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If the operation @ is defined by x@y=(xy)^1/2 for all

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If the operation @ is defined by \(x@y=\sqrt{xy}\) for all positive numbers x and y, then (5@45)@60 =

(A) 30
(B) 60
(C) 90
(D) \(30\sqrt{15}\)
(E) \(60\sqrt{15}\)
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\((5@45)@60\)= \(\sqrt{5*(5*9)}\) \(=5*3=15\)

\(15@60=\) \(\sqrt{(3*5)*(3*4*5)}\) \(= 3*5*2= 30\)
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If the operation @ is defined by \(x@y=\sqrt{xy}\) for all positive numbers x and y, then (5@45)@60 =

(A) 30
(B) 60
(C) 90
(D) \(30\sqrt{15}\)
(E) \(60\sqrt{15}\)


We are given that the operation @ is defined by x@y = √(xy) for all positive numbers.

We are next given that (5@45)@60. Following PEMDAS rules, we want to begin with the operation inside the parentheses. According to the operation, x will be replaced with 5, and y will be replaced with 45. Thus, we have:

5@45 = √(5 *45) = √225 = 15

We have determined that (5@45) = 15, so we substitute 15 for (5@45) to obtain 15@60.

According to the operation, x will now be replaced with 15 and y will now be replaced with 60. Thus we have:

15@60 = √(15*60) = √900 = 30

The answer is A.
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