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# Each of the following equations has at least one solution

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05 May 2011, 23:42
for B and C n = 0
for D and E n = 1.

A prevails.
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Each of the following has at least one solution EXCEPT

A. -2^n = (-2)^-n

B. 2^-n = (-2)^n

C. 2^n = (-2)^-n

D. (-2)^n = -2^n

E. (-2)^-n = -2^-n

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B, C have can be equated by using n=0
D and E have external/independent -ve signs, so 0 wont help, but using n= +1 for D and -1 for E will equate the sides.

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23 Aug 2012, 04:45
OA has to be A because
Equation 1 simplifies to (2)^n (2)^n (-1)^n= -1 has no solution for any value of n
Rest of options have at least 1 solution
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08 Oct 2012, 05:00
if -2^n means -(2^n), the answer is A. Otherwise I find 0 to satisfy all equations.
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14 Oct 2012, 08:05
Bunuel wrote:
gurpreetsingh wrote:
all seems to have n=0 as solution....? whats the OA

$$n=0$$ is not a solution of the equation $$-2^n = (-2)^{-n}$$ (in fact this equation has no solution):

$$-2^n=-(2^n)=-(2^{0})=-1$$ but $$(-2)^{-n}=(-2)^{0}=1$$.

I would like to double check why we say that n=0 could be a solution in case of $$(-2)^{-n}$$
as $$(-2)^{-n} = (-2)^{1/n}$$ and then we can not divide by zero?

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14 Oct 2012, 23:12
NikRu wrote:
I would like to double check why we say that n=0 could be a solution in case of $$(-2)^{-n}$$
as $$(-2)^{-n} = (-2)^{1/n}$$ and then we can not divide by zero?

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$$(-2)^{-n} = 1/(-2)^n$$ not $$(-2)^{1/n}$$
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I mean that −xy−xy always means −(xy)−(xy). If it's supposed to mean (−x)y(−x)y, then it would be represented this way.

This means that any time we see a negative sign, it is isolated. So -2^2 in gemat does not equal 4 but -4?

I'm confused now as in all questions when you see -2^2, you will consider it 4 not -4

Please clarify what you think Brent.

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