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GRE Arithmetic If x is positive and -x < y < 0

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If \(x\) is positive and \(-x < y < 0\), then which of the following must be negative?

A. \((x + y)^2\)
B. \((x - y)^2\)
C. \((y - x)^2\)
D. \(x^2 - y^2\)
E. \(y^2 - x^2\)
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Step 1: Rule out products of squaring. The square of any real number (meaning any value on the number line) cannot be negative. Since squaring is the final operation in (A), (B), and (C), those answer choices must work out to either zero or some positive value.


A. \((x + y)^2\)
B. \((x - y)^2\)
C. \((y - x)^2\)

Step 2: Assign values to x and y if you're unsure whether \(x^2\) or \(y^2\) is bigger. Neither x nor y is equal to zero, so both \(x^2\) and \(y^2\) are positive. If \(x^2 > y^2\), then (E) must be correct, since a smaller positive minus a larger positive must equal a negative.

Let \(x = 2\) and \(y = -1\).
D. \(2^2 - (-1)^2 = 4 - 1 = 3\)
E. \((-1)^2 - 2^2 = 1 - 4 = -3\)

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Re: GRE Arithmetic If x is positive and -x < y < 0 [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2018, 15:20
RBornPowerScore wrote:
If \(x\) is positive and \(-x < y < 0\), then which of the following must be negative?

A. \((x + y)^2\)
B. \((x - y)^2\)
C. \((y - x)^2\)
D. \(x^2 - y^2\)
E. \(y^2 - x^2\)



Amazing question.

Note : x is a positive number but negative x is greater than y, which is also negative. So, we can conclude that positive x is greater that the value of y.

Suppose ,

x = 10 and negative x = -10.

y = -5

Option E:

\(y^2 - x^2\) = (-5)^2 - ( 10)^2

= 25 -100

= -75

The best answer is E.
Re: GRE Arithmetic If x is positive and -x < y < 0   [#permalink] 17 Jul 2018, 15:20
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