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If $$|\frac{a}{b}|$$ and $$|\frac{x}{y}|$$ are reciprocals and $$\frac{a}{b}*\frac{x}{y} < 0$$, which of the following must be true?

A. $$ab < 0$$

B. $$\frac{a}{b} (\frac{x}{y}) < -1$$

C. $$\frac{a}{b} < 1$$

D. $$\frac{a}{b} = \frac{-y}{x}$$

E. $$\frac{y}{x} > \frac{a}{b}$$

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Bunuel wrote:
If $$|\frac{a}{b}|$$ and $$|\frac{x}{y}|$$ are reciprocals and $$\frac{a}{b}*\frac{x}{y} < 0$$, which of the following must be true?

A. $$ab < 0$$

B. $$\frac{a}{b} (\frac{x}{y}) < -1$$

C. $$\frac{a}{b} < 1$$

D. $$\frac{a}{b} = \frac{-y}{x}$$

E. $$\frac{y}{x} > \frac{a}{b}$$

$$|\frac{a}{b}|$$ and $$|\frac{x}{y}|$$ are reciprocals, so $$|\frac{a}{b}|*|\frac{x}{y}|=1$$
But if $$\frac{a}{b}*\frac{x}{y} < 0$$, means (a/b)*(x/y)=-1
Thus a/b=-(y/x)

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