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# For all numbers x and y, the operation & is defined by x&y

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For all numbers x and y, the operation & is defined by $$x&y = \frac{x-y}{x-1}$$ . If $$(-3)&q=2$$, then q =

A. -11

B. -8

C. -5

D. 5

E. 11

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For all numbers x and y, the operation & is defined by $$x&y = \frac{x-y}{x-1}$$ . If $$(-3)&q=2$$, then q =

A. -11

B. -8

C. -5

D. 5

E. 11

Since $$x&y = \frac{x-y}{x-1}$$, similarly we can write
$$(-3)&q$$=$$\frac{-3-q}{-3-1}$$=$$\frac{-3-q}{-4}$$
Given, $$(-3)&q=2$$
Or, $$\frac{-3-q}{-4}=2$$
Cross-multiplying, we have
-3-q=-8
Or, q=-3+8=5

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