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Reserve tank 1 is capable of holding z gallons of water. Water is pumped into tank 1, which starts off empty at a rate of x gallons per minute. Tank 1 simultaneously leaks water at a rate of y gallons per minute (x>y).The water that leaks out of tank 1 drips into tank 2,which also starts off empty. If the total capacity of tank 2 is twice the number of gallons that remains in tank 1 after 1 minute, does tank 1 fill up before tank 2?

(1) zy < 2x^2-4xy+2y^2 (2) Total capacity of tank 2 is less than one half that of tank 1.

Another "lone wolf". Here the complex equation is A

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# The Lone Wolf

A lone wolf question almost always has a free standing number(or numbers), and a more complex looking equation as the other option. For e.g.

"On a loan, evil necromonger charges X% interest in the first year, and Y% interest in the second. If he loaned Rhyme 20,000$ in 2006, how much Rhyme pay by interest in 2008?" A) X = 10 B) (X + Y + XY/100) = 100

You can almost be certain, that in such questions, your equations to the stem will reduce to a form that looks like (B), so (A) is actually redundant. Be careful of lone wolves because they will bite you in the posterior if you choose (C).

If you notice a lone wolf question, and you have no clue on how to solve the problem, choose (B) (or whichever is the complex equation).

After one minute there is \(y\) gallons in the tank 2, so the capacity of the tank 2 is \(2(x-y)\) gallons. Obviously, each minute the tank 1 is filled with \(x-y\) gallons of water, and tank 2 is filled with \(y\) gallons.

Let A is the number of minutes after which the 1 tank is full, and B is the number of minutes after which 2 the 2 tank is full. Then: \(A(x-y)=z\) \(By=2(x-y)\)

\(A=\frac{z}{x-y}\) \(B=\frac{2(x-y)}{y}\)

We need to compare A and B, so we are comparing \(\frac{z}{x-y}\) and \(\frac{2(x-y)}{y}\)

If (1) is true, then \(yz< 2x^2-4xy-y^2\) Since \(2x^2-4xy+2y^2> 2x^2-4xy-y^2\), then \(yz <2x^2-4xy+2y^2\) and we are able to compare two time periods. The statement (1) alone is susfficient.

If (2) is true, then \(2(x-y)<0.5z\) \(\frac{z}{x-y}>4\) This means that \(A>4\) However, \(B=\frac{2(x-y)}{y}\), so there is no z and we only know that \(x>y\), but nothing could be said to compare \(x-y\) and \(y\). For example, if \(x=2y\), then \(B=2\) and \(A>B\). However, if \(x=5y\), then \(B=8\) and we could not compare A and B.

So, the answer is (A)

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bagrettin wrote:

After one minute there is \(y\) gallons in the tank 2, so the capacity of the tank 2 is \(2(x-y)\) gallons. Obviously, each minute the tank 1 is filled with \(x-y\) gallons of water, and tank 2 is filled with \(y\) gallons.

Let A is the number of minutes after which the 1 tank is full, and B is the number of minutes after which 2 the 2 tank is full. Then: \(A(x-y)=z\) \(By=2(x-y)\)

\(A=\frac{z}{x-y}\) \(B=\frac{2(x-y)}{y}\)

We need to compare A and B, so we are comparing \(\frac{z}{x-y}\) and \(\frac{2(x-y)}{y}\)

If (1) is true, then \(yz< 2x^2-4xy-y^2\) Since \(2x^2-4xy+2y^2> 2x^2-4xy-y^2\), then \(yz <2x^2-4xy+2y^2\) and we are able to compare two time periods. The statement (1) alone is susfficient.

If (2) is true, then \(2(x-y)<0.5z\) \(\frac{z}{x-y}>4\) This means that \(A>4\) However, \(B=\frac{2(x-y)}{y}\), so there is no z and we only know that \(x>y\), but nothing could be said to compare \(x-y\) and \(y\). For example, if \(x=2y\), then \(B=2\) and \(A>B\). However, if \(x=5y\), then \(B=8\) and we could not compare A and B.

So, the answer is (A)

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I did not get why did you use yz< 2x^2-4xy-y^2 in the above solution. The solution is sufficient without the usage of this equation.

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