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If a^6 + b^6 = 144 then the greatest possible value for b is between

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greatest possible value of b is when a is zero.

so b^6 = 144
b^3 = 12 b = 2.xxx
b is between 3 and 4 so

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It's a D. Between 2 and 4.

B is maximum when value of A is zero.

And since no condition has been given for A and B to be integers, so B can take decimal values also.

Again b^6=144
b^3=12.
So B can also be 2.1 or 2.2.
But it cannot be 3 or greater than 3.
So it has to be somewhere between 2 and 3.
So option D holds good in this case.



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If a^6 + b^6 = 144 then the greatest possible value for b is between

A. 8 and 10
B. 6 and 8
C. 4 and 6
D. 2 and 4
E. 2 and 0


The question states that \(b^6 = 144-a^6\). Hence for \(b\) to be maximum \(a=0\)
so \(b^6=144\) taking square root of both the sides, we get
\(b^3 = 12\). Now,
\(8<12<27\) or \(8<b^3<27\). Taking cube root of the inequality we get
\(2<b<3\). Hence \(b\) is definitely greater than \(2\) but less than \(3\) (to be precise; \(b^3 = 12\), or \(b= 2.289428\))

Ideally the greatest possible value of \(b\) is between \(2\) & \(3\), but we don't have any option stating that.
Hi Bunuel can you confirm whether Option D is correct and there are no typo errors

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Bunuel wrote:
If a^6 + b^6 = 144 then the greatest possible value for b is between

A. 8 and 10
B. 6 and 8
C. 4 and 6
D. 2 and 4
E. 2 and 0


The question states that \(b^6 = 144-a^6\). Hence for \(b\) to be maximum \(a=0\)
so \(b^6=144\) taking square root of both the sides, we get
\(b^3 = 12\). Now,
\(8<12<27\) or \(8<b^3<27\). Taking cube root of the inequality we get
\(2<b<3\). Hence \(b\) is definitely greater than \(2\) but less than \(3\) (to be precise; \(b^3 = 12\), or \(b= 2.289428\))

Ideally the greatest possible value of \(b\) is between \(2\) & \(3\), but we don't have any option stating that.
Hi Bunuel can you confirm whether Option D is correct and there are no typo errors


niks18
hi

I agree with you completely
though I approached the problem similar way, I don't understand how everybody is claiming "b" to be between 2 and 4

certainly, we need some Bunuel here ..

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gmatcracker2017 wrote:
niks18 wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
If a^6 + b^6 = 144 then the greatest possible value for b is between

A. 8 and 10
B. 6 and 8
C. 4 and 6
D. 2 and 4
E. 2 and 0


The question states that \(b^6 = 144-a^6\). Hence for \(b\) to be maximum \(a=0\)
so \(b^6=144\) taking square root of both the sides, we get
\(b^3 = 12\). Now,
\(8<12<27\) or \(8<b^3<27\). Taking cube root of the inequality we get
\(2<b<3\). Hence \(b\) is definitely greater than \(2\) but less than \(3\) (to be precise; \(b^3 = 12\), or \(b= 2.289428\))

Ideally the greatest possible value of \(b\) is between \(2\) & \(3\), but we don't have any option stating that.
Hi Bunuel can you confirm whether Option D is correct and there are no typo errors


niks18
hi

I agree with you completely
though I approached the problem similar way, I don't understand how everybody is claiming "b" to be between 2 and 4

certainly, we need some Bunuel here ..


The greatest possible value of b turns out to be ~2.3, which is indeed between 2 and 3, but it will also be true to say that it's between -1,000 and 10,000 isn't it? Between x and y, here means in the range from x to y. So, we can say that 2.3 is between 2 and 4.
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gmatcracker2017 wrote:
niks18 wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
If a^6 + b^6 = 144 then the greatest possible value for b is between

A. 8 and 10
B. 6 and 8
C. 4 and 6
D. 2 and 4
E. 2 and 0


The question states that \(b^6 = 144-a^6\). Hence for \(b\) to be maximum \(a=0\)
so \(b^6=144\) taking square root of both the sides, we get
\(b^3 = 12\). Now,
\(8<12<27\) or \(8<b^3<27\). Taking cube root of the inequality we get
\(2<b<3\). Hence \(b\) is definitely greater than \(2\) but less than \(3\) (to be precise; \(b^3 = 12\), or \(b= 2.289428\))

Ideally the greatest possible value of \(b\) is between \(2\) & \(3\), but we don't have any option stating that.
Hi Bunuel can you confirm whether Option D is correct and there are no typo errors


niks18
hi

I agree with you completely
though I approached the problem similar way, I don't understand how everybody is claiming "b" to be between 2 and 4

certainly, we need some Bunuel here ..


thanks a lot to you Bunuel

you are super helpful
thanks 8-)

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