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What is the 1st term in sequence S ?

(1) The 3rd term in S is 2.
(2) The 2nd term in S is twice the 1st, and the 3rd term is three times the 2nd.


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What is the 1st term in sequence S?

(1) The 3rd term of S is 4.
(2) The 2nd term of S is three times the 1st, and the 3rd term is four times
the 2nd.

Dear vikasp99,

I'm happy to help. :-)

This is a poorly written question. It actually has nothing to do with sequences per se. It would be much better if the question simply discussed three separate variables. It's also not very hard. It's just not a good question.

Each statement individual is insufficient.

Combined:
a3 = 4 = 4*(a2)
therefore
a2 = 1

a2 = 1 = 3*(a1)
therefore
a1 = 1/3

Numerical answer. Combined statements are sufficient. Poor question.

OA = (C)

Does all this make sense?
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Question stem. What's the value of \(S_1\) ?

From statement 1:

\(S_3 = 2\).
Clearly Insufficient.

From statement 2:

\(S_2 = 2S_1\)
\(S_3 = 3S_2\)
All 3 unknows.
Insufficient.

Combining both:

\(S_3 = 2\)
Then \(S_2\) = 1.
So, \(S_1\) = 1/2.

C is the answer.
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(1) The 3rd term in S is 2. - NS: S3 =2
(2) The 2nd term in S is twice the 1st, and the 3rd term is three times the 2nd. -NS : ==> S3 =3S2 =6S1
(1+2) Sufficient : as S3 =2 , Hence, S1 = \(\frac{2}{6} = \frac{1}{3}\) ..... Hence Ans C
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No need to solve completely as this is a DS question!

Stmt 1: S3 = 2, No info on S1, Insufficient. Eliminate A,D
Stmt 2: S2 = 2*S1, S3 = 3*S2, No values given for any term, so cannot find out value of S1, Insufficient. Eliminate B

Combined: We can find the value of S1, by back tracking through the three equations from Stmts 1 and 2. Hence Sufficient.

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What is the 1st term in sequence S ?
(1) The 3rd term in S is 2.
(2) The 2nd term in S is twice the 1st, and the 3rd term is three times the 2nd.

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Statement 1 This only gives us the value of 3rd term and no relation whatsoever to the 1st term of the sequence. There is no way we can find the first term of the sequence using this info. Hence, this is INSUFFICIENT

Statement 2 This gives us relation about the 3 terms. Now we know the first 3 terms will look somewhat like this--> a, 2a, 6a. But we have no clue about the value of 'a' here. Hence, this alone is INSUFFICIENT

Statement 1 + Statement 2 Now we know that 6a=2. Hence we can find the value of a which is 1/3. hence we get a unique numerical value. hence this is SUFFICIENT


Hence, the answer is C
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gmatbusters wrote:

Project DS Butler: Day 1: Data Sufficiency (DS1)



What is the 1st term in sequence S ?
(1) The 3rd term in S is 2.
(2) The 2nd term in S is twice the 1st, and the 3rd term is three times the 2nd.

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Hello gmatbusters,

in the question is not said, that there are only 3 terms.
Do I have to assume so?

I thought it would be E because there was no information about the total number of terms


Hey gzuz, Let me try to answer. :)
The minimum number of terms you need to determine the kind of series (AP, GP or HP).
Hence when 2 statements are combined, we are able the find the first term.
Hence C is the answer.
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Hello gmatbusters,

in the question is not said, that there are only 3 terms.
Do I have to assume so?

I thought it would be E because there was no information about the total number of terms


The target question only asks us to determine "the 1st term in sequence S"
So, the total number of terms in the sequence has no bearing on our ability to answer the target question.

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Let the number of the sequence be a,b,c,d....
Statement 1: c = 4. no idea about a. INSUFFICIENT
Statement 2: b=3a and c = 4b = 12a. no data about a. INSUFFICIENT

St 1 &St 2: c = 4 = 12a or a = 1/3. ANSWER

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Given that \(S_3 = 2\). We cannot figure any specific value for S1

Insufficient.

We look at Statement 2) it tells us\(S_2 = 2*S_1\) and \(S_3 = 3*S_2\).

Still insufficient as I have 2 equations and 3 variables.

Combining both we have one variable that can be substituted to provide a numerical value. This numerical value can then be substituted in the other equation.

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What is the 1st term in sequence S ?
(1) The 3rd term in S is 2.
(2) The 2nd term in S is twice the 1st, and the 3rd term is three times the 2nd.


Target question: What is the 1st term in sequence S ?

Statement 1: The 3rd term in S is 2
Since we're not given any information about the NATURE of the sequence, there's no way to answer the target question with certainty.
So, statement 1 is NOT SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: The 2nd term in S is twice the 1st, and the 3rd term is three times the 2nd.
Great, we're given information about the NATURE of the sequence, but we aren't given the VALUE of any terms.
For example, consider these two possible cases that satisfy statement 2:
Case a: The first 3 terms are: {1, 2, 6....}. In this case, the answer to the target question is the 1st term is 1
Case b: The first 3 terms are: {3, 6, 18....}. In this case, the answer to the target question is the 1st term is 3
Since we cannot answer the target question with certainty, statement 2 is NOT SUFFICIENT

Statements 1 and 2 combined
Statement 1 tells us that the 3rd term in S is 2
Statement 2 tells us that the 3rd term is three times the 2nd. So, if the 3rd term is 2, then the 2nd term must be 2/3
Statement 2 also tells us that the 2nd term in S is twice the 1st. So, if the 2nd term is 2/3, then the 1st term must be 1/3
Since we can answer the target question with certainty, the combined statements are SUFFICIENT

Answer: C

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Project DS Butler: Day 1: Data Sufficiency (DS1)



What is the 1st term in sequence S ?
(1) The 3rd term in S is 2.
(2) The 2nd term in S is twice the 1st, and the 3rd term is three times the 2nd.

The best/excellent answers get kudos.


Hello gmatbusters,

in the question is not said, that there are only 3 terms.
Do I have to assume so?

I thought it would be E because there was no information about the total number of terms
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