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# Is x < 0? (1) -2x > 0 (2) x^3 < 0

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Is x < 0? (1) -2x > 0 (2) x^3 < 0  [#permalink]

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16 May 2018, 16:52
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Is x < 0?

(1) -2x > 0

(2) x^3 < 0
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Re: Is x < 0? (1) -2x > 0 (2) x^3 < 0  [#permalink]

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16 May 2018, 17:08
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alanforde800Maximus wrote:
Is x < 0?

(1) -2x > 0
(2) $$x^3$$ < 0

Target question: Is x < 0?

Statement 1: -2x > 0
Divide both sides by -2 to get: x < 0 [since we're dividing both sides of an inequality by a NEGATIVE value, we REVERSE the inequality symbol]
So, the answer to the target question is YES, x < 0
Since we can answer the target question with certainty, statement 1 is SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: x^3 < 0
Since x^2 must be POSITIVE here, we can safely divide both sides of the inequality by x^2 to get: x < 0
So, the answer to the target question is YES, x < 0
Since we can answer the target question with certainty, statement 2 is SUFFICIENT

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Re: Is x < 0? (1) -2x > 0 (2) x^3 < 0  [#permalink]

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16 May 2018, 21:33
These YES or NO questions may seem simple but can be tricky

In this question it is asked whether x < 0. It doesn't matter if x<0 or x>0, if using the information given in a statement you can determine if x is positive or negative, the statement is sufficient even if x comes out positive.

(1) x is negative
(2) x^3 is negative, therefore x is negative

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Re: Is x < 0? (1) -2x > 0 (2) x^3 < 0  [#permalink]

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16 May 2018, 21:38
alanforde800Maximus wrote:
Is x < 0?

(1) -2x > 0

(2) x^3 < 0

Discussed here: https://gmatclub.com/forum/is-x-0-1-2x- ... fl=similar
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