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If a, b and c are distinct positive integers, what is the value of (a

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If a, b and c are distinct positive integers, what is the value of (a + b + c)?

(1) \(2^{(2a+c)} + 3^b = 91\)

(2) \(2^{(a+2b)} + 3^{(\frac{c}{4})} = 13\)


(1)
\(2^{(2a+c)} + 3^b = 91\)
91 can only be 64 + 27
2a+c = 6 and b=3
now (a,b,c) can only be (1,3,4) (distinct positive integers)

Sufficient

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\(2^{(a+2b)} + 3^{(\frac{c}{4})} = 13\)
13 can only be 4+9
c/4 = 2
c=8
a+2b = 2 (not possible) cannot identify the value of a+b as b or a cannot be 0
Not sufficient

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Hi Bunuel, how come statement 2 is valid given a,b,c distinct positive integers?

Please clarify

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hellosanthosh2k2 wrote:
Hi Bunuel, how come statement 2 is valid given a,b,c distinct positive integers?

Please clarify

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Hey hellosanthosh2k2

B is not valid, that is the reason the answer is Option A.
If you have some other problem do let me know!

As already explained, a+2b = 2 is possible in 2 cases
case 1
a=0,b=1
case 2
b=0,a=2
As c has the value of 8, the value of the expression a+b+c could be 9 or 10

Hence, Option B is not sufficient
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New post 23 Dec 2017, 14:01
it seems that there is no faster way to calculate. It tooks me 3.5 min. Also, the assumption here is that the value of (a+b+c) must have a value. In other words, if there is no value, then the statement is insufficient. For this reason, B is wrong.
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