**Number Lines and Number Properties**

Check out the Question of the Week:

Attempt the question; then read the explanation below.

Good Scratch Work is Essential

- Start by Recording What You Know™, drawing a picture, and getting your answer choices set up.
- This step is absolutely essential with many GRE problems, especially the more difficult ones.
- You need a chance to get your bearings. You may look at writing out the information as redundant or a waste of time, but it's not. Getting the information down gives you an opportunity to take note of what you have at your disposal to work with.
- As you Record What You Know™ you will prepare yourself to solve the puzzle.

- Make note of what A, B, C, D, and E roughly correspond to.
- Next, check out the range of values for
*r*and*s.* - Start playing around with different values. Let's look at the extremes. There are four possible products we can get from the extreme values:

- -½ ∙ -1 = ½
- -½ ∙ 2 = -1
- -1 ∙ 2 = -2
- 2 ∙ 2 = 4

- So what's the span in the range of values? The product
*r ∙**s*can be anywhere between -2 and 4. **However,**do the possible products include -2 and 4?**No they do not!***r*is less than (not less than or equal to) 2. That means*r*could be anything right up to 2, but not 2 exactly. For instance,*r*could be 1.9999999. This means that the product*r ∙**s*could almost get to 4 but never exactly reach it.- By the same rules,
*r ∙**s*could almost get to -2 but will never actually be -2. - Therefore, the range of values for
*r ∙**s*are everything between -2 and 4. - -2 <
*r ∙**s*< 4 **C and D are the correct answers.**

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