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Is m/n < mn?

(1) mn is positive
(2) n < -1

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Bunuel wrote:
Is m/n < mn?

(1) mn is positive
(2) n < -1

Both values of m & n are either positive or negative.

1- m*n>0 ( it shows moth are either positive or negative )
no other information can be taken out from this.
:. not sufficient

2- n<-1 ( it says n is negative, so m will also be negative)
No other information can be taken out from this.
:. not sufficient

1-2 combined - as n<-1 (n can be = -2,-3,....) and m is also negative,
m/n < m*n always.

:.the correct answer should be, C.

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Bunuel wrote:
Is m/n < mn?

(1) mn is positive
(2) n < -1

Question: Is m/n < mn?

In this question we can't further simplify because we do NOT know signs of m and n therefore we straight go to statements to see how useful they may be to determine the answer

Statement 1: mn is positive
i.e. Either both m and n are positive OR both are Negative
Case 1: m = 3 and n = 2, m/n < mn
Case 2: m = 3 and n = 1/2, m/n is NOT less than mn hence
NOT SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: n < -1
No information about m hence
NOT SUFFICIENT

Combining the two statements
Statement 2 says n < -1 i.e. m also is Negative
i.e. Question asked Is m/n < mn may be written as
Is 1/n > n?
But if n < -1 then 1/n is ALWAYS greater than n hence
SUFFICIENT

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Bunuel wrote:
Is m/n < mn?

(1) mn is positive
(2) n < -1

Statement 1: insufficient. mn is positive - suggests that the value of both m and n are same, however, the value can vary and thus the statement will not be sufficient.
Statement 2: insufficient: if n is less than -1 than the value of m can be positive and negative. giving us two sets of answers.

Both statement together is sufficient. from info in statement 2 we can rewrite the question as - is m>mn^2, thus we only need to establish that m is negative. statement 1 tells us that mn is positive thus m is negative, hence sufficient.
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Bunuel wrote:
Is m/n < mn?

(1) mn is positive
(2) n < -1

Statement 1:
mn positive means both m and n has same sign.
Let’s take m and n positive

M=2, N=2
Value of m/n<mn ( 2/2<2*2) answer yes

M=0.5 , N=0.5
Value of equation ( 0.5/0.5not < 0.5*0.5) answer no

Statement 1 not sufficient

Statement 2:
N negative, but no information about m
M can be zero then answer is no n can be other values answer will be yes.
Not sufficient.

Combine:
We conclude both m and n is negative with n being less than -1.
Now when we divide or multiply two negative it will give result in positive.
And N being less than -1 it will give a yes answer.
E.g.
M=-0.5, N=-1.1
Equation
0.5/1.1< 0.55

So sufficient

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Bunuel wrote:
Is m/n < mn?

(1) mn is positive
(2) n < -1

let m = 2 and n = 3

$$\frac{2}{3}$$< 6? yes

let m = 3 and n = $$\frac{1}{3}$$

$$\frac{3}{(1/3)}$$ = $$3 * 3 = 9$$

9 < 3 * $$\frac{1}{3}$$ no

1 is insufficient.

2)

we are given n <-1

let m = 2 and n = -2

$$\frac{2}{-2}$$= -1

-1 < -4 no

let m = -9 and n = -3

$$\frac{-9}{-3}$$= 3

3 < 27 yes.

again two different answers not sufficient.

combine (1) and (2)

we know n is negative and mn is positive.

so m has to be negative.

let n = -2 and m = -2

$$\frac{-2}{-2}$$ = 1

1 < 4

since n is not between 0 and -1 the left side will never be larger. we get a sufficient answer

$$\frac{m}{n}$$ will be > mn only if n lies between 0 and 1 or 0 and -1
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Bunuel wrote:
Is m/n < mn?

(1) mn is positive
(2) n < -1

case 1: m,n=(1,2)…1/2<2:true
case 2: m,n=(3,1)…3/1<3:false
case 3: m,n=(30,-2)…-15<-60:false
case 4: m,n=(-30,-2)…15<60:true

(1) mn is positive: case 1 and 2, insufic.
(2) n < -1: case 3 and 4, insufic.
(1&2) case 4, sufic.

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Bunuel wrote:
Is m/n < mn?

(1) mn is positive
(2) n < -1

Analyzing the question:
Note that we cannot simplify this inequality until we know the signs of the variables.

Statement 1:
This means m and n have the same sign, so the left side and right side of "m/n < mn?" are both positive but the magnitude is unknown. Insufficient.

Statement 2:
n is negative, so we can multiply both sides by n to get "m > mn^2?" but we cannot simplify further. If m < 0, then the answer to "1 < n^2?" is yes. If m > 0, we get "1 > n^2?", for which the answer is no, so insufficient.

Combined:
Since n is negative, m must be negative and the question simplifies to "is 1 < n^2?". The answer is yes, so this is sufficient. C
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