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If 0 < x < y, what is the value of \(\frac{(x + y)^2}{(x- y)^2}\)?


(1) \(x^2 + y^2 = 3xy\)

(2) \(xy = 3\)

Originally posted by Val1986 on 23 Mar 2013, 21:49.
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If 0 < x < y, what is the value of (x + y)^2/( x- y)^2?

\(\frac{(x + y)^2}{( x- y)^2}=\frac{x^2+2xy+y^2}{x^2-2xy+y^2}\)

(1) x^2 + y^2 = 3xy. Substitute: what is the value of \(\frac{x^2+2xy+y^2}{x^2-2xy+y^2}=\frac{3xy+2xy}{3xy-2xy}=\frac{5xy}{xy}=5\). Sufficient.

(2) xy = 3. Not sufficient.

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x^2+y^2=3xy => x^2+y^2-2xy=xy => (x-y)^2=xy

So you can replace : (x+y)^2/xy

And then just finish the work : (x+y)^2/xy => (x^2+y^2+2xy)/xy => (3xy+2xy)/xy => 5

1 is enough

2) not enough. (x+y)^2/(x-y)^2 => (x^2+y^2+2xy)/(x^2+y^2-2xy) => (x^2+y^2+6)/(x^2+y^2-6) => you can't know the value of x^2 or y^2

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In Second statement: xy=3 and 0<x<y. Is it possible to take x=1 & y=3 and make the second statement sufficient.
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In Second statement: xy=3 and 0<x<y. Is it possible to take x=1 & y=3 and make the second statement sufficient.

Got it,we also have to take fraction nos.x=0.5 y=6
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Can someone explain how to tackle (2)?

I started testing numbers with x=1 and y=3, result is 16. Then I went to x=\(\frac{1}{2}\) and y=6, but I quickly got bogged down in math and I was unable to prove that it is insufficient.

What is the shortcut I am missing to see that xy=3 is insufficient?

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Can someone explain how to tackle (2)?

I started testing numbers with x=1 and y=3, result is 16. Then I went to x=\(\frac{1}{2}\) and y=6, but I quickly got bogged down in math and I was unable to prove that it is insufficient.

What is the shortcut I am missing to see that xy=3 is insufficient?

Thanks!


You can clearly see that you ar egiven that x<y and that both x,y are >0. Statement 2 tells you that 2 positive number s(integers or not) give you a product of 3. Clearly, you can have different combinations that give you xy=3 but will definitely give you different values of x+y and let alone for (x+)^2/(x-y)^2. This makes this statement not sufficient.

With x=1 and y=3, the value should be 4 and not 16 (besides the point). As for x=.5 and y =6, you get (x+y)^2 = 6.5^2 and (x-y)^2 = 5.5^2 ---> 6.5^2/5.5^2 = (13/11)^2 = a value close to 1. Thus you get 2 different values for the expression under consideration, making this statement not sufficient.

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Hi,

Im not getting why st2 is not correct. This is how I am solving this.

(x+y)^2 x^2+2xy+y^2
------- => ------------- => x^2+2xy+y^2- x^2+2xy-y^2 => 4xy
(x−y)^2 x^2−2xy+y^2

So as per the above method, Only st2 is sufficient. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks for your help!

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If 0 < x < y, what is the value of (x + y)^2/( x- y)^2?

\(\frac{(x + y)^2}{( x- y)^2}=\frac{x^2+2xy+y^2}{x^2-2xy+y^2}\)

(1) x^2 + y^2 = 3xy. Substitute: what is the value of \(\frac{x^2+2xy+y^2}{x^2-2xy+y^2}=\frac{3xy+2xy}{3xy-2xy}=\frac{5xy}{xy}=5\). Sufficient.

(2) xy = 3. Not sufficient.

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Hi,

Im not getting why st2 is not correct. This is how I am solving this.

(x+y)^2 x^2+2xy+y^2
------- => ------------- => x^2+2xy+y^2- x^2+2xy-y^2 => 4xy
(x−y)^2 x^2−2xy+y^2

So as per the above method, Only st2 is sufficient. What am I doing wrong?

Thanks for your help!

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If 0 < x < y, what is the value of (x + y)^2/( x- y)^2?

\(\frac{(x + y)^2}{( x- y)^2}=\frac{x^2+2xy+y^2}{x^2-2xy+y^2}\)

(1) x^2 + y^2 = 3xy. Substitute: what is the value of \(\frac{x^2+2xy+y^2}{x^2-2xy+y^2}=\frac{3xy+2xy}{3xy-2xy}=\frac{5xy}{xy}=5\). Sufficient.

(2) xy = 3. Not sufficient.

Answer: A.


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Next, how is the read part above correct? Does 3/2 equals to 3-2=1???
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let's rewrite the given value: (x^2+2xy+y^2)/(x^2-2xy+y^2)

1) we see that x^2+y^2=3xy, so if we plug that in, it is 5xy/xy=5 Sufficient
2) alone insufficient

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