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Prasant,
I agree with your choice. Either (1) or (2) is sufficient to get the values for x. By the way, recheck the solution you found for x from (1). There's a little mistake in the values of x you found.

Re: DS practice #2 [#permalink]
05 Aug 2003, 07:05

Konstantin Lynov wrote:

What is the value of x ?

1) sqrt(x^4)=9; 2) The average (arithmetic mean) of x^2, 6x and 3 is -2.

Hmmm.
these question look straight out of the GMAT 800 book. _________________

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Re: Prakuda's reply [#permalink]
05 Aug 2003, 07:15

Prakuda,

From your answer it follows that either 1 or 2 is sufficient. In other words, it follows that D is the answer. However, it is not. You might need to review your approach to the first choice.

sqrt x^4=9 can be written as x^4/2=9. Simplifying gets us x^2. Now, x can be +3, -3

Now, B is sufficient since the quadratic equation has only one root. _________________

Prasant, I agree with your choice. Either (1) or (2) is sufficient to get the values for x. By the way, recheck the solution you found for x from (1). There's a little mistake in the values of x you found.

Agreed Prakuda, x is +3 or -3.... I stand corrected

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