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Set A consists of 8 distinct prime numbers. If x is equal to the range of set A and y is equal to the median of set A, is the product xy even? (1) The smallest integer in the set is 5. (2) The largest integer in the set is 101. If set S = {7, y, 12, 8, x, 9}, is x + y less than 18? (1) The range of set S is less than 9. (2) The average of x and y is less than the average of set S.

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2. (1) INSUFFICIENT: Statement (1) tells us that the range of S is less than 9. The range of a set is the positive difference between the smallest term and the largest term of the set. In this case, knowing that the range of set S is less than 9, we can answer only MAYBE to the question "Is (x + y) < 18". Consider the following two examples: Let x = 7 and y = 7. The range of S is less than 9 and x + y < 18, so we conclude YES. Let x = 10 and y = 10. The range of S is less than 9 and x + y > 18, so we conclude NO. Because this statement does not allow us to answer definitively Yes or No, it is insufficient. (2) SUFFICIENT: Statement (2) tells us that the average of x and y is less than the average of the set S. Writing this as an inequality: (x + y)/2 < (7 + 8 + 9 + 12 + x + y)/6 (x + y)/2 < (36 + x + y)/6 3(x + y) < 36 + (x + y) 2(x + y) < 36 x + y < 18 Therefore, statement (2) is SUFFICIENT to determine whether x + y < 18. Question A group of men and women gathered to compete in a marathon. Before the competition, each competitor was weighed and the average weight of the female competitors was found to be 120 lbs. What percentage of the competitors were women? (1) The average weight of the men was 150lb. (2) The average weight of the entire group was twice as close to the average weight of the men as it was to the average weight of the women. (A) Statement (1) ALONE is sufficient to answer the question, but statement (2) alone is not. (B) Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient to answer the question, but statement (1) alone is not. (C) Statements (1) and (2) TAKEN TOGETHER are sufficient to answer the question, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient. (D) EACH statement ALONE is sufficient to answer the question. (E) Statements (1) and (2) TAKEN TOGETHER are NOT sufficient to answer the question. Answer This question deals with weighted averages. A weighted average is used to combine the averages of two or more subgroups and to compute the overall average of a group. The two subgroups in this question are the men and women. Each subgroup has an average weight (the women’s is given in the question; the men’s is given in the first statement). To calculate the overall average weight of the group, we would need the averages of each subgroup along with the ratio of men to women. The ratio of men to women would determine the weight to give to each subgroup’s average. However, this question is not asking for the weighted average, but is simply asking for the ratio of women to men (i.e. what percentage of the competitors were women). (1) INSUFFICIENT: This statement merely provides us with the average of the other subgroup – the men. We don’t know what weight to give to either subgroup; therefore we don’t know the ratio of the women to men. (2) SUFFICIENT: If the average weight of the entire group was twice as close to the average weight of the men as it was to the average weight of the women, there must be twice as many men as women. With a 2:1 ratio of men to women of, 33 1/3% (i.e. 1/3) of the competitors must have been women. Consider the following rule and its proof. RULE: The ratio that determines how to weight the averages of two or more subgroups in a weighted average ALSO REFLECTS the ratio of the distances from the weighted average to each subgroup’s average. Let’s use this question to understand what this rule means. If we start from the solution, we will see why this rule holds true. The average weight of the men here is 150 lbs, and the average weight of the women is 120 lbs. There are twice as many men as women in the group (from the solution) so to calculate the weighted average, we would use the formula [1(120) + 2(150)] / 3. If we do the math, the overall weighted average comes to 140. Now let’s look at the distance from the weighted average to the average of each subgroup. Distance from the weighted avg. to the avg. weight of the men is 150 – 140 = 10. Distance from the weighted avg. to the avg. weight of the women is 140 – 120 = 20.

