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If ab ≠ 0, what is the value of (a+b)/(a-b)?

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Statement 1: This provides only the ratio a/b. Hence insufficient
Statement 2: b=10. Provides no info about a. Insufficient

Statement 1&2: We can solve statement 1 and get values of a and b. Sufficient

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To find the value of \(\frac{a+b}{a-b}\)

Statement 1

\(3a^2 = 2b^2\)

=> \(\frac{a^2}{b^2}\) = \(\frac{2}{3}\)

=> \(\frac{a}{b}\) = \(\pm \sqrt{\frac{2}{3}}\)

Statement 1 is not sufficient

Statement 2

b = 10

Does not give any information about value of a

Statement 2 is insufficient

Combining statements 1 and 2

=> \(3a^2 = 200\)

=> a = \(\pm \sqrt{\frac{200}{3}}\)

We don't get the unique value for "a"

Statements 1 and 2 together are not sufficient

Hence option E
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If ab ≠ 0, what is the value of \(\frac{a+b}{a-b}\) ?


(1) \(3a^2 = 2b^2\)
since terms contain squares, we can have both positive value and negative value..
\(3a^2=2b^2.........a=\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}}*b\) or \(a=-\sqrt{\frac{2}{3}}*b\)
Although variables will get cancelled, TWO answers are possible
insuff

(2) b = 10
Nothing about a
insuff

Individually both are clearly insufficient, so let us see combined
as we can see that the variables get cancelled in statement 1, so statement II does not help by giving value of b
still two answers possible
insuff

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