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# If a and b are integers and a is not equal to b, is ab >

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02 Aug 2010, 03:24
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If a and b are integers and a is not equal to b, is ab > 0?

(1) a^b > 0
(2) a^b is a non-zero integer

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Re: If a and b are integers and a is not equal to b, is ab >  [#permalink]

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02 Aug 2010, 03:46
Hi,

Statement 1 is not sufficient:
Example
a=2, b=4 a^b>0 and ab>0
a=-2, b=4 a^b>0 and ab<0

Statement 2 again is not sufficient since no information is given (just that a^b is a non zero integer).

Taking both statements together, again is not sufficient.

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Re: If a and b are integers and a is not equal to b, is ab >  [#permalink]

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02 Aug 2010, 06:04
Its E for me as well...
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Re: If a and b are integers and a is not equal to b, is ab >  [#permalink]

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02 Aug 2010, 07:38
Awesome !

jakolik wrote:
Hi,

Statement 1 is not sufficient:
Example
a=2, b=4 a^b>0 and ab>0
a=-2, b=4 a^b>0 and ab<0

Statement 2 again is not sufficient since no information is given (just that a^b is a non zero integer).

Taking both statements together, again is not sufficient.

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Re: If a and b are integers and a is not equal to b, is ab >  [#permalink]

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14 Aug 2017, 02:11
nusmavrik wrote:
If a and b are integers and a is not equal to b, is ab > 0?

(1) a^b > 0
(2) a^b is a non-zero integer

Is $$ab>0$$? Question basically asks whether $$a$$ and $$b$$ are both positive or both negative.

(1) $$a^b>0$$ --> both $$a$$ and $$b$$ could be positive as well as $$a$$ could be positive and $$b$$ negative. Not sufficient.

(2) a^b is a non-zero integer --> if $$a=1$$ and $$b=-1$$ answer would be NO but if $$a=1$$ and $$b=2$$ answer would be YES. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Example from (2) is still valid. Not sufficient.

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