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Is |x| = y - z ?

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Is $$|x|=y-z$$?

Note that $$y-z$$ must be $$\geq{0}$$, because absolute value (in our case $$|x|$$) can not be negative.

Generally question asks whether $$y-z\geq{0}$$ and whether the difference between them equals to $$|x|$$.

(1) $$-x=y-z$$
if $$x>0$$ --> $$y-z$$ is negative --> no good for us;
if $$x\leq{0}$$ --> $$y-z$$ is positive --> good.

(2) $$x<0$$
Not sufficient (we need to know value of y-z is equal or not to |x|)

(1)+(2) Sufficient.

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Is |X|= Y- Z?

1. X+Y= Z
2. X< 0

(1) Can be rewritten as X = -Y + Z, so |X| = |-Y + Z|, which would be equal to Y - Z, if and only if $$-Y+Z\leq0$$. Obviously, we don't know that, so (1) insufficient.
(2) Cannot be sufficient, it doesn't say anything about Y and Z.
(1) and (2) together: X = -Y + Z < 0, therefore |X| = Y - Z, sufficient.

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y-z=|x|? --> y-z must be >=0...

Brilliant, thank you! :^)
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eresh wrote:
From 1, we get x= z-y => -x= y-z

Thus, |x| = y-z

Statement 2 does not give us anything more.

So, A.

For Abs Q's, you'll always have 2 solutions; A is insuff.

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is |x|=y-z?

given:
(1) x+y=z
(2) x<0

solving (1) first:

y=z-x
|x|=(z-x)-z
|x|=-x

take x=1, z=2, y=1
1=1-2 (no)
take x=-1, z=2, y=3
|x|=y-z?
|-1|=3-2=1 YES

so what solving for |x|=-x meant was that x MUST be negative for the equation to be true, if it is positive then it is not true (since in that case, |x| would not equal -x).

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Hey Bunuel I am not very sure of what the question is asking ...
Can you please explain the question....
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The question poses as x being the centerpiece variable but Bunuel turns it on its face and makes y-z the main subject. Which makes all the difference with data pt 1 when u look at it as y-z=-x. You immediately see that the right side has to be -ve for the LEft side to be +ve.
Brilliant approach.

Bunuel wrote:
Is $$|x|=y-z$$?

Note that $$y-z$$ must be $$\geq{0}$$, because absolute value (in our case $$|x|$$) can not be negative.

Generally question asks whether $$y-z\geq{0}$$ and whether the difference between them equals to $$|x|$$.

(1) $$-x=y-z$$
if $$x>0$$ --> $$y-z$$ is negative --> no good for us;
if $$x\leq{0}$$ --> $$y-z$$ is positive --> good.

(2) $$x<0$$
Not sufficient (we need to know value of y-z is equal or not to |x|)

(1)+(2) Sufficient.

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Is $$|x|=y-z$$?

Note that $$y-z$$ must be $$\geq{0}$$, because absolute value (in our case $$|x|$$) can not be negative.

Generally question asks whether $$y-z\geq{0}$$ and whether the difference between them equals to $$|x|$$.

(1) $$-x=y-z$$
if $$x>0$$ --> $$y-z$$ is negative --> no good for us;
if $$x\leq{0}$$ --> $$y-z$$ is positive --> good.

(2) $$x<0$$
Not sufficient (we need to know value of y-z is equal or not to |x|)

(1)+(2) Sufficient.

Bunuel, I was wondering if we can square the sides and then evaluate:

Is $$|x|=y-z$$
Is $$x^2= (y-z)^2$$

Statement 1:
$$x+y = z$$
$$x = z-y$$
squaring both sides...
$$x^2 = (z-y)^2 = (y-z)^2$$

Statement 1 alone seems to satisfy. Can you please point out my mistake?
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IS |x| = y -z??

1)x+ y = z

2)x<0

From the question,
if x>0, x = y-z
if x<0, x = -(y-z) = z-y

(2): Insufficient
x<0 doesn't give us any information about y and z. Eliminate B and D

(1): Insufficient
Statement 1 says that x = z - y
If x<0 , then the answer is yes since |x| will be equal to y-z
if x>0, then the answer is no since |x| = z-y
We have a Yes and a No. Eliminate A.

(1) and (2) together: Sufficient
We have x<0 and x = z - y. hence, |x| = y-z

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Bunuel , i have one doubt in this question. i have gone through the explanations in chain, still not clear.

suppose we have been asked in question ...
is |x|=1 ? according to explanations it says x=-1 && x=1 ?
A) x=1 .... so this must be insufficient.

please correct me if I am missing anything.

So, the question is:

Does |x| = 1?

(1) x = 1. This would be sufficient because |1| = 1 and we would have a definite YES answer to the question.

Hope it helps.
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Bunuel wrote:
mbaprep2016 wrote:
Bunuel , i have one doubt in this question. i have gone through the explanations in chain, still not clear.

suppose we have been asked in question ...
is |x|=1 ? according to explanations it says x=-1 && x=1 ?
A) x=1 .... so this must be insufficient.

please correct me if I am missing anything.

