Hi All,

As complex as this graphing-based DS question looks, the given Facts focus on two equations, so they're relatively easy to deal with/solve.

We're asked if A is less than 2. This is a YES/NO question.

Fact 1: In an XY plane, point (A,1) lies inside the circle whose equation is X^2 + Y^2 = 3

With the given equation and the given (X,Y) co-ordinate (A,1), we can plug in and solve for A....

A^2 + 1^2 = 3

A^2 = 2

Since we're dealing with a circle, there are two possible points that have a Y-co-ordinate of 1: (A, 1) and (-A, 1).

Since A^2 = 2, A = Root(2).

Root(2) is < Root(4)

Root(2) is < 2, so whether we're dealing with A = Root(2) or A = -Root(2), the answer to the question is ALWAYS YES.

Fact 1 is SUFFICIENT.

Fact 2: In an XY plane, point (A,4) lies on the line whose equation is 2Y + 4X = 10

Here, we have a simple line to work with, so we can substitute in the value of A (for X) and 4 (for Y), giving us....

2(4) + 4(A) = 10

8 + 4A = 10

4A = 2

A = 1/2

The answer to the question is YES.

Fact 2 is SUFFICIENT.

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