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22 Nov 2014, 07:20
hanschris5 wrote: Bunuel wrote: gautamsubrahmanyam wrote: I understand that 1) is insuff
But for 2) xx > 0 means x cant be +ve => x = x so that x (x) = x^2> 0
If x is ve => (x3)^2 = X^2+96x = (ve)^2+96(ve) = +ve+9(ve) = +ve +9 + (+ve) = +ve
=> sqrt ((x3)^2) = +X3
=> sqrt ( (x3) ^2 ) is not equal to 3x
=> Option B
Am I right In my logic.Please help Yes, the answer for this question is B. Is \(\sqrt{(x3)^2}=3x\)? Remember: \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\). Why? Couple of things: The point here is that square root function can not give negative result: wich means that \(\sqrt{some \ expression}\geq{0}\). So \(\sqrt{x^2}\geq{0}\). But what does \(\sqrt{x^2}\) equal to? Let's consider following examples: If \(x=5\) > \(\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=x=positive\); If \(x=5\) > \(\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=x=positive\). So we got that: \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\), if \(x\geq{0}\); \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\), if \(x<0\). What function does exactly the same thing? The absolute value function! That is why \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\) Back to the original question:So \(\sqrt{(x3)^2}=x3\) and the question becomes is: \(x3=3x\)? When \(x>3\), then RHS (right hand side) is negative, but LHS (absolute value) is never negative, hence in this case equations doesn't hold true. When \(x\leq{3}\), then \(LHS=x3=x+3=3x=RHS\), hence in this case equation holds true. Basically question asks is \(x\leq{3}\)? (1) \(x\neq{3}\). Clearly insufficient. (2) \(xx >0\), basically this inequality implies that \(x<0\), hence \(x<3\). Sufficient. Answer: B. Hope it helps. can u pls help in decoding option B where , you say x <0 i mean xx> 0 , could you elaborate on this . thanks. Sure. We have that \(xx >0\), so the product of two multiples x and x is positive. Now, we know that x must be positive, hence x must also be positive for the product to be positive, thus x > 0, which is the same as x < 0. Hope it's clear.
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okay gr8 ... I have a doubt about this we have sqrt of x is always greater than equal to 0 . Now same concept is what we applied on the above problem. But there is one problem that u explained on a GMAT PREP question . Let's consider following examples: I am concern about the second one when x=5 . So x should not be negative anyhow rite ??? but how is it negative and we say its 5=x I tried posting this on the BUT was not accepting the expression ... havent yet learnt to use expression ... thanks in advance. Bunuel wrote: gautamsubrahmanyam wrote: I understand that 1) is insuff
But for 2) xx > 0 means x cant be +ve => x = x so that x (x) = x^2> 0
If x is ve => (x3)^2 = X^2+96x = (ve)^2+96(ve) = +ve+9(ve) = +ve +9 + (+ve) = +ve
=> sqrt ((x3)^2) = +X3
=> sqrt ( (x3) ^2 ) is not equal to 3x
=> Option B
Am I right In my logic.Please help Yes, the answer for this question is B. Is \(\sqrt{(x3)^2}=3x\)? Remember: \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\). Why? Couple of things: The point here is that square root function can not give negative result: wich means that \(\sqrt{some \ expression}\geq{0}\). So \(\sqrt{x^2}\geq{0}\). But what does \(\sqrt{x^2}\) equal to? Let's consider following examples: If \(x=5\) > \(\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=x=positive\); If \(x=5\) > \(\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=x=positive\). So we got that: \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\), if \(x\geq{0}\); \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\), if \(x<0\). What function does exactly the same thing? The absolute value function! That is why \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\) Back to the original question:So \(\sqrt{(x3)^2}=x3\) and the question becomes is: \(x3=3x\)? When \(x>3\), then RHS (right hand side) is negative, but LHS (absolute value) is never negative, hence in this case equations doesn't hold true. When \(x\leq{3}\), then \(LHS=x3=x+3=3x=RHS\), hence in this case equation holds true. Basically question asks is \(x\leq{3}\)? (1) \(x\neq{3}\). Clearly insufficient. (2) \(xx >0\), basically this inequality implies that \(x<0\), hence \(x<3\). Sufficient. Answer: B. Hope it helps.



