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In the x-y coordinate plane, does line k have a positive x-intercept?
(1) (slope of line k)(y-intercept of line k) > 0
(2) (slope of line k) - (y-intercept of line k) < 0
*kudos for all correct solutions
Target question: Does line k have a positive x-intercept? Statement 1: (slope of line k)(y-intercept of line k) > 0 There are two possible cases that that satisfy statement 1:
- the slope and y-intercept are both positive
- the slope and y-intercept are both negative
Let's examine each case:
Case a: the slope and y-intercept are both positive
No matter now you sketch a line that has these two features, it will look something like this:
As you can see, the answer to the target question is
NO, line k does NOT have a positive x-intercept Case b: the slope and y-intercept are both negative.
No matter now you sketch a line that has these two features, it will look something like this:
As you can see, the answer to the target question is
NO, line k does NOT have a positive x-intercept In both cases, the answer to the target question is the SAME.
Since we can answer the
target question with certainty, statement 1 is SUFFICIENT
Statement 2: (slope of line k) - (y-intercept of line k) < 0There are several lines that satisfy statement 2. Here are two:
Case a:The line has a slope of -2 and y-intercept of -1 .
In this case, the answer to the target question is
NO, line k does NOT have a positive x-intercept Case b: The line has a slope of -2 and y-intercept of 1 .
In this case, the answer to the target question is
YES, line k DOES have a positive x-intercept Since we cannot answer the
target question with certainty, statement 2 is NOT SUFFICIENT
Answer: A
Cheers,
Brent
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