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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## What is the best way to solve this absolute value DS problem ##### This topic has 3 member replies ## What is the best way to solve this absolute value DS problem What is the value of y? (1) 3|x2 - 4| = y - 2 (2) |3 - y| = 11 Answer: C Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 11 Mar 2008 Posted: 50 messages Upvotes: 6 Choice 1 is not clear from your post. But nevertheless since we need to solve for y and there is another variable x choice 1 is not sufficient. Choice 2 |3 - y| = 11 has two equations 3-y = 11 and 3 -y = -11 This gives two values for y -8 and 14 Hence 2 is not sufficient either Together they are not sufficient either. So answer is E. Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts Joined 05 Aug 2008 Posted: 86 messages Upvotes: 7 Sorry for not writing it clearly. Choice 1 should be this: (1) 3|x^2 - 4| = y - 2 So from choice (1), you can tell that y>2. Since 3|x^2 - 4| must be positive. So if you combine what this with what you wrote for (2), you get C. Thanks for your help! Legendary Member Joined 08 Jul 2008 Posted: 661 messages Upvotes: 48 There is no special way for this question. As Bourne told there is nothing to do with statement 1 alone given there is x and nothing simplifies. Statement 2 Result is either -8 or 11 With statement 1 and 2 you need to chose a positive one number so it's 11 • 5-Day Free Trial 5-day free, full-access trial TTP Quant Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Free Trial & Practice Exam BEAT THE GMAT EXCLUSIVE Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Magoosh Study with Magoosh GMAT prep Available with Beat the GMAT members only code • Award-winning private GMAT tutoring Register now and save up to$200

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