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5. What is the value of integer x?

(1) 2x^2+9<9x --> factor qudratics: \((x-\frac{3}{2})(x-3)<0\) --> roots are \(\frac{3}{2}\) and 3 --> "<" sign indicates that the solution lies between the roots: \(1.5<x<3\) --> since there only integer in this range is 2 then \(x=2\). Sufficient.

(2) |x+10|=2x+8 --> LHS is an absolute value, which is always non negative, hence RHS must also be non-negative: \(2x+8\geq{0}\) --> \(x\geq{-4}\), for this range \(x+10\) is positive hence \(|x+10|=x+10\) --> \(x+10=2x+8\) --> \(x=2\). Sufficient.

Answer: D.



Hi Bunuel, a small doubt instead of \(2x+8\geq{0}\) --> \(x\geq{-4}\) this logic if we take |x+10| to be both positive and negative we get 2 vale by solving equation x=2 and x=-6. however by putting values back in eqtn we can see that only for x=2 equation is satisfying. Is this correct approach?


Yes, that's also a correct way of solving. Good thing you did is that you did not forget to test both values after you got them.
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11. If x and y are integers, is x a positive integer?

(1) x*|y| is a prime number --> since only positive numbers can be primes, then: x*|y|=positive --> x=positive. Sufficient

(2) x*|y| is non-negative integer. Notice that we are told that x*|y| is non-negative, not that it's positive, so x can be positive as well as zero. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.


Hi Bunuel,

I understood that x*|y|=positive; but if y<=0 then |y|=-y and in this case x can be negative.
Am I missing something?

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11. If x and y are integers, is x a positive integer?

(1) x*|y| is a prime number --> since only positive numbers can be primes, then: x*|y|=positive --> x=positive. Sufficient

(2) x*|y| is non-negative integer. Notice that we are told that x*|y| is non-negative, not that it's positive, so x can be positive as well as zero. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.


Hi Bunuel,

I understood that x*|y|=positive; but if y<=0 then |y|=-y and in this case x can be negative.
Am I missing something?

Thanks.


Yes.

An absolute value of a number cannot be negative: |a| is positive or 0, no matter whether a itself is negative or not.

If y <= 0, then |y| = -y, yes, but even in this case -y = -negative = positive.
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12. If 6a=3b=7c, what is the value of a+b+c?
(1) ac=6b
(2) 5b=8a+4c


Let 6a=3b=7c=K (where K is a constant)
Thus, a=K/6
b= K/3
c=K/7

Therefore, we need to find the value of K/6 + K/3 + K/7 = 9K/14. OR if we find the value of just K it will give us the answer.

Stmt 1: ac=6b
\(K/6*K/7 = 6*K/3;\)

\(K^2/42-2K=0\)

\(K(K/42-2)=0\)

So, K = 0 or K= 84. NOT Sufficient.

Stmt 2:
5b=8a+4c
5K/3=8K/6 +4K/7
40K/21-5K/3=0
5K/3=0
K=0 SUFFICIENT

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2. Is xy<=1/2?

(1) x^2+y^2=1. Recall that \((x-y)^2\geq{0}\) (square of any number is more than or equal to zero) --> \(x^2-2xy+y^2\geq{0}\) --> since \(x^2+y^2=1\) then: \(1-2xy\geq{0}\) --> \(xy\leq{\frac{1}{2}}\). Sufficient.

(2) x^2-y^2=0 --> \(|x|=|y|\). Clearly insufficient.

Answer: A.


Dear sir,
Why are not you taking (x+y)^2 >=0 i.e. x^2+y^2+2xy>=0?
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2. Is xy<=1/2?

(1) x^2+y^2=1. Recall that \((x-y)^2\geq{0}\) (square of any number is more than or equal to zero) --> \(x^2-2xy+y^2\geq{0}\) --> since \(x^2+y^2=1\) then: \(1-2xy\geq{0}\) --> \(xy\leq{\frac{1}{2}}\). Sufficient.

(2) x^2-y^2=0 --> \(|x|=|y|\). Clearly insufficient.

Answer: A.


Dear sir,
Why are not you taking (x+y)^2 >=0 i.e. x^2+y^2+2xy>=0?


The point is that if you consider \((x+y)^2 \ge 0\), you'll get \(xy\geq{-\frac{1}{2}}\), which is not helpful at all. Actually since both \(xy\geq{-\frac{1}{2}}\) (from \((x+y)^2 \ge 0\)) and \(xy \le \frac{1}{2}\) (from \((x-y)^2 \ge 0\)) are true, then we get that \(-\frac{1}{2} \leq{xy} \leq{\frac{1}{2}}\). But only the approach given in the solution above gives you the answer we are looking for, while another one gives you an inequality which is not helpful.

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Bunuel wrote:
11. If x and y are integers, is x a positive integer?

(1) x*|y| is a prime number --> since only positive numbers can be primes, then: x*|y|=positive --> x=positive. Sufficient

(2) x*|y| is non-negative integer. Notice that we are told that x*|y| is non-negative, not that it's positive, so x can be positive as well as zero. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.


Shouldn't we consider zero as positive ?
2 is not sufficient as |y| can be zero so x can be negative or positive
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Bunuel wrote:
11. If x and y are integers, is x a positive integer?

(1) x*|y| is a prime number --> since only positive numbers can be primes, then: x*|y|=positive --> x=positive. Sufficient

(2) x*|y| is non-negative integer. Notice that we are told that x*|y| is non-negative, not that it's positive, so x can be positive as well as zero. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.


Shouldn't we consider zero as positive ?
2 is not sufficient as |y| can be zero so x can be negative or positive


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.
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Bunuel wrote:
5. What is the value of integer x?

(2) |x+10|=2x+8 --> LHS is an absolute value, which is always non negative, hence RHS must also be non-negative: \(2x+8\geq{0}\) --> \(x\geq{-4}\), for this range \(x+10\) is positive hence \(|x+10|=x+10\) --> \(x+10=2x+8\) --> \(x=2\). Sufficient.



Hi, until now whenever I saw modulus, I was told to begin by removing the mod and considering both signs.
Therefore, I approached it as
x+10=2x+8 and -(x+10)=2x+8. Just wanted to understand when to use this method and when to use the take it as an absolute value method?
Thanks!
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