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If a, b, and c are three different numbers and $$\frac{x}{b-c}=\frac{y}{c-a}=\frac{z}{a-b}$$, then what is the value of $$ax + by + cz$$ ?

(A) 0

(B) 1

(C) 2

(D) 3

(E) 4

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In ax+by+cz, substituting y(b-c)/(c-a) for x and y(a-b)/(c-a) for z,
solving gives us 0/c-a

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From given equation we know that a, b, c can't be equal so, Let a=1,b=2,c=3,
Then the given equation will become x=-y/2=z
Now put all the values of a, b, c in ax+by+cz
=x+2y+3z
Now as x=-y/2=z
The equation will become
=-y/2+2y-3y/2
=0

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Another way solve it is put
X/(b-c) =Y/(c-a) =z/(a-b) =k
And put the values of x, y, z from above equation in ax+by+cz
It will become 0.
Hence A

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Bunuel wrote:
If a, b, and c are three different numbers and $$\frac{x}{b-c}=\frac{y}{c-a}=\frac{z}{a-b}$$, then what is the value of $$ax + by + cz$$ ?

(A) 0

(B) 1

(C) 2

(D) 3

(E) 4

let a=1,b=2 ,c = 3
and x=-1,y=2,z=-1
so $$ax + by + cz$$
IMO A ; 0
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aankit

Hello!

Why are we sure that we can substitute the values with any number?

Kind regards!
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jfranciscocuencag wrote:
aankit

Hello!

Why are we sure that we can substitute the values with any number?

Kind regards!

as no. of equations is less than no. of variables and if the equation is correct with one or more solution then we can take any value of a,b,c provided they are not equal, these values have to satisfy the equation. Re: If a, b, and c are three different numbers and x/(b - c) = y/(c - a) =   [#permalink] 18 Apr 2019, 18:12
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