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If $$2^{(x+y)} * 3^{(x-y)} = \frac{32}{3}$$ then what is the value of product x and y?

A. 2
B. 3
C. 5
D. 6
E. 16

Originally posted by ggpapas on 03 Feb 2018, 20:04.
Last edited by Bunuel on 04 Feb 2018, 00:06, edited 5 times in total.
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Re: If 2^(x+y)*3^(x-y) = 32/3 then what is the value of product x and y?  [#permalink]

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Thought so the question had a problem, hence removed the solution, sry

Since it is multiplication in the LHS, it becomes easy to equate LHS , RHS

2^(x+y) * 3^(x-y)= 2^5 * 3^-1

equating we get x+y=5 & x-y=-1
solving for x & y , we get 2&3 respt.
hence ans xy = 6
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if 2^(x+y) + 3^(x-y) = 32/3 then what is the value of product x and y?

A.2
B.3
C.5
D.6
E.16

Hi ggpapas

The question seems to have an error in the highlighted part. It should be multiplication for the answer to be 6. Kindly confirm the source of the question

$$2^{(x+y)}*3^{(x-y)}=\frac{32}{3}=2^5*3^{-1}$$

$$=>x+y=5$$ & $$x-y=-1$$

therefore, $$x=2$$ & $$y=3$$

Hence $$x*y=2*3=6$$
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ggpapas wrote:
if 2^(x+y) + 3^(x-y) = 32/3 then what is the value of product x and y?

A.2
B.3
C.5
D.6
E.16

Hi ggpapas,

Can you please check if the question is correct. I tried for almost 45 minutes to figure out the answer but couldn't get any approach.
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GMAT 1: 730 Q49 V41 Re: If 2^(x+y)*3^(x-y) = 32/3 then what is the value of product x and y?  [#permalink]

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ggpapas wrote:
if 2^(x+y) + 3^(x-y) = 32/3 then what is the value of product x and y?

A.2
B.3
C.5
D.6
E.16

It seems that there is a typo and it should be multiplication instead of addition. Please check once again.
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Re: If 2^(x+y)*3^(x-y) = 32/3 then what is the value of product x and y?  [#permalink]

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Hi all,

Yes I had a typo, the addition should be multiply

Thanks!
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ggpapas wrote:
if 2^(x+y) x 3^(x-y) = 32/3 then what is the value of product x and y?

A.2
B.3
C.5
D.6
E.16

$$2^{x+y}*3^{x-y}=\frac{32}{3}=\frac{2^5}{3}=2^5*3^{-1}$$..

So by equating powers
x+y=5 ...
x-y=-1.....x=y-1
So x+y=y-1+y=5.......2y=6....y=3
x=y-1=3-1=2..
xy=3*2=6

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ggpapas wrote:
if $$2^{(x+y)} * 3^{(x-y)} = \frac{32}{3}$$ then what is the value of product x and y?

A.2
B.3
C.5
D.6
E.16

Theory to solve such questions
The key to solving these kind of problems is to equate the left hand side to the
right hand side. Once you have a common base on both the side the exponents
can be equated.

For an equation $$Base1^{Exponent1} = Base2^{Exponent2}$$

If $$Base1 = Base2$$, then $$Exponent1 = Exponent 2$$

Now, coming back to this question.

$$2^{(x+y)} * 3^{(x-y)} = \frac{32}{3}$$ can be re-written as $$2^{(x+y)} * 3^{(x-y)} = 2^5 * 3^{-1}$$

Using this equation we get x+y = 5 and x-y = -1
Solving for x and y, we get x=2 and y=3
The product of x and y is 6(Option D)

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