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# Q. Of the five cordinates A=-2, B=-1, C=0, D=1, E=2 on a

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02 Aug 2008, 13:09
Q. Of the five cordinates A=-2, B=-1, C=0, D=1, E=2 on a number line, which has the greatest absolute value??

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02 Aug 2008, 18:01
haidzz wrote:
Q. Of the five cordinates A=-2, B=-1, C=0, D=1, E=2 on a number line, which has the greatest absolute value??

None has the greatest absolute value "by itself".
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02 Aug 2008, 18:41
gmatnub wrote:
haidzz wrote:
Q. Of the five cordinates A=-2, B=-1, C=0, D=1, E=2 on a number line, which has the greatest absolute value??

None has the greatest absolute value "by itself".

usually for such questions, the answers wud be 1 and 2 1 and 3 1,2and3 etc etc
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02 Aug 2008, 23:26
This is question#20(5.5) from OG-11 and the OA is A. Explanation is "The absolute value of a number x is the distance between x and 0 on the number line. The coordinate of point A is farthest from 0 and thus has the greatest value" But then what about E=2?? I don't get it... anyone got a clue??

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gmatnub wrote:
haidzz wrote:
Q. Of the five cordinates A=-2, B=-1, C=0, D=1, E=2 on a number line, which has the greatest absolute value??

None has the greatest absolute value "by itself".

usually for such questions, the answers wud be 1 and 2 1 and 3 1,2and3 etc etc
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02 Aug 2008, 23:28
There is no such "by itself" in the question so we can omit that :D

gmatnub wrote:
haidzz wrote:
Q. Of the five cordinates A=-2, B=-1, C=0, D=1, E=2 on a number line, which has the greatest absolute value??

None has the greatest absolute value "by itself".
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This question was misprinted in some printings of the Official Guide- I'm guessing your book is the uncorrected one. In the correct diagram, point E should be less than 2, not equal to 2.

Most people should have the corrected edition of the OG, so the following link won't be helpful for most, but if your diagram is incorrect for Q20, you may want to see the other corrections as well:

http://www.mba.com/NR/rdonlyres/B6424CF ... l82006.pdf

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