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# 9^9 - 9^2 is approximation of which of the following?

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9^9 - 9^2 is approximation of which of the following?

A. 9^7
B. 9^8
C. 9^9
D. 9^11
E. 9^10

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9^9 - 9^2 is approximation of which of the following?

A. 9^7
B. 9^8
C. 9^9
D. 9^11
E. 9^10

We can simplify the given expression:

9^9 - 9^2

9^2(9^7 - 1)

Since 9^7 - 1 is almost the same as 9^7, we have:

9^2 x 9^7 = 9^9.

Answer: C
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