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The number of books read by 7 students is 10,5,p,q,r,29 and

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The number of books read by 7 students is 10,5,p,q,r,29 and 20. what was the range of books read by 7 students?
1. 5<p<q
2. p<r<15

Can someone explain why the answer can not be C?
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Statement 1 tells you that p and q are larger than 5, but doesn't tell you if they're smaller than 29, so you don't know the largest number in the set. You also don't know the value of r.

Statement 2 tells you that p and r are smaller than 15, but doesn't tell you if they're larger than 5, so you don't know the smallest number in the set. You also don't know the value of q.

Putting them together, you know p and r are between 5 and 15, which tells you that 5 is the smallest number in the set (since you know from Statement 1 that p<q), but you still don't have a value for q, so you don't know the largest number in the set.

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The number of books read by 7 students is 10,5,p,q,r,29 and 20. what was the range of books read by 7 students?
1. 5<p<q
2. p<r<15

Can someone explain why the answer can not be C?

Obviously we cannot answer from 1 alone or 2 alone.
combining, 5<p<15; p is fixed and that will not change the range 29-5=24
since p>5 and p<r<15, r is also fixed and that will not change the range 29-5=24
However, we do not the value of q which can be less than or equal to or greater than 29
That might change the range. We are not getting a unique answer.

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