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# If 3x + 2y = -2z, what is x?

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If 3x + 2y = -2z, what is x?

1) x – y – z = 10

2) x + y + z = -2

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30 Sep 2017, 22:48
I gave one glance at the question and options and marked C - three variables -
three equation required

Then realised
You have to find value only of x

Lesson learned don't rush through qstn even if qstn is from your strong topic

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

If you can express y+z in terms of x or constant
You can find x

1) x – y – z = 10

x+10= y+z

If you plug the value of y+z in original eqtn you get value of x

2) x + y + z = -2

y+z = -x-2

plug the value of y+z in original eqtn you get value of x

Hence answer can be derived using both
Option - D

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Updated on: 30 Sep 2017, 23:35
susheelh wrote:
If 3x + 2y = -2z, what is x?

1) x – y – z = 10

2) x + y + z = -2

This is a question worth giving a try. Could not find it with the search option. So, posting here.Apologies if its already posted.

Statement 1: Multiply the equation by $$2$$ to get $$2x-2y-2z=20$$. Now substitute the value of $$-2z$$ in this equation to get

$$2x-2y+3x+2y=20$$, or $$x=4$$. Sufficient

Statement 2: multiply the equation by $$-2$$ to get $$-2x-2y-2z=4$$. Now substitute the value of $$-2z$$ in this equation to get

$$-2x-2y+3x+2y=4$$, or $$x=4$$. Sufficient

Option D
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My rationale for multiplying the equation by $$2$$ was that in the question stem RHS had -$$2z$$. Hence tried by multiplying by $$2$$ and it worked off very well. Then statement 2 was just a formality

Originally posted by niks18 on 30 Sep 2017, 23:32.
Last edited by niks18 on 30 Sep 2017, 23:35, edited 2 times in total.
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30 Sep 2017, 23:32
Exactly akshata19, this is a traditional C trap questions. Seemingly innocent and simple. But vicious if we do not approach with care

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In the system of equations above, you need to carefully leverage the given information. If you rearrange the given equation to match the statements, you will see that you can eliminate y and z with each statement alone. Remember: the goal in this problem is not to solve for all of the variables, just x.

For statement (1):

Given equation 3x + 2y +2z = 0
Statement (1) x – y – z = 10

Multiply bottom equation by 2 and combine:

3x + 2y +2z = 0
2x – 2y – 2z = 20

5x = 20 and x = 4 so statement (1) is sufficient.

For statement (2):

Given equation 3x + 2y +2z = 0
Statement (1) x + y + z = -2

Multiply bottom equation by -2 and combine:

3x + 2y +2z = 0
-2x – 2y – 2z = 4

x = 4 so statement (2) is also sufficient. The correct answer is (D).

akshata19 wrote:
I gave one glance at the question and options and marked C - three variables -
three equation required

Then realised
You have to find value only of x

Lesson learned don't rush through qstn even if qstn is from your strong topic

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

If you can express y+z in terms of x or constant
You can find x

1) x – y – z = 10

x+10= y+z

If you plug the value of y+z in original eqtn you get value of x

2) x + y + z = -2

y+z = -x-2

plug the value of y+z in original eqtn you get value of x

Hence answer can be derived using both
Option - D

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susheelh wrote:
If 3x + 2y = -2z, what is x?

1) x – y – z = 10

2) x + y + z = -2

This is a question worth giving a try. Could not find it with the search option. So, posting here.Apologies if its already posted.

Discussed here: if-3x-2y-2z-what-is-x-1-x-y-z-10-2-x-y-z-243209.html

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