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If 2xy + z = 9, what is the value of the positive integer z?

(1) xyz – z^2 = 0

(2) x + y – 3z = -5

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If 2xy + z = 9, what is the value of the positive integer z?

(1) xyz – z2 = 0

(2) x + y – 3z = -5


not entirely sure of this but A seems sufficient

1. xyz -z2 = 0 then z(xy-2) =0 since z is +ve so xy -2 =0 so xy = 2 and we get value of z. so A suff
2. using the equation given in question and option we are left with 6xy +x+y =22. So B is insuff
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is it z*2 or z^2.....in both cases value of z can be known...A - SI sufficient
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not entirely sure of this but A seems sufficient

1. xyz -z2 = 0 then z(xy-2) =0 since z is +ve so xy -2 =0 so xy = 2 and we get value of z. so A suff
2. using the equation given in question and option we are left with 6xy +x+y =22. So B is insuff



I think with 1 you have xy - 2 = 0 => xy = 2 => 2z - 2z = 0

This does not give you the value of Z i'm sorry ! Z can be 1 or 4324236543253465,4 !

if we consider z² this is the same:

xyz - z² = 0 => z (xy - z) = 0 => xy = z => z² - z² = 0

I would choose E!
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I have serious doubts that correct answer would be A...

2z - 2z = 0 does not give the value of Z i'm sorry !!

Z=4 it works
Z=Pi it works too
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hi,,,
pl dont substitute the value of xy in the eq from which u have derived the value xy.. it will ofcourse be 0..
substitute it in main eq 2xy + z = 9....ie..2*2+z=9....z=5... sufficient
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If 2xy + z = 9, what is the value of the positive integer z?

(1) xyz – z^2 = 0

(2) x + y – 3z = -5

Had a problem with exponents this morning!


Reorganising question stem:
2xy+z=9 => xy=(9-z)/2

Using Equation 1)
xyz-z^2 =0
Substitute in the question stem we get
\frac{z(9-z)}{2} - z^2=0
z(9-z) - 2z^2=0
9z-z^2-2z^2=0
9z-3z^2=0
3z(3-z)=0

Z=0 or Z=3 but we know from quesiton z is positive. Hence A is suff.

Using Equation 2) We cannot solve for Z. We can only get it down to two variables.

Hence ANS = A
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Oohhhhhhhhhhhhhh yes!! I did not see that... :((

Thank you very much for your answer
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hogann wrote:
If 2xy + z = 9, what is the value of the positive integer z?

(1) xyz – z^2 = 0

(2) x + y – 3z = -5

Had a problem with exponents this morning!


Reorganising question stem:
2xy+z=9 => xy=(9-z)/2

Using Equation 1)
xyz-z^2 =0
Substitute in the question stem we get
\frac{z(9-z)}{2} - z^2=0
z(9-z) - 2z^2=0
9z-z^2-2z^2=0
9z-3z^2=0
3z(3-z)=0

Z=0 or Z=3 but we know from quesiton z is positive. Hence A is suff.

Using Equation 2) We cannot solve for Z. We can only get it down to two variables.

Hence ANS = A


Good job buddy, I didn't see that one coming either.
Guys, always remember that when you are given something like in this case z is a positive integer, then they usually if not always say it for some reason
Just to keep in mind

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If 2xy + z = 9, what is the value of the positive integer z?

(1) xyz - z^2 = 0 --> \(z(xy-z)=0\) --> \(z=0\) or \(z=xy\). Since given that z is a positive integer, then discard \(z=0\) and we are left with \(z=xy\). From \(2xy + z = 9\) we get that \(2z + z = 9\) --> \(z=3\). Sufficient.

(2) x + y - 3z = -5. We cannot solve for z. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.

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