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# For all numbers s and t, the operation * is defined by s*t

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For all numbers s and t, the operation * is defined by s*t = (s - 1)(t + 1). If (-2)*x = -12, then x =

(A) 2
(B) 3
(C) 5
(D) 6
(E) 11
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Last edited by Bunuel on 18 Feb 2014, 00:42, edited 1 time in total.
Renamed the topic, edited the question, added the OA and moved to PS forum.
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For all numbers s and t, the operation * is defined by s*t = (s - 1)(t + 1). If (-2)*x = -12, then x =

(A) 2
(B) 3
(C) 5
(D) 6
(E) 11

Since $$s*t = (s - 1)(t + 1)$$, then $$(-2)*x = (-2-1)(x+1)=-3(x+1)$$.

So, we are given that $$-3(x+1)=-12$$ --> $$x+1=4$$ -> $$x=3$$.

Hope it's clear.

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18 Feb 2014, 01:23
Thanks Bunuel

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