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First of all: is \(|x| \gt 1\) means is \(x \lt -1\) \((-2, -3, -4, ...)\) or is \(x \gt 1\) \((2, 3, 4, ...)\), so for YES answer \(x\) can be any integer but -1, 0, and 1.

(1)\((1 - 2x)(1 + x) \lt 0\). Rewrite as \((2x - 1)(x + 1) \gt 0\) (so that the coefficient of \(x^2\) is positive after expanding): roots are \(x=-1\) and \(x=\frac{1}{2}\). \(\gt\)" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: \(x \lt -1\)and \(x \gt \frac{1}{2}\). \(x\) could still equal 1, so not sufficient.

(2) \((1 - x)(1 + 2x) \lt 0\). Rewrite as \((x - 1)(2x + 1) \gt 0\): roots are \(x=-\frac{1}{2}\) and \(x=1\). "\(\gt\)" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: \(x \lt - \frac{1}{2}\) and \(x \gt 1\). \(x\) could still equal -1, so not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Intersection of the ranges from (1) and (2) is \(x \lt -1\) and \(x \gt 1\). Sufficient.

why do we disregard X< -1/2 for the first solution and X> 1/2 for the second solution? I chose E as although X>1 and X<-1 can be derived from both 1 and 2 respectively, the range of 1/2 < x< -1/2 from the information does not align to solution as x can =0

why do we disregard X< -1/2 for the first solution and X> 1/2 for the second solution? I chose E as although X>1 and X<-1 can be derived from both 1 and 2 respectively, the range of 1/2 < x< -1/2 from the information does not align to solution as x can =0

I don't understand what you mean at all...
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why do we disregard X< -1/2 for the first solution and X> 1/2 for the second solution? I chose E as although X>1 and X<-1 can be derived from both 1 and 2 respectively, the range of 1/2 < x< -1/2 from the information does not align to solution as x can =0

I don't understand what you mean at all...

He means why do we have to consider only extreme ranges in range intersection you explained...while considering (1) and (2), why do we eliminate x>1/2 and x<-1/2... because if we donot do so we get a range possible between x<-1 and x <-1/2 and also x>1/2 and x > 1 so these in bet ranges are confusing.

First of all: is \(|x| \gt 1\) means is \(x \lt -1\) \((-2, -3, -4, ...)\) or is \(x \gt 1\) \((2, 3, 4, ...)\), so for YES answer \(x\) can be any integer but -1, 0, and 1.

(1)\((1 - 2x)(1 + x) \lt 0\). Rewrite as \((2x - 1)(x + 1) \gt 0\) (so that the coefficient of \(x^2\) is positive after expanding): roots are \(x=-1\) and \(x=\frac{1}{2}\). \(\gt\)" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: \(x \lt -1\)and \(x \gt \frac{1}{2}\). \(x\) could still equal 1, so not sufficient.

(2) \((1 - x)(1 + 2x) \lt 0\). Rewrite as \((x - 1)(2x + 1) \gt 0\): roots are \(x=-\frac{1}{2}\) and \(x=1\). "\(\gt\)" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: \(x \lt - \frac{1}{2}\) and \(x \gt 1\). \(x\) could still equal -1, so not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Intersection of the ranges from (1) and (2) is \(x \lt -1\) and \(x \gt 1\). Sufficient.

Answer: C

Hello Bunuel, Is there any other method to solve this quickly ?? In a test environment sometimes it's hard to think like this and get answer timely.

I have some confusion about this question. From statement 1 taken x<-1 but not X>1/2 & from statement 2 taken only X<-1/2 but not X>1. Why cannot be considered X<-1/2 & X>1/2? would anyone like to clarify my confusion. Thank you.

I know this has to do something with inequalities changing signs when you go beyond extremes. But I needed a refresher on that. In particular I am stuck with how did you come up with this bit:

Quote:

">" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: x<−1x<−1and x>12x>12. xx could still equal 1, so not sufficient.

Is there any post which I can refer to solidify my concept of finding valid extreme values from Roots of the equation?

Thanks in advance.

Vaibhav.

Ok after doing a bit of looking around, I found this:

Bunuel, is there any other slick/intuitive way of doing this such that one saves time without drawing the line graph and plotting roots on it during the exam?
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I know this has to do something with inequalities changing signs when you go beyond extremes. But I needed a refresher on that. In particular I am stuck with how did you come up with this bit:

Quote:

">" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: x<−1x<−1and x>12x>12. xx could still equal 1, so not sufficient.

Is there any post which I can refer to solidify my concept of finding valid extreme values from Roots of the equation?

Thanks in advance.

Vaibhav.

Ok after doing a bit of looking around, I found this:

Bunuel, is there any other slick/intuitive way of doing this such that one saves time without drawing the line graph and plotting roots on it during the exam?

First of all: is \(|x| \gt 1\) means is \(x \lt -1\) \((-2, -3, -4, ...)\) or is \(x \gt 1\) \((2, 3, 4, ...)\), so for YES answer \(x\) can be any integer but -1, 0, and 1.

