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If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative integers, what is the greatest possible value of |x – y|?

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(C) 2
(D) 3
(E) 4

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If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative integers, what is the greatest possible value of |x – y|?
(A) 0
(B) 1
(C) 2
(D) 3
(E) 4

This is a challenge problem on MGMAT. I do not have the answer to the question... But on solving the problem I got the answer of 2 (not sure if it is right)


Suppose you got the answer of 2 for the values of x and y as 4 and 2.

2^4+2^2=4^2+2^2 --> |4-2|=2

But if we check for y=0, we'll get:

2^x+2^0=x^2+0^2 --> 2^x+1=x^2 --> 2^x=(x-1)(x+1) --> x=3

2^3+2^0=9=3^2+0^2

|x-y|=|3-0|=3

4 can not be the greatest value as when you increase x so as x-y to be 4, 2^x+2^y will always be more than x^2+y^2.
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Re: nonnegative integers - MGMAT Challenge [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 19:01
good one! i tried backsolving and started with the middle one and then checked one above and one below. got the result.
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Re: nonnegative integers - MGMAT Challenge [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 19:51
it should be 3 , but my way is hit and trial
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Re: nonnegative integers - MGMAT Challenge [#permalink] New post 19 Dec 2009, 06:20
Great Problem! Since your trying to find the greatest value of X-Y, you just have to assume that Y=0, like Bunel said and then use the "hit and trial" approach like xcusem... Said. The algebratic approach is great too, but I know for me personally it opens up the opportunity for me to make silly mistakes. So I try to not use it unless necessary.

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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 08 Feb 2013, 08:27
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If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative integers, what is the greatest possible value of |x – y|?

(A) 0
(B) 1
(C) 2
(D) 3
(E) 4

This is a challenge problem on MGMAT. I do not have the answer to the question... But on solving the problem I got the answer of 2 (not sure if it is right)


Since we need to maximize the value of |x – y|, we can do that in two ways...1)make y negative, which is not possible as per the question...2)make y= 0..putting y=0 you will get an equation in x and on hit and trial method u will get the value of x as 3, which will satisfy the equation....
putting x=3 and y=0, we will get the value of |x – y| as 3.
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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 20 Mar 2013, 11:16
I have a question for Bunuel: we know that |x−y| = ((x-y)*2)*1/2 = (x*2+y*2-2xy)*1/2

so substituting the value of x*2 +y*2 as 2*x + 2*y in the above equation

I got |x−y| = (2*x + 2*y -2xy)*1/2

then, substituting values for x (taking y=0)...the max value for x can be anything more than 0, coz if you take (x=4) then u'l end up with |x−y| = 4

please can you help me with this problem, where did I go wrong???
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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2013, 02:39
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I have a question for Bunuel: we know that |x−y| = ((x-y)*2)*1/2 = (x*2+y*2-2xy)*1/2

so substituting the value of x*2 +y*2 as 2*x + 2*y in the above equation

I got |x−y| = (2*x + 2*y -2xy)*1/2

then, substituting values for x (taking y=0)...the max value for x can be anything more than 0, coz if you take (x=4) then u'l end up with |x−y| = 4

please can you help me with this problem, where did I go wrong???


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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2013, 06:35
sorry...what i meant to say was, if you took the eq: |x−y| = (2*x + 2*y -2xy)*1/2

and substitute the values (x = 4 & y = 0), then we'll end up with |x−y| = (17)*1/2 (which is almost equal to 4)

but before u mentioned the max value of |x−y| = 3.

did i do something wrong??
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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2013, 07:19
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sorry...what i meant to say was, if you took the eq: |x−y| = (2*x + 2*y -2xy)*1/2

and substitute the values (x = 4 & y = 0), then we'll end up with |x−y| = (17)*1/2 (which is almost equal to 4)

but before u mentioned the max value of |x−y| = 3.

did i do something wrong??


First of all, I think you mean 2^x + 2^y -2xy rather than 2*x + 2*y -2xy.

Next, x=4 and y=0 does NOT satisfy 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, thus these values are not possible.

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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2013, 08:34
Brunel and all,

Is it a rule to apply one value as zero whenever it is given:

1) Both x and y are non-negative integers
2) we need to find the max value of x-y

What if we are asked to find the min ? how do we solve those questions and also, what would be the approach for min and max value of x+y ? Can u guys pls advise?
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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 21 Mar 2013, 20:56
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Brunel and all,

Is it a rule to apply one value as zero whenever it is given:

1) Both x and y are non-negative integers
2) we need to find the max value of x-y

What if we are asked to find the min ? how do we solve those questions and also, what would be the approach for min and max value of x+y ? Can u guys pls advise?


Usually, when you are checking for numbers, you do check for 0. It's often a transition point for patterns. Secondly, the question used the term 'non-negative integers' instead of 'positive integers' - this means 0 would probably have a role to play.
There are no such rules but common sense says that we must not ignore 0.

Also, this question doesn't really test max min concepts. It is a direct application of your understanding of exponential relations discussed in the post: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/01 ... cognition/

Now, when we look at the equation, 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, some things come to mind:
1. It is not very easy to find values that satisfy this equation.
2. But there must be some values which satisfy since we are looking for a value of |x – y|
3. If x = y = 2, the equation is satisfied since all terms become equal and |x – y| = 0 which is the minimum value of |x – y|.

