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anairamitch1804 wrote:
In 1984 a certain union had a total of 15,600 members. Was the percent increase in the total number of members in the union from 1984 to 1985 greater than that from 1985 to 1986 ?

(1) From 1984 to 1985 the total number of members in the union increased by 781, and from 1985 to 1986 the total number of members in the union again increased by 781.

(2) In 1985 the union had a total of 16,381 members, and in 1986 the union had a total of 17,162 members.


We are given that in 1984 a certain union had a total of 15,600 members. We need to determine whether the percentage increase in the total number of members in the union from 1984 to 1985 was greater than the increase from 1985 to 1986.

Statemate One Alone:

From 1984 to 1985 the total number of members in the union increased by 781, and from 1985 to 1986 the total number of members in the union again increased by 781.

Since there were 15,600 members in 1984, there were 15,600 + 781 = 16,381 members in 1985 and 16,381 + 781 = 17,162 members in 1986.

Since we have the number of members in 1984, 1985, and 1986, we have enough information to determine whether the percentage increase in the total number of members in the union from 1984 to 1985 was greater than the increase from 1985 to 1986. Statement one alone is sufficient to answer the question.

Statement Two Alone:

In 1985 the union had a total of 16,381 members, and in 1986 the union had a total of 17,162 members.

Once again, since we have the number of members in 1984, 1985, and 1986, we have enough information to determine whether the percentage increase in the total number of members in the union from 1984 to 1985 was greater than the increase from 1985 to 1986. Statement two alone is sufficient to answer the question.

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Hi All,

Certain DS questions are essentially just 'logic' questions - you don't really have to do any math to get to the correct answer as long as you understand the concepts involved (and what you really 'need' to answer the specific question that is asked.

In this prompt, we're given the number of members in the union in 1984. We're asked if the percent increase in members from 1984 to 1985 was greater than the percent increase in members from 1985 to 1986. This is a YES/NO question.

1) From 1984 to 1985 the total number of members in the union increased by 781, and from 1985 to 1986 the total number of members in the union again increased by 781.

With the information in Fact 1, we can find the total membership in 1985 and in 1986, so we CAN calculate the percent increase for each of the two time periods. Once we have that information, then we can definitively answer the question.
Fact 1 is SUFFICIENT.

(2) In 1985 the union had a total of 16,381 members, and in 1986 the union had a total of 17,162 members.

With the information in Fact 2, we can have the total membership in 1985 and in 1986, so we CAN calculate the percent increase for each of the two time periods. Once we have that information, then we can definitively answer the question.
Fact 2 is SUFFICIENT.

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