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$$(11+\frac{1}{11})^2-(11-\frac{1}{11})^2=?$$

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[#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Jun 2017, 01:24 We need to find out the value of the expression $$(11+\frac{1}{11})^2-(11-\frac{1}{11})^2$$ Let 11 = a, $$\frac{1}{11}$$ = b So the expression becomes $$(a+b)^2 - (a-b)^2$$ = $$a^2 + 2ab + b^2 - (a^2 - 2ab + b^2)$$ =4ab Since $$(a+b)^2 = a^2 + 2ab + b^2 and (a-b)^2 = a^2 - 2ab + b^2$$ Substituting the values of a and b, we get the value of expression to be 4(Option C) _________________ You've got what it takes, but it will take everything you've got Board of Directors Status: QA & VA Forum Moderator Joined: 11 Jun 2011 Posts: 4271 Location: India GPA: 3.5 WE: Business Development (Commercial Banking) Re: (11+1/11)^2-(11-1/11)^2=? [#permalink] ### Show Tags 23 Jun 2017, 07:36 MathRevolution wrote: $$(11+\frac{1}{11})^2-(11-\frac{1}{11})^2=?$$ A. 2 B. 3 C. 4 D. 5 E. 9 $$(11+\frac{1}{11})^2$$ = $$11^2 + 1/11^2 + 2*11*\frac{1}{11}$$ = $$121 + \frac{1}{121} + 2$$ = $$123 + \frac{1}{121}$$ $$(11-\frac{1}{11})^2$$ = $$11^2 + 1/11^2 - 2*11*\frac{1}{11}$$ = $$121 + \frac{1}{121} - 2$$ = $$119 + \frac{1}{121}$$ So, $$(11+\frac{1}{11})^2-(11-\frac{1}{11})^2=?$$ = $$123 + 1/121$$ - $$119 + 1/121$$ = $$123 - 119 + \frac{1}{121} - \frac{1}{121}$$ = $$4$$ Hence, answer will be (C) _________________ Thanks and Regards Abhishek.... PLEASE FOLLOW THE RULES FOR POSTING IN QA AND VA FORUM AND USE SEARCH FUNCTION BEFORE POSTING NEW QUESTIONS How to use Search Function in GMAT Club | Rules for Posting in QA forum | Writing Mathematical Formulas |Rules for Posting in VA forum | Request Expert's Reply ( VA Forum Only ) Intern Joined: 07 Jun 2017 Posts: 10 Re: (11+1/11)^2-(11-1/11)^2=? 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We can solve this problem by using identity
(a+b)^2=a^2+b^2+2ab
(a-b)^2=a^2+b^2-2ab
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$$(11+\frac{1}{11})^2-(11-\frac{1}{11})^2=?$$

A. 2
B. 3
C. 4
D. 5
E. 9

We can use the difference of squares concept, for which we let x = 11 + 1/11 and y =11 - 1/11, so we have:

x^2 - y^2

(x - y)(x + y)

[(11 + 1/11) - (11 - 1/11)][(11 + 1/11) + (11 - 1/11)]

(2/11)(22) = 4

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