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Is the x-intercept of the non-horizontal line L negative?

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GMATH practice exercise (Quant Class 20)

Is the x-intercept of the non-horizontal line L negative?

(1) The slope of line L is equal to the y-intercept of line L.
(2) The slope of line L is positive.

Answer: ____(A)__

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fskilnik@GMATH wrote:
GMATH practice exercise (Quant Class 20)

Is the x-intercept of the non-horizontal line L negative?

(1) The slope of line L is equal to the y-intercept of line L.
(2) The slope of line L is positive.

Answer: ____(A)__
Question : Is the x-intercept of the non-horizontal line L negative?

CONCEPT: A line with negative slope is bound to pass through II and IV quadrants
CONCEPT: A line with negative slope has both intercepts (x and y intercepts) +ve and both intercepts -ve

Statement 1: The slope of line L is equal to the y-intercept of line L.
Since the line may have both slope and Y intercepts +ve as well as -ve but in each of these cases x-intercept will be -ve hence SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: The slope of line L is positive.
a +ve sloping line may have +ve as well as -ve x-intercept hence

NOT SUFFICIENT

Answer: Option A

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fskilnik@GMATH wrote:
GMATH practice exercise (Quant Class 20)

Is the x-intercept of the non-horizontal line L negative?

(1) The slope of line L is equal to the y-intercept of line L.
(2) The slope of line L is positive.
$$c = {\left( {x - {\rm{intercept}}} \right)_{\rm{L}}}\,\,\mathop {\rm{ < }}\limits^? \,\,{\rm{0}}$$
$$L\,\,\,:\,\,\,{\rm{vertical}}\,\,{\rm{or}}\,\,{\rm{non - vertical}}\,\,{\rm{with}}\,\,m = {\rm{slop}}{{\rm{e}}_{\rm{L}}} \ne 0$$

$$\left( 1 \right)\,\,\,L\,\,{\rm{non - vertical}}\,\,{\rm{and}}\,\,L\,\,:\,\,\,y = mx + m = m\left( {x + 1} \right)$$
$$?\,\,\,:\,\,\,0 = m\left( {c + 1} \right)\,\,\,\,\,\mathop \Rightarrow \limits^{m\, \ne \,\,0} \,\,\,\,c + 1 = 0\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\left\langle {{\rm{YES}}} \right\rangle $$

$$\left( 2 \right)\,\,\,{\rm{INSUFF}}.\,\,\,\,\left( {{\rm{trivial}}\,\,{\rm{geometric}}\,\,{\rm{bifurcation}}} \right)$$




The correct answer is (A).


We follow the notations and rationale taught in the GMATH method.

Regards,
Fabio.

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