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If xy = -6 , what is the value of xy(x+y ) ?

(1) x – y = 5
(2) x*y^2 = 18

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If xy = -6 , what is the value of xy(x+y ) ?
(1) x – y = 5
(2) x*y square = 18

We're given $$xy = -6$$, so $$xy(x+y) = -6(x+y)$$.

(1) x - y = 5 -> x = 5+y, so we have:

$$(5+y)(y) = -6$$
$$5y + y^2 = -6$$
$$y^2 + 5y + 6 = 0$$
$$y = -2$$ or $$y = -3$$.

Two solutions for y - insufficient.

(2) $$x(y^2) = 18$$. We know that $$y = \frac{-6}{x}$$, so we have $$x(\frac{-6}{x^2}) = 18$$. So:

$$x(\frac{36}{x^2}) = 18$$
$$\frac{36}{x} = 18$$
$$x = 2$$

Then y = -3, and $$xy(x+y) = -6(2-3) = 6$$. Sufficient.

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If xy = -6 , what is the value of xy(x+y ) ?
(1) x – y = 5
(2) x*y square = 18

If xy = -6 , what is the value of xy(x+y ) ?

Given: $$xy=-6$$.
Question: $$xy(x+y)=-6(x+y)=?$$

(1) $$x-y=5$$ --> $$x=y+5$$ --> $$xy=(y+5)y=-6$$ --> $$y^2+5y+6=0$$ --> either $$y=-3$$ and $$x=y+5=2$$ so $$xy(x+y)=-6(x+y)=6$$ OR $$y=-2$$ and $$x=y+5=3$$ so $$xy(x+y)=-6(x+y)=-6$$. Two different answers, hence not sufficient.

(2) $$x*y^2=18$$ --> $$xy*y=-6*y=18$$ --> $$y=-3$$ --> $$x=2$$ --> $$xy(x+y)=-6(x+y)=6$$. Sufficient.

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ans is B ...well in GMAT maths ques are not tough bt tricky..mainly in DS
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