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What is the number of students taking psychology?

(1) Twice as many students take psychology as take history.

(2) Thirty students take both psychology and history.

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What is the number of students taking psychology?

(1) Twice as many students take psychology as take history.

(2) Thirty students take both psychology and history.



we are looking for the number of students taking psychology.

Statement 1: ratio is given.

we can form an equation .

History = x

psychology = 2x

but no more clues.

Statement 2:

Total is given but no other information is given.

History + psychology =30.

Combining :

2x + x = 30

x = 10.

Psychology = 2x = 2*10 =20.

The best answer is C.
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What is the number of students taking psychology?

(1) Twice as many students take psychology as take history.

(2) Thirty students take both psychology and history.


Statement 1: Let the no. of students taking history=x
No. of Students of taking psychology=2x

No information about total no of students and no of students who take both. Clearly Insufficient.

Statement 2: 30 Students take both psychology and history.
No information about total no. of students. Insufficient.

(1)+(2)

No. of students who take both psychology and history=30.
No. of students taking psychology only=2x-30
No. of students taking history only=x-30

Total no. of students= 2x-30+x-30+30=3x-30
Since we don't know the total no. of students. We can't equate 3x-30 to anything. As we have to find 2x and we can't find x.

Hence, IMO, Option E.
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