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# Maria wants to send a package overseas. She can either pay shipping co

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Maria wants to send a package overseas. She can either pay shipping company A an amount dependent on the distance of the delivery, or pay shipping company B an amount dependent on the weight of the package. Which option is less expensive?

(1) Company A charges \$3.00 plus \$0.01 per mile of shipment, and company B charges \$5.00 plus \$8.50 per pound.
(2) The person who will receive the packages lives 3,900 miles away from Maria.

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30 Sep 2015, 10:19
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Maria wants to send a package overseas. She can either pay shipping company A an amount dependent on the distance of the delivery, or pay shipping company B an amount dependent on the weight of the package. Which option is less expensive?

(1) Company A charges \$3.00 plus \$0.01 per mile of shipment, and company B charges \$5.00 plus \$8.50 per pound.
(2) The person who will receive the packages lives 3,900 miles away from Maria.

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a: the distance of the delivery
b: weight of the package
(1) Company A charges \$3.00 plus \$0.01 per mile of shipment, and company B charges \$5.00 plus \$8.50 per pound.
=> 3 + 0.01a = 5 + 8.5b
Do not know a, b => do not know which way is less expensive => INSUFFICIENT
(2) The person who will receive the packages lives 3,900 miles away from Maria.
Just know a => INSUFFICIENT

(1) + (2) INSUFFICIENT

Ans E
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30 Sep 2015, 13:06
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Company A - Charges based on distance
Company B - Charges based on weight of the package

To find the cheaper option between the two, we need to know
1) the shipping distance and the weight
2) price associated with distance and weight

Statement 1

A = 3 + 0.01x ( x is the shipping distance)
B = 5 + 8.5 W (W is the weight of the package)

x and W is unknown. Not sufficient

Statement 1

Shipping distance = 3900 Miles

Not sufficient

Statement 1 + 2

A = 3 + 0.01(3900)

W is still unknown.. Not sufficient

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30 Sep 2015, 19:07
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Ans have to be E . It should click the moment we read the question stem . Because we are comparing two things .The two things are weight and distance with respect to price .Hence Both should be present to make a definite statement that which one is cheap .

St 1. given how they charge based on distance and weight . But overall weight and distance not given,
St 2. only over all distance is given . No clue about weight .

1 n 2 together .

still no idea about total weight .
hence E .
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05 Oct 2015, 06:02
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Maria wants to send a package overseas. She can either pay shipping company A an amount dependent on the distance of the delivery, or pay shipping company B an amount dependent on the weight of the package. Which option is less expensive?

(1) Company A charges \$3.00 plus \$0.01 per mile of shipment, and company B charges \$5.00 plus \$8.50 per pound.
(2) The person who will receive the packages lives 3,900 miles away from Maria.

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VERITAS PREP OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

Question Type: Yes/No This question asks you to determine which of two shipping options is less expensive. This can be treated like a “yes/no” (Is Option A cheaper?) question since there are only two options. You may not even need to know the exact cost of each method as long as you can compare the two.

Given information from the question stem: Company A’s charge is based on the distance of the delivery and Company B’s charge is based on the weight of the package.

Statement 1: Statement 1 provides the scale at which the charges are applied. Company A charges a fixed amount plus .01 per mile and Company B charges a fixed amount plus \$8.50 per pound. This statement provides necessary information to calculate the charges but does not provide the distance nor the weight, so this statement is not sufficient. The answer will be B, C, or E.

Statement 2: This statement provides the distance that the package will travel. However it does not provide any way of calculating or even comparing the charges for companies A and B. This statement is not sufficient. Eliminate choice B.

Together: Taken together the statements give an amount that Company A will charge for the package. Statement 1 provides the scale and Statement 2 the distance. However, the weight of the package remains unknown so that the charge from Company B cannot be calculated nor compared to Company A’s charge. These statements are not sufficient.

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01 Mar 2018, 04:47
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Can I conclude (E) on the basis of: After first mile, we do not know how much A / B charges for remaining miles?
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01 Mar 2018, 08:46
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Can I conclude (E) on the basis of: After first mile, we do not know how much A / B charges for remaining miles?

Note that A's charge depends on distance while B's charge depends on weight and finally you need to compare the total charge of A & B. So to choose E you must be sure that neither of the statements is sufficient to provide both distance and weight.
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01 Apr 2018, 23:03
Straight E .

There is no mention of the weight of the package in the options, so not possible to compare the prices .
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20 Dec 2018, 03:45
Statement 1. Company A charges \$3.00 plus \$0.01 per mile of shipment, and company B charges \$5.00 plus \$8.50 per pound.
Since we don’t know the weight of the package and the distance that the package would travel, we cannot answer the question. Hence, Insufficient.
Statement 2. The person who will receive the packages lives 3,900 miles away from Maria.
In statement 2 alone, we don’t know the charges if the services. Hence, Insufficient.
Statement 1 & 2 together.
Using both the statements together, we are still unaware of the weight of the package. Hence, Insufficient.
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