Notice that the weighted average is twice as close to the men’s average as it is to the women’s average, and notice that this reflects the fact that there were twice as many men as women. In general, the ratio of these distances will always reflect the relative ratio of the subgroups. The correct answer is (B), Statement (2) ALONE is sufficient to answer the question, but statement (1) alone is not. 12/06/04 Question a, b, and c are integers and a < b < c. S is the set of all integers from a to b, inclusive. Q is the set of all integers from b to c, inclusive. The median of set S is (3/4)b. The median of set Q is (7/8)c. If R is the set of all integers from a to c, inclusive, what fraction of c is the median of set R? (A) 3/8 (B) 1/2 (C) 11/16 (D) 5/7 (E) 3/4 Answer Since S contains only consecutive integers, its median is the average of the extreme values a and b. We also know that the median of S is . We can set up and simplify the following equation:

Since set Q contains only consecutive integers, its median is also the average of the extreme values, in this case b and c. We also know that the median of Q is . We can set up and simplify the following equation:

We can find the ratio of a to c as follows: Taking the first equation, and the second equation, and setting them equal to each other, yields the following:

Since set R contains only consecutive integers, its median is the average of the extreme values a and c: ratio to substitute for a:

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Thus the median of set R is 09/20/04 Question

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The average of (54,820)2 and (54,822)2 = (A) (54,821)2 (B) (54,821.5)2 (C) (54,820.5)2 (D) (54,821)2 + 1 (E) (54,821)2 – 1 Answer We can simplify this problem by using variables instead of numbers. x = 54,820 x + 2 = 54,822 The average of (54,820)2 and (54,822)2 =

Now, factor x2 + 2x +2. This equals x2 + 2x +1 + 1, which equals (x + 1)2 + 1. Substitute our original number back in for x as follows: (x + 1)2 + 1 = (54,820 + 1)2 + 1 = (54,821)2 + 1. The correct answer is D. 06/24/02 Question Set A, Set B, and Set C each contain only positive integers. If Set A is composed entirely of all the members of Set B plus all the members of Set C, is the median of Set B greater than the median of Set A? (1) The mean of Set A is greater than the median of Set B. (2) The median of Set A is greater than the median of Set C. (A) Statement (1) alone is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient. (B) Statement (2) alone is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient. (C) BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient. (D) Each statement ALONE is sufficient. (E) Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient. Answer From the question stem, we know that Set A is composed entirely of all the members of Set B plus all the members of Set C. The question asks us to compare the median of Set A (the combined set) and the median of Set B (one of the smaller sets). Statement (1) tells us that the mean of Set A is greater than the median of Set B. This gives us no useful information to compare the medians of the two sets. To see this, consider the following: Set B: { 1, 1, 2 } Set C: { 4, 7 } Set A: { 1, 1, 2, 4, 7 } In the example above, the mean of Set A (3) is greater than the median of Set B (1) and the median of Set A (2) is GREATER than the median of Set B (1). However, consider the following example: Set B: { 4, 5, 6 } Set C: { 1, 2, 3, 21 } Set A: { 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 21 } Here the mean of Set A (6) is greater than the median of Set B (5) and the median of Set A (4) is LESS than the median of Set B (5). This demonstrates that Statement (1) alone does is not sufficient toanswer the question. Let's consider Statement (2) alone: The median of Set A is greater than the median of Set C. By definition, the median of the combined set (A) must be any value at or between the medians of the two smaller sets (B and C). Test this out and you'll see that it is always true. Thus, before considering Statement (2), we have three possibilities

Possibility 1: The median of Set A is greater than the median of Set B but less than the median of Set C.

Possibility 2: The median of Set A is greater than the median of Set C but less than the median of Set B.

Possibility 3: The median of Set A is equal to the median of Set B or the median of Set C. Statement (2) tells us that the median of Set A is greater than the median of Set C. This eliminates Possibility 1, but we are still left with Possibility 2 and Possibility 3. The median of Set B may be greater than OR equal to the median of Set A. Thus, using Statement (2) we cannot determine whether the median of Set B is greater than the median of Set A. Combining Statements (1) and (2) still does not yield an answer to the question, since Statement (1) gives no relevant information that compares the two medians and Statement (2) leaves open more than one possibility. Therefore, the correct answer is Choice (E): Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient.

