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# If ab/a + b = 2, then what is a in terms of b?

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If $$\frac{ab}{a + b} = 2$$, then what is a in terms of b?

A $$\frac{b – 2}{2b}$$

B $$\frac{2b}{b + 2}$$

C $$\frac{2b}{b – 2}$$

D $$\frac{b}{2b – 2}$$

E $$\frac{b + 2}{2b}$$

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24 Jan 2019, 03:46
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If $$\frac{ab}{a + b} = 2$$, then what is a in terms of b?

A $$\frac{b – 2}{2b}$$

B $$\frac{2b}{b + 2}$$

C $$\frac{2b}{b – 2}$$

D $$\frac{b}{2b – 2}$$

E $$\frac{b + 2}{2b}$$

solve the expression
we would ge
ab=2a+2b
a= 2b / (b-2)
IMO C
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24 Jan 2019, 09:56
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lets solve in a different manner
given
$$ab/(a+b)=2$$
lets reverse.
$$(a+b)/ab= 1/2$$
thus $$1/a+1/b= 1/2$$
$$1/a= 1/2-1/b$$
$$1/a = (b-2)/2b$$
reverse again:
$$a= 2b/(b-2)$$
there for C
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24 Jan 2019, 21:18
$$\frac{ab}{(a+b)}=2$$
$$ab=2(a+b)$$
$$ab=2a+2b$$
$$ab-2a=2b$$
$$a(b-2)=2b$$
$$a=\frac{2b}{(b-2)}$$

Hence, the answer is C.
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