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Re: 8xy^3 + 8x^3y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3), What is xy? [#permalink]
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Re: 8xy^3 + 8x^3y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3), What is xy? [#permalink]
14 Nov 2014, 05:23

Bunuel wrote:

8x*y^3 + 8x^3*y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3), What is xy?

\(8xy^3+8x^3y=\frac{2x^2*y^2}{2^{-3}}\) --> \(8xy^3+8x^3y=2x^2*y^2*8\) --> reduce by 8: \(xy^3+x^3y=2x^2*y^2\) --> rearrange: \(xy^3+x^3y-2x^2*y^2=0\) --> factor out \(xy\): \(xy(y^2+x^2-2xy)=0\) --> \(xy(y-x)^2=0\) --> either \(xy=0\) or \(y-x=0\) (\(x=y\)).

(1) y > x --> \(y\neq{x}\), which means that \(xy=0\). Sufficient. (2) x < 0. Clearly not sufficient.

Answer: A.

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Hi Bunuel,

I did a blunder while reducing 8x*y^3 + 8x^3*y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3) but not sure the reason for that. i started by cancelling out the xy from both sides to get (x-y)^2 = 0 at the end. Why cant we cancel the x and y ? Please help. _________________

Re: 8xy^3 + 8x^3y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3), What is xy? [#permalink]
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Bunuel wrote:

8x*y^3 + 8x^3*y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3), What is xy?

\(8xy^3+8x^3y=\frac{2x^2*y^2}{2^{-3}}\) --> \(8xy^3+8x^3y=2x^2*y^2*8\) --> reduce by 8: \(xy^3+x^3y=2x^2*y^2\) --> rearrange: \(xy^3+x^3y-2x^2*y^2=0\) --> factor out \(xy\): \(xy(y^2+x^2-2xy)=0\) --> \(xy(y-x)^2=0\) --> either \(xy=0\) or \(y-x=0\) (\(x=y\)).

(1) y > x --> \(y\neq{x}\), which means that \(xy=0\). Sufficient. (2) x < 0. Clearly not sufficient.

Answer: A.

Hope it's clear.

P.S. dvinoth86 please check the questions before posting and format them correctly. Thank you.

Hi Bunuel,

I did a blunder while reducing 8x*y^3 + 8x^3*y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3) but not sure the reason for that. i started by cancelling out the xy from both sides to get (x-y)^2 = 0 at the end. Why cant we cancel the x and y ? Please help.

If you divide (reduce) 8x*y^3 + 8x^3*y = 2x^2*y^2/2^(-3), by xy you assume, with no ground for it, that xy does not equal to zero thus exclude a possible solution (notice that xy=0 satisfies the equation). Never reduce equation by variable (or expression with variable), if you are not certain that variable (or expression with variable) doesn't equal to zero. We can not divide by zero.

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