02/24/03 Question If x and y are unknown positive integers, is the mean of the set {6, 7, 1, 5, x, y} greater than the median of the set? (1) x + y = 7 (2) x – y = 3 (A) Statement (1) alone is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient. (B) Statement (2) alone is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient. (C) BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient. (D) Each statement ALONE is sufficient. (E) Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient. Answer To find the mean of the set {6, 7, 1, 5, x, y}, use the average formula:

where A = the average, S = the sum of the terms, and n = the number of terms in the set. Using the information given in statement (1) that x + y = 7, we can find the mean:

Regardless of the values of x and y, the mean of the set is

because the sum of x and y does not change.

To find the median, list the possible values for x and y such that x + y = 7. For each case, we can calculate the median.

x 1 2 3 4

y 6 5 4 3

DATA SET 1, 1, 5, 6, 6, 7 1, 2, 5, 5, 6, 7 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7

MEDIAN 5.5 5 4.5 4.5

5 6

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1, 2, 5, 5, 6, 7 1, 1, 5, 6, 6, 7

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Regardless of the values of x and y, the median (4.5, 5, or 5.5) is always greater than the mean ( Therefore, statement (1) alone is sufficient to answer the question.

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Now consider statement (2). Because the sum of x and y is not fixed, the mean of the set will vary. Additionally, since there are many possible values for x and y, there are numerous possible medians. The following table illustrates that we can construct a data set for which x – y = 3 and the mean is greater than the median. The table ALSO shows that we can construct a data set for which x – y = 3 and the median is greater than the mean.

x 22 4

y 19 1

DATA SET 1, 5, 6, 7, 19, 22 1, 1, 4, 5, 6, 7

MEDIAN 6.5 4.5

MEAN 10 4

Thus, statement (2) alone is not sufficient to determine whether the mean is greater than the median. The correct answer is (A): Statement (1) alone is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient. 02/23/04 Question S is a set of positive integers. The average of the terms in S is equal to the range of the terms in S. What is the sum of all the integers in S? (1) The range of S is a prime number that is less than 11 and is not a factor of 10. (2) S is composed of 5 different integers. (A) Statement (1) alone is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient. (B) Statement (2) alone is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient. (C) BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient. (D) Each statement ALONE is sufficient. (E) Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient. Answer From Statement (1) alone, we can conclude that the range of the terms of S is either 3 or 7. (These are the prime numbers less than 11, excluding 2 and 5, which are both factors of 10.) Since the question states that the range of S is equal to the average of S, we know that the average of the terms in S must also be either 3 or 7. This alone is not sufficient to answer the question. From Statement (2) alone, we know that S is composed of exactly 5 different integers. this means that the smallest possible range of the terms in S is 4. (This would occur if the 5 different integers are consecutive.) This is not sufficient to answer the question. From Statements (1) and (2) together, we know that the range of the terms in S must be 7. This means that the average of the terms in S is also 7. It may be tempting to conclude form this that the sum of the terms in S is equal to the average (7) multiplied by the number of terms (5) = 7 × 5 = 35. However, while Statement (2) says that S is composed of 5 different integers, this does not mean that S is composed of exactly 5 integers since each integer may occur in S more than once. Two contrasting examples help to illustrate this point: S could be the set {3, 6, 7, 9, 10}. Here, the range of S = the average of S = 7. Additionally, S is composed of 5 different integers and the sum of all the integers in S is 35. S could also be the set {3, 6, 7, 7, 9, 10}. Here, the range of S = the average of S = 7. Again, S is composed of 5 different integers. However, here the sum of S is 42 (since one of the integers, 7, appears twice.) The correct answer is E: Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient. 06/28/04 Question Three fair coins are labeled with a zero (0) on one side and a one (1) on the other side. Jimmy flips all three coins at once and computes the sum of the numbers displayed. He does this over 1000 times, writing down the sums in a long list. What is the expected standard deviation of the sums on this list?

