Bunuel wrote:
1. Bonnie can paint a stolen car in x hours, and Clyde can paint the same car in y hours. They start working simultaneously and independently at their respective constant rates at 9:45am. If both x and y are odd integers, is x=y?
(1) x^2+y^2<12
(2) Bonnie and Clyde complete the painting of the car at 10:30am
Responding to a pm:
Time taken by Bonnie to complete one work = x hrs
Time taken by Clyde to complete one work = y hrs
x and y are odd integers i.e. they could take values such as 1/3/5/7/9/11...
Question: Is x = y? i.e. is the time taken by Bonnie equal to time taken by Clyde? i.e. is the speed of Bonnie equal to the speed of Clyde?
(1) x^2+y^2<12
This info is not related to work concepts. It's just number properties. x and y are odd integers.
If x = y = 1, this inequality is satisfied.
If x = 1 and y = 3, this inequality is satisfied.
This means x may or may not be equal to y. Not sufficient.
(2) Bonnie and Clyde complete the painting of the car at 10:30 am.r
Together, they take 45 mins to complete the painting of the car. This means, if their rate of work were the same, each one of them would have taken 1.5 hrs working alone. But their time taken is an integer value. We can say that they do not take the same time i.e. x is not equal to y. Hence this statement is sufficient to say \(x \neq y\)
Answer (B)
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