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Two different teams, X and Y, which have no members in common, will merge to form a new team. If the average (arithmetic mean) height of the players on team X is 5 feet 7 inches and the average height of the players on team Y is 5 feet 10 inches, which team has more players?

(1) If a new team, team Z, is formed from teams X and Y it will have an average height of 5 feet 9 inches.
(2) There are 12 players on team X.
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The answer is A.

(1) gives us how a weighed average, that can be derived from the height of players in X and Y teams, is nearer to Y, so Y has more players.

(2) does not give any information about number of players in team Y, so not sufficient.
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Hi the answer is A.

But i have a question, though it may look silly.

See, statement 1 says team z is formed from team X and team Y, but it is never mentioned that all players of team X and team Y will be included in team Z.
Please note new team (formed out of merge) given in the question and team Z mentioned in statement 1 may be different.

Say only 1 out of 100 players from team X and 24 out of 25 players from Y are included in Z, then, weighted average will be definitely towards the average of Y, proving Y has more players, but actually X has more players.

Confused !

Please help.
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New post 26 Nov 2017, 00:33
hellosanthosh2k2 wrote:
Hi the answer is A.

But i have a question, though it may look silly.

See, statement 1 says team z is formed from team X and team Y, but it is never mentioned that all players of team X and team Y will be included in team Z.
Please note new team (formed out of merge) given in the question and team Z mentioned in statement 1 may be different.

Say only 1 out of 100 players from team X and 24 out of 25 players from Y are included in Z, then, weighted average will be definitely towards the average of Y, proving Y has more players, but actually X has more players.

Confused !

Please help.


Hi Santhosh

When nothing else is mentioned, I think its quite safe to assume that all members will merge. Though I believe actual GMAT will take utmost care of such things, as a question is revised and approved after many interventions by qualified people (I believe). Still when not mentioned, I think we can take this assumption.
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Two different teams, X and Y, which have no members in common, will merge to form a new team. If the average (arithmetic mean) height of the players on team X is 5 feet 7 inches and the average height of the players on team Y is 5 feet 10 inches, which team has more players?

(1) If a new team, team Z, is formed from teams X and Y it will have an average height of 5 feet 9 inches.
(2) There are 12 players on team X.


Hi,
Can anybody explain me how to calculate answer 1?
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rxs0005 wrote:
Two different teams, X and Y, which have no members in common, will merge to form a new team. If the average (arithmetic mean) height of the players on team X is 5 feet 7 inches and the average height of the players on team Y is 5 feet 10 inches, which team has more players?

(1) If a new team, team Z, is formed from teams X and Y it will have an average height of 5 feet 9 inches.
(2) There are 12 players on team X.


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Can anybody explain me how to calculate answer 1?
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Two different teams, X and Y, which have no members in common, will merge to form a new team. If the average (arithmetic mean) height of the players on team X is 5 feet 7 inches and the average height of the players on team Y is 5 feet 10 inches, which team has more players?

The average (arithmetic mean) height of the players on team X = 5 feet 7 = 67 inches;
The average (arithmetic mean) height of the players on team Y = 5 feet 10 inches = 70 inches.

(1) If a new team, team Z, is formed from teams X and Y it will have an average height of 5 feet 9 inches (69 inches). Since the overall average is closer to the average of team Y than it is to the average of team X, then team Y must have more members than team X. Sufficient.

Algebraically: \(69 =\frac{67x + 70y}{x + y}\). After simplifying we'll get 2x = y. Hecen, y > x.

(2) There are 12 players on team X. Clearly insufficient.

Answer: A.

Hope it's clear.
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lor12345 wrote:
rxs0005 wrote:
Two different teams, X and Y, which have no members in common, will merge to form a new team. If the average (arithmetic mean) height of the players on team X is 5 feet 7 inches and the average height of the players on team Y is 5 feet 10 inches, which team has more players?

(1) If a new team, team Z, is formed from teams X and Y it will have an average height of 5 feet 9 inches.
(2) There are 12 players on team X.


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Can anybody explain me how to calculate answer 1?
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Ignore the 5ft and only look at the inches to save time (since both have 5 fts).

Team X = 7 inch Avg
Team Y = 10 inch Avg
Team Z = 9 inch Avg

From here you can already guess that team Y has more players than X (Seeing that the combined Team Z has an average skewed closer to Team Y).

But if you want to calculate the exact ratio (which is not needed for this question:

\(\frac{Y-Z}{Z-X} = \frac{10-9}{9-7} = \frac{1}{2}\)

Team Y has twice as many players than team X.

Hopes this helps :-)
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