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Yesterday, an automobile dealership sold exactly 15 vehicles
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Yesterday, an automobile dealership sold exactly 15 vehicles for a total of $225,000. Did at least one of the vehicles sell for more than $16,500? (1) The median price for the 15 vehicles was $13,000. (2) The range for the price of the 15 vehicles was $4,000.
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madhavsrinivas wrote: Yesterday, an automobile dealership sold exactly 15 vehicles for a total of $225,000. Did at least one of the vehicles sell for more than $16,500?
(1) The median price for the 15 vehicles was $13,000.
(2) The range for the price of the 15 vehicles was $4,000. Dear madhavsrinivasI'm happy to help. First, here's a blog you may find helpful about mean and median: http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/commongma ... tatistics/In the prompt, we are told  15 vehicles sold for $225,000, so the average price was $225,000/15 = $15,000. That's the average. That's important. Statement #1: The median price for the 15 vehicles was $13,000.Very interesting. If they median was $13K, then half the cars were at that price or below. For every car below $13K, we need something above #17K to balance it out, so that the average stays at $15K. If half the cars are below $13K, and the highest cars are not above $16,500, then it would be impossible to have an average of $15K. This statement undoubted implies that at least one car is above $17K, and therefore has to be above $16,500. This gives a definitive answer to the prompt question. This statement, alone and by itself, is sufficient. Statement #2: The range for the price of the 15 vehicles was $4,000.Well, from the prompt, all we know is that the average is $15K. It could be that five cars solve for $13K, five for $15K, and five for $17K  a range of $4000, and this give a "yes" answer to the prompt question. BUT, we could have three cars sold for $15,000  $3200 = $11,800, and twelve cars sold at $15,000 + $800 = $15,800  still an average of $15K, still a range of $4000, but now a "no" answer to the prompt. Based on this statement, we can construct an answer to the prompt either way. Nothing is definitive. This statement, alone and by itself, is not sufficient. Answer = (A)Does this make sense? Mike
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28 Sep 2016, 08:15
There is an easy way to solve this kind of problems. Mean=225,000$/15=15,000$. (1) We know that the median is 13,000$ , so we will MAXIMIZE the other numbers in order to see whether it is possible for a car to be under or equal to 16,500$. 13,000$ + 13,000$ +...+ 13,000$ (median) + 16,500$ + 16,500$ +...+ X (the term that we need to find out if it is over 16,5k. Therefore, we have a total of 8*13,000$ + 6*16,500$ + X = 225,000$ => 104,000$ + 99,000$ + X = 225,000$ => X=225,000$203,000$= 22,000$ , So (1) is Sufficient. X>16,500$ when all the other numbers are MAXIMIZED, hence there is a X that is always over 16,500$ in order for the statement to be true. (2) The range is 4,000$. The numbers in the set could take different values in order for this statement to hold true. For example, 7* 13,000$ + 15,000$ + 7* 17,000$. 3*11,800$ + 12*15,800$. So statement (2) is not sufficient. Answer (A)
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mikemcgarry wrote: madhavsrinivas wrote: Yesterday, an automobile dealership sold exactly 15 vehicles for a total of $225,000. Did at least one of the vehicles sell for more than $16,500?
(1) The median price for the 15 vehicles was $13,000.
(2) The range for the price of the 15 vehicles was $4,000. Dear madhavsrinivasI'm happy to help. First, here's a blog you may find helpful about mean and median: http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/commongma ... tatistics/In the prompt, we are told  15 vehicles sold for $225,000, so the average price was $225,000/15 = $15,000. That's the average. That's important. Statement #1: The median price for the 15 vehicles was $13,000.Very interesting. If they median was $13K, then half the cars were at that price or below. For every car below $13K, we need something above #17K to balance it out, so that the average stays at $15K. If half the cars are below $13K, and the highest cars are not above $16,500, then it would be impossible to have an average of $15K. This statement undoubted implies that at least one car is above $17K, and therefore has to be above $16,500. This gives a definitive answer to the prompt question. This statement, alone and by itself, is sufficient. Statement #2: The range for the price of the 15 vehicles was $4,000.Well, from the prompt, all we know is that the average is $15K. It could be that five cars solve for $13K, five for $15K, and five for $17K  a range of $4000, and this give a "yes" answer to the prompt question. BUT, we could have three cars sold for $15,000  $3200 = $11,800, and twelve cars sold at $15,000 + $800 = $15,800  still an average of $15K, still a range of $4000, but now a "no" answer to the prompt. Based on this statement, we can construct an answer to the prompt either way. Nothing is definitive. This statement, alone and by itself, is not sufficient. Answer = (A)Does this make sense? Mike I did it in the following way. Mike please advice So very well indeed average is 15. At least 16,500 anyone? Lets hit statement 1 1) Median is 13. So we have 7 terms that are at least 13, plus the median which is of course 13. Then we have 13*8 as a maximum value. Thus 225  (13*8) = 121 to go. Now the other 7 cars must be 13 at most. Let's say that they are all equal to the median = 13. Then we will have 13*7=91 and 12191=30. We are still missing 30. If we distribute those 30 equally among those we would have something like 4.2 more per car which will lead to a price of 13+4.2= 17>16.5 therefore this statement is sufficient 2) Range is 4k Let's see so then we can assume that x and 1.4x account for the lowest and highest amount. If we have that 14 (1.4x) +x = 225 we can find that x=11. Therefore, x could be smaller than 17 Insufficient Answer is thus A Does it all make sense? Cheers J



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jlgdr wrote: I did it in the following way. Mike please advice
So very well indeed average is 15. At least 16,500 anyone?
