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For any two numbers a and b, the operation a#b is given by the express

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For any two numbers a and b, the operation a#b is given by the expression \(a^2 + 6ab + b^2\). If a#1 = -7, then a could be equal to

A) -3
B) -1
C) -4
D) 2
E) 4

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For any two numbers a and b, the operation a#b is given by the expression \(a^2 + 6ab + b^2\). If a#1 = -7, then a could be equal to

A) -3
B) -1
C) -4
D) 2
E) 4


\(a^2 + 6a + 1 = -7\)

\(a^2 + 6a + 8 = 0\)

\((a+4) (a+2) = 0\)

\(a = -2\) or \(-4\)

Answer choice C

You could do it by backsolving and picking a number from the answer choice.

If we try a = -4

then \((-4)^2 + 6 * -4 * 1 + 1 = 16 -24 + 1 = -7\)
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