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What is the value of (a+b)^2?

(1) ab = 0
(2) (a-b)^2 = 36
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Hi All,

This question can be solved with Algebra (and recognizing Classic Quadratics) or by TESTing VALUES.

We're asked for the value of (A+B)^2

Fact 1: AB = 0

This means that either A or B or Both = 0

IF...
A = 0
B = 0
(0+0)^2 = 0

IF....
A = 1
B = 0
(1+0)^2 = 1
Fact 1 is INSUFFICIENT

Fact 2: (A-B)^2 = 36

This ultimately means that (A-B) = 6 or -6

IF.....
A = 6
B = 0
(6+0)^2 = 36

IF....
A = 7
B = 1
(7+1)^2 = 64
Fact 2 is INSUFFICIENT

Combined, we know....
A or B or Both = 0
(A-B) = 6 or -6

IF....
A = 0
B = 6 OR -6
(0+6)^2 = (0-6)^2 = 36

IF....
B = 0
A = 6 OR -6
(0+6)^2 = (0-6)^2 = 36

The answer is ALWAYS 36.
Combined, SUFFICIENT

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\((a+b)^2= a^2+b^2+2ab\)

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ab=0
=> either a=0 or b=0 or both.
=> \((a+b)^2= a^2+b^2\)
Since we cant determine this value. Insufficient

St2
(\(a-b)^2=36\)
=>\(a^2+b^2-2ab=36\)
Insufficient

St1+St2
since ab=0, \((a-b)^2=a^2+b^2=36 = (a+b)^2\)
Sufficient

Answer C.
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