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The next set of medium/hard DS questions. I'll post OA's with detailed explanations after some discussion. Please, post your solutions along with the answers.

1. What is the product of three consecutive integers?

(1) At least one of the integers is positive (2) The sum of the integers is less than 6

4. Two machines, A and B, each working at a constant rate, can complete a certain task working together in 6 days. In how many days, working alone, can machine A complete the task?

(1) The average time A and B can complete the task working alone is 12.5 days. (2) It would take machine A 5 more days to complete the task alone than it would take for machine B to complete the task

5. Set A={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x}, where x is an integer. Is the standard deviation of set A more than the standard deviation of set B={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x, y}

(1) The standard deviation of set A is positive (2) y=3

6. The ratio of the number of employees of three companies X, Y and Z is 3:4:8, respectively. Is the average age of all employees in these companies less than 40 years?

(1) The total age of all the employees in these companies is 600 (2) The average age of employees in X, Y, and Z, is 40, 20, and 50, respectively.

7. Was the average (arithmetic mean) temperature in degrees Celsius in city A in March less than the average (arithmetic mean) temperature in degrees Celsius in city B in March?

(1) The median temperature in degrees Celsius in City A in March was less than the median temperature in degrees Celsius in city B.

(2) The ratio of the average temperatures in degrees Celsius in A and B in March was 3 to 4, respectively.

8. Two marbles are drawn from a jar with 10 marbles. If all marbles are either red of blue, is the probability that both marbles selected will be red greater than 3/5?

(1) The probability that both marbles selected will be blue is less than 1/10 (2) At least 60% of the marbles in the jar are red

4. Two machines, A and B, each working at a constant rate, can complete a certain task working together in 6 days. In how many days, working alone, can machine A complete the task?

Given that 1/A+1/B=1/6, where A is the time needed for machine A to complete the task working alone and B is the time needed for machine B to complete the task working alone.

(1) The average time A and B can complete the task working alone is 12.5 days. This statement implies that A+B=2*12.5=25. Now, since we don't know which machine works faster then even if we substitute B with 25-A (1/A + 1/(25-A) = 1/6) we must get two different answers for A and B: A<B and A>B. Not sufficient.

(2) It would take machine A 5 more days to complete the task alone than it would take for machine B to complete the task. A=B+5, so we have that 1/A+1/(A-5)=1/6. From this we can find that A=2 (not a valid solution since in this case B will be negative) or A=15. Sufficient.

Answer: B.

Hi Bunuel!

Could you please tell me where I made a mistake in my solution to statement 1?

statement 1:

(1) A+B=25

--> from the question stem we have that (1/A)+(1/B)=1/6 --> [(A+B)/AB]=1/6 ---> [25/AB]=1/6 --> 150=AB --> B=150/A (2)

insert 2 into 1: A+[150/A]=25 --> A²-25A-150=0 --> (A-30)(A+5)=0 --> A=30 or (-5), both answers obviously can't be right, since A+B=25 and no value can be negative here. But where exactly was my approach wrong?

4. Two machines, A and B, each working at a constant rate, can complete a certain task working together in 6 days. In how many days, working alone, can machine A complete the task?

Given that 1/A+1/B=1/6, where A is the time needed for machine A to complete the task working alone and B is the time needed for machine B to complete the task working alone.

(1) The average time A and B can complete the task working alone is 12.5 days. This statement implies that A+B=2*12.5=25. Now, since we don't know which machine works faster then even if we substitute B with 25-A (1/A + 1/(25-A) = 1/6) we must get two different answers for A and B: A<B and A>B. Not sufficient.

(2) It would take machine A 5 more days to complete the task alone than it would take for machine B to complete the task. A=B+5, so we have that 1/A+1/(A-5)=1/6. From this we can find that A=2 (not a valid solution since in this case B will be negative) or A=15. Sufficient.

Answer: B.

Hi Bunuel!

