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Set A has 50 members and set B has 53 members. At least 2 of the members in set A are not in set B. Which of the following could be the number of members in set B that are not in set A ?

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Explanation

Use the Double Matrix Method. This technique can be used for most questions featuring a population in which each member has two characteristics associated with it (aka overlapping sets questions). Here, we have a population of numbers, and the two characteristics are: - In set A or NOT in set A - In set B or NOT in set B

With the given information, we can set up our Matrix as follows: Our goal is to determine which values can go in the bottom left corner (marked with a star)

Let's start by seeing what happens if we minimize the number of values that are in the TOP RIGHT corner (the number of values that are in set A BUT NOT in set B) Since at least 2 values must be in this box, let's see what happens when there are 2 numbers there. We get: In this case, there are 5 numbers that are in set B but not in set A (bottom left box)

Now let's see what happens when we place a 3 in the box representing the number of values that are in set A BUT NOT in set B (i.e., the TOP RIGHT corner box): In this case, there are 6 numbers that are in set B but not in set A (bottom left box)

Now let's see what happens when we place a 4 in the box representing the number of values that are in set A BUT NOT in set B (i.e., the TOP RIGHT corner box): In this case, there are 7 numbers that are in set B but not in set A (bottom left box)

Now let's see what happens when we MAXIMIZE the box representing the number of values that are in set A BUT NOT in set B (i.e., the TOP RIGHT corner box): The biggest value that can go here is 50, since numbers in the top row of boxes must add to 50. In this case, there are 53 numbers that are in set B but not in set A (bottom left box)

So, the possible numbers that can be in the bottom left box range from 5 to 53 INCLUSIVE

Answer: B, C, D, E, F

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another slightly different approach with venn diagram.

clearly from the given conditions, A-B must be greater than or equal to 2. as such, their intersection must be less than or equal to 48. consequently B-A must be greater than 5 and any value satisfying this interval is correct. needless to say, the upper limit is 53, since n(B)=53.