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What is the difference of the integers m and n ?

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Can you explain the difference between #1 and 2? It seems like they are very similar in operation.

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What is the difference of the integers m and n ?

(1) m = -n. Clearly insufficient. Consider m=n=0 or m=-n=1.

(2) |m|= - |n| --> |m| + |n| = 0. The sum of two non-negative values can be zero only if both are 0. Thus m=n=0. Sufficient.

Answer: B.
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Can you explain the difference between #1 and 2? It seems like they are very similar in operation.

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Bunuel wrote:
What is the difference of the integers m and n ?

(1) m = -n. Clearly insufficient. Consider m=n=0 or m=-n=1.

(2) |m|= - |n| --> |m| + |n| = 0. The sum of two non-negative values can be zero only if both are 0. Thus m=n=0. Sufficient.

Answer: B.


How are they similar?

(1) m + n = 0.
(2) |m| + |n| = 0.
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The way you solved them.

Or, is it because a and b could take on a positive and negative value? For example, a=10 and b=-10 whereas |a| and |b| but be positive so the only way they can = zero is if a and b are both zero?

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Can you explain the difference between #1 and 2? It seems like they are very similar in operation.

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What is the difference of the integers m and n ?

(1) m = -n. Clearly insufficient. Consider m=n=0 or m=-n=1.

(2) |m|= - |n| --> |m| + |n| = 0. The sum of two non-negative values can be zero only if both are 0. Thus m=n=0. Sufficient.

Answer: B.


How are they similar?

(1) m + n = 0.
(2) |m| + |n| = 0.
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The way you solved them.

Or, is it because a and b could take on a positive and negative value? For example, a=10 and b=-10 whereas |a| and |b| but be positive so the only way they can = zero is if a and b are both zero?


|m| and |n| are non-negative, not positive. The sum of two non-negative values can be zero only if both are 0. Thus m=n=0.

As for m = -n. Infinitely many case are possible, m=n=0, m=-n=1, m=-n=2, ...
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Got it. The similarity between this and the other question I just asked was throwing me off. Thanks.

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The way you solved them.

Or, is it because a and b could take on a positive and negative value? For example, a=10 and b=-10 whereas |a| and |b| but be positive so the only way they can = zero is if a and b are both zero?


|m| and |n| are non-negative, not positive. The sum of two non-negative values can be zero only if both are 0. Thus m=n=0.

As for m = -n. Infinitely many case are possible, m=n=0, m=-n=1, m=-n=2, ...
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Stmt 1: m =-n then difference between m&n is m-n = -2n or 2m this value can be anything. NOT SUFFICIENT.
Stmt 2: |m|=-|n| now regardless of whether m is +ve or -ve
|m| is always >=0.
Similarly |n| is always >=0 hence -|n| is always <=0.
Combining m=n=0 and difference is 0.

B is the answer.
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