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# In the xy-plane, if line k has negative slope, is the

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In the xy-plane, if line k has negative slope, is the y-intercept of line k positive?

(1) The x-intercept of line k is less than the y-intercept of line k.
(2) The slope of line k is less than -2.

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My take (1) and (2) are insufficient :

Y = mx + b

x intercept = -b/m
y intercept = b

-b/m < b

m < -2 => m is negative so -m is positive

b/(positive #) < b

=> b is positive (otherwise if b is negative, its magnitude will increase in smaller slices, also m is not a proper fraction, so that a negative # divided by proper positive fraction will increase in magnitude)

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skbjunior wrote:
In the xy-plane, if line k has negative slope, is the y-intercept of line k positive?

(1) The x-intercept of line k is less than the y-intercept of line k.

(2) The slope of line k is less than -2.

Please provide explanation. I will provide OA soon. Thanks!

(1) Not Sufficient.
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(2)Not Sufficient.
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(3)Combining both.
It should always be to the right of the blue line.
Sufficient.

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Ans: "C"

$$y=-2x+C$$

y-intercept
$$y=C$$

x-intercept
$$x=\frac{C}{2}$$

$$C>\frac{C}{2}$$
$$C-\frac{C}{2}>0$$
$$2C-C>0$$
$$C>0$$

Even for a slope of "-2", the y-intercept C has to be more than "0" or +ve to satisfy both statements.
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15 Apr 2011, 21:03
If the answer is A, I can explain.
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