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Re: If 10x + 10y + 16x^2 + 25y^2 = 10 + Z, what is the value of x + y?
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19 Mar 2016, 22:19

Forget conventional ways of solving math questions. In DS, Variable approach is the easiest and quickest way to find the answer without actually solving the problem. Remember equal number of variables and independent equations ensures a solution.

If 10x+10y+16x^2+25y^2=10+z , what is the value of x + y?

(1) z=(4x)^2+(5y)^2 (2) x=1

When you modify the original condition and the question, x+y=(10+z-16x^2-25y^2)/10 is derived. For 1), x+y=1 is derived from z=16x^2+25y^2, which is sufficient. The answer is A.

Once we modify the original condition and the question according to the variable approach method 1, we can solve approximately 30% of DS questions.
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07 Aug 2016, 13:19

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Bunuel wrote:

If \(10x + 10y + 16x^2 + 25y^2 = 10 + z\), what is the value of x + y?

(1) z = (4x)² + (5y)² (2) x = 1

Target question:What is the value of x + y?

Given: 10x + 10y + 16x² + 25y² = 10 + z

Statement 1: z = (4x)² + (5y)² In other words, z = 16x² + 25y² Take the given info (10x + 10y + 16x² + 25y² = 10 + z) and replace z with 16x² + 25y² We get: 10x + 10y + 16x² + 25y² = 10 + 16x² + 25y² Subtract 16x² from both sides to get: 10x + 10y + 25y² = 10 + 25y² Subtract 25y² from both sides to get: 10x + 10y = 10 Factor the left side: 10(x + y) = 10 Divide both sides by 10 to get: x + y = 1 Since we can answer the target question with certainty, statement 1 is SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: x = 1 Take the given info (10x + 10y + 16x² + 25y² = 10 + z) and replace x with 1 We get: 10(1) + 10y + 16(1²) + 25y² = 10 + z As you can see, two variables remain, which means y and z can have any number of values. This means the sum x + y can have any number of values. Since we cannot answer the target question with certainty, statement 2 is NOT SUFFICIENT

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