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Is the product of a positive and a negative integer less than -10?

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Is the product of a positive and a negative integer less than -10?

(1) The positive integer is greater than 3
(2) The negative integer is less than -2

What is wrong with this solution -

Let x and y be the positive and negative integer,

Now a) x>3
b) y<-2 also means that -y>2

Since I can multiply inequalities if both sides are positive then -xy>6 which means that xy< -6 so I cannot conclusively determine if xy is less than -10 and I get answer E

With number testing maximum product is -12 Hence answer is C which is the correct answer. What did I do wrong with the above method?

Originally posted by teal on 24 Aug 2012, 01:14.
Last edited by Bunuel on 19 May 2018, 04:57, edited 2 times in total.
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teal wrote:
Is the product of a positive and a negative integer less than -10?

(1) The positive integer is greater than 3
(2) The negative integer is less than -2

What is wrong with this solution -

Let x and y be the positive and negative integer,

Now a) x>3
b) y<-2 also means that -y>2

Since I can multiply inequalities if both sides are positive then -xy>6 which means that xy< -6 so I cannot conclusively determine if xy is less than -10 and I get answer E

With number testing maximum product is -12 Hence answer is C which is the correct answer. What did I do wrong with the above method?


You forgot that your numbers are integers. Therefore, \(x\geq{4}\) and \(y\leq-3\). From here, continue as you did above.
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Re: Is the product of a positive and a negative integer less than -10? [#permalink]

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Is the product of a positive and a negative integer less than -10?

(1) The positive integer is greater than 3
(2) The negative integer is less than -2

What is wrong with this solution -

Let x and y be the positive and negative integer,

Now a) x>3
b) y<-2 also means that -y>2

Since I can multiply inequalities if both sides are positive then -xy>6 which means that xy< -6 so I cannot conclusively determine if xy is less than -10 and I get answer E

With number testing maximum product is -12 Hence answer is C which is the correct answer. What did I do wrong with the above method?



So lets say the positive integer is 'x' and the negative integer is 'y'. We have to determine if x*y < -10

(1) x > 3. So the minimum value of x is 4 (has to be an integer). But nothing about y, so insufficient.

(2) y < -2. So maximum value of y is -3 (has to be an integer). But nothing about x, so insufficient.

Combining the two statements, if we take x = 4 and y = -3, then their product = 4*-3 = -12. For any other values of x & y satisfying the two statements, product will be less than -12 only. (eg, x=5, y=-3 gives us -15 and x=4, y=-4 gives us -16 and so on...)
So if product is less than -12, it will obviously be less than -10 also. (any number to the left of -12 will also be to the left of -10 on the number line). Sufficient.

Hence C answer
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Is the product of a positive integer and a negative integer less than -10?

(1) The positive integer is greater than 3.

(2) The negative integer is less than -2.
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Yes consider +ve no 4 and -ve no -3 multiplication gives -12 which is less than -10.

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