Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. In DS, Variable approach is the easiest and quickest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember equal number of variables and independent equations ensures a solution.
x^n = x^(n+2) for any integer n. Is it true that x > 0?
(1) x = x^2 -2
(2) 2x < x^5
When you modify the original condition and the question, it becomes x=-1,0,1. There is 1 variable(x), which should match with the number equations. So you need 1 equation. For 1) 1 equation, for 2) 1 equation, which is likely make D the answer.
For 1), from x^2-x-2=0, (x-2)(x+1)=0, x=2,-1, only x=-1 is possible, which is no and sufficien.t
For 2), what satisfies 2x<x^5 is only x=-1, which is no and sufficient. Therefore, the answer is D.
For cases where we need 1 more equation, such as original conditions with “1 variable”, or “2 variables and 1 equation”, or “3 variables and 2 equations”, we have 1 equation each in both 1) and 2). Therefore, there is 59 % chance that D is the answer, while A or B has 38% chance and C or E has 3% chance. Since D is most likely to be the answer using 1) and 2) separately according to DS definition. Obviously there may be cases where the answer is A, B, C or E.
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