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If \(kmn\neq{0}\), is \(\frac{x}{m}*(m^2+n^2+k^2)=xm+yn+zk\)?

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If \(kmn\neq{0}\), is \(\frac{x}{m}*(m^2+n^2+k^2)=xm+yn+zk\)?

Is \(\frac{x}{m}(m^2+n^2+k^2)=xm+yn+zk\)? -->multiply both part by \(m\), to get rid of fraction part and open the brackets --> \(xm^2+xn^2+xk^2=xm^2+ynm+zkm\) --> \(xm^2\) will cancel out and the question becomes is \(xn^2+xk^2=ynm+zkm\)

(1) \(\frac{z}{k}=\frac{x}{m}\) --> \(zm=kx\) --> substitute zm with kx --> is \(xn^2+xk^2=ynm+xk^2\) --> \(xk^2\) will cancel out and the question becomes is "\(xn^2=ynm\)?" Not sufficient.

(2) \(\frac{x}{m}=\frac{y}{n}\) --> \(xn=ym\) --> substitute ym with xn --> is \(xn^2+xk^2=xn^2+zkm\) --> \(xn^2\) will cancel out and the question becomes "is \(xk^2=zkm\)?" Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) is \(xn^2+xk^2=ynm+zkm\)? --> substitute in from (1) and (2) --> is \(xn^2+xk^2=xn^2+xk^2\)? Answer is YES. Sufficient.

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Option C.
From S1:
the ques:Is xm+(xn^2)/m + (xk^2)/m=xm+yn+zk ?
Replacing x/m by z/k,we get
Is xm+(zn^2)/k+zk=xm+yn+zk?
Cancelling the common terms on both sides,we still can't tell whether the 2 sides are equal or not.Not suff.

From S2:Is xm+yn+(yk^2)/n=xm+yn+zk ?
Cancelling the common terms we still can't tell whether the 2 sides are equal.Not suff.

Combining the 2 terms,we can replace the terms appropriately to find they are equal.
LHS:xm +yn +zk=RHS.

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Simplifying the question statement given:-
x/y*(m^2+n^2+k^2)=xm+yn+zk
x/y*m^2+x/y*n^2+x/y*k^2 = xm+yn+zk

Thus simplified equation:-
xm+x/y*n^2+x/y*k^2 = xm+yn+zk

Now Statement 1:- z/k = x/m
Substituting this in the simplified equation above we get -
xm+x/y*n^2+zk = xm+yn+zk
Since no other info is provided this statement is insufficient.

Note - Looking at this itself u can figure out that the only info needed to prove both sides of the above equation equal is x/m = y/n. This can be achieved by combining both the statements. So from here itself u can directly conclude that Option (C) is the answer


Statement 2:- x/m = y/n
Substituting this in the simplified equation above we get -
xm+yn+x/y*k^2 = xm+yn+zk
Since no other info is provided this statement is insufficient.

Combining both the statements we get x/m = y/n = z/k
Substituting this in the simplified equation we get
xm+yn+zk = xm+yn+zk

Thus both sides are proved to be equal.
Hence Option (C) is the answer.

This question can be solved much faster as explained earlier since both statements are exactly the same. i.e they provide exactly half of the solution.

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I use plug in approach and find it easier to understand:

Does x/m(m^2 + n^2 + k^2) = xm + yn + zk ?

1. let z/k = 1/2 = x/m = 2/4, then the above becomes:
Does 1/2(16 + n^2 + 4) = 8 + yn + 2 -->insuficient

2. let x/m = 2/4 = y/n = 4/8, can guess that we will have something just like (1) ---> insuficient

1 and 2 together, using the plug in number, we have:
Does 1/2 (16 + 84 + 4) = 8 + 32 + 2 ---> Yes --> Answer is C

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If \(kmn\neq{0}\), is \(\frac{x}{m}*(m^2+n^2+k^2)=xm+yn+zk\)?

