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The operation ⊗ is defined for all nonzero numbers a and b by a ⊗ b = a/b – b/a. If x and y are nonzero numbers, which of the following statements must be true?

I. x ⊗ xy = x(1 ⊗ y)
II. x ⊗ y = -(y ⊗ x)
III. 1/x ⊗ 1/y = y ⊗ x

A. I only
B. II only
C. III only
D. I and II
E. II and III
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The operation ⊗ is defined for all nonzero numbers a and b by a ⊗ b = a/b – b/a. If x and y are nonzero numbers, which of the following statements must be true?
I. x ⊗ xy = x(1 ⊗ y)
II. x ⊗ y = -(y ⊗ x)
III. 1/x ⊗ 1/y = y ⊗ x

A. I only
B. II only
C. III only
D. I and II
E. II and III

Please can someone confirm the ans. I am not sure about the ans

Given: $$a@b=\frac{a}{b}-\frac{b}{a}$$, for all nonzero numbers $$a$$ and $$b$$.

I. $$x@(xy) = x(1@y)$$: $$LHS=x@(xy)=\frac{x}{xy}-\frac{xy}{x}=\frac{1}{y}-y$$ and $$RHSx(1@y)=x(\frac{1}{y}-y)$$ as you see LHS doen't equal to RHS;

II. $$x@y = -(y@x)$$: $$LHS=x@y=\frac{x}{y}-\frac{y}{x}$$ and $$RHS=-(y@x)=-(\frac{y}{x}-\frac{x}{y})=\frac{x}{y}-\frac{y}{x}$$ --> LHS=RHS;

III. $$(\frac{1}{x})@(\frac{1}{y}) = y@x$$: $$LHS=(\frac{1}{x})@(\frac{1}{y})=\frac{y}{x}-\frac{x}{y}$$ and $$RHS=y@x=\frac{y}{x}-\frac{x}{y}$$ --> LHS=RHS.

Answer: E (II and III).

Hope it's clear.
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If you pay close attention, III is basically the operation backwards so you don't have to waste time trying it. Also, if you look at the answer choices, if III is correct then just test II to choose between C or E.
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