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hanschris5 wrote: okay gr8 ... I have a doubt about this we have sqrt of x is always greater than equal to 0 . Now same concept is what we applied on the above problem. But there is one problem that u explained on a GMAT PREP question . Let's consider following examples: I am concern about the second one when x=5 . So x should not be negative anyhow rite ??? but how is it negative and we say its 5=x I tried posting this on the BUT was not accepting the expression ... havent yet learnt to use expression ... thanks in advance. Bunuel wrote: gautamsubrahmanyam wrote: I understand that 1) is insuff
But for 2) xx > 0 means x cant be +ve => x = x so that x (x) = x^2> 0
If x is ve => (x3)^2 = X^2+96x = (ve)^2+96(ve) = +ve+9(ve) = +ve +9 + (+ve) = +ve
=> sqrt ((x3)^2) = +X3
=> sqrt ( (x3) ^2 ) is not equal to 3x
=> Option B
Am I right In my logic.Please help Yes, the answer for this question is B. Is \(\sqrt{(x3)^2}=3x\)? Remember: \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\). Why? Couple of things: The point here is that square root function can not give negative result: wich means that \(\sqrt{some \ expression}\geq{0}\). So \(\sqrt{x^2}\geq{0}\). But what does \(\sqrt{x^2}\) equal to? Let's consider following examples: If \(x=5\) > \(\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=x=positive\); If \(x=5\) > \(\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=x=positive\). So we got that: \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\), if \(x\geq{0}\); \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\), if \(x<0\). What function does exactly the same thing? The absolute value function! That is why \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\) Back to the original question:So \(\sqrt{(x3)^2}=x3\) and the question becomes is: \(x3=3x\)? When \(x>3\), then RHS (right hand side) is negative, but LHS (absolute value) is never negative, hence in this case equations doesn't hold true. When \(x\leq{3}\), then \(LHS=x3=x+3=3x=RHS\), hence in this case equation holds true. Basically question asks is \(x\leq{3}\)? (1) \(x\neq{3}\). Clearly insufficient. (2) \(xx >0\), basically this inequality implies that \(x<0\), hence \(x<3\). Sufficient. Answer: B. Hope it helps. \(\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5\) > x = 5 or x = 5. The square root gives positive result but x itself can be 5 or 5. What is confusing there?
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okay so its only do with the result ie the x that comes out as result after the operation ... whatever it may have been inside the expression...
thanks. doubt cleared.



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Given to us \(\sqrt{(x3)^2} = 3x\)
As a general principle, whenever we are given square root of a square of a number, we can have 2 solutions for such a number. It is illustrated below:
\(\sqrt{x^2} = x (if x>=0)\) \(\sqrt{x^2} = x (if x<=0)\) This square root of a square of a number is essentially the modulus of number and thus always gives a positive answer.
So in questions like the one illustrating the above principle we have to consider both the possibilities.
Now, for the given equation:
The two possibilities are
1st possibility : \(\sqrt{(x3)^2} = x3\) (if x>=3) 2nd possibility : \(\sqrt{(x3)^2} = 3x\) (if x<=3)
Now considering the given statements:
Using Statement 1
if \(x\neq{3}\)
This statement satisfies both the possibilities Hence we cannot reach to a single possibility, so statement 1 is not sufficient.
Using Statement 2
\(xx > 0\)
For this condition to be true, x needs to be necessarily less than 0.
Now if x<0, then it definitely is less than 3, hence will satisy the 2nd possibility, thus, giving a distcict answer.
Hence statement 2 is sufficent to answer \(\sqrt{(x3)^2} = 3x\)
So the answer is B.



