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Lines r and s lie in the xyplane. Is the yintercept of line r less than the yintercept of line s ? (1) At the intersection point of r and s, the xcoordinate and ycoordinate are both negative. (2) The slope of line r is greater than the slope of line s. Source Jeff SackmannPlease explain. Also, please explain how this would work if the were question were asking about the xintercepts of lines 'r' and 's'
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If we were to consider the same question for xcoordinates, I think the answer would be E. See image attached.
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Thank you so much. Figuring that out for Yaxis was not much of a problem, however, not so for the xaxis. Thank for for the second opinion.
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Bunuel wrote: Hi Bunuel, is it worth giving algebraic approach a try here? Or how does one deal with the statement mentioning that they meet on the third quadrant? Thanks! Cheers J



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kzaveri17 wrote: Lines r and s lie in the xyplane. Is the yintercept of line r less than the yintercept of line s ?
(1) At the intersection point of r and s, the xcoordinate and ycoordinate are both negative. (2) The slope of line r is greater than the slope of line s.
Source Jeff Sackmann
Please explain. Also, please explain how this would work if the were question were asking about the xintercepts of lines 'r' and 's' The line s: y = ax + b, b is the yintercept of s The line r: y = cx + d, d is the yintercept of r The question "Is the yintercept of line r less than the yintercept of line s?" can interpret as: Is d < b? 1. The intersection point of r and s will have the same xcoordinate and ycoordinate: ax + b = cx + d => \(x=\) \(\frac{(db)}{(ac)}\)Since this intersection point has negative xintercept: \(\frac{(db)}{(ac)}\) \(<0\) There are 2 scenario: (a) db<0 and ac>0 => d<b or (b) db>0 and ac<0 => d>b => (1) is not sufficient 2. c>a or a  c <0: not sufficient (1) + (2): a  c < 0 and [db][/ac]<0 => d  b > 0 => d > b: Sufficient. The answer is C



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kzaveri17 wrote: Lines r and s lie in the xyplane. Is the yintercept of line r less than the yintercept of line s ?
(1) At the intersection point of r and s, the xcoordinate and ycoordinate are both negative. (2) The slope of line r is greater than the slope of line s.
Source Jeff Sackmann
Please explain. Also, please explain how this would work if the were question were asking about the xintercepts of lines 'r' and 's' Bunuel /experts is my algebraic approach correct?? Combining both statements let intersection coordinates be(x,y) then equation for line r> y=m1(x)+b line s> y=m2(x)+c slope r>m1=b/x slope s>m2=c/x as per option (2)> b/x>c/x> b>c.........sufficient thanks



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abhimahna wrote: Hey Mike, I am a Magoosh student. I need your help on the below question. Could you please help me get into the final solution. I marked C as the answer but the different responces of the people have confused me. Please provide your views. Lines r and s lie in the xyplane. Is the yintercept of line r less than the yintercept of line s ? (1) At the intersection point of r and s, the xcoordinate and ycoordinate are both negative. (2) The slope of line r is greater than the slope of line s Dear abhimahna, I'm happy to respond. The answer is (C). Your question is extremely unclear. Are you confused about what this OA is? Or would you like further explanation about some of the reasoning that other people have used? If the latter is the case, please let me know exactly what points confuse you. I recommend this blog: Asking Excellent QuestionsIf you have further questions about this, make it your goal to ask a question of the highest possible quality. Does all this make sense? Mike
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mikemcgarry wrote: abhimahna wrote: Hey Mike, I am a Magoosh student. I need your help on the below question. Could you please help me get into the final solution. I marked C as the answer but the different responces of the people have confused me. Please provide your views. Lines r and s lie in the xyplane. Is the yintercept of line r less than the yintercept of line s ? (1) At the intersection point of r and s, the xcoordinate and ycoordinate are both negative. (2) The slope of line r is greater than the slope of line s Dear abhimahna, I'm happy to respond. The answer is (C). Your question is extremely unclear. Are you confused about what this OA is? Or would you like further explanation about some of the reasoning that other people have used? If the latter is the case, please let me know exactly what points confuse you. I recommend this blog: Asking Excellent QuestionsIf you have further questions about this, make it your goal to ask a question of the highest possible quality. Does all this make sense? Mike Hi mike I too have a confusion regarding the same.. both attached fig have slope R> slope S but intercept of r > s in first but intercept of R , s in 2nd one Thanks
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rohit8865 wrote: kzaveri17 wrote: Lines r and s lie in the xyplane. Is the yintercept of line r less than the yintercept of line s ?
(1) At the intersection point of r and s, the xcoordinate and ycoordinate are both negative. (2) The slope of line r is greater than the slope of line s.
Source Jeff Sackmann
Please explain. Also, please explain how this would work if the were question were asking about the xintercepts of lines 'r' and 's' Bunuel /experts is my algebraic approach correct?? Combining both statements let intersection coordinates be(x,y) then equation for line r> y=m1(x)+b line s> y=m2(x)+c slope r>m1=b/x slope s>m2=c/x as per option (2)> b/x>c/x> b>c.........sufficient thanks Dear rohit8865, My friend, I would say that yours is an exceptionally elegant solution. Good work! Mike
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rohit8865 wrote: Hi mike
I too have a confusion regarding the same..
both attached fig have slope R> slope S but intercept of r > s in first but intercept of R , s in 2nd one
Thanks Dear rohit8865, I'm happy to respond. My friend, in math, we have to treat even the words with mathematical precision. Consider statement #2: The slope of line r is greater than the slope of line s.Exactly what does this say? Slope is a number, a number on the number line. Suppose line r has a slope of 0.1, and line s had a slope of 50. If looked at a picture, line r would look almost horizontal, with a very slight downward grade, but line s would have a massively steep slope down to the the right. Which has a bigger slope? Well, (50) < (0.1). The question is asking for the literal order of the two numbers on the number line, and 0.1 is to the right of 50 on the number line. Therefore, m = 0.1 is a bigger slope than m = 50, even though the latter is steeper. Steeper in a negative direction is a lower slope, exactly as bigger in the negative direction is a smaller number. Does all this make sense? Mike
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mikemcgarry wrote: rohit8865 wrote: Hi mike
I too have a confusion regarding the same..
both attached fig have slope R> slope S but intercept of r > s in first but intercept of R , s in 2nd one
Thanks Dear rohit8865, I'm happy to respond. My friend, in math, we have to treat even the words with mathematical precision. Consider statement #2: The slope of line r is greater than the slope of line s.Exactly what does this say? Slope is a number, a number on the number line. Suppose line r has a slope of 0.1, and line s had a slope of 50. If looked at a picture, line r would look almost horizontal, with a very slight downward grade, but line s would have a massively steep slope down to the the right. Which has a bigger slope? Well, (50) < (0.1). The question is asking for the literal order of the two numbers on the number line, and 0.1 is to the right of 50 on the number line. Therefore, m = 0.1 is a bigger slope than m = 50, even though the latter is steeper. Steeper in a negative direction is a lower slope, exactly as bigger in the negative direction is a smaller number. Does all this make sense? Mike thanks mikefor ur reply....+1 this is exactly what i also thought after solving algebraically as in above post Just wanna confirm from experts... Thanks