Usually, the left hand side will be greater than the right hand side (as discussed in the post, 2^n will usually be greater than x^2 except in very few cases). So we must focus on those 'very few cases'. Also, we need to make x and y unequal.

We know (from the post) that 2^4 = 4^2 is one solution so we could put x = 4 while keeping y = 2. The equation will be satisfied and |x – y| = 2

Now, we also know that 2^x < x^2 when x = 3. So is there a solution there as well? The difference between 2^3 and 3^2 is of 1 so can we create a difference of 1 between the other two terms? Sure! If y = 0, then 2^0 = 1 but 0^2 = 0.
So another solution is 2^3 + 2^0 = 3^2 + 0^2.
Here, |x – y| = 3 which is the maximum difference.

The reason we can be sure that there are no other values is that as you go ahead of 4 on the number line, 2^n will be greater than n^2 (again, discussed in the post). So both left hand side terms will be greater than the right hand side terms i.e. 2^x > x^2 and 2^y > y^2. So, for no other values can we satisfy this equation.

Answer (D)
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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 14 Oct 2013, 11:10
the expression |x-y| to reach its maximum we need y to be 0. Hence, we need to find X.

therefore, 2^x+2^y=x^2+^2 --> 2^x+1=x^2 what means that x is odd. Only 3 satisfies this equation: 2^3+1=3^2.
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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 05 Dec 2013, 23:37
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If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative integers, what is the greatest possible value of |x – y|?

(A) 0
(B) 1
(C) 2
(D) 3
(E) 4

This is a challenge problem on MGMAT. I do not have the answer to the question... But on solving the problem I got the answer of 2 (not sure if it is right)


my answer:
|x – y| for x and y 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2
A. x= y x=y=1 2 + 2 = 1 + 1 wrong
B. 1 x=2, y=1 4 + 2 = 4 + 1 wrong
C. 2 x=3, y=1 8 + 2 = 9 + 1 right
D. 3 x=4, y =1 16 + 2 = 16 + 1 wrong
E. 4 x=5, y =1 32 + 2 = 25 + 1 wrong

My answer is C.
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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2013, 01:52
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If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative integers, what is the greatest possible value of |x – y|?

(A) 0
(B) 1
(C) 2
(D) 3
(E) 4

This is a challenge problem on MGMAT. I do not have the answer to the question... But on solving the problem I got the answer of 2 (not sure if it is right)


my answer:
|x – y| for x and y 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2
A. x= y x=y=1 2 + 2 = 1 + 1 wrong
B. 1 x=2, y=1 4 + 2 = 4 + 1 wrong
C. 2 x=3, y=1 8 + 2 = 9 + 1 right
D. 3 x=4, y =1 16 + 2 = 16 + 1 wrong
E. 4 x=5, y =1 32 + 2 = 25 + 1 wrong

My answer is C.


Please note that the correct answer is D, not C.
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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 06 Dec 2013, 09:47
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If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative integers, what is the greatest possible value of |x – y|?

(A) 0
(B) 1
(C) 2
(D) 3
(E) 4

This is a challenge problem on MGMAT. I do not have the answer to the question... But on solving the problem I got the answer of 2 (not sure if it is right)


my answer:
|x – y| for x and y 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2
A. x= y x=y=1 2 + 2 = 1 + 1 wrong
B. 1 x=2, y=1 4 + 2 = 4 + 1 wrong
C. 2 x=3, y=1 8 + 2 = 9 + 1 right
D. 3 x=4, y =1 16 + 2 = 16 + 1 wrong
E. 4 x=5, y =1 32 + 2 = 25 + 1 wrong

My answer is C.


Please note that the correct answer is D, not C.


Hi thank you for your reply.
I explained what i confused. Of course I read previous answers and all chose D.
However, from what i found, i chose C. That s why i posted here. I dont know which is wrong in my answer.
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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 07 Dec 2013, 04:52
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misanguyen2010 wrote:
my answer:
|x – y| for x and y 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2
A. x= y x=y=1 2 + 2 = 1 + 1 wrong
B. 1 x=2, y=1 4 + 2 = 4 + 1 wrong
C. 2 x=3, y=1 8 + 2 = 9 + 1 right
D. 3 x=4, y =1 16 + 2 = 16 + 1 wrong
E. 4 x=5, y =1 32 + 2 = 25 + 1 wrong

My answer is C.


Please note that the correct answer is D, not C.


Hi thank you for your reply.
I explained what i confused. Of course I read previous answers and all chose D.
However, from what i found, i chose C. That s why i posted here. I dont know which is wrong in my answer.
Please help!


To get the greatest value of |x-y| as 3 consider x=3 and y=0. Notice that these values satisfy 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2 --> 2^3 + 2^0 =9= 3^2 + 0^2.

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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 12 Dec 2013, 01:02
For x>4,y>4
2^x > x^2 ||| 2^y > y^2
Hence maximum we need to check till (x,y) = {0,1,2,3}

By hit and trial .

For x=3,y=1 and x=4,y=2
|x-y| = 2

Hence the answer is 2.
Draw the graph for 2^x and x^2. The solution becomes simpler .
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Re: If 2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2, where x and y are nonnegative inte [#permalink] New post 28 Dec 2013, 03:25
Here is how I done it:

1) If |x-y| needs to be max then Y=0, because Y² is only positive
2) Check the answers, those are only integers, you are therefore looking for an integer
3) You have the equation 2^x +1 = X²
4) Use the different choices and you will see that only 3 matches.

Answer D

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