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Be definition: √(x²) = x. xy is the DISTANCE between x and y. The DISTANCE between two numbers must be greater than or equal to 0. The question stem above, rephrased: Is x3 = 3x? In words: Is the DISTANCE between x and 3 equal to the DIFFERENCE of 3 and x? The answer will be YES if the DIFFERENCE of 3 and x is greater than or equal to 0: 3x≥0 x≤3. The question stem rephrased: Is x≤3? Statement 1: x is not equal to 3. It is possible that x<3 or that x>3. INSUFFICIENT. Statement 2: x*x > 0 . Thus, the lefthand side must be positive*positive or negative*negative. Since x cannot be negative, both factors on the lefthand side must be positive. Thus: x>0 x<0. Since x<0, we know that x≤3. SUFFICIENT. The correct answer is B.
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hanschris5 wrote: Bunuel wrote: gautamsubrahmanyam wrote: I understand that 1) is insuff
But for 2) xx > 0 means x cant be +ve => x = x so that x (x) = x^2> 0
If x is ve => (x3)^2 = X^2+96x = (ve)^2+96(ve) = +ve+9(ve) = +ve +9 + (+ve) = +ve
=> sqrt ((x3)^2) = +X3
=> sqrt ( (x3) ^2 ) is not equal to 3x
=> Option B
Am I right In my logic.Please help Yes, the answer for this question is B. Is \(\sqrt{(x3)^2}=3x\)? Remember: \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\). Why? Couple of things: The point here is that square root function can not give negative result: wich means that \(\sqrt{some \ expression}\geq{0}\). So \(\sqrt{x^2}\geq{0}\). But what does \(\sqrt{x^2}\) equal to? Let's consider following examples: If \(x=5\) > \(\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=x=positive\); If \(x=5\) > \(\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=x=positive\). So we got that: \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\), if \(x\geq{0}\); \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\), if \(x<0\). What function does exactly the same thing? The absolute value function! That is why \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\) Back to the original question:So \(\sqrt{(x3)^2}=x3\) and the question becomes is: \(x3=3x\)? When \(x>3\), then RHS (right hand side) is negative, but LHS (absolute value) is never negative, hence in this case equations doesn't hold true. When \(x\leq{3}\), then \(LHS=x3=x+3=3x=RHS\), hence in this case equation holds true. Basically question asks is \(x\leq{3}\)? (1) \(x\neq{3}\). Clearly insufficient. (2) \(xx >0\), basically this inequality implies that \(x<0\), hence \(x<3\). Sufficient. Answer: B. Hope it helps. can u pls help in decoding option B where , you say x <0 i mean  xx> 0 , could you elaborate on this . thanks. Whatever you put into the x, it always gives you positive value. If you multiply 2 positive or 2 negative values, it always gives you positive result, which is ''some expression''>0. Here, x already gives you positive value. So, the green part has to be negative to legit the statement. Here, is test case: x*positive value>0 > (10)*positive value>0 >positive value*positive value>0 So, to legit the statement 2, x must be negative. The statement is sufficient.
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Bunuel wrote: gautamsubrahmanyam wrote: I understand that 1) is insuff
But for 2) xx > 0 means x cant be +ve => x = x so that x (x) = x^2> 0
If x is ve => (x3)^2 = X^2+96x = (ve)^2+96(ve) = +ve+9(ve) = +ve +9 + (+ve) = +ve
=> sqrt ((x3)^2) = +X3
=> sqrt ( (x3) ^2 ) is not equal to 3x
=> Option B
Am I right In my logic.Please help Yes, the answer for this question is B. Is \(\sqrt{(x3)^2}=3x\)? Remember: \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\). Why? Couple of things: The point here is that square root function can not give negative result: wich means that \(\sqrt{some \ expression}\geq{0}\). So \(\sqrt{x^2}\geq{0}\). But what does \(\sqrt{x^2}\) equal to? Let's consider following examples: If \(x=5\) > \(\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=x=positive\); If \(x=5\) > \(\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=x=positive\). So we got that: \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\), if \(x\geq{0}\); \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\), if \(x<0\). What function does exactly the same thing? The absolute value function! That is why \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\) Back to the original question:So \(\sqrt{(x3)^2}=x3\) and the question becomes is: \(x3=3x\)? When \(x>3\), then RHS (right hand side) is negative, but LHS (absolute value) is never negative, hence in this case equations doesn't hold true. When \(x\leq{3}\), then \(LHS=x3=x+3=3x=RHS\), hence in this case equation holds true. Basically question asks is \(x\leq{3}\)? (1) \(x\neq{3}\). Clearly insufficient. (2) \(xx >0\), basically this inequality implies that \(x<0\), hence \(x<3\). Sufficient. Answer: B. Hope it helps. Hi Bunuel, From \(x3=3x\), since we know x3 is positive, can we not go one step further and simplify the equation to: x3=3x =>x=3? What am I doing wrong?



