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In a certain city, 80 percent of the households have cable television, and 60 percent of the households have videocassette recorders. If there are 150,000 households in the city, then the number of households that have both cable television and videocassette recorders could be any number from: A. 30,000 to 90,000 inclusive B. 30,000 to 120,000 inclusive C. 60,000 to 90,000 inclusive D. 60,000 to 120,000 inclusive E. 90,000 to 120,000 inclusive
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Originally posted by imhimanshu on 30 Sep 2013, 08:11.
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imhimanshu wrote: In a certain city, 80 percent of the households have cable television, and 60 percent of the households have videocassette recorders. If there are 150,000 households in the city, then the number of households that have both cable television and videocassette recorders could be any number from:
A. 30,000 to 90,000 inclusive B. 30,000 to 120,000 inclusive C. 60,000 to 90,000 inclusive D. 60,000 to 120,000 inclusive E. 90,000 to 120,000 inclusive 120 have TV and 90 have radio. Obviously the number of households that have both cannot be greater than 90. Eliminate B, D, and E. Next: {Total} = {TV} + {Radio}  {Both} + {Neither} 150 = 120 + 90  {Both} + {Neither} {Both} = 60 + {Neither} Thus {Both}>=60. Answer: C.
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imhimanshu wrote: In a certain city, 80 percent of the households have cable television, and 60 percent of the households have videocassette recorders. If there are 150,000 households in the city, then the number of households that have both cable television and videocassette recorders could be any number from:
A. 30,000 to 90,000 inclusive B. 30,000 to 120,000 inclusive C. 60,000 to 90,000 inclusive D. 60,000 to 120,000 inclusive E. 90,000 to 120,000 inclusive The highlighted part is the most important part of the question.... Posting the Venn Diagram approach hope it clears the concept further Attachment:
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So, the possible range of values is between 40% to 60% 40% of 150,000 = 60,000 ( Minimum Value ) 60% of 150,000 = 90,000 ( Maximum Value ) Hence answer will be C. 60,000 to 90,000 inclusive
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Bunuel wrote: imhimanshu wrote: In a certain city, 80 percent of the households have cable television, and 60 percent of the households have videocassette recorders. If there are 150,000 households in the city, then the number of households that have both cable television and videocassette recorders could be any number from:
A. 30,000 to 90,000 inclusive B. 30,000 to 120,000 inclusive C. 60,000 to 90,000 inclusive D. 60,000 to 120,000 inclusive E. 90,000 to 120,000 inclusive 120 have TV and 90 have radio. Obviously the number of households that have both cannot be greater than 90. Eliminate B, D, and E. Next: {Total} = {TV} + {Radio}  {Both} + {Neither} 150 = 120 + 90  {Both} + {Neither} {Both} = 60 + {Neither} Thus {Both}>=60. Answer: C. Hi Bunuel, There are 2 options greater than 60 C & D. Can u pls explain how you narrowed down on C..?



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TuringMachine wrote: Bunuel wrote: imhimanshu wrote: In a certain city, 80 percent of the households have cable television, and 60 percent of the households have videocassette recorders. If there are 150,000 households in the city, then the number of households that have both cable television and videocassette recorders could be any number from:
A. 30,000 to 90,000 inclusive B. 30,000 to 120,000 inclusive C. 60,000 to 90,000 inclusive D. 60,000 to 120,000 inclusive E. 90,000 to 120,000 inclusive 120 have TV and 90 have radio. Obviously the number of households that have both cannot be greater than 90. Eliminate B, D, and E.Next: {Total} = {TV} + {Radio}  {Both} + {Neither} 150 = 120 + 90  {Both} + {Neither} {Both} = 60 + {Neither} Thus {Both}>=60. Answer: C. Hi Bunuel, There are 2 options greater than 60 C & D. Can u pls explain how you narrowed down on C..? Have you read the red part in my solution?
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Here's how you can solve this question using the Double Matrix Structure: We need to find the minimum and maximum possible values of X. From the matrix, it is clear that X cannot be greater than 90,000 (because x + y = 90,000. So, if x > 90,000 then y will have to take a negative value, and that is not allowed since y denotes the number of things. So it cannot be negative) Let's now try to find the lowest possible value of x. You can use either Equation 1: Using x + y = 90,000 => x = 90,000  y So, x will be minimum when y is maximum The maximum possible value of y = 30,000 So, minimum possible value of x from this equation = 90,000  30,000 = 60,000Or you can use Equation 2: Using x + z = 120,000 The maximum possible value of z = 60,000 So, minimum possible value of x from this equation is also 60,000anewbeginning, TuringMachine: Hope this helped! Please let me know if something is not clear Japinder
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I missed this question though it tests the same basic. practice is important.



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Bunuel  Thank you for the solution. Do you have any link to similar questions? I'm bad with these questions and I'd like to practise them. Please if you can help. Thank You!