Could you please tell me where I made a mistake in my solution to statement 1?

statement 1:

(1) A+B=25

--> from the question stem we have that (1/A)+(1/B)=1/6 --> [(A+B)/AB]=1/6 ---> [25/AB]=1/6 --> 150=AB --> B=150/A (2)

insert 2 into 1: A+[150/A]=25 --> A²-25A-150=0 --> (A-30)(A+5)=0 --> A=30 or (-5), both answers obviously can't be right, since A+B=25 and no value can be negative here. But where exactly was my approach wrong?

Thanks a lot for your help!

Max

From \(A+\frac{150}{A}=25\) --> \(A^2-25A+150=0\) (not A^2 - 25A - 150 = 0) --> \((A-10)(A-15)=0\) --> \(A=10\) and \(B=15\) OR \(A=15\) and \(B=10\).

8. Two marbles are drawn from a jar with 10 marbles. If all marbles are either red of blue, is the probability that both marbles selected will be red greater than 3/5?

The question: is P(R and R)=R/10*(R-1)/9>3/5? Is R(R-1)>54? Is R>7? (By number plugging) So, the question asks whether the number of red marbles is more than 7 (8, 9, or 10).

(1) The probability that both marbles selected will be blue is less than 1/10. This implies that B/10*(B-1)/9<1/10. So, we have that B(B-1)<9, thus B<4, so the number of red marbles in the jar is 7, 8, 9, or 10. Not sufficient.

(2) At least 60% of the marbles in the jar are red. This implies that the number of red marbles is 6 or more. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) From above we have that R>6. Not sufficient.

8. Two marbles are drawn from a jar with 10 marbles. If all marbles are either red of blue, is the probability that both marbles selected will be red greater than 3/5?

The question: is P(R and R)=R/10*(R-1)/9>3/5? Is R(R-1)>54? Is R>7? (By number plugging) So, the question asks whether the number of red marbles is more than 7 (8, 9, or 10).

(1) The probability that both marbles selected will be blue is less than 1/10. This implies that B/10*(B-1)/9<1/10. So, we have that B(B-1)<9, thus B<4, so the number of red marbles in the jar is 7, 8, 9, or 10. Not sufficient.

(2) At least 60% of the marbles in the jar are red. This implies that the number of red marbles is 6 or more. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) From above we have that R>6. Not sufficient.

Answer: E.

Hi,

Could you please help me on this..

how R(R-1)>54 turns R>7?

Bu number plugging. R is an integer, if R = 7, then R(R - 1) = 42 < 54 but if R = 8, then R(R - 1) = 56 > 54, thus R must be greater than 7.
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3. The length of the median BD in triangle ABC is 12 centimeters, what is the length of side AC? (1) ABC is an isosceles triangle (2) AC^2 = AB^2 + BC^2

1) There is no information on angles and which two sides are equal. Not sufficient.

2) It says that angle at B is right angle and AC is hypotenuse. If any right-angled triangle is inscribed in a circle, the hypotenuse of the triangle must be diameter of circle and the median extending to the hypotenuse of the triangle must be radius of the circle -->Median is equal to half of the hypotenuse --> AC = 24. Sufficient.

3. The length of the median BD in triangle ABC is 12 centimeters, what is the length of side AC? (1) ABC is an isosceles triangle (2) AC^2 = AB^2 + BC^2

1) There is no information on angles and which two sides are equal. Not sufficient.

2) It says that angle at B is right angle and AC is hypotenuse. If any right-angled triangle is inscribed in a circle, the hypotenuse of the triangle must be diameter of circle and the median extending to the hypotenuse of the triangle must be radius of the circle -->Median is equal to half of the hypotenuse --> AC = 24. Sufficient.

Answer is B.

In a circle???? where is that in the question???

It says: IFANY right-angled triangle is inscribed in a circle, the hypotenuse of the triangle must be diameter of circle. So, this is just a property for any right triangle inscribed in a circle.
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8. Two marbles are drawn from a jar with 10 marbles. If all marbles are either red of blue, is the probability that both marbles selected will be red greater than 3/5?

