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# If a^2 + b = 7, then b could equal which of the following?

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If a^2 + b = 7, then b could equal which of the following?

A 6

B 8

C 9

D 10

E 11

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Bunuel wrote:
If a^2 + b = 7, then b could equal which of the following?

A 6

B 8

C 9

D 10

E 11

a^2 will either be a positive integer or be 0.

That limits the value of b.

b could be only be 6 as total is 7.
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24 Jan 2019, 08:18
Bunuel wrote:
If a^2 + b = 7, then b could equal which of the following?

A 6

B 8

C 9

D 10

E 11

Possible values of a and b are -

1. a = 0 & b = 7 ; 0^2 + 7 = 7
2. a = 1 & b = 6 ; 1^2 + 6 = 7
3. a = 2 & b = 3 ; 2^2 + 3 = 7

Among the given options, only (A) fits in, thus correct Answer must be (A) 6
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