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# Is x = 20? (1) 20 < |x + 10| < 30 (2) 10 < |x + 5| < 30

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Is x = 20?

(1) 20 < |x + 10| < 30

(2) 10 < |x + 5| < 30

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Re: Is x = 20? (1) 20 < |x + 10| < 30 (2) 10 < |x + 5| < 30  [#permalink]

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13 Oct 2018, 19:08
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Is x = 20?

(1) 20 < lx+10l < 30

(2) 10 < lx+5l < 30

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St1:- 20 < lx+10l < 30

You know, |x+10| is always positive. Also, (a) |x+10|=x+10 when $$x+10\geq{0}$$ or, $$x\geq{-10}$$ (b) |x+10|=-(x+10) when $$(x+10)<{0}$$ or, $$x<{-10}$$

Case-I:- When x< -10 then |x+10|=-(x+10)

We can write 20 < lx+10l < 30 =$$20<\left(-\left(x+10\right)\right)<30$$
On solving, we have, -40 < x < -30---------------(1)

Case-II:- When $$x+10\geq{0}$$ then |x+10|=x+10
We can write 20 < lx+10l < 30 =20 < x+10 < 30
On solving, we have, 10<x<20------------------------(2)
From (1) & (2) , we have range of x: -40 < x < -30 or 10<x<20
Answer to question stem is NO.
Sufficient.

St2:- 10 < lx+5l < 30

Applying the same procedures as we have applied in st1, we have

-35 < x < -15 or 5 < x < 25
Question stem is inconsistent.
Insufficient.

Ans. (A)

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Re: Is x = 20? (1) 20 < |x + 10| < 30 (2) 10 < |x + 5| < 30  [#permalink]

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18 Oct 2018, 00:07
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x=20?

S(1) $$20<|x+10|<30$$

Case 1: x>0

$$20<x+10<30$$
$$=10<x<20$$
We know x is not equal to 20.

Case 2: x<0

$$20<-(x+10)<30$$
$$20<-x-10<30$$
$$-30>x>-40$$
We know x is not equal to 20. SUFFICIENT!

S(2) $$10<|x+5|<30$$

Case 1: x>0

$$10<x+5<30$$
$$=5<x<25$$
x can equal 20 or any number between 5 and 25.

Case 2: x<0

$$10<-(x+5)<30$$
$$10<-x-5<30$$
$$-15>x>-35$$
We know x is not equal to 20. BUT since first case 1 gives an yes and no answer: INSUFFCIENT

Hence, A
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