The question: is P(R and R)=R/10*(R-1)/9>3/5? Is R(R-1)>54? Is R>7? (By number plugging) So, the question asks whether the number of red marbles is more than 7 (8, 9, or 10).

(1) The probability that both marbles selected will be blue is less than 1/10. This implies that B/10*(B-1)/9<1/10. So, we have that B(B-1)<9, thus B<4, so the number of red marbles in the jar is 7, 8, 9, or 10. Not sufficient.

(2) At least 60% of the marbles in the jar are red. This implies that the number of red marbles is 6 or more. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) From above we have that R>6. Not sufficient.

8. Two marbles are drawn from a jar with 10 marbles. If all marbles are either red of blue, is the probability that both marbles selected will be red greater than 3/5?

The question: is P(R and R)=R/10*(R-1)/9>3/5? Is R(R-1)>54? Is R>7? (By number plugging) So, the question asks whether the number of red marbles is more than 7 (8, 9, or 10).

(1) The probability that both marbles selected will be blue is less than 1/10. This implies that B/10*(B-1)/9<1/10. So, we have that B(B-1)<9, thus B<4, so the number of red marbles in the jar is 7, 8, 9, or 10. Not sufficient.

(2) At least 60% of the marbles in the jar are red. This implies that the number of red marbles is 6 or more. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) From above we have that R>6. Not sufficient.

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Could you please help me with this one? A bit confused.

Quote:

3. The length of the median BD in triangle ABC is 12 centimeters, what is the length of side AC?

(1) ABC is an isosceles triangle (2) AC^2 = AB^2 + BC^2

I saw explanation posted earlier, but it seems that in that case height equals median, which is half of hypotenuse with its base being the diameter of a circle. As there are 3 similar triangles => h=ab/c In 30-60-90 triangle (a=1, b=sqrt(3), c=2), height = sqrt(3)/2, or half of hypotenuse In 45-45-90 triangle, height = 1/sqrt(2)=sqrt(2)/2, or half of hypotenuse. But, in case of 3-4-5 right triangle, height=a*b/c=12/5 (as triangle are similar: height/4=3/5), which is not half of hypotenuse.
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Could you please help me with this one? A bit confused.

Quote:

3. The length of the median BD in triangle ABC is 12 centimeters, what is the length of side AC?

(1) ABC is an isosceles triangle (2) AC^2 = AB^2 + BC^2

I saw explanation posted earlier, but it seems that in that case height equals median, which is half of hypotenuse with its base being the diameter of a circle. As there are 3 similar triangles => h=ab/c In 30-60-90 triangle (a=1, b=sqrt(3), c=2), height = sqrt(3)/2, or half of hypotenuse In 45-45-90 triangle, height = 1/sqrt(2)=sqrt(2)/2, or half of hypotenuse. But, in case of 3-4-5 right triangle, height=a*b/c=12/5 (as triangle are similar: height/4=3/5), which is not half of hypotenuse.

Your question is not clear. The property says: "the median from right angle is half of the hypotenuse".
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5. Set A={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x}, where x is an integer. Is the standard deviation of set A more than the standard deviation of set B={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x, y}

(1) The standard deviation of set A is positive. We know that the standard deviation of any set is more than or equal to zero. The standard deviation of a set is zero only when the set consists of identical elements. So, this statement implies that set A does NOT consists of identical elements or that x does not equal to zero. Still this statement is not sufficient to answer the question.

(2) y=3. The mean of set A is 3. Now, if \(x\neq{0}\) for example if x=1, then the standard deviation of B would be smaller that the standard deviation A, since the elements of B would be less widespread than the element of set A. But if x=0, then A={3, 3, 3, 3, 3} and B={3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3}, so both will have the standard deviation of zero. Bot sufficient.

(1)+(2) Since from (1) \(x\neq{0}\), then adding a new element which equals to the mean will shrink the standard deviation, thus SD(A)>SD(B). Sufficient.

Answer: C.

