31
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