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rohit8865 wrote: kzaveri17 wrote: Lines r and s lie in the xyplane. Is the yintercept of line r less than the yintercept of line s ?
(1) At the intersection point of r and s, the xcoordinate and ycoordinate are both negative. (2) The slope of line r is greater than the slope of line s.
Source Jeff Sackmann
Please explain. Also, please explain how this would work if the were question were asking about the xintercepts of lines 'r' and 's' Bunuel /experts is my algebraic approach correct?? Combining both statements let intersection coordinates be(x,y) then equation for line r> y=m1(x)+b line s> y=m2(x)+c slope r>m1=b/x slope s>m2=c/x as per option (2)> b/x>c/x> b>c.........sufficient thanks Responding to a pm: I don't get how you calculated slopes as b/x and c/x. If I have not misunderstood your variables, it should be: r passes through (x, y) and (0, b) (since y intercept is b) s passes through (x, y) and (0, c) Slope = (y2  y1)/(x2x1) Slope for r = (b + y)/(0 + x) = (b+y)/x Slope for s = (c + y)/(0 + x) = (c+y)/x Though in the case too, (b+y)/x > (c+y)/x Multiply both sides by x which is positive. b + y > c + y b > c
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Dear Mike/ experts,
Considering stm 1 and 2 together: what if R is parallel to Y axis, hence its slope is infinity and it has no Y intercept. S can be any line with positive Y intercept. We can have a scenario where both these lines intersect such that both its coordinates are negative (stm 1) and considering that infinity is more than the slope of line S (say having positive slope of 50) , it also adheres to stm 2. But here intercept of R (nil) is not more than intercept of S (some positive value).



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Alchemist87 wrote: Dear Mike/ experts,
Considering stm 1 and 2 together: what if R is parallel to Y axis, hence its slope is infinity and it has no Y intercept. S can be any line with positive Y intercept. We can have a scenario where both these lines intersect such that both its coordinates are negative (stm 1) and considering that infinity is more than the slope of line S (say having positive slope of 50) , it also adheres to stm 2. But here intercept of R (nil) is not more than intercept of S (some positive value). Dear Alchemist87, I'm happy to respond. First, I will say that this is a very creative and outofthebox observation. This creativity will serve you well in your career. In this particular problem, though, I think that case is eliminated by the question. Here's the text of the question again: Lines r and s lie in the xyplane. Is the yintercept of line r less than the yintercept of line s ?
(1) At the intersection point of r and s, the xcoordinate and ycoordinate are both negative. (2) The slope of line r is greater than the slope of line s.If the question is asking whether one quantity is less than another quantity. It would be devious and tricky in a way that the GMAT simply does not do if one of the quantities about which it was asking in that context simply did not exist. The fact that the GMAT asks about the two yintercepts really implies, among other things, that they both exist. Now, a vertical line R might be consistent with Statement #1 by itself, by this statement by itself is not sufficient anyway. Once we get to statement #2, we get another prohibition: although stated verbally, the statement (slope R) < (slope S) is a welldefined mathematical statement. We can only make welldefined mathematical statements with numbers that exist on the number line. Metaphorically, we can say that infinity is "bigger" than any given number, but we can't actually state that fact as a welldefined mathematical statement. (There are many different kinds of infinity, but that's mathematics that is well beyond the GMAT!) In practice, any value that becomes infinite, such as 1/0, is called "undefined," precisely because it departs from the region for which we can make welldefined statements. Therefore, both the prompt and statement #2 make a vertical line impossible in this problem. I want to emphasize, though, what you asked was truly a brilliant question, my friend. Let me know if you have any more questions. Mike
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Thxs Mike.. for taking time to revert to my query & for those kind words just made my day!!



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