Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. In DS, Variable approach is the easiest and quickest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember equal number of variables and independent equations ensures a solution.
Robots X, Y, and Z each assemble components at their respective constant rates. If r x is the ratio of Robot X's constant rate to Robot Z's constant rate and r y is the ratio of Robot Y's constant rate to Robot Z's constant rate, is Robot Z's constant rate the greatest of the three?
(1) r x <r y
(2) r y <1
In the original condition, when you consider the ratio of X,Y,Z as x,y,z, there are 3 variables(x,y,z), which should match with the number of equations. So, you need 3 more equations. For 1) 1 equation, for 2 1 equation, which is likely to make E the answer. In 1) & 2), x/z<y/z<1 and therefore it becomes x<y<z. Since the ratio of z is the greatest, it is unique and sufficient. Therefore, the answer is C.
-> For cases where we need 3 more equations, such as original conditions with “3 variables”, or “4 variables and 1 equation”, or “5 variables and 2 equations”, we have 1 equation each in both 1) and 2). Therefore, there is 80% chance that E is the answer (especially about 90% of 2 by 2 questions where there are more than 3 variables), while C has 15% chance. These two are the majority. In case of common mistake type 3,4, the answer may be from A, B or D but there is only 5% chance. Since E is most likely to be the answer using 1) and 2) separately according to DS definition (It saves us time). Obviously there may be cases where the answer is A, B, C or D.
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