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# Line L1 has a slope A and Line L2 has the slope B.Is A>B?

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Line L1 has a slope A and Line L2 has the slope B.Is A>B?

(1) The y intercept of L1 is greater than the y intercept of line L2
(2) L1 and L2 intersect at point Q(5,9)

Originally posted by shivanigs on 19 Oct 2012, 03:05.
Last edited by Bunuel on 19 Oct 2012, 03:26, edited 1 time in total.
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06 Jun 2016, 11:52
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Algebraic approach:

Slope L1 = A
Slope L2 = B
Question: Is A>B?

L1: y1 = AX1 + b1
L2: y2 = BX2 + b2

1) y-intercept is when x = 0, thus
If b1 > b2, and given those two formulas above, we still know nothing about A & B.
NOT SUFFICIENT

2) Both lines go through point (5,9) and intercept at that point:
y1 = 9 = 5A + b1
y2 = 9 = 5B + b2
5A + b1 = 5B + b2
NOT SUFFICIENT

1,2) We know that:
b1 > b2
5A + b1 = 5B + b2

Hence, if b1 > b2 and then 5B has to be larger than 5A to compensate for the difference in b-values and maintain the equation equal.
We can conclude that A < B.

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19 Oct 2012, 07:56
Thank you very much Bunuel!
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19 Oct 2012, 09:40
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The Answer is 'C'.
The y intercept of L1 > The y intercept of L2 can be either way with A>B or B>A.
L1 and L2 intersect at point Q(5,9), doesn't itself give much info on the slopes.
These two taken together, the Line L2 got to be rapidly rising than line L1 (as L1 is above L2). Also L1 got to be of lesser slope to meet L2 somewhere (here at 5,9). If L1 is rising at higher rate than L2 then they can't possibly meet. That was my reason.
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06 May 2016, 13:59
First post and it seems to be the right time after 3months of prac!

so :

1) Stat. 1 is telling us nothing about the slope of Line A and Line B. If both lines are horizontal the slope will be 0 and therefore A>/B
2) Stat. 2 Both lines are intercepting at (5,9) therefore both lines have a slope greater or less than 0 and thus not horizontal. However, it is possible that the slope of Line B could be positive and thus the Line A negative as both lines have an intercept point

C) Combine both and try to graph it and you will see that is necessary that B must be larger than A. As a result the data provided are sufficient to tell that A is not greater than B!

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30 Mar 2017, 15:18
shivanigs wrote:
Line L1 has a slope A and Line L2 has the slope B.Is A>B?

(1) The y intercept of L1 is greater than the y intercept of line L2
(2) L1 and L2 intersect at point Q(5,9)

this question can easily be solved if you can visualize it.
1. we can have infinite options for both slopes.
2. gives only 1 point for both lines - again, we can have an infinite options.

1+2. lines intersect at point (5;9) and we know that L2 has a lower y intercept - therefore L2 has steeper slope than the other one
eventually, we can try few options and see which one is which.

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08 Sep 2017, 14:57
What's the mistake I'm making in my imagination?

The y-intercepts for lines L1 and L2 tell us that for L1 it's higher than for L2. But if both lines intersect at (5,9) and both the lines have their y-intercepts > 9 then shouldn't that make slope for L2 less steeper than slope for L1?

I hope I have put it clearly. Would really appreciate some help here.
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