I have a doubt that in set A if i substitute x as 1 and y=3 i get (1,2,3,4,5) and for set B it is (1,2,3,3,4,5) now which will have a greater standard deviation or will it be same? Like the elements in B are more and the deviation in both sets from mean is same so B should have bigger SD but If use the logic adding nos same as mean decreases SD then Set A will have bigger SD

5. Set A={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x}, where x is an integer. Is the standard deviation of set A more than the standard deviation of set B={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x, y}

(1) The standard deviation of set A is positive. We know that the standard deviation of any set is more than or equal to zero. The standard deviation of a set is zero only when the set consists of identical elements. So, this statement implies that set A does NOT consists of identical elements or that x does not equal to zero. Still this statement is not sufficient to answer the question.

(2) y=3. The mean of set A is 3. Now, if \(x\neq{0}\) for example if x=1, then the standard deviation of B would be smaller that the standard deviation A, since the elements of B would be less widespread than the element of set A. But if x=0, then A={3, 3, 3, 3, 3} and B={3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3}, so both will have the standard deviation of zero. Bot sufficient.

(1)+(2) Since from (1) \(x\neq{0}\), then adding a new element which equals to the mean will shrink the standard deviation, thus SD(A)>SD(B). Sufficient.

Answer: C.

I have a doubt that in set A if i substitute x as 1 and y=3 i get (1,2,3,4,5) and for set B it is (1,2,3,3,4,5) now which will have a greater standard deviation or will it be same? Like the elements in B are more and the deviation in both sets from mean is same so B should have bigger SD but If use the logic adding nos same as mean decreases SD then Set A will have bigger SD

The standard deviation of A should be greater than that of B. That's because we add to A an element equal to the mean of A, thus making B less widespread than A.

The SD of A = \(\sqrt{2} \approx 1.41\) and the SD of \(B = \sqrt{\frac{5}{3}} \approx 1.29\).

Please check the links below to brush up fundamentals on SD and statistics:

5. Set A={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x}, where x is an integer. Is the standard deviation of set A more than the standard deviation of set B={3-2x, 3-x, 3, 3+x, 3+2x, y}

(1) The standard deviation of set A is positive. We know that the standard deviation of any set is more than or equal to zero. The standard deviation of a set is zero only when the set consists of identical elements. So, this statement implies that set A does NOT consists of identical elements or that x does not equal to zero. Still this statement is not sufficient to answer the question.

(2) y=3. The mean of set A is 3. Now, if \(x\neq{0}\) for example if x=1, then the standard deviation of B would be smaller that the standard deviation A, since the elements of B would be less widespread than the element of set A. But if x=0, then A={3, 3, 3, 3, 3} and B={3, 3, 3, 3, 3, 3}, so both will have the standard deviation of zero. Bot sufficient.

(1)+(2) Since from (1) \(x\neq{0}\), then adding a new element which equals to the mean will shrink the standard deviation, thus SD(A)>SD(B). Sufficient.

Answer: C.

I have a doubt that in set A if i substitute x as 1 and y=3 i get (1,2,3,4,5) and for set B it is (1,2,3,3,4,5) now which will have a greater standard deviation or will it be same? Like the elements in B are more and the deviation in both sets from mean is same so B should have bigger SD but If use the logic adding nos same as mean decreases SD then Set A will have bigger SD

The standard deviation of A should be greater than that of B. That's because we add to A an element equal to the mean of A, thus making B less widespread than A.

The SD of A = \(\sqrt{2} \approx 1.41\) and the SD of \(B = \sqrt{\frac{5}{3}} \approx 1.29\).

Is x(x-2)>0? --> is x<0 or x>2. Basically if x is not 0, 1, or 2 we have an YES answer to the question.

(1) x is a prime number. If x=2 then the answer is NO but if x is some other prime, then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(2) x^2 is a multiple of 9. If x=0 then the answer is NO but if x=3, then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Since from (1) x is a prime and from (2) x^2 is a multiple of 9, then x can only be 3. Therefore the answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

Answer: C.

Problem with statement 2. How can 0 be a multiple of 9?

