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Is (4 ^x )^ (5−3x) =1 ?

(1) x is an integer.

(2) The product of x and positive integer y is not x.

If we modify the original condition and the question, we ultimately want to know whether 4^x(5-3x)=1=4^0, x(5-3x)=0, so whether x=0 or x=5/3.

There is only one variable, so we only need one equation, when 2 equations are given from the 2 conditions; there is high chance (D) will be our answer.

For condition 1, the answer becomes 'yes' for x=integer=0, but 'no' when x=1. This condition is insufficient.

For condition 2, on the other hand, we get xy=/=x, x(y-1)=/=0, so likewise, the answer to the question becomes 'yes' for x=5/3 and y=2, but 'no' for x=3 and y=2. This is, again, insufficient.

Combining the 2 conditions, the answer becomes 'no' for all x=1,2,3....... This is sufficient, so the answer becomes (C). This type of question is no longer asked in the test.

For cases where we need 1 more equation, such as original conditions with “1 variable”, or “2 variables and 1 equation”, or “3 variables and 2 equations”, we have 1 equation each in both 1) and 2). Therefore, there is 59 % chance that D is the answer, while A or B has 38% chance and C or E has 3% chance. Since D is most likely to be the answer using 1) and 2) separately according to DS definition. Obviously there may be cases where the answer is A, B, C or E.

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