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If a=1 and (a-b)/c = 1 which of the following is NOT a possible value of b?

A. -2
B. -1
C. 0
D. 1
E. 2
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Answer is D. b cannot be 1.

1-1/c =1 is not possible

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If a=1 and (a-b)/c = 1 which of the following is NOT a possible value of b?

A. -2
B. -1
C. 0
D. 1
E. 2


b = (1-c)

If b=1, then C=0, which will not satisfy (a-b)/c = 1. ( divisibility by 0 is not possible.)

therefore b=1 is not possible.

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Since (1-b)/c = 1, b can not be 1. If b = 1, then (1-b)/c will always be 0, violating the rule :)

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tarek99 wrote:
If a=1 and (a-b)/c = 1, which of the following is NOT a possible value of b?

a) -2

b) -1

c) 0

d) 1

e) 2

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Equation is:

(a-b)/c = 1 where a = 1

so plug in 1 for a and look at it again

(1-b)/c = 1

now C can be anything we want, so if b = -2 we can plug it in and make it work

(1-(-2))/c = 1
3/c = 1
c = 3 and it works

HOWEVER, if we have a 0 in the numerator there isn't a number on earth that makes 0/C = 1

(1-1)/c = 1
0/c = 1
there aren't any matches for C to make this true

B cannot be 1.

Answer is D

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Hi.
Can anyone let me know what is wrong in my approach -

(a-b)/c = 1

a-b = c(by cross multiplying)
Now as a= 1
1-b = c
implies, 1-c=b
Now c can take any value, and b can have any of the values provided in the answer choices. Please let me know where I am going wrong. Why it is not possible to cross multiply in the first instance. this is how I approached in my exam.

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Hi.
Can anyone let me know what is wrong in my approach -

(a-b)/c = 1

a-b = c(by cross multiplying)
Now as a= 1
1-b = c
implies, 1-c=b
Now c can take any value, and b can have any of the values provided in the answer choices. Please let me know where I am going wrong. Why it is not possible to cross multiply in the first instance. this is how I approached in my exam.

Thanks


If a=1 and (a-b)/c = 1 which of the following is NOT a possible value of b?
A. -2
B. -1
C. 0
D. 1
E. 2

First of all remember that division by zero is undefined, hence \(c\neq{0}\) and that's why you CAN cross-multiply.

\(\frac{a-b}{c}=1\) --> as \(a=1\) --> \(\frac{1-b}{c}=1\) --> \(1-b=c\), but since \(c\neq{0}\), then \(1-b\neq{0}\) --> \(b\neq{1}\).

Answer: D.

Hope it's clear.
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Thanks Bunuel, makes sense. !:-)
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