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m, p, and x are positive integers

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m, p, and x are positive integers and mp=x

Quantity A
Quantity B
m
x


A)The quantity in Column A is greater.
B)The quantity in Column B is greater.
C)The two quantities are equal.
D)The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.
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m, p, and x are positive integers and mp = x

Quantity A
Quantity B
m
x




Given:
Quantity A: m
Quantity B: x

Since we're told that mp = x, we can replace x with mp to get:
Quantity A: m
Quantity B: mp

Since we're told that m is POSITIVE, we can safely divide both quantities by m to get:
Quantity A: 1
Quantity B: p

We aren't told anything about the value of p, other than being a positive integer.
So, p COULD equal 1, in which case the quantities are EQUAL
Or p COULD equal 2, in which case quantity B is greater

Answer: D

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Re: m, p, and x are positive integers [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2017, 20:09
the answer can be- B

x is a product of m & p

so, x is greater than m
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Re: m, p, and x are positive integers [#permalink] New post 01 Jan 2017, 21:06
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abhijith13 wrote:
the answer can be- B

x is a product of m & p

so, x is greater than m


What if p = 1?
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Re: m, p, and x are positive integers [#permalink] New post 21 Sep 2018, 22:15
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abhijith13 wrote:
the answer can be- B

x is a product of m & p

so, x is greater than m



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