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Of the 250 students in a certain class, each student who majors in mathematics also majors in computer science, and 90 of the students major only in Biology. If no student majors in all 3 subjects, how many of the students major in two of the three subjects?

(1) 50 of the students major only in computer science
(2) 40 of the students do not major in any of the three subjects

Originally posted by schak2rhyme on 08 Jul 2015, 05:35.
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Of the 250 students in a certain class, each student who majors in mathematics also majors in computer science, and 90 of the students major only in Biology. If no student majors in all 3 subjects, how many of the students major in two of the three subjects?

(1) 50 of the students major only in computer science
(2) 40 of the students do not major in any of the three subjects


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schak2rhyme wrote:
Of the 250 students in a certain class, each student who majors in mathematics also majors in computer science, and 90 of the students major only in Biology. If no student majors in all 3 subjects, how many of the students major in two of the three subjects?

(1) 50 of the students major only in computer science
(2) 40 of the students do not major in any of the three subjects


1) We know information about computers but know nothing about students who do not major at all
2) Know about do not major but don't know about computer.

1+2)
We know that biology only = 90 and computer only = 50
Also we know that all math students also major in computers, so math only = 0
Not major 40 students

So Total - (Biology only + Computer only + Nor) = Exactly two
250 - (90 + 50 + 40) = 70 students

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how is the common term between math and biology zero?
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how is the common term between math and biology zero?


Please note that "each student who majors in mathematics also majors in computer science" i.e. There is no one who is in maths but not in Computer Science. There for two regions are marked as Zero by red marker

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On the GMAT, we cannot assume that if neither is not stated, then it is zero. In the given question, the collection consists of 250 students. It is wrong to assume that students definitely major in the category - one of the three subjects "at least". We also need to assume that there are students who fall into the category of 'Neither'

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On the GMAT, we cannot assume that if neither is not stated, then it is zero. In the given question, the collection consists of 250 students. It is wrong to assume that students definitely major in the category - one of the three subjects "at least". We also need to assume that there are students who fall into the category of 'Neither'

Can experts please confirm this? Bunuel VeritasPrepKarishma Engr2012 Please help


Please read the question and solution carefully. There is no assumption taken. Yes, you are right that we can't assume if something has not been stated and we have no way to conclude about it.

Here, solution doesn't consider none of three as zero, Taking that zero would contradict with second statement and violate rule of GMAT mathematics.
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