So, the question is:

Does |x| = 1?

(1) x = 1. This would be sufficient because |1| = 1 and we would have a definite YES answer to the question.

Hope it helps.

I am sorry for asking same question again and again but with similar logic
Question : Is |x| = y - z?

when x > 0 x= y-z && when x<0 x= z-y ??

we have to choose between two values

Now A says x= z-y... this clearly indicates x<0 ...hence sufficient
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From 1, we get x= z-y => -x= y-z

Thus, |x| = y-z

Statement 2 does not give us anything more.

So, A.
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(1)

x = z - y

So |x| = -x = -(z - y) = y -z only if x is negative

Here we don't know that.

Insufficient

(2)

Insufficient, no information about y and z

(1) + (2)

x is negative, Sufficient.

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another way of looking at this numerical can be,
|x| = positive meaning is y>z being asked here.

a x= z-y means x can be <0 ,= 0 or >0. Hence not sufficient.

b gives no idea of y>z or y<z.

a+b clearly indicated y<z. Hence sufficient.

C it is.
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Hey Bunuel I am not very sure of what the question is asking ...
Can you please explain the question....

Question asks whether $$y-z$$ equals to some non-negative number $$|x|$$.
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Bunuel wrote:
Is $$|x|=y-z$$?

Note that $$y-z$$ must be $$\geq{0}$$, because absolute value (in our case $$|x|$$) can not be negative.

Generally question asks whether $$y-z\geq{0}$$ and whether the difference between them equals to $$|x|$$.

(1) $$-x=y-z$$
if $$x>0$$ --> $$y-z$$ is negative --> no good for us;
if $$x\leq{0}$$ --> $$y-z$$ is positive --> good.

(2) $$x<0$$
Not sufficient (we need to know value of y-z is equal or not to |x|)

(1)+(2) Sufficient.

Hi bunuel,
I am not able to understand the solution for this problem. Can you kindly explain the highlighted areas.
Note that y-z must be \geq{0}, because absolute value (in our case |x|) can not be negative.

Generally question asks whether y-z\geq{0} and whether the difference between them equals to |x|.

(1) -x=y-z
if x>0 --> y-z is negative --> no good for us;
if x\leq{0} --> y-z is positive --> good.

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Bunuel wrote:
Is $$|x|=y-z$$?

Note that $$y-z$$ must be $$\geq{0}$$, because absolute value (in our case $$|x|$$) can not be negative.

Generally question asks whether $$y-z\geq{0}$$ and whether the difference between them equals to $$|x|$$.

(1) $$-x=y-z$$
if $$x>0$$ --> $$y-z$$ is negative --> no good for us;
if $$x\leq{0}$$ --> $$y-z$$ is positive --> good.

(2) $$x<0$$
Not sufficient (we need to know value of y-z is equal or not to |x|)

(1)+(2) Sufficient.

Hi bunuel,
I am not able to understand the solution for this problem. Can you kindly explain the highlighted areas.
Note that y-z must be \geq{0}, because absolute value (in our case |x|) can not be negative.

Generally question asks whether y-z\geq{0} and whether the difference between them equals to |x|.

(1) -x=y-z
if x>0 --> y-z is negative --> no good for us;
if x\leq{0} --> y-z is positive --> good.

Look at $$|x|=y-z$$: the left hand side is absolute value (|x|), which cannot be negative, hence the right hand side (y-z) also cannot be negative. Therefore must be true that $$y-z\geq{0}$$.

Next, for (1) given that $$-x=y-z$$. Now, if $$x>0$$, or if $$x$$ is positive, then we'll have that $$-positive =y-z$$ --> $$negative=y-z$$. But as we concluded above $$y-z$$ cannot be negative, hence this scenario is not good.

Hope it's clear.
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Bunuel wrote:
Is $$|x|=y-z$$?

Note that $$y-z$$ must be $$\geq{0}$$, because absolute value (in our case $$|x|$$) can not be negative.

Generally question asks whether $$y-z\geq{0}$$ and whether the difference between them equals to $$|x|$$.

(1) $$-x=y-z$$
if $$x>0$$ --> $$y-z$$ is negative --> no good for us;
if $$x\leq{0}$$ --> $$y-z$$ is positive --> good.

(2) $$x<0$$
Not sufficient (we need to know value of y-z is equal or not to |x|)

(1)+(2) Sufficient.

Bunuel, I was wondering if we can square the sides and then evaluate:

Is $$|x|=y-z$$
Is $$x^2= (y-z)^2$$

Statement 1:
$$x+y = z$$
$$x = z-y$$
squaring both sides...
$$x^2 = (z-y)^2 = (y-z)^2$$

Statement 1 alone seems to satisfy. Can you please point out my mistake?

The question asks whether |x|=y-z. This cannot be translated to is x^2=(y-z)^2. Consider this $$|2|\neq{1-3}$$ but 2^2=(1-3)^2.
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