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

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

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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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Re: DS: Inequalities [#permalink] New post 15 Mar 2012, 23:04
if the question stem says y=x and option A says y>x.. How can er say xy=0 . am unable to understand

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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.

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Re: DS: Inequalities [#permalink] New post 16 Mar 2012, 01:18
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if the question stem says y=x and option A says y>x.. How can er say xy=0 . am unable to understand

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.


The stem DOES NOT say that x=y, it says: EITHER xy=0 OR x=y.

(1) says y > x, which means that x=y is not possible, hence xy=0.

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