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# Is (a - k)/(b - k) > (a + k)/(b + k) ? (1) a > b > k (2) k > 0

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Zarrolou wrote:
Is $$\frac{a-k}{b-k}>\frac{a+k}{b+k}$$ ?

i. $$a>b>k$$
If a=2,b=1 and k=0 the answer is NO. $$2>2$$
If a=3,b=1 and k=-2 the answer is YES. $$\frac{5}{3}>-1$$
Not sufficient

ii. $$k>0$$
Clearly not sufficient, no info about a, b.

1+2) $$a>b>k>0$$
Rewrite the question as
$$\frac{a-k}{b-k}-\frac{a+k}{b+k}>0$$ or $$\frac{(a-k)(b+k)-(a+k)(b-k)}{(b+k)(b-k)}>0$$ or $$\frac{2k(a-b)}{(b+k)(b-k)>0}$$. Now we know that $$a>b$$ so $$a-b>0$$ and the Numerator is positive; we know also that $$b>k$$ so $$b-k>0$$ and $$(b+k)$$ will be positive as well because it's the sum of two positive numbers.
$$\frac{+ve}{+ve}=+ve>0$$ Sufficient C

Thanks Zarrolou - so here you're assuming that thge given question is true and in turn you;re proving that your assumption is correct...! Great.

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bagdbmba wrote:

Thanks Zarrolou - so here you're assuming that thge given question is true and in turn you;re proving that your assumption is correct...! Great.

I am saying that the equation will be positive, hence will be greater than zero, so the answer (with 1 and 2) will be always YES (hence they combined are sufficient).

Hope it's clear.
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Zarrolou wrote:
bagdbmba wrote:

Thanks Zarrolou - so here you're assuming that the given question is true and in turn you're proving that your assumption is correct...! Great.

I am saying that the equation will be positive, hence will be greater than zero, so the answer (with 1 and 2) will be always YES (hence they combined are sufficient).

Hope it's clear.

Yeah! that means you're assuming that the equation to be true (as you're writing $$\frac{a-k}{b-k}-\frac{a+k}{b+k}>0$$) and proving that your assumption is correct by showing both numerator and denominator are +ve..Right?
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bagdbmba wrote:

Yeah! that means you're assuming that the equation to be true (as you're writing $$\frac{a-k}{b-k}-\frac{a+k}{b+k}>0$$) and proving that your assumption is correct by showing both numerator and denominator are +ve..Right?

Nope. I am doing exactly the opposite. I am asking: is this equation positive?

Then I show how the numerator and the denominator are both positive, HENCE the resulting fraction will be positive (hence greater than 0).I am not assuming anything.

Hope I've explained myself well.
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Is $$\frac{a-k}{b-k}>\frac{a+k}{b+k}$$ ?

i. $$a>b>k$$

ii. $$k>0$$

The question asks : Is $$\frac{a-k}{b-k}>\frac{a+k}{b+k}$$ $$\to$$ $$\frac{a-k}{b-k}-1>\frac{a+k}{b+k}-1$$ $$\to \frac{(a-k)-(b-k)}{b-k}>\frac{(a+k)-(b+k)}{b+k}$$

Or Is $$\frac{(a-b)}{b-k}>\frac{(a-b)}{b+k} \to (a-b)(\frac{1}{b-k} - \frac{1}{b+k})>0 = \frac{(a-b)(2k)}{(b+k)(b-k)}>0$$

From F.S 1, we know that (a-b) and (b-k) both are positive. Thus, the question boils down to : IS$$\frac{2k}{b+k}>0$$. Clearly Insufficient.

From F.S 2, we know that k>0. Hence, the question boils down to : IS $$\frac{(a-b)}{(b+k)(b-k)}>0$$. Again Insufficient.

Taking both statements together, the question : IS$$\frac{1}{(b+k)}>0$$. As k>0 and b>k, thus (b+k)>0. Suffcient.

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Is (a - k)/(b - k) > (a + k)/(b + k) ?

(1) a > b > k
(2) k > 0

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(a - k)/(b - k) > (a + k)/(b + k)

<=> 1+ (a - b)/(b - k) > 1 + (a + b)/(b + k)

<=> (a - b)/(b - k) > (a - b)/(b + k)

(1) a > b > k => a-b>0, b-k>0, b+k>0. Just when k>0: (a - b)/(b - k) > (a - b)/(b + k) => INSUFFICIENT
(2) k > 0: Insufficient

(1) (2) Sufficient

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Simplifying one can get
Is $$\frac{(2k*(a-b))}{(b^2 -a^2)} > 0$$

A: a>b>k
a-b > 0 & $$(b^2 - k^2) > 0$$
Condition flips if k >0 or k <0.

B: k > 0
Condition flips if a>b or a < b

If one uses both A and B it would be sufficient.

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Is (a - k)/(b - k) > (a + k)/(b + k) ?

(1) a > b > k
(2) k > 0

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MANHATTAN GMAT OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

In rephrasing this question, we should recall that we do not know the sign of b – k and b + k. Thus, after cross-multiplying, we should set up Flow Charts to evaluate two different questions: one for the case in which (b – k) and (b + k) have the same sign and another for the case in which (b – k) and (b + k) have different signs:

Statement (1) tells us that a > b > k. This is not sufficient. We do not know whether (b – k)(b + k) is positive, so we do not know which question to answer. Even if we did, we could get different results. For example, if a and b are positive and k is negative, then (b – k)(b + k) could be positive. Thus the relevant question would be “Is ak > bk?” Because k is negative, ak < bk. By contrast, if a, b, and k are all positive, then (b – k)(b + k) is positive. Thus the relevant question would be “Is ak > bk?” Because a > b > k, we would know ak > bk. We get two different answers depending on whether k is positive. INSUFFICIENT.

Statement (2) tells us that k > 0. This is not sufficient, because the statement tells us nothing about a and b. INSUFFICIENT.

Statements (1) and (2) combined are sufficient, because if a > b > k > 0, then (b – k)(b + k) > 0, so the relevant question is “Is ak > bk?” We know that a > b, and k is positive, so ak > bk, and the answer to the question is a definite “YES.”

Notice the use of the Scenario Chart—specifically, Flow Charts—to handle the different versions of the question depending on the sign of (b – k)(b + k). Additionally, we were careful to Beware of Inequalities—the inequalities in this problem make it easy to make a mistake in rephrasing the question in the Flow Chart or in evaluating the statements.

Notice also that if the algebra and thought process became too complicated, we could Cross-Multiply Inequalities and guess between C and E. Because the combined statements tell us that a > b > k > 0, we would know a lot about the relative values of the variables in the problems, and it might be reasonable to choose C as the best answer.

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