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How many real roots does the equation x^2y+16xy+64y=0 have if y < 0?

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x^2y+16xy+64y=0
=> y ( x^2 + 16x + 64) = 0
=> y (x+8)^2 = 0

if y<0 , then x=-8
So although there are 2 factors , they are the same x=-8 .
The equations has 1 distinct real root .
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y(x^2+16x+64)=0
y=0
(x+8)=0
x=-8
hence B

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If x= -8 then the equation equals 0, and the meaning of y doesn't change that. Therefore, there is an infinite number of solutions

I bet on E

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How many real roots does the equation x^2y+16xy+64y=0 have if y < 0?

A. 0
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. Infinite

If x= -8 then the equation equals 0, and the meaning of y doesn't change that. Therefore, there is an infinite number of solutions

I bet on E


You bet incorrectly. Please check the original post for the OA and the discussion above for solutions. The question asks for the number of values of x that satisfies the given equation if y < 0.

\(x^2y+16xy+64y=0\)

\(y(x+8)^2=0\)

Now, if y < 0 (so if \(y \neq 0\)), then the only way \(y(x+8)^2=0\) to hold true is if x = -8.

Answer: B.

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x^2y+16xy+64y=0

or y(x+8)^2 = 0

since y is not equal to 0
therefore x+8 = 0
or x = -8

hence 1 solution.

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ByjusGMATapp wrote:
x^2y+16xy+64y=0

or y(x+8)^2 = 0

since y is not equal to 0
therefore x+8 = 0
or x = -8

hence 1 solution.


So if Y could equal 0 then there would be 2 real roots?

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ByjusGMATapp wrote:
x^2y+16xy+64y=0

or y(x+8)^2 = 0

since y is not equal to 0
therefore x+8 = 0
or x = -8

hence 1 solution.


So if Y could equal 0 then there would be 2 real roots?


Question mentioned y is less than 0

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