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GRE Math Challenge #120-x < y < z [#permalink]
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$$x < y < z$$

 Quantity A Quantity B $$\frac{(x+y+z)}{3}$$ $$z$$

• Quantity A is greater.
• Quantity B is greater.
• Both Quantities are Equal
• Cannot be determined
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: GRE Math Challenge #120 [#permalink]
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sandy wrote:
$$x < y < z$$

Quantity A: (x+y+z)/3
Quantity B: z

Nice question!

IMPORTANT: Notice that (x+y+z)/3 is equal to the AVERAGE of x, y and z.
Since x < y < z, the average of these 3 values must be greater than x and less than z.
Since the average of the 3 values must be less than z, we can conclude that (x+y+z)/3 is definitely less than z

[Reveal] Spoiler:
B

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Re: GRE Math Challenge #120-x < y < z [#permalink]
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sandy wrote:
$$x < y < z$$

Quantity A: (x+y+z)/3
Quantity B: z

• Quantity A is greater.
• Quantity B is greater.
• Both Quantities are Equal
• Cannot be determined

x<y<z. we don't know whether they are consecutive or not. Even if they are consecutive average will always be lower than the highest numbers. So, z is greater. Intern Joined: 03 Aug 2018
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Re: GRE Math Challenge #120-x < y < z [#permalink]
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sandy wrote:
$$x < y < z$$

 Quantity A Quantity B $$\frac{(x+y+z)}{3}$$ $$z$$

• Quantity A is greater.
• Quantity B is greater.
• Both Quantities are Equal
• Cannot be determined

Hi Guys,

I don´t know if I am missing something on the statement of the question. I understand the reasoning mentioned regarding the average, nonetheless, if we pick the numbers: -1<1<9
wouldn't the answer be D since (-1+1+9)/3 = 3 which is the same as z

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Re: GRE Math Challenge #120-x < y < z [#permalink]
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josemu wrote:
sandy wrote:
$$x < y < z$$

 Quantity A Quantity B $$\frac{(x+y+z)}{3}$$ $$z$$

• Quantity A is greater.
• Quantity B is greater.
• Both Quantities are Equal
• Cannot be determined

Hi Guys,

I don´t know if I am missing something on the statement of the question. I understand the reasoning mentioned regarding the average, nonetheless, if we pick the numbers: -1<1<9
wouldn't the answer be D since (-1+1+9)/3 = 3 which is the same as z

Cheers and thanks for any explanation I am missing

Be careful. In your example, z = 9, and quantity A = 3

Cheers,
Brent
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Re: GRE Math Challenge #120-x < y < z [#permalink]
GreenlightTestPrep wrote:
josemu wrote:
sandy wrote:
$$x < y < z$$

 Quantity A Quantity B $$\frac{(x+y+z)}{3}$$ $$z$$

• Quantity A is greater.
• Quantity B is greater.
• Both Quantities are Equal
• Cannot be determined

Hi Guys,

I don´t know if I am missing something on the statement of the question. I understand the reasoning mentioned regarding the average, nonetheless, if we pick the numbers: -1<1<9
wouldn't the answer be D since (-1+1+9)/3 = 3 which is the same as z

Cheers and thanks for any explanation I am missing

Be careful. In your example, z = 9, and quantity A = 3

Cheers,
Brent

Hi Brent,

You are absolutely right and now that I am coming back at it, everything makes sense (about the average rule). It is what happens when you try too much at something and forget sometimes the "obvious" and you can´t see past an idea. It is always good to take a step back and look at it. Thanks !
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Re: GRE Math Challenge #120-x < y < z [#permalink]
josemu wrote:
sandy wrote:
$$x < y < z$$

 Quantity A Quantity B $$\frac{(x+y+z)}{3}$$ $$z$$

• Quantity A is greater.
• Quantity B is greater.
• Both Quantities are Equal
• Cannot be determined

Hi Guys,

I don´t know if I am missing something on the statement of the question. I understand the reasoning mentioned regarding the average, nonetheless, if we pick the numbers: -1<1<9
wouldn't the answer be D since (-1+1+9)/3 = 3 which is the same as z

Cheers and thanks for any explanation I am missing

In your example, the value of z is 9, while the average is 3. Re: GRE Math Challenge #120-x < y < z   [#permalink] 15 Aug 2018, 17:19
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