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# M15-02

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If $$M$$ and $$N$$ are positive, is $$\frac{MN}{M + N} \gt 1$$?

(1) $$\frac{1}{M} \gt \frac{1}{N} \gt \frac{1}{2}$$

(2) $$M = N - 1$$

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Statement (1) by itself is sufficient. Because both $$\frac{1}{M}$$ and $$\frac{1}{N}$$ are larger than $$\frac{1}{2}$$, their sum is larger than 1: $$\frac{1}{M} + \frac{1}{N} = \frac{M + N}{MN} \gt 1$$. Thus, $$\frac{MN}{M + N} \lt 1$$.

Statement (2) by itself is insufficient. Consider $$N = 2$$ (the answer to the question is "no") and $$N = 1000$$ (the answer to the question is "yes").

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04 Jul 2018, 13:40
So obvious when it's written out - feel like a complete idiot!
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26 Sep 2018, 15:14
why can't M or N be a fraction or a decimal eg .25?
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26 Sep 2018, 19:45
abastie wrote:
why can't M or N be a fraction or a decimal eg .25?

They can be fractions: 1/M > 1/2 means that 0 < M < 2.
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28 Sep 2018, 20:38
meaning why cant M= 1/3 itself so 1/3= 3 wouldnt this make that statement not necessarily bigger than 1?
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28 Sep 2018, 23:07
abastie wrote:
meaning why cant M= 1/3 itself so 1/3= 3 wouldnt this make that statement not necessarily bigger than 1?

The point is, (1) is sufficient because it gives a NO answer to the question for all values of M and N which satisfy 1/M > 1/N > 1/2. Meaning that MN/(M + N) < 1 for all values of M and N (for fractions and integers) which satisfy 1/M > 1/N > 1/2.
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