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Keats wrote: Bunuel  Thank you for the solution. Do you have any link to similar questions? I'm bad with these questions and I'd like to practise them. Please if you can help. Thank You! Data Sufficiency Questions on Overlapping SetsProblem Solving Questions on Overlapping Sets
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General Formula: Sum = Gr A + Gr B  (A and B) + (neither A nor B) With that we have: (Z = 150,000) Z = 0.8Z + 0.6Z  (A and B) + (none) (A and B) = 0.4Z + none To get min(A and B), (none) will be 0, hence min(A and B) = 0.4Z = 60,000 To get max(A and B), we know that (A and B: the number of pp who own both items) will be maximum only when all of those who own recorders also have cable TV, therefore the largest value of (A and B) is the number of people who own recorders, which is equal to 0.6Z=90,000



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imhimanshu wrote: In a certain city, 80 percent of the households have cable television, and 60 percent of the households have videocassette recorders. If there are 150,000 households in the city, then the number of households that have both cable television and videocassette recorders could be any number from:
A. 30,000 to 90,000 inclusive B. 30,000 to 120,000 inclusive C. 60,000 to 90,000 inclusive D. 60,000 to 120,000 inclusive E. 90,000 to 120,000 inclusive 80 has tv 60 has videocassettes There are 100 people in total. Manima would be (80+60)  100 = 40(consider some videocassete holders do not own tv, maximizing those people we get minima) Mixima would be 60(consider all the videocassete holder has tv, minimizing nontv holders we get maxima) Hence range would be from 40% of 150,000 to 60% of 150,000. So option C is correct.
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Bunuel wrote: imhimanshu wrote: In a certain city, 80 percent of the households have cable television, and 60 percent of the households have videocassette recorders. If there are 150,000 households in the city, then the number of households that have both cable television and videocassette recorders could be any number from:
A. 30,000 to 90,000 inclusive B. 30,000 to 120,000 inclusive C. 60,000 to 90,000 inclusive D. 60,000 to 120,000 inclusive E. 90,000 to 120,000 inclusive 120 have TV and 90 have radio. Obviously the number of households that have both cannot be greater than 90. Eliminate B, D, and E. Next: {Total} = {TV} + {Radio}  {Both} + {Neither} 150 = 120 + 90  {Both} + {Neither} {Both} = 60 + {Neither} Thus {Both}>=60. Answer: C. Hi Bunuel, the formula you use, {Total} = {TV} + {Radio}  {Both} + {Neither}, is a modified version of the following formula for three overlaps, correct? Total = (members of one group)  (members of two groups) + (members of all three groups) + neither



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Cez005 wrote: Bunuel wrote: imhimanshu wrote: In a certain city, 80 percent of the households have cable television, and 60 percent of the households have videocassette recorders. If there are 150,000 households in the city, then the number of households that have both cable television and videocassette recorders could be any number from:
A. 30,000 to 90,000 inclusive B. 30,000 to 120,000 inclusive C. 60,000 to 90,000 inclusive D. 60,000 to 120,000 inclusive E. 90,000 to 120,000 inclusive 120 have TV and 90 have radio. Obviously the number of households that have both cannot be greater than 90. Eliminate B, D, and E. Next: {Total} = {TV} + {Radio}  {Both} + {Neither} 150 = 120 + 90  {Both} + {Neither} {Both} = 60 + {Neither} Thus {Both}>=60. Answer: C. Hi Bunuel, the formula you use, {Total} = {TV} + {Radio}  {Both} + {Neither}, is a modified version of the following formula for three overlaps, correct? Total = (members of one group)  (members of two groups) + (members of all three groups) + neither This is a formula for 2 overlapping sets. Don't know what formula you are referring though. Hope it helps.
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imhimanshu wrote: In a certain city, 80 percent of the households have cable television, and 60 percent of the households have videocassette recorders. If there are 150,000 households in the city, then the number of households that have both cable television and videocassette recorders could be any number from:
A. 30,000 to 90,000 inclusive B. 30,000 to 120,000 inclusive C. 60,000 to 90,000 inclusive D. 60,000 to 120,000 inclusive E. 90,000 to 120,000 inclusive We are given that there are 150,000 households in the city, that 60%, or 0.6 x 150,000 = 90,000, have videocassette recorders, and that 80%, or 0.8 x 150,0000 = 120,000, have cable television. We can create the following equation: 150,000 = 90,000 + 120,000  number who have both (b) + number who have neither (n) 150,000 = 210,000  b + n b = 60,000 + n To minimize b, we can let n = 0, and thus b = 60,000. To maximize b, we need to use the fact that b is the number of households that have both cable television and videocassette recorders; thus, it can’t be more than the smaller of the number of households that have cable television and the number of households with videocassette recorders. Since 90,000 households have videocassette recorders, which is less than the 150,000 households that have cable television, the maximum value of b is 90,000. Answer: C
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Line diagrams work well for these types of problems.
80  60 
Suppose those two lines represent the people who have cable (top line) and video cassette recorders.
The maximum overlap is 60.
How can we minimize the overlap? We want to distribute as much of the 60 as we can to the 20 (don't have cable)
80...................20  40...................... 20 
The minimum is 40% of 150,000 and the maximum is 60% of 150,000.
10% of 150,000 is 15,000. So 40% is 60,000. 60% is 1.5 times as much. 60,000+60,000/2=90,000




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