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# Is w greater than 1?

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Is w greater than 1?

(1) w + 2 > 0
(2) w^2 >1

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07 Sep 2010, 13:27
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aiming4mba wrote:
Is w greater than 1?
1. w+2 > 0
b. w2 >1

Is $$w>1$$?

(1) $$w+2>0$$ --> $$w>-2$$
--(-2)-----------------(1)----
. Not sufficient.

(2) $$w^2>1$$ --> $$w<-1$$ or $$w>1$$
-----------(-1)--------(1)----. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Intersection of the ranges from (1) and (2) is $$-2<x<-1$$ and $$w>1$$
--(-2)----(-1)--------(1)----. Not sufficient to say whether $$w>1$$.

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07 Sep 2010, 16:15
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aiming4mba wrote:
Is w greater than 1?
1. w+2 > 0
b. w2 >1

1. W >-2 which could be greater than 1 INSUFF
2. w > 1/2 INSUFF as it could be less than 1

Combining them you have W >1/2 > -2 which simplifies to W>1/2 which is same as 2 and again INSUFF
so E

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08 Sep 2010, 04:50
1) w>-2 und
2) w<-1 and >1 uns
1+2 (-2;-1) and (1; inf) uns

E.

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08 Sep 2010, 09:11
Thanks. I had thought B initially but w2 could be + or -. It is easy to forget these small things but they make a big difference in score
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Bunuel wrote:
aiming4mba wrote:
Is w greater than 1?
1. w+2 > 0
b. w2 >1

Is $$w>1$$?

(1) $$w+2>0$$ --> $$w>-2$$
--(-2)-----------------(1)----
. Not sufficient.

(2) $$w^2>1$$ --> $$w<-1$$ or $$w>1$$
-----------(-1)--------(1)----. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Intersection of the ranges from (1) and (2) is $$-2<x<-1$$ and $$w>1$$
--(-2)----(-1)--------(1)----. Not sufficient to say whether $$w>1$$.

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21 Jul 2014, 03:16
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Note that we don't know whether w is an integer.

(1) w+2 > 0 --> w > -2 IS
(2) w² > 1 --> w < -1 or w > 1 IS

Together:
Since w is no integer, -2<w<-1 and w> 1. still IS.

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Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. In DS, Variable approach is the easiest and quickest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember equal number of variables and independent equations ensures a solution.

Is w greater than 1?

(1) w + 2 > 0
(2) w^2 >1

In DS questions, if the range of the question includes the range of the conditions, the condition becomes the answer
If we modify the question in this way,
we want to know whether w>1
1) w>-2
2) w<-1, 1<2
The original condition has one variable so we need one equation, so there is high chance (D) will be our answer
1) the question does not include the condition range, so not sufficient
2) the question does not include the condition range as well, so also not sufficient
Even if we combine the 2 conditions, -2<w<-1, 1<w. This condition is also not included in the question, so also not sufficient, so the answer becomes (E).

For cases where we need 1 more equation, such as original conditions with “1 variable”, or “2 variables and 1 equation”, or “3 variables and 2 equations”, we have 1 equation each in both 1) and 2). Therefore, there is 59 % chance that D is the answer, while A or B has 38% chance and C or E has 3% chance. Since D is most likely to be the answer using 1) and 2) separately according to DS definition. Obviously there may be cases where the answer is A, B, C or E
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13 Dec 2015, 18:03
The first statement gives is w>-2 Not sufficient [Hence A and D options are ruled out]
The 2nd statement gives us w^2>1 But square roots can be positive or negative; Not sufficient [Hence option B is ruled out]

In terms of answer choices, we are left with C or E
Even when we combine the 2 statements, we can't establish w>1
Hence the correct choice is E
[If we cannot get the right answer, we can at least eliminate wrong answers to deduce the right answer )
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07 Jan 2016, 03:00
Bunuel wrote:
aiming4mba wrote:
Is w greater than 1?
1. w+2 > 0
b. w2 >1

Is $$w>1$$?

(1) $$w+2>0$$ --> $$w>-2$$
--(-2)-----------------(1)----
. Not sufficient.

(2) $$w^2>1$$ --> $$w<-1$$ or $$w>1$$
-----------(-1)--------(1)----. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Intersection of the ranges from (1) and (2) is $$-2<x<-1$$ and $$w>1$$
--(-2)----(-1)--------(1)----. Not sufficient to say whether $$w>1$$.