Is x(x-2)>0? --> is x<0 or x>2. Basically if x is not 0, 1, or 2 we have an YES answer to the question.

(1) x is a prime number. If x=2 then the answer is NO but if x is some other prime, then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(2) x^2 is a multiple of 9. If x=0 then the answer is NO but if x=3, then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Since from (1) x is a prime and from (2) x^2 is a multiple of 9, then x can only be 3. Therefore the answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

Answer: C.

Problem with statement 2. How can 0 be a multiple of 9?

0 is not a divisor of any integer, but a multiple of every integer. So, 0 is divisible by 9: 0/9 = 0 = integer.

ZERO:

1. 0 is an integer.

2. 0 is an even integer. An even number is an integer that is "evenly divisible" by 2, i.e., divisible by 2 without a remainder and as zero is evenly divisible by 2 then it must be even.

3. 0 is neither positive nor negative integer (the only one of this kind).

4. 0 is divisible by EVERY integer except 0 itself.

Is x(x-2)>0? --> is x<0 or x>2. Basically if x is not 0, 1, or 2 we have an YES answer to the question.

(1) x is a prime number. If x=2 then the answer is NO but if x is some other prime, then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(2) x^2 is a multiple of 9. If x=0 then the answer is NO but if x=3, then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Since from (1) x is a prime and from (2) x^2 is a multiple of 9, then x can only be 3. Therefore the answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

Answer: C.

Problem with statement 2. How can 0 be a multiple of 9?

Is x(x-2)>0? --> isx<0or x>2. Basically if x is not 0, 1, or 2 we have an YES answer to the question.

(1) x is a prime number. If x=2 then the answer is NO but if x is some other prime, then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(2) x^2 is a multiple of 9. If x=0 then the answer is NO but if x=3, then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Since from (1) x is a prime and from (2) x^2 is a multiple of 9, then x can only be 3. Therefore the answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

Answer: C.

Problem with statement 2. How can 0 be a multiple of 9?

0 is not a divisor of any integer, but a multiple of every integer. So, 0 is divisible by 9: 0/9 = 0 = integer.

ZERO:

1. 0 is an integer.

2. 0 is an even integer. An even number is an integer that is "evenly divisible" by 2, i.e., divisible by 2 without a remainder and as zero is evenly divisible by 2 then it must be even.

3. 0 is neither positive nor negative integer (the only one of this kind).

4. 0 is divisible by EVERY integer except 0 itself.

Is x(x-2)>0? --> isx<0or x>2. Basically if x is not 0, 1, or 2 we have an YES answer to the question.

(1) x is a prime number. If x=2 then the answer is NO but if x is some other prime, then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(2) x^2 is a multiple of 9. If x=0 then the answer is NO but if x=3, then the answer is YES. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Since from (1) x is a prime and from (2) x^2 is a multiple of 9, then x can only be 3. Therefore the answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

Answer: C.

Problem with statement 2. How can 0 be a multiple of 9?

0 is not a divisor of any integer, but a multiple of every integer. So, 0 is divisible by 9: 0/9 = 0 = integer.

ZERO:

1. 0 is an integer.

2. 0 is an even integer. An even number is an integer that is "evenly divisible" by 2, i.e., divisible by 2 without a remainder and as zero is evenly divisible by 2 then it must be even.

3. 0 is neither positive nor negative integer (the only one of this kind).

4. 0 is divisible by EVERY integer except 0 itself.

7. Was the average (arithmetic mean) temperature in city A in March less than the average (arithmetic mean) temperature in city B in March?

(1) The median temperature in City A in March was less than the median temperature in city B. Clearly insufficient.

(2) The ratio of the average temperatures in A and B in March was 3 to 4, respectively. Temperatures can be negative, thus this statement is also not sufficient. Consider T(A)=3 and T(B)=4 AND T(A)=-3 and T(B)=-4.

(1)+(2) We have no additional useful info. Not sufficient.

Answer: E.

Bunuel Absolute genius!!! Didn't even think of -ve temp :D