(1)\((1 - 2x)(1 + x) \lt 0\). Rewrite as \((2x - 1)(x + 1) \gt 0\) (so that the coefficient of \(x^2\) is positive after expanding): roots are \(x=-1\) and \(x=\frac{1}{2}\). \(\gt\)" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: \(x \lt -1\)and \(x \gt \frac{1}{2}\). \(x\) could still equal 1, so not sufficient.

(2) \((1 - x)(1 + 2x) \lt 0\). Rewrite as \((x - 1)(2x + 1) \gt 0\): roots are \(x=-\frac{1}{2}\) and \(x=1\). "\(\gt\)" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: \(x \lt - \frac{1}{2}\) and \(x \gt 1\). \(x\) could still equal -1, so not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Intersection of the ranges from (1) and (2) is \(x \lt -1\) and \(x \gt 1\). Sufficient.

Answer: C

Hi Experts! I'm confused:

In statement (1) when you get X<-1 and X>1/2, doesn't this show that |X| is not >1?

When you plot the quadratic equation (2X-1)(X+1)>0 ---> 2X^2+X-1 >0, you get the range X<-1 and X>1/2, thus X obviously has a value at 1 -- meaning that X is not greater than 1. Wouldn't this make (1) sufficient?

Similarly in statement (2), the range is X<-1/2 and X>1, thus again X obviously has a value at -1 -- meaning that X is not less than -1. Again wouldn't this make (2) sufficient?

Thank you!
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Working towards 25 Kudos for the Gmatclub Exams - help meee I'm poooor

I found that the most efficient way, for me, was to plug in.

The question asks us to determine if \(x>1\) or \(x<-1\), so we just need to test 1,0, and -1 in both statements.

Statement 1 can be satisfied with 1 or any positive integer so it is not sufficient. It is worth noting that it can not be satisfied with -1 or 0.

Statement 2 can be satisfied with -1 or any negative integer, so it is not sufficient. It is with noting that it can not be satisfied with 0 nor with 1.

Combined, we see from stmt 1 that it can not be -1 or 0, and from stmt 2 that It can not be 1 or 0 so x must be either greater than 1 or less than -1.

I tried the curve approach but I did it in over 3 minutes so in this case it's not efficient for me.

First of all: is \(|x| \gt 1\) means is \(x \lt -1\) \((-2, -3, -4, ...)\) or is \(x \gt 1\) \((2, 3, 4, ...)\), so for YES answer \(x\) can be any integer but -1, 0, and 1.

(1)\((1 - 2x)(1 + x) \lt 0\). Rewrite as \((2x - 1)(x + 1) \gt 0\) (so that the coefficient of \(x^2\) is positive after expanding): roots are \(x=-1\) and \(x=\frac{1}{2}\). \(\gt\)" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: \(x \lt -1\)and \(x \gt \frac{1}{2}\). \(x\) could still equal 1, so not sufficient.

(2) \((1 - x)(1 + 2x) \lt 0\). Rewrite as \((x - 1)(2x + 1) \gt 0\): roots are \(x=-\frac{1}{2}\) and \(x=1\). "\(\gt\)" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: \(x \lt - \frac{1}{2}\) and \(x \gt 1\). \(x\) could still equal -1, so not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Intersection of the ranges from (1) and (2) is \(x \lt -1\) and \(x \gt 1\). Sufficient.

Answer: C

Hi Experts! I'm confused:

In statement (1) when you get X<-1 and X>1/2, doesn't this show that |X| is not >1?

When you plot the quadratic equation (2X-1)(X+1)>0 ---> 2X^2+X-1 >0, you get the range X<-1 and X>1/2, thus X obviously has a value at 1 -- meaning that X is not greater than 1. Wouldn't this make (1) sufficient?

Similarly in statement (2), the range is X<-1/2 and X>1, thus again X obviously has a value at -1 -- meaning that X is not less than -1. Again wouldn't this make (2) sufficient?

Thank you!

please help me to understand:

S1: 2x^2+x-1>0 =>2x^2+x>1=>x(2x+1)>1=>x>1 or x>0....how it could be -1>x>1/2??? thnx

First of all: is \(|x| \gt 1\) means is \(x \lt -1\) \((-2, -3, -4, ...)\) or is \(x \gt 1\) \((2, 3, 4, ...)\), so for YES answer \(x\) can be any integer but -1, 0, and 1.

(1)\((1 - 2x)(1 + x) \lt 0\). Rewrite as \((2x - 1)(x + 1) \gt 0\) (so that the coefficient of \(x^2\) is positive after expanding): roots are \(x=-1\) and \(x=\frac{1}{2}\). \(\gt\)" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: \(x \lt -1\)and \(x \gt \frac{1}{2}\). \(x\) could still equal 1, so not sufficient.

(2) \((1 - x)(1 + 2x) \lt 0\). Rewrite as \((x - 1)(2x + 1) \gt 0\): roots are \(x=-\frac{1}{2}\) and \(x=1\). "\(\gt\)" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: \(x \lt - \frac{1}{2}\) and \(x \gt 1\). \(x\) could still equal -1, so not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Intersection of the ranges from (1) and (2) is \(x \lt -1\) and \(x \gt 1\). Sufficient.

