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For positive integers \(x\) and \(y\), \(x@y\) is defined by \(x@y=\frac{(x+y)}{xy}\). If \(a, b\), and \(c\) are positive integers, what is the value of \(\frac{1}{a}\)@1/\((\frac{1}{b}@\frac{1}{c})\)?

A. \(a+b+c\)
B. \(\frac{1}{abc}\)
C. \(\frac{1}{(a+b+c)}\)
D. \(\frac{1}{(ab+bc+ca)}\)
E. \(\frac{3}{abc}\)
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For positive integers \(x\) and \(y\), \(x@y\) is defined by \(x@y=\frac{(x+y)}{xy}\). If \(a, b\), and \(c\) are positive integers, what is the value of \(\frac{1}{a}@\frac{1}{([fraction]1/b}@\frac{1}{c})[/fraction]\)?

A. \(a+b+c\)
B. \(\frac{1}{abc}\)
C. \(\frac{1}{(a+b+c)}\)
D. \(\frac{1}{(ab+bc+ca)}\)
E. \(\frac{3}{abc}\)


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For positive integers \(x\) and \(y\), \(x@y\) is defined by \(x@y=\frac{(x+y)}{xy}\). If \(a, b\), and \(c\) are positive integers, what is the value of \(\frac{1}{a}\)@1/\((\frac{1}{b}@\frac{1}{c})\)?

A. \(a+b+c\)
B. \(\frac{1}{abc}\)
C. \(\frac{1}{(a+b+c)}\)
D. \(\frac{1}{(ab+bc+ca)}\)
E. \(\frac{3}{abc}\)


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We can simplify the definition of the operation in the following way:
x@y=(x+y)/xy = x/(xy) + y/(xy) = 1/x+1/y.
So,
1/a@1/(1/b@1/c) = a + (1/b @1/ c) = a + ( b + c ).

Therefore, the answer is A.
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x@y=(x+y)/xy = x/(xy) + y/(xy) = 1/x+1/y.
So,
1/a@1/(1/b@1/c) = a + (1/b @1/ c) = a + ( b + c ).

Therefore, the answer is A.
Answer: A


Hello,

I don't get why you are performing a sum instead of the division you asked in the question.

You are saying: 1/a@1/(1/b@1/c) = a + (1/b @1/ c) = a + ( b + c ).

But as I see, it would be= 1/a@1/(1/b@1/c) = 1+a / b+c

Please tell me what I am doing wrong.

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