Is \(\frac{x}{m}(m^2+n^2+k^2)=xm+yn+zk\)? -->multiply both part by \(m\), to get rid of fraction part and open the brackets --> \(xm^2+xn^2+xk^2=xm^2+ynm+zkm\) --> \(xm^2\) will cancel out and the question becomes is \(xn^2+xk^2=ynm+zkm\)

(1) \(\frac{z}{k}=\frac{x}{m}\) --> \(zm=kx\) --> substitute zm with kx --> is \(xn^2+xk^2=ynm+xk^2\) --> \(xk^2\) will cancel out and the question becomes is "\(xn^2=ynm\)?" Not sufficient.

(2) \(\frac{x}{m}=\frac{y}{n}\) --> \(xn=ym\) --> substitute ym with xn --> is \(xn^2+xk^2=xn^2+zkm\) --> \(xn^2\) will cancel out and the question becomes "is \(xk^2=zkm\)?" Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) is \(xn^2+xk^2=ynm+zkm\)? --> substitute in from (1) and (2) --> is \(xn^2+xk^2=xn^2+xk^2\)? Answer is YES. Sufficient.

Answer: C.


Since this is a DS and not a PS question, couldn't we also solve this without any calculating or simplifying?

Statement 1 does not give any information about y,
Statement 2 does not give any information about z,
Together, Statement 1 + 2 provides information about how every variable relates to one another.
Therefore, Answer: C.

Could you tell me if my reasoning is flawed?

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If \(kmn\neq{0}\), is \(\frac{x}{m}*(m^2+n^2+k^2)=xm+yn+zk\)?

Is \(\frac{x}{m}(m^2+n^2+k^2)=xm+yn+zk\)? -->multiply both part by \(m\), to get rid of fraction part and open the brackets --> \(xm^2+xn^2+xk^2=xm^2+ynm+zkm\) --> \(xm^2\) will cancel out and the question becomes is \(xn^2+xk^2=ynm+zkm\)

(1) \(\frac{z}{k}=\frac{x}{m}\) --> \(zm=kx\) --> substitute zm with kx --> is \(xn^2+xk^2=ynm+xk^2\) --> \(xk^2\) will cancel out and the question becomes is "\(xn^2=ynm\)?" Not sufficient.

(2) \(\frac{x}{m}=\frac{y}{n}\) --> \(xn=ym\) --> substitute ym with xn --> is \(xn^2+xk^2=xn^2+zkm\) --> \(xn^2\) will cancel out and the question becomes "is \(xk^2=zkm\)?" Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) is \(xn^2+xk^2=ynm+zkm\)? --> substitute in from (1) and (2) --> is \(xn^2+xk^2=xn^2+xk^2\)? Answer is YES. Sufficient.

Answer: C.


managed to do this in 25 seconds by simply seeing through that all 3 fractions are the same before the parenthesis on the left side of the equation from the stem. In visual terms, seeing this saves times ah-a lot:
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Can someone please check my work to see if this is a valid approach:

x/m (m^2 + n^2 + k^2) = xm + yn + zk --> n^2x + k^2x = mny + kmz --> n^2x - mny = kmz - k^2y --> n(nx - my) = k (mz - kx)

1) mz = kx --> mz - kx = 0
n(nx - my) = 0 --> Not Sufficient

2) nx = my --> nx - my = 0
0 = k (mz - kx) --> Not Sufficient

T) 0 = 0 --> Sufficient

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Can someone please check my work to see if this is a valid approach:

x/m (m^2 + n^2 + k^2) = xm + yn + zk --> n^2x + k^2x = mny + kmz --> n^2x - mny = kmz - k^2y --> n(nx - my) = k (mz - kx)

1) mz = kx --> mz - kx = 0
n(nx - my) = 0 --> Not Sufficient

2) nx = my --> nx - my = 0
0 = k (mz - kx) --> Not Sufficient

T) 0 = 0 --> Sufficient


Yes, this way also you can solve this question. It's a valid approach.
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If \(kmn\neq{0}\), is \(\frac{x}{m}*(m^2+n^2+k^2)=xm+yn+zk\)?