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puto wrote: Bunuel wrote: gautamsubrahmanyam wrote: I understand that 1) is insuff
But for 2) xx > 0 means x cant be +ve => x = x so that x (x) = x^2> 0
If x is ve => (x3)^2 = X^2+96x = (ve)^2+96(ve) = +ve+9(ve) = +ve +9 + (+ve) = +ve
=> sqrt ((x3)^2) = +X3
=> sqrt ( (x3) ^2 ) is not equal to 3x
=> Option B
Am I right In my logic.Please help Yes, the answer for this question is B. Is \(\sqrt{(x3)^2}=3x\)? Remember: \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\). Why? Couple of things: The point here is that square root function can not give negative result: wich means that \(\sqrt{some \ expression}\geq{0}\). So \(\sqrt{x^2}\geq{0}\). But what does \(\sqrt{x^2}\) equal to? Let's consider following examples: If \(x=5\) > \(\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=x=positive\); If \(x=5\) > \(\sqrt{x^2}=\sqrt{25}=5=x=positive\). So we got that: \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\), if \(x\geq{0}\); \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\), if \(x<0\). What function does exactly the same thing? The absolute value function! That is why \(\sqrt{x^2}=x\) Back to the original question:So \(\sqrt{(x3)^2}=x3\) and the question becomes is: \(x3=3x\)? When \(x>3\), then RHS (right hand side) is negative, but LHS (absolute value) is never negative, hence in this case equations doesn't hold true. When \(x\leq{3}\), then \(LHS=x3=x+3=3x=RHS\), hence in this case equation holds true. Basically question asks is \(x\leq{3}\)? (1) \(x\neq{3}\). Clearly insufficient. (2) \(xx >0\), basically this inequality implies that \(x<0\), hence \(x<3\). Sufficient. Answer: B. Hope it helps. Hi Bunuel, From \(x3=3x\), since we know x3 is positive, can we not go one step further and simplify the equation to: x3=3x =>x=3? What am I doing wrong? I tried to explain exactly this point in may solutions. From x  3 = 3  x, when x  3 <= 0. If it's still unclear you should go through theory about absolute values: Theory on Absolute Values: http://gmatclub.com/forum/mathabsolute ... 86462.htmlAbsolute value tips: http://gmatclub.com/forum/absolutevalu ... 75002.htmlHope it helps.
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Bunuel wrote: gautamsubrahmanyam wrote: (2) \(xx >0\), basically this inequality implies that \(x<0\), hence \(x<3\). Sufficient.
Answer: B.
Hope it helps.
Why does xX>0 imply that x<0?



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Bunuel, Thanks for the explanation, but i had one question. You mentioned : "Couple of things: The point here is that square root function can not give negative result: wich means that some expression−−−−−−−−−−−−−−√≥0some expression≥0." Can you please let me know why? Because in general square root gives two values, one positive and one negative.



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PriyankaGehlawat wrote: Bunuel, Thanks for the explanation, but i had one question. You mentioned : "Couple of things: The point here is that square root function can not give negative result: wich means that some expression−−−−−−−−−−−−−−√≥0some expression≥0." Can you please let me know why? Because in general square root gives two values, one positive and one negative. \(\sqrt{...}\) is the square root sign, a function (called the principal square root function), which cannot give negative result. So, this sign (\(\sqrt{...}\)) always means nonnegative square root. The graph of the function f(x) = √xNotice that it's defined for nonnegative numbers and is producing nonnegative results. TO SUMMARIZE: When the GMAT provides the square root sign for an even root, such as a square root, fourth root, etc. then the only accepted answer is the nonnegative root. That is: \(\sqrt{9} = 3\), NOT +3 or 3; \(\sqrt[4]{16} = 2\), NOT +2 or 2; Notice that in contrast, the equation \(x^2 = 9\) has TWO solutions, +3 and 3. Because \(x^2 = 9\) means that \(x =\sqrt{9}=3\) or \(x=\sqrt{9}=3\).
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gmatnub wrote: Is \(\sqrt{(x3)^2} = 3x\)? (1) \(x\neq{3}\) (2) \(xx > 0\) Attachment: fasdfasdfasdfasdf.JPG This is an interesting question 1) states that x doesn’t equal 3 So it could be any number. x3 = 3  x If x = 3 then it is equal If x = 0 then it is equal X = 5 then it is not equal One side would be (53)^2 = 4^(1/2)= 2 The other side would be 35 = 2 these two aren’t equal A is insufficient. x x > 0 Then x must be negative. From the question stem we have x3 = 3  x This implies that any negative number will make the equation equal. B is sufficient. Posted from my mobile device




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