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Tough and Tricky questions: Absolute Values.



Is |n| < 1 ?

(1) n^x - n < 0
(2) x^(-1) = -2



We need to find whether -1<n<1

St 1 says n^x-n <0 or n (n^x-1 -1)<0 We don't know the value of x so not sufficient


St 2 says 1/x=-2 or x=-1/2...So important question what is this got to do with -1<n<1 : not sufficient

Combining we see that \(\sqrt{n}-n<0\)

So we have \(\sqrt{n}(1-\sqrt{n})<0\)

We will have 2 cases

Case 1 \(\sqrt{n}>0\) and \(1-\sqrt{n}<0\) or\(\sqrt{n}>1\) or n^2>1 or n>1 or n<-1

Case 2\(\sqrt{n} <0\) but it is not possible as the lowest possible value of \(\sqrt{n}=0\) so we need not consider this case..

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If x=-0.5, Then why doesnt n^x become "1/sq.root n"

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sunaimshadmani wrote:
If x=-0.5, Then why doesnt n^x become "1/sq.root n"


Thanks for pointing out
If x=-1/2 then the question becomes 1-n^3/2 <0 or n^3/2>1

n>1^2/3 or n>1

Sufficient

We will only have to consider one case as sqrt n is greater than 0

Ans is C

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Buneul can you post the way to get the solution please? Thank you :)

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How is this solved when n^(-1/2) is not considered as 1/√n ? Bunuel Can you kindly explain the solution as well?

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