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In planning for a trip, Joan estimated both the distance of the trip, in miles, and her average speed, in miles per hour. She accurately divided her estimated distance by her estimated average speed to obtain an estimate for the time, in hours, that the trip would take. Was her estimate within 0.5 hour of the actual time that the trip took?

(1) Joan’s estimate for the distance was within 5 miles of the actual distance.

(2) Joan’s estimate for her average speed was within 10 miles per hour of her actual average speed.

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In planning for a trip, Joan estimated both the distance of the trip, in miles, and her average speed, in miles per hour. She accurately divided her estimated distance by her estimated average speed to obtain an estimate for the time, in hours, that the trip would take. Was her estimate within 0.5 hour of the actual time that the trip took?

(1) Joan’s estimate for the distance was within 5 miles of the actual distance.

(2) Joan’s estimate for her average speed was within 10 miles per hour of her actual average speed.

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Here, all you need to do is test one case to convince yourself that the answer is (E).

We know that if her actual speed and actual distance are dot on estimated speed and distance, her time taken would be equal to estimated time. All we have to do is prove that her actual time can vary by more than 0.5 hrs.

Try to increase her time: Say, estimated distance 10 miles. Actual distance = 15 miles Estimated speed = 20 mph. Actual speed = 10 mph Estimated time = 10/20 = 0.5 hrs Actual time = 15/10 = 1.5 hrs Her actual time varies by 1 hr.

So both statements together are not sufficient. Answer (E)
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In planning for a trip, Joan estimated both the distance of the trip, in miles, and her average speed, in miles per hour. She accurately divided her estimated distance by her estimated average speed to obtain an estimate for the time, in hours, that the trip would take. Was her estimate within 0.5 hour of the actual time that the trip took?

(1) Joan’s estimate for the distance was within 5 miles of the actual distance.

(2) Joan’s estimate for her average speed was within 10 miles per hour of her actual average speed.

Kudos for a correct solution.

Statement 1: The distance was original distance + 5 or -5 miles . This statement doesn't provide any information about the average speed. Even if we take some random values of distance and speed, the estimate of time can be both more or less than 0.5 hours. INSUFFICIENT

Statement 2: The average speed was +10 or -10 miles/hr. This statement does not provide any information about distance. The estimate of time can again be more or less than 0.5 hours on taking random values of distance and speed. INSUFFICIENT

On combining 1 & 2 , we do not get any additional information or concrete values. And the estimate would again be more or less than 0.5 hours on taking random distance and speed values.

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Solution : Lets take her estimate for distance,d =100 for all calc.

Statement1: This is not sufficient because nothing is given about the relation between her estimation of speed and actual speed. If you are not satisfied, then lets try by considering her estimate of speed as exactly correct. Let s = 5. Then t = 100/5 = 20. If actual distance of 95, then t = 95/5 =19. So, no. Let s =50 . Then t =100/50 = 2. If actual distance of 95, then t = 95/50 =1.9. So, Yes. Clearly its giving different answers. So, insufficient.

Statement2: This is not sufficient because nothing is given about the relation between her estimation of distance and actual distance.We can prove it in the same way as in statement1.

Combined: If s = 50, then t =100/50=2 and if actual distance is 95 and actual speed is 60, then t = 95/60=1.58.So,yes. But if s=25,then t=100/25=4 and if actual distance is 95 and actual speed is 35, then t = 95/35=2.7.So,No. Therefore, clearly not sufficient.

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Was estimate within 0.5 hour of the actual time that the trip took?

(1) Joan’s estimate for the distance was within 5 miles of the actual distance. only distance is given, no speed

(2) Joan’s estimate for her average speed was within 10 miles per hour of her actual average speed. only speed given, no distance

Combined, we have distance and speed where we can find a rate. However, thinking about it conceptually, we can see that the range of +/- 5 for the distance and +/- 10 for the speed can give us an estimate of within .5hrs or not depending on the extremes. Insufficient

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St1 and St2 individually clearly INSUF

1+2) 10/1= 10hrs 5/11~.5 Hrs -->No (use values at the opposite extremes to get the highest time diff) 10/10=1Hr 15/20=.75Hrs -->Yes (use values at the same extremes to get the lowest time diff)

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In planning for a trip, Joan estimated both the distance of the trip, in miles, and her average speed, in miles per hour. She accurately divided her estimated distance by her estimated average speed to obtain an estimate for the time, in hours, that the trip would take. Was her estimate within 0.5 hour of the actual time that the trip took?

(1) Joan’s estimate for the distance was within 5 miles of the actual distance.

(2) Joan’s estimate for her average speed was within 10 miles per hour of her actual average speed.

In the original condition and the question, it is estimated:v1*t1=d1, actual:v2*t2=d2. There are 2 equations(v1*t1=d1, v2*t2=d2) and 6 variables(v1,v2,t1,t2,d1,d2), which should match with the number of equations. So, you need 4 more equations. For 1) 1 equation, for 2) 1 equation and overall you need 2 more equations, which is likely to make E the answer. In fact, E is the answer.

-> For cases where we need 3 more equations, such as original conditions with “3 variables”, or “4 variables and 1 equation”, or “5 variables and 2 equations”, we have 1 equation each in both 1) and 2). Therefore, there is 80% chance that E is the answer (especially about 90% of 2 by 2 questions where there are more than 3 variables), while C has 15% chance. These two are the majority. In case of common mistake type 3,4, the answer may be from A, B or D but there is only 5% chance. Since E is most likely to be the answer using 1) and 2) separately according to DS definition (It saves us time). Obviously there may be cases where the answer is A, B, C or D.
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In planning for a trip, Joan estimated both the distance of the trip, in miles, and her average speed, in miles per hour. She accurately divided her estimated distance by her estimated average speed to obtain an estimate for the time, in hours, that the trip would take. Was her estimate within 0.5 hour of the actual time that the trip took?

(1) Joan’s estimate for the distance was within 5 miles of the actual distance.

(2) Joan’s estimate for her average speed was within 10 miles per hour of her actual average speed.

Target question:Was Joan's ESTIMATE within 0.5 hour of the ACTUAL TIME that the trip took?

Statement 1: Joan’s ESTIMATE for the distance was within 5 miles of the ACTUAL distance. Travel time = distance/speed

Statement 1 provides information regarding the accuracy of Joan's estimation of the travel distance, BUT it does not provide any information regarding her accuracy in estimating her speed. As such, statement 1 is NOT SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: Joan’s estimate for her average speed was within 10 miles per hour of her actual average speed. Statement 2 provides information regarding the accuracy of Joan's estimation of her average speed, BUT it does not provide any information regarding her accuracy in estimating the travel distance. As such, statement 2 is NOT SUFFICIENT

Statements 1 and 2 combined Let's test some numbers. There are several possible scenarios that satisfy BOTH statements. Here are two: Case a: Joan's estimates were PERFECTLY accurate. In this case, her ACTUAL travel time was definitely WITHIN 0.5 hours of her ESTIMATED travel.

Case b: Joan's ESTIMATED distance and average speed were 8 miles and 8 miles per hour respectively, and the ACTUAL distance and average speed were 5 miles and 1 mile per hour respectively. So, Joan's ESTIMATED travel time = 8/8 = 1 hour, and her ACTUAL travel time = 5/1 = 5 hours. In this case, Joan's ACTUAL travel time was NOT WITHIN 0.5 hours of her ESTIMATED travel.

Since we cannot answer the target question with certainty, the combined statements are NOT SUFFICIENT

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