Lets hit statement 1
1) Median is 13. So we have 7 terms that are at least 13, plus the median which is of course 13. Then we have 13*8 as a maximum value. Thus 225  (13*8) = 121 to go. Now the other 7 cars must be 13 at most. Let's say that they are all equal to the median = 13. Then we will have 13*7=91 and 12191=30. We are still missing 30. If we distribute those 30 equally among those we would have something like 4.2 more per car which will lead to a price of 13+4.2= 17>16.5 therefore this statement is sufficient
2) Range is 4k
Let's see so then we can assume that x and 1.4x account for the lowest and highest amount. If we have that 14 (1.4x) +x = 225 we can find that x=11. Therefore, x could be smaller than 17
Insufficient
Answer is thus A Does it all make sense? Cheers J Dear jlgdr, I'm happy to respond. I really like your approach to Statement #1. I guess the only thing I would say it: clearly you & I can do all of that without a calculator, but I wonder if the average GMAT test taker would have the stomach for doing all that without a calculator. That was a number of calculations in a short space, and while you & I can do that, not everybody can. Other than that, your approach to #1 was excellent. In #2, I have a criticism. Suppose x is the minimum, the lowest amount. Well, 1.4x would be a 40% increase from x, but that doesn't necessarily give us a range of $4000. For example, if x = 11, then 1.4x = 1.4*11 = 15.4, a range of 4.4, or $4400. If we are going to call x the minimum value, then in order to have a range of exactly 4000, we would have to use (x + 4000)  or (x + 4), if we are dividing off the extraneous factor of a thousand. Then Min = x Max = x + 4 Assume we have one at the min and fourteen at the max, so x + 14(x + 4) = 225 15x + 56 = 225 15x = 169 11 < x < 12, about 11.2 so, the max, (x + 4), would be less than 16. Does all this make sense, my friend? Mike
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This can be done in three steps with one calculation
All based around the idea that any set is made up of three sets (A) (MEDIAN) (B) where n in set A = n in set B and total n = 2n + 1
Answer: 225,000 – 13,000 = 212,000 / 14 is equal to a number > 15k Multiply by 2X = a number > 30k 13,000 + Min average values above median = number > 30k Min X > 16,500 therefore X must include 16,500 (Sufficient)
(2) is insufficient since it tells us nothing about the median or distribution of values



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PROMPT ANALYSIS The total value of 15 cars is $225000 ie.e the average price is $15000. SUPERSET The answer to this question will be either YES or NO. TRANSLATION In order to find the value, we need: Exact value of each car. Any equation to solve for price of each car. Any characteristics of of the set so that we can predict the range of prices. STATEMENT ANALYSIS St 1: We will try to negate with the help of the statement. In order to do that we will take all the values which can be evenly distributed and close to the average. If we put all the prices in ascending order, the cost of 7th car will be $13000. Let us assume that the value of all 8 cars be $13000. That means the summation of all the values of 8 car is $104000. The cost of rest of the 7 cars will be $225000  $104000 = $121000.Distributing it evenly again, we get the average price of rest of 7 cars nearly $17528 which is greater than $16500. Hence we can cay that at least 1 car will be there whose value is greater than $16500. SUFFICIENT. Option b, c, e eliminated. St 2: We take condition like 3 cars were sold for $11800 and 12 cars sold for $15800 each. For this, the range is $4000 and average is $15000 but the maximum price is less than $16500. We take another case wil 5 cars for $13000, 5 cars for $15000 and 5 cars for $17000. In this case, it exceeds. Hence INSUFFICIENT. Option D eliminated Option A
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madhavsrinivas wrote: Yesterday, an automobile dealership sold exactly 15 vehicles for a total of $225,000. Did at least one of the vehicles sell for more than $16,500?
(1) The median price for the 15 vehicles was $13,000.
(2) The range for the price of the 15 vehicles was $4,000. Sum = $225,000 (1) median = $13,000 x1, x2, x3, x4, x5, x6, x7, 13,000, x8, x9, x10, x11, x12, x13, x14, x15 x1=x2=x3=x4=x5=x6=x7=13,000 8(13,000) + 7x = 225,000 x=17,286 Sufficient.
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To make the math easier, omit the last two 0's in every value: madhavsrinivas wrote: Yesterday, an automobile dealership sold exactly 15 vehicles for a total of $2250. Did at least one of the vehicles sell for more than $165?
(1) The median price for the 15 vehicles was $130.
(2) The range for the prices of the 15 vehicles was $40. Statement 1: Sum of the remaining 14 prices = 2250  130 = 2120. Try to MINIMIZE the highest price so that none of the prices exceeds 165. To minimize the highest price, we must MAXIMIZE the 7 lowest prices. Since the median price = 130, the maximum sum for the 7 lowest prices = 7*130 = 910, with the result that the sum of the 7 highest prices = 2120  910 = 1210. If each of the 7 highest prices = 165, then the sum of the 7 highest prices = 7*165 = 1155. The sum in red is too small. Implication: For the sum of the 7 highest prices to be 1210, at least one of the prices must be GREATER THAN 165. Since it is not possible to minimize the highest price so that none of the prices exceeds 165  implying that the highest price must be greater than 165  the answer to the question stem is YES. SUFFICIENT. Statement 2: Case 1: highest price = 160, lowest price = 120, the remaining 13 prices = (2250  160  120)/13 ≈ 151 In this case, none of the prices exceeds 165, so the answer to the question stem is NO. Case 2: highest price = 170, lowest price = 130, the remaining 13 prices = (2250  170  130)/13 = 150 In this case, the highest price exceeds 165, so the answer to the question stem is YES. INSUFFICIENT.
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