Answer First, set up each coin in a column and compute the sum of each possible trial as follows: Coin A 0 1 0 0 1 1 0 1 Coin B 0 0 1 0 1 0 1 1 Coin C 0 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 Sum 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3

Now compute the average (mean) of the sums using one of the following methods: Method 1: Use the Average Rule (Average = Sum / Number of numbers). (0 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 2 + 2 + 2 + 3) ÷ 8 = 12 ÷ 8 = 3/2 Method 2: Multiply each possible sum by its probability and add. (0 × 1/8) + (1 × 3/8) + (2 × 3/8) + (3 × 1/8) = 12/8 = 3/2 Method 3: Since the sums have a symmetrical form, spot immediately that the mean must be right in the middle. You have one 0, three 1’s, three 2’s and one 3 – so the mean must be exactly in the middle = 1.5 or 3/2. Then, to get the standard deviation, do the following: (a) Compute the difference of each trial from the average of 3/2 that was just determined. (Technically it’s “average minus trial” but the sign does not matter since the result will be squared in the next step.) (b) Square each of those differences. (c) Find the average (mean) of those squared differences. (d) Take the square root of this average. Average of Sums 3/2 3/2 3/2 3/2 3/2 3/2 3/2 3/2 Sum of Each Trial 0 1 1 1 2 2 2 3 Difference 3/2 1/2 1/2 1/2 – 1/2 – 1/2 – 1/2 – 3/2 Squared Difference 9/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 1/4 9/4

The average of the squared differences = (9/4 + 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4 + 1/4 + 9/4) ÷ 8 = 6 ÷ 8 = 3/4.

Finally, the square root of this average = The correct answer is C.

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Note: When you compute averages, be careful to count all trials (or equivalently, to take probabilities into account). For instance, if you simply take each unique difference that you find (3/2, 1/2, –1/2 and –3/2), square those and average them, you will get

5/4, and the standard deviation as . This is incorrect because it implies that the 3/2 and –3/2 differences are as common as the 1/2 and –1/2 differences. This is not true since the 1/2 and –1/2 differences occur three times as frequently as the 3/2 and –3/2 differences. 06/21/04 Question The mode of a set of integers is x. What is the difference between the median of this set of integers and x ? (1) The difference between any two integers in the set is less than 3. (2) The average of the set of integers is x. (A) Statement (1) alone is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient. (B) Statement (2) alone is sufficient, but statement (1) alone is not sufficient. (C) BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient. (D) Each statement ALONE is sufficient. (E) Statements (1) and (2) TOGETHER are NOT sufficient. Answer Statement 1 tells us that the difference between any two integers in the set is less than 3. This information alone yields a variety of possible sets. For example, one possible set (in which the difference between any two integers is less than 3) might be: (x, x, x, x + 1, x + 1, x + 2, x + 2) Mode = x (as stated in question stem) Median = x + 1 Difference between median and mode = 1 Alternately, another set (in which the difference between any two integers is less than 3) might look like this: (x – 1, x, x, x + 1) Mode = x (as stated in the question stem) Median = x Difference between median and mode = 0 We can see that statement (1) is not sufficient to determine the difference between the median and the mode. Statement (2) tells us that the average of the set of integers is x. This information alone also yields a variety of possible sets. For example, one possible set (with an average of x) might be: (x – 10, x, x, x + 1, x + 2, x + 3, x + 4) Mode = x (as stated in the question stem) Median = x + 1 Difference between median and mode = 1 Alternately, another set (with an average of x) might look like this: (x – 90, x, x, x + 15, x + 20, x + 25, x + 30) Mode = x (as stated in the question stem) Median = x + 15 Difference between median and mode = 15 We can see that statement (2) is not sufficient to determine the difference between the median and the mode. Both statements taken together imply that the only possible members of the set are x – 1, x, and x + 1 (from the fact that the difference between any two integers in the set is less than 3) and that every x – 1 will be balanced by an x + 1 (from the fact that the average of the set is x). Thus, x will lie in the middle of any such set and therefore x will be the median of any such set. If x is the mode and x is also the median, the difference between these two measures will always be 0. The correct answer is C: BOTH statements TOGETHER are sufficient, but NEITHER statement ALONE is sufficient. 05/31/04 Question Jim Broke’s only source of income comes from his job as a GMAT question writer. In this capacity, Jim earns a flat salary of \$200 per week plus a fee of \$9 for every question that he writes. Every year, Jim takes exactly two weeks of unpaid vacation to visit his uncle, a monk in Tibet, and get inspired for the next year. If a regular year consists of 52 weeks and the number of questions that Jim wrote in each of the past 5 years was an odd number greater than 20, which of the following could be Jim’s median annual income over the past 5 years?** (A) \$22,474