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For x and y, what is the value of x?

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For x and y, what is the value of x?

1) (x-3)(x+y)=0
2) (x-3)(2x+y)=0

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"Only $149 for 3 month Online Course" "Free Resources-30 day online access & Diagnostic Test" "Unlimited Access to over 120 free video lessons - try it yourself" Originally posted by MathRevolution on 05 Jul 2017, 01:03. Last edited by MathRevolution on 10 Jul 2017, 12:09, edited 1 time in total. Senior PS Moderator Joined: 26 Feb 2016 Posts: 3386 Location: India GPA: 3.12 Re: For x and y, what is the value of x? [#permalink] Show Tags 05 Jul 2017, 01:26 1) (x-3)(x+y)=0 Since we don't know the value of y, we cannot say what is the value of x as x=3 or x=-y(without knowing the value of y, we can't clearly find out the value of x(Insufficient) 2) (x-3)(2x+y)=0 Since we don't know the value of y, we cannot say what is the value of x as x=3 or x=-y/2(without knowing the value of y, we can't clearly find out the value of x(Insufficient) On combining the information in both the statements, we know x=3 and x=-y and -y/2 This is possible only when y = 0, we can clearly tell what the value of x is(Sufficient) (Option C) _________________ You've got what it takes, but it will take everything you've got Manager Joined: 21 Mar 2017 Posts: 54 Re: For x and y, what is the value of x? [#permalink] Show Tags 06 Jul 2017, 10:46 1 MathRevolution But what if y=0?? In that case ,ans. will be E. I think you should have mentioned that y is not 0 in the ques stem. Math Revolution GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Aug 2015 Posts: 7252 GMAT 1: 760 Q51 V42 GPA: 3.82 For x and y, what is the value of x? [#permalink] Show Tags Updated on: 10 Jul 2017, 12:13 ==> In the original condition, there are 2 variables (x,y) and in order to match the number of variables to the number of equations, there must be 2 equations. Since there is 1 for con 1) and 1 for con 2), C is most likely to be the answer. By solving con 1) and con 2), you have $$x=3$$ or $$x = y = 0$$. Thus both conditions 1) & 2) together are not sufficient. Therefore, the answer is E. Answer: E _________________ MathRevolution: Finish GMAT Quant Section with 10 minutes to spare The one-and-only World’s First Variable Approach for DS and IVY Approach for PS with ease, speed and accuracy. "Only$149 for 3 month Online Course"
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Originally posted by MathRevolution on 07 Jul 2017, 01:05.
Last edited by MathRevolution on 10 Jul 2017, 12:13, edited 1 time in total.
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08 Jul 2017, 07:41
On solving we get
x = 3
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x = -y, -y/2 --> Solving this gives us y = 0 --> This in turn means x(x-3) = 0
Combining now gives two values for x --> 0 and 3.

The question stem does not mention that x cannot be 0. How then are we arriving at C as the answer when there are clearly 2 values.

Bunuel could you please weigh in here as well, incase i am missing something.
Making mistakes in questions by what seem like legitimate sources, means we end up learning something wrong, as is the case here. If i am wrong then i would like to understand how.

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In the original condition, there are 2 variables (x,y) and in order to match the number of variables to the number of equations, there must be 2 equations. Since there is 1 for con 1) and 1 for con 2), C is most likely to be the answer. By solving con 1) and con 2), you get x=3, which is unique and sufficient.

Would you mine explaining this, wrt what i have mentioned?
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09 Jul 2017, 04:57
What if y = 0 ?, then X can be 0 or 3 as well. Please explain!
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09 Jul 2017, 18:55
I am not able to understand how x is only equal to 3? Both the statements are insufficient on their own and when you combine them, you get x=3 and x=-y and -y/2. Shouldn't the answer be E? X has two values here. Please help me!
Re: For x and y, what is the value of x?   [#permalink] 09 Jul 2017, 18:55
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