Bunuel,

Can you please explain as to how did you get the below step.

$$w^2>1$$ --> $$w<-1$$ or $$w>1$$

and just for understanding purpose how will you write,
$$W^2<1$$ in the same way.
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07 Jan 2016, 03:09
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Bunuel wrote:
aiming4mba wrote:
Is w greater than 1?
1. w+2 > 0
b. w2 >1

Is $$w>1$$?

(1) $$w+2>0$$ --> $$w>-2$$
--(-2)-----------------(1)----
. Not sufficient.

(2) $$w^2>1$$ --> $$w<-1$$ or $$w>1$$
-----------(-1)--------(1)----. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Intersection of the ranges from (1) and (2) is $$-2<x<-1$$ and $$w>1$$
--(-2)----(-1)--------(1)----. Not sufficient to say whether $$w>1$$.

Bunuel,

Can you please explain as to how did you get the below step.

$$w^2>1$$ --> $$w<-1$$ or $$w>1$$

and just for understanding purpose how will you write,
$$W^2<1$$ in the same way.

Hi,
$$w^2>1$$ can be written as..
w^2-1>0..
(w-1)(w+1)>0...

it gives us two scenarios..
1) both (w-1) and (w+1) are positive..
w>1 for both to be positive
2) both (w-1) and (w+1) are negative..
w<-1 in this scenario..

hence you get
$$w^2>1$$ --> $$w<-1$$ or $$w>1$$
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07 Jan 2016, 03:32
arshu27 wrote:

Bunuel,

Can you please explain as to how did you get the below step.

$$w^2>1$$ --> $$w<-1$$ or $$w>1$$

and just for understanding purpose how will you write,
$$W^2<1$$ in the same way.

Hi arshu27,

Remember the following while solving the inequalities questions:

Solving an inequality with a less than sign:
The value of the variable will be greater than the smaller value and smaller than the greater value.
i.e. It will lie between the extremes.

Solving an inequality with a greater than sign:
The value of the variable will be smaller than the smaller value and greater than the greater value.
i.e. It can take all the values except the values in the range.

$$w^2>1$$ or $$w^2$$ - 1 >0
(w-1)(w+1) > 0

Therefore, w < - 1 or w >1

I think now you can figure out, how $$w^2<1$$ would be written.
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18 Jul 2016, 03:28
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aiming4mba wrote:
Is w greater than 1?

(1) w + 2 > 0
(2) w^2 >1

Is w greater than 1?

(1) w + 2 > 0
w>-2 ; w can be {-1,0,1,2,3,...77.....3456....INFINITY}
w is sometimes -ve (-1) and sometimes +ve(infinite values)
INSUFFICIENT

(2)$$w^2 >1$$
-1>w>1 ; w can be {all possible values except values lying between -1 to 1}
so sometimes -ve (-2,-3,-99,....) and sometimes positive (2,3,99,.....)
INSUFFICIENT

MERGING BOTH

w cannot take these four values -2,-1,0,1
But w can be many other -ve or +ve value
INSUFFICIENT

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26 Nov 2018, 12:08
Hi,

I'd like to know if there is only an inequality sign < > can the number still be equal to it? For instance, in this case, can the w still be -2 or -1. If it does not explicitly state a </= should we not be assuming it wont be equal?

Bunuel wrote:
aiming4mba wrote:
Is w greater than 1?
1. w+2 > 0
b. w2 >1

Is $$w>1$$?

(1) $$w+2>0$$ --> $$w>-2$$
--(-2)-----------------(1)----
. Not sufficient.

(2) $$w^2>1$$ --> $$w<-1$$ or $$w>1$$
-----------(-1)--------(1)----. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Intersection of the ranges from (1) and (2) is $$-2<x<-1$$ and $$w>1$$
--(-2)----(-1)--------(1)----. Not sufficient to say whether $$w>1$$.

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27 Nov 2018, 08:35
w > 1?

St 1: w + 2 > 0
=> w > 0-2
=>w>-2 [-1,0,1]
Clearly insufficient

St2: w^2>1
=>w can be either 1 or -1
Clearly insufficient

St1 & St2: w>-2 & w is either -1 or 1 [-1,0,1]
Clearly insufficient

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27 Nov 2018, 10:00
Got it. Perfect. Thank You!

ArjunJag1328 wrote:
w > 1?

St 1: w + 2 > 0
=> w > 0-2
=>w>-2 [-1,0,1]
Clearly insufficient

St2: w^2>1
=>w can be either 1 or -1
Clearly insufficient

St1 & St2: w>-2 & w is either -1 or 1 [-1,0,1]
Clearly insufficient

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