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If b is an integer greater than 1, ab=?
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If b is an integer greater than 1, ab=?
1) b^a=1
2) b=2

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If b is an integer greater than 1, we can say b=2,3,4.. any positive integral value.

Now, Statement 1 : (b)^a=1 will be true only if either b=1 or a=0; but we know b<>1 => a=0; hence ab = 0*b=0; -- Sufficient

Statement 2 : b=2 doesn't tell us anything about a. -- Not Sufficient.

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As for statement 1:
if b^a=1, we can have log(b)1=a
therefore, a=0 => ab=0

Could I get the conclusion as above? ( using the function of log)
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As for statement 1:
if b^a=1, we can have log(b)1=a
therefore, a=0 => ab=0

Could I get the conclusion as above? ( using the function of log)


Yes, using log could be another way to solve this question.

And for statement 2, you can say that since the value of 'a' is unknown, you cannot find 'ab'. Thus, B would be insufficient in that case.
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tinalongmao wrote:
As for statement 1:
if b^a=1, we can have log(b)1=a
therefore, a=0 => ab=0

Could I get the conclusion as above? ( using the function of log)


Yes, using log could be another way to solve this question.

And for statement 2, you can say that since the value of 'a' is unknown, you cannot find 'ab'. Thus, B would be insufficient in that case.

I got it. Thanks for making it clear!
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If b is an integer greater than 1, then ab=?

1) b^a = 1
2) b = 2



Target question: What is the value of ab?

Given: b is an integer greater than 1

Statement 1: b^a = 1
There are 3 possible cases to consider:
case a: b = 1 and a is any number
case b: b = -1 and a is an even integer
case c: b = any number and a = 0

Since we're told that b is an integer greater than 1, we can rule out cases a and b, which means it MUST be the case that a = 0, in which case ab = 0
Since we can answer the target question with certainty, statement 1 is SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: b = 2
Since we have no information about the value of a, we cannot determine the value of ab
Since we cannot answer the target question with certainty, statement 2 is NOT SUFFICIENT

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Since there are 2 variables in the original condition, there is a high chance that C is the correct answer. However, we have to apply the common mistake type 4(A) since it is an integer question, one of key questions. In case of con 1), since we have a=0, we get ab=0. The answer is unique and the condition is sufficient. Hence, the correct answer is A.

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tinalongmao wrote:
abhimahna wrote:
tinalongmao wrote:
As for statement 1:
if b^a=1, we can have log(b)1=a
therefore, a=0 => ab=0

Could I get the conclusion as above? ( using the function of log)


Yes, using log could be another way to solve this question.

And for statement 2, you can say that since the value of 'a' is unknown, you cannot find 'ab'. Thus, B would be insufficient in that case.

I got it. Thanks for making it clear!


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