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# If a, b, c, and d are integers and ab2c3d4 > 0, which of the

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If a, b, c, and d are integers and $$ab^2c^3d^4 > 0$$, which of the following must be positive?

I. $$a^2cd$$
II. $$bc^4d$$
III. $$a^3c^3d^2$$

A) I only
B) II only
C) III only
D) I and III
E) I, II, and III
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27 Jul 2012, 09:29
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If a, b, c, and d are integers and $$ab^2c^3d^4 > 0$$, which of the following must be positive?

I. $$a^2cd$$
II. $$bc^4d$$
III. $$a^3c^3d^2$$

A) I only
B) II only
C) III only
D) I and III
E) I, II, and III

Since given that $$a*b^2*c^3*d^4 > 0$$, then we know that none of the unknowns is zero. Therefore, $$b^2>0$$ and $$d^4>0$$, which means that we can safely reduce by them to get $$a*c^3>0$$ (so, the given expression does not depend on the value of $$b$$ or $$d$$: they can be positive as well as negative).

Next, $$a*c^3>0$$ means that $$a$$ and $$c$$ must have the same sign: they are either both positive or both negative.

Evaluate each option:

I. $$a^2cd$$. Since $$d$$ can positive as well as negative then this option is not necessarily positive.

II. $$bc^4d$$. Since $$d$$ can positive as well as negative then this option is not necessarily positive.

III. $$a^3c^3d^2$$. Since $$a*c^3>0$$, then $$a^3*c^3>0$$ and as $$d^2>0$$, then their product, $$(a^3*c^3)*d^2$$ must be positive too.

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a*(b^2)*(c^3)*(d^4) > 0,

since b^2 and d^4 are always positive..

a*(c^3) is positive .. so 'a' and 'c' are of the same sign, eithr positive or negative. we have no information about 'b' and 'd' , so they could b negative..

so the first 2 statements ( I and II ) have 'd' in them, which could be negative.. so we can eliminate them then and there.

in statement III, 'd' is squared, so thats positive and since 'a' and 'c' are of the same sign, a^3 * c^3 must be positive.

so III only , that option C.
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