This question is a DS question from Inequalities. Is a3 > a2? 1. 1/a > a 2. a5 > a3Correct Answer The correct answer is Choice A. Statement 1 alone is sufficient.Let us evaluate each of these statements independentlyStatement 1 : 1/a > aFor positive values of 'a' if 1/a is > a, a has to lie in the interval 0 < a < 1.In … [Read more...] about GMAT DS Inequalities – Indices

# GMAT Algebra Theory & Practice Questions

## Quadratic Equation : Sum of Roots

Here is an interesting quadratic equations question. Combines some concepts of number theory.Questiony = x^2 + bx + 256 cuts the x axis at (h, 0) and (k, 0). If h and k are integers, what is the least value of b?A. –32B. –256C. –255D. –257E. 0Correct Answer : Choice D. -257ExplanationThe curve cuts the x axis at (h, 0) and (k, 0). So, h and k are the roots of the quadratic … [Read more...] about Quadratic Equation : Sum of Roots

## GMAT Inequalities Modulus DS

HiHere is a GMAT DS question from the topic Inequalities. Tests concepts of modulus.QuestionIs |a| > |b|?1. 1/(a - b) > 1/(b - a)2. a + b < 0Correct Answer : Choice C. Both statements together are sufficient.Explanatory AnswerWe need to determine whether |a| is greater than |b|. The answer to this question will be a conclusive 'yes' if |a| > |b|.The answer will be a … [Read more...] about GMAT Inequalities Modulus DS

## GMAT Equations, Number Properties

Here is an interesting question that combines linear equations and properties of numbers to get an answer.QuestionA children’s gift store sells gift certificates in denominations of $3 and $5. The store sold ‘m’ $3 certificates and ‘n’ $5 certificates worth $93 on a Saturday afternoon. If ‘m’ and ‘n’ are natural numbers, how many different values can ‘m’ take?A. 5B. 7C. 6D. … [Read more...] about GMAT Equations, Number Properties

## Inequalities Data Sufficiency

Inequalities and Data Sufficiency are a great combination. Many interesting questions have been framed in the DS format from this topic. Here is an interesting question Is a < b? 1. a^b < b^a 2. a/b > 1 This is a good question because it helps us consider several possibilities for examples. Let us start with Statement I alone: 1. a^b < b^a Now, if a … [Read more...] about Inequalities Data Sufficiency