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Is ad > bc ? (1) a/b > c/d (2) b/d >0
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Originally posted by josemarioamaya on 19 Sep 2013, 19:32.
Last edited by Bunuel on 20 Sep 2013, 00:39, edited 1 time in total.
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So this is a very interesting DS question!! Statement 2 is easier to evaluate. All we can infer from this statement is either both b & d are positive or negative. Clearly insuff Statement 1 is difficult to evaluate. Considering many scenarios could be time consuming. All we need to come up with two scenerios which lead to both a "yes" and a "no". So if b & d are having same sign then the answer is "yes" but if they have apposite sign then the answer is "no" to the question Is ad > bc ? If we combine Statement 1 & 2 we get a definite yes hence the correct answer is C.
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CAMANISHPARMAR wrote: So this is a very interesting DS question!! Statement 1 is difficult to evaluate. Considering many scenarios could be time consuming. All we need to come up with two scenerios which lead to both a "yes" and a "no". So if b & d are having same sign then the answer is "yes" but if they have apposite sign then the answer is "no" to the question Is ad > bc ?
Hi CAMANISHPARMARSometimes pluggingin values is time consuming but we can easily fix numbers and play with others, for example in statement 1 \(\frac{a}{b} > \frac{c}{d}\) Let a=0, b=1, this will make LHS =0.......So choose any small numbers c= 1 & d=2.......0 > 1.......Answer is Yes Let a=0, b=1, this will make LHS =0.......So reverse numbers above c= 2 & d=1.......0 > 2.......Answer is No Insufficient Sometimes we tricked to find nice numbers and spend long time to make it fit. I hope it helps yo maybe in other questions.



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Bunuel wrote: Is ad > bc ?
(1) a/b > c/d. If b and d have the same sign, then when crossmultiplying we'll get ad > bc but if they have the opposite signs, then when crossmultiplying we'll get ad < bc. Not sufficient.
(2) b/d >0. b and d have the same sign but no info about a and c. Not sufficient.
(1)+(2) Since from (2) we have that b and d have the same sign, then from (1) we have the firs case: ad > bc. Sufficient.
Answer: C.
Hope it's clear. Hi Bunuel Can you explain where am i going wrong, i am getting E. Is ad>bc? 1) a/b > c/d if (a,b,c,d) = (2,1,1,1) > ans is yes if (a,b,c,d) = (1,2,1,4) > ans is no insuff. 2) b/d > 0 insuff. (1) + (2) if (a,b,c,d) = (2,1,1,1) > ans is yes if (a,b,c,d) = (1,2,1,4) > ans is no insuff.
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thefibonacci wrote: Bunuel wrote: Is ad > bc ?
(1) a/b > c/d. If b and d have the same sign, then when crossmultiplying we'll get ad > bc but if they have the opposite signs, then when crossmultiplying we'll get ad < bc. Not sufficient.
(2) b/d >0. b and d have the same sign but no info about a and c. Not sufficient.
(1)+(2) Since from (2) we have that b and d have the same sign, then from (1) we have the firs case: ad > bc. Sufficient.
Answer: C.
Hope it's clear. Hi Bunuel Can you explain where am i going wrong, i am getting E. Is ad>bc? 1) a/b > c/d if (a,b,c,d) = (2,1,1,1) > ans is yes if (a,b,c,d) = (1,2,1,4) > ans is noinsuff. 2) b/d > 0 insuff. (1) + (2) if (a,b,c,d) = (2,1,1,1) > ans is yes if (a,b,c,d) = (1,2,1,4) > ans is no insuff. Hi, I'm happy to help. When b =2 & d=4 , then the highlighted past above does not satisfy the condition in statement 1 because 1/2 < 1/4.



