Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

It appears that you are browsing the GMAT Club forum unregistered!

Signing up is free, quick, and confidential.
Join other 500,000 members and get the full benefits of GMAT Club

Registration gives you:

Tests

Take 11 tests and quizzes from GMAT Club and leading GMAT prep companies such as Manhattan GMAT,
Knewton, and others. All are free for GMAT Club members.

Applicant Stats

View detailed applicant stats such as GPA, GMAT score, work experience, location, application
status, and more

Books/Downloads

Download thousands of study notes,
question collections, GMAT Club’s
Grammar and Math books.
All are free!

Thank you for using the timer!
We noticed you are actually not timing your practice. Click the START button first next time you use the timer.
There are many benefits to timing your practice, including:

Statement 1: Tells us a^2 - b^2 = 0 because b = |c| => either b = c or b = -c which means (b+c)*(b-c) = 0. This statement also tells us that b is a positive number. Now either a = b in which case a = |b| or a = -b in which case a is not equal to |b|.

Statement 2: Tells us b^2 - c^2 = 0 because b = |a| => either b = a or b = -a which means (a+b)*(a-b) = 0. This statement also tells us that b is a positive number. Again either a = b in which case a = |b| or a = -b in which case a is not equal to |b|.

Even combining both is not going to yield any result.

OA is E, but I don't quite understand what the question wants us to do. For example, it asks whether a=|b|, does that mean it's asking whether \(b^2=c^2\)? you see, if \(a^2=b^2\), then our given equation \(a^2-b^2=b^2-c^2\) will simply turn into \(0= b^2-c^2\), therefore \(b^2=c^2\).

is that how i'm suppose to look at it? If i'm wrong, would someone please show me how i'm suppose to look at this problem? thanks

OA is E, but I don't quite understand what the question wants us to do. For example, it asks whether a=|b|, does that mean it's asking whether \(b^2=c^2\)? you see, if \(a^2=b^2\), then our given equation \(a^2-b^2=b^2-c^2\) will simply turn into \(0= b^2-c^2\), therefore \(b^2=c^2\).

is that how i'm suppose to look at it? If i'm wrong, would someone please show me how i'm suppose to look at this problem? thanks