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If a^2 – ab = 2b^2, which of the following could be b/a ?

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Bunuel wrote:
If a^2 – ab = 2b^2, which of the following could be b/a ?

I. 1/2
II. 2
III. −1

(A) I only
(B) II only
(C) I and II
(D) I and III
(E) II and III


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Divide by b^2 in the original equation a^2 – ab = 2b^2 we get \((\frac{a}{b})^{2} - \frac{a}{b} = 2\)

Then substituting values for each case :-
i) \(\frac{b}{a} = \frac{1}{2}\) => \(\frac{a}{b} = 2\)
\((\frac{a}{b})^{2} - \frac{a}{b} = 2^{2} - 2 = 2\) - Valid

ii) \(\frac{b}{a} = 2\) => \(\frac{a}{b} = \frac{1}{2}\)
\((\frac{a}{b})^{2} - \frac{a}{b} = (\frac{1}{2})^{2} - \frac{1}{2} = \frac{-1}{2}\) - Not Valid

iii) \(\frac{ b}{a} = -1\) => \(\frac{a}{b} = -1\)
\((\frac{a}{b})^{2} - \frac{a}{b} = -1^{2} - (-1) = 2\) - Valid

Hence i) and iii) must be true -> Answer D
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If a^2 – ab = 2b^2, which of the following could be b/a ?

I. 1/2
II. 2
III. −1

(A) I only
(B) II only
(C) I and II
(D) I and III --> correct
(E) II and III


Solution:
\(a^2 – ab = 2b^2\)
=> \(1 – (ab/a^2) = (2b^2/a^2)\), # divide both side by a^2
=> \(1 – x = 2x^2\), # say, x= b/a
=> \(2x^2 +x -1 = 0\)
=> \(2x^2 +2x -x -1 = 0\)
=> (x+1)(2x-1)=0
=> (x+1)(x-1/2)=0
=> x =-1 or 1/2
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Bunuel wrote:
If a^2 – ab = 2b^2, which of the following could be b/a ?

I. 1/2
II. 2
III. −1

(A) I only
(B) II only
(C) I and II
(D) I and III
(E) II and III


a^2 – ab = 2b^2
a^2 – ab-2b^2=0
a^2-ab-2b^2=0
(a-2b)(a+b)=0
a=2b or a=-b
b/2b=1/2
b/-b=-1

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Re: If a^2 – ab = 2b^2, which of the following could be b/a ?   [#permalink] 02 Apr 2020, 09:30

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