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thefibonacci wrote: Bunuel wrote: Is ad > bc ?
(1) a/b > c/d. If b and d have the same sign, then when crossmultiplying we'll get ad > bc but if they have the opposite signs, then when crossmultiplying we'll get ad < bc. Not sufficient.
(2) b/d >0. b and d have the same sign but no info about a and c. Not sufficient.
(1)+(2) Since from (2) we have that b and d have the same sign, then from (1) we have the firs case: ad > bc. Sufficient.
Answer: C.
Hope it's clear. Hi Bunuel Can you explain where am i going wrong, i am getting E. Is ad>bc? 1) a/b > c/d if (a,b,c,d) = (2,1,1,1) > ans is yes if (a,b,c,d) = (1,2,1,4) > ans is no insuff. 2) b/d > 0 insuff. (1) + (2) if (a,b,c,d) = (2,1,1,1) > ans is yes if (a,b,c,d) = (1,2,1,4) > ans is no insuff. If (a,b,c,d) = (1,2,1,4), then (a/b = 1/2) < (c/d = 1/4), so this set violates (1).
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Bunuel wrote: Is ad > bc ?
(1) a/b > c/d. If b and d have the same sign, then when crossmultiplying we'll get ad > bc but if they have the opposite signs, then when crossmultiplying we'll get ad < bc. Not sufficient.
(2) b/d >0. b and d have the same sign but no info about a and c. Not sufficient.
(1)+(2) Since from (2) we have that b and d have the same sign, then from (1) we have the firs case: ad > bc. Sufficient.
Answer: C.
Hope it's clear. Hi Buenel, Why cant A be sufficient for this question: please find my explanation below and rectify me if I am going wrong any where: a/b>c/d; a/bc/d>0; (adbc)/bd>0; ad/bdbc/bd>0; ad/bd>bc/bd since,denominator in both the cases are same ,we can say that the numerators decides everything and hence A alone is sufficient. Regards, Parth Sent from my iPhone using GMAT Club Forum mobile app



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parthkar wrote: Bunuel wrote: Is ad > bc ?
(1) a/b > c/d. If b and d have the same sign, then when crossmultiplying we'll get ad > bc but if they have the opposite signs, then when crossmultiplying we'll get ad < bc. Not sufficient.
(2) b/d >0. b and d have the same sign but no info about a and c. Not sufficient.
(1)+(2) Since from (2) we have that b and d have the same sign, then from (1) we have the firs case: ad > bc. Sufficient.
Answer: C.
Hope it's clear. Hi Buenel, Why cant A be sufficient for this question: please find my explanation below and rectify me if I am going wrong any where: a/b>c/d; a/bc/d>0; (adbc)/bd>0; ad/bdbc/bd>0; ad/bd>bc/bd since,denominator in both the cases are same ,we can say that the numerators decides everything and hence A alone is sufficient. Regards, Parth Sent from my iPhone using GMAT Club Forum mobile appConsider the following: \(\frac{2}{(2)} > \frac{3}{(2)}\). The denominators are the same but is 2 > 3? No. The same in \(\frac{ad}{bd}>\frac{bc}{bd}\). ad would be greater than bc if and only bd is positive. In this case we could reduce the inequality by it and get ad > bc. But if bd is negative, then by reducing by it, since it's negative, we should flip the sign and we;d get ad < bc. Hope it's clear.
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parthkar wrote: please find my explanation below and rectify me if I am going wrong any where:
a/b>c/d; a/bc/d>0; (adbc)/bd>0; ad/bdbc/bd>0; ad/bd>bc/bd
since,denominator in both the cases are same ,we can say that the numerators decides everything and hence A alone is sufficient.
The last statement you made (in red) is where you went wrong. All of your math is correct, but you can't make that assumption. A good guideline is to think through the math you're doing, rather than making assumptions about how the math will work out. (That's how you avoid careless mistakes.) ad/bd > bc/bd If you want to 'ignore' the denominators, what you're actually doing is multiplying both sides of the inequality by bd. However, you can't do that, because you don't know (without using statement 2) whether bd is positive or negative. So, you don't know whether or not to flip the inequality. You wouldn't know whether it would come out to ad > bc, or ad < bc! Since you don't know, the statement you used is insufficient.
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