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8x*y^3 + 8x^3*y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3), What is xy?

\(8xy^3+8x^3y=\frac{2x^2*y^2}{2^{-3}}\) --> \(8xy^3+8x^3y=2x^2*y^2*8\) --> reduce by 8: \(xy^3+x^3y=2x^2*y^2\) --> rearrange: \(xy^3+x^3y-2x^2*y^2=0\) --> factor out \(xy\): \(xy(y^2+x^2-2xy)=0\) --> \(xy(y-x)^2=0\) --> either \(xy=0\) or \(y-x=0\) (\(x=y\)).

(1) y > x --> \(y\neq{x}\), which means that \(xy=0\). Sufficient.
(2) x < 0. Clearly not sufficient.

Answer: A.

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if the question stem says y=x and option A says y>x.. How can er say xy=0 . am unable to understand

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8x*y^3 + 8x^3*y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3), What is xy?

\(8xy^3+8x^3y=\frac{2x^2*y^2}{2^{-3}}\) --> \(8xy^3+8x^3y=2x^2*y^2*8\) --> reduce by 8: \(xy^3+x^3y=2x^2*y^2\) --> rearrange: \(xy^3+x^3y-2x^2*y^2=0\) --> factor out \(xy\): \(xy(y^2+x^2-2xy)=0\) --> \(xy(y-x)^2=0\) --> either \(xy=0\) or \(y-x=0\) (\(x=y\)).

(1) y > x --> \(y\neq{x}\), which means that \(xy=0\). Sufficient.
(2) x < 0. Clearly not sufficient.

Answer: A.

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if the question stem says y=x and option A says y>x.. How can er say xy=0 . am unable to understand

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8x*y^3 + 8x^3*y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3), What is xy?

\(8xy^3+8x^3y=\frac{2x^2*y^2}{2^{-3}}\) --> \(8xy^3+8x^3y=2x^2*y^2*8\) --> reduce by 8: \(xy^3+x^3y=2x^2*y^2\) --> rearrange: \(xy^3+x^3y-2x^2*y^2=0\) --> factor out \(xy\): \(xy(y^2+x^2-2xy)=0\) --> \(xy(y-x)^2=0\) --> either \(xy=0\) or \(y-x=0\) (\(x=y\)).

(1) y > x --> \(y\neq{x}\), which means that \(xy=0\). Sufficient.
(2) x < 0. Clearly not sufficient.

Answer: A.

Hope it's clear.

P.S. dvinoth86 please check the questions before posting and format them correctly. Thank you.


The stem DOES NOT say that \(x=y\), it says: EITHER \(xy=0\) OR \(x=y\).

(1) says \(y > x\), which means that \(x=y\) is not possible, hence \(xy=0\).

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8x*y^3 + 8x^3*y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3), What is xy?

\(8xy^3+8x^3y=\frac{2x^2*y^2}{2^{-3}}\) --> \(8xy^3+8x^3y=2x^2*y^2*8\) --> reduce by 8: \(xy^3+x^3y=2x^2*y^2\) --> rearrange: \(xy^3+x^3y-2x^2*y^2=0\) --> factor out \(xy\): \(xy(y^2+x^2-2xy)=0\) --> \(xy(y-x)^2=0\) --> either \(xy=0\) or \(y-x=0\) (\(x=y\)).

(1) y > x --> \(y\neq{x}\), which means that \(xy=0\). Sufficient.
(2) x < 0. Clearly not sufficient.

Answer: A.

Hope it's clear.

P.S. dvinoth86 please check the questions before posting and format them correctly. Thank you.


Hi Bunuel,

I did a blunder while reducing 8x*y^3 + 8x^3*y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3) but not sure the reason for that.
i started by cancelling out the xy from both sides to get (x-y)^2 = 0 at the end.
Why cant we cancel the x and y ? Please help.
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8x*y^3 + 8x^3*y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3), What is xy?

\(8xy^3+8x^3y=\frac{2x^2*y^2}{2^{-3}}\) --> \(8xy^3+8x^3y=2x^2*y^2*8\) --> reduce by 8: \(xy^3+x^3y=2x^2*y^2\) --> rearrange: \(xy^3+x^3y-2x^2*y^2=0\) --> factor out \(xy\): \(xy(y^2+x^2-2xy)=0\) --> \(xy(y-x)^2=0\) --> either \(xy=0\) or \(y-x=0\) (\(x=y\)).

(1) y > x --> \(y\neq{x}\), which means that \(xy=0\). Sufficient.
(2) x < 0. Clearly not sufficient.

Answer: A.

Hope it's clear.

P.S. dvinoth86 please check the questions before posting and format them correctly. Thank you.


Hi Bunuel,

I did a blunder while reducing 8x*y^3 + 8x^3*y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3) but not sure the reason for that.
i started by cancelling out the xy from both sides to get (x-y)^2 = 0 at the end.
Why cant we cancel the x and y ? Please help.


If you divide (reduce) 8x*y^3 + 8x^3*y = 2x^2*y^2/2^(-3), by xy you assume, with no ground for it, that xy does not equal to zero thus exclude a possible solution (notice that xy=0 satisfies the equation). Never reduce equation by variable (or expression with variable), if you are not certain that variable (or expression with variable) doesn't equal to zero. We can not divide by zero.

Check more tips on Algebra here: algebra-tips-and-hints-175003.html

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I factored out the xy from both sides and that screwed up my equation. Note to self: dont factor out things when it may lead to division by zero!
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Bunuel,
In such questions,one must avoid cancelling out the variables right? I have seen myself doing that mistake in quite a few qsns but your approach helped me identify my mistake
Re: 8xy^3 + 8x^3y = 2x^2*y^2 / 2^(-3), What is xy?   [#permalink] 10 Apr 2016, 00:43
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