Answer: C

Hi Experts! I'm confused:

In statement (1) when you get X<-1 and X>1/2, doesn't this show that |X| is not >1?

When you plot the quadratic equation (2X-1)(X+1)>0 ---> 2X^2+X-1 >0, you get the range X<-1 and X>1/2, thus X obviously has a value at 1 -- meaning that X is not greater than 1. Wouldn't this make (1) sufficient?

Similarly in statement (2), the range is X<-1/2 and X>1, thus again X obviously has a value at -1 -- meaning that X is not less than -1. Again wouldn't this make (2) sufficient?

Thank you!

please help me to understand:

S1: 2x^2+x-1>0 =>2x^2+x>1=>x(2x+1)>1=>x>1 or x>0....how it could be -1>x>1/2??? thnx

This is totally wrong. You don't solve quadratic inequality this way. How/why did you conclude that x>1 or x>0 from x(2x+1)>1? By the way x>1 or x>0 does not make sense at all.

understood. but from S1: 2x^2+x-1>0 => (x+1)(2x-1)>0 => x>-1 0r x>1/2...how do u arrive at x<-1 ??

The red part does not makes sense. What does it means x>-1 or x>1/2? What can be x in this case? (x+1)(2x-1)>0 holds true for x<-1 and x>1/2. You should realy follow and study the links from my previous post.
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First of all: is \(|x| \gt 1\) means is \(x \lt -1\) \((-2, -3, -4, ...)\) or is \(x \gt 1\) \((2, 3, 4, ...)\), so for YES answer \(x\) can be any integer but -1, 0, and 1.

(1)\((1 - 2x)(1 + x) \lt 0\). Rewrite as \((2x - 1)(x + 1) \gt 0\) (so that the coefficient of \(x^2\) is positive after expanding): roots are \(x=-1\) and \(x=\frac{1}{2}\). \(\gt\)" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: \(x \lt -1\)and \(x \gt \frac{1}{2}\). \(x\) could still equal 1, so not sufficient.

(2) \((1 - x)(1 + 2x) \lt 0\). Rewrite as \((x - 1)(2x + 1) \gt 0\): roots are \(x=-\frac{1}{2}\) and \(x=1\). "\(\gt\)" sign means that the given inequality holds true for: \(x \lt - \frac{1}{2}\) and \(x \gt 1\). \(x\) could still equal -1, so not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Intersection of the ranges from (1) and (2) is \(x \lt -1\) and \(x \gt 1\). Sufficient.

My approach is a bit different from yours but uses the same concept. But I'm getting an incorrect answer. Could you please advise which step I'm following wrong?

As per question Stem -

x >1 X< -1

Choice A ( I didn't multiply by -1 the way you did)

I got equation - -1< X <1/2 - So answer is No for the value of X

Choice B ( I didn't multiply by -1 the way you did)

Equation : -1/2 < X < 1 - So answer is No for the value of X

Hence I marked D in GMAT Club test which is incorrect. Could you please advise how we can solve without multiplying by - 1? And in which step I'm wrong?

My approach is a bit different from yours but uses the same concept. But I'm getting an incorrect answer. Could you please advise which step I'm following wrong?

As per question Stem -

x >1 X< -1

Choice A ( I didn't multiply by -1 the way you did)

I got equation - -1< X <1/2 - So answer is No for the value of X

Choice B ( I didn't multiply by -1 the way you did)

Equation :-1/2 < X < 1 - So answer is No for the value of X

Hence I marked D in GMAT Club test which is incorrect. Could you please advise how we can solve without multiplying by - 1? And in which step I'm wrong?

Hi @NeverGiveUp- Arpit

The highlighted portion is incorrect. even if you are not multiplying with -1, then you need to realize that co-efficient of x will be negative, so on a number line range will start from negative values. Hence when you plot the roots of the quadratic equation on a number line then the range of x will be in the negative regions because the inequality is negative. Refer below image for clarity -

Attachment:

inequality.jpg

Similarly for statement B

basically as per your range 0 is a possible solution. so when you put x=0 in statement 1, you will get 1<0, which is not possible

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My approach is a bit different from yours but uses the same concept. But I'm getting an incorrect answer. Could you please advise which step I'm following wrong?

As per question Stem -

x >1 X< -1

Choice A ( I didn't multiply by -1 the way you did)

I got equation - -1< X <1/2 - So answer is No for the value of X

Choice B ( I didn't multiply by -1 the way you did)

Equation :-1/2 < X < 1 - So answer is No for the value of X

Hence I marked D in GMAT Club test which is incorrect. Could you please advise how we can solve without multiplying by - 1? And in which step I'm wrong?

Hi @NeverGiveUp- Arpit

The highlighted portion is incorrect. even if you are not multiplying with -1, then you need to realize that co-efficient of x will be negative, so on a number line range will start from negative values. Hence when you plot the roots of the quadratic equation on a number line then the range of x will be in the negative regions because the inequality is negative. Refer below image for clarity -

Attachment:

inequality.jpg

Similarly for statement B

basically as per your range 0 is a possible solution. so when you put x=0 in statement 1, you will get 1<0, which is not possible