Is \(\frac{x}{m}(m^2+n^2+k^2)=xm+yn+zk\)? -->multiply both part by \(m\), to get rid of fraction part and open the brackets --> \(xm^2+xn^2+xk^2=xm^2+ynm+zkm\) --> \(xm^2\) will cancel out and the question becomes is \(xn^2+xk^2=ynm+zkm\)

(1) \(\frac{z}{k}=\frac{x}{m}\) --> \(zm=kx\) --> substitute zm with kx --> is \(xn^2+xk^2=ynm+xk^2\) --> \(xk^2\) will cancel out and the question becomes is "\(xn^2=ynm\)?" Not sufficient.

(2) \(\frac{x}{m}=\frac{y}{n}\) --> \(xn=ym\) --> substitute ym with xn --> is \(xn^2+xk^2=xn^2+zkm\) --> \(xn^2\) will cancel out and the question becomes "is \(xk^2=zkm\)?" Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) is \(xn^2+xk^2=ynm+zkm\)? --> substitute in from (1) and (2) --> is \(xn^2+xk^2=xn^2+xk^2\)? Answer is YES. Sufficient.

Answer: C.


Statement 1 does not give any information about y,
Statement 2 does not give any information about z,
Together, Statement 1 + 2 provides information about how every variable relates to one another.
Therefore, Answer: C.

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Can someone please check my work to see if this is a valid approach:

x/m (m^2 + n^2 + k^2) = xm + yn + zk --> n^2x + k^2x = mny + kmz --> n^2x - mny = kmz - k^2y --> n(nx - my) = k (mz - kx)

1) mz = kx --> mz - kx = 0
n(nx - my) = 0 --> Not Sufficient

2) nx = my --> nx - my = 0
0 = k (mz - kx) --> Not Sufficient

T) 0 = 0 --> Sufficient


Yes, this way also you can solve this question. It's a valid approach.


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can you please say to me how the manipulation is done to the following ..?

"x/m (m^2 + n^2 + k^2) = xm + yn + zk --> n^2x + k^2x = mny + kmz --> n^2x - mny = kmz - k^2y "

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can you please say to me how the manipulation is done to the following ..?

"x/m (m^2 + n^2 + k^2) = xm + yn + zk --> n^2x + k^2x = mny + kmz --> n^2x - mny = kmz - k^2y "

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Hi gmatcracker2017 ,

Here I go:

x/m (\(m^2\) +\(n^2\) + \(k^2\)) = xm + yn + zk

xm + x\(n^2\)/m + x\(k^2\)/m = xm + yn + zk

x\(n^2\)/m + x\(k^2\)/m = yn + zk

x\(n^2\) + x\(k^2\) = m ( yn + zk)

x\(n^2\) + x\(k^2\) = myn + mzk

x\(n^2\) - myn = mzk - x\(k^2\)

n ( xn - my ) = k(mz -kx)

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can you please say to me how the manipulation is done to the following ..?

"x/m (m^2 + n^2 + k^2) = xm + yn + zk --> n^2x + k^2x = mny + kmz --> n^2x - mny = kmz - k^2y "

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Hi gmatcracker2017 ,

Here I go:

x/m (\(m^2\) +\(n^2\) + \(k^2\)) = xm + yn + zk

xm + x\(n^2\)/m + x\(k^2\)/m = xm + yn + zk

x\(n^2\)/m + x\(k^2\)/m = yn + zk

x\(n^2\) + x\(k^2\) = m ( yn + zk)

x\(n^2\) + x\(k^2\) = myn + mzk

x\(n^2\) - myn = mzk - x\(k^2\)

n ( xn - my ) = k(mz -kx)

Does that make sense?


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I must thank you for your elaboration....

It can be seen that you have omitted "xm" from both sides, how..?
please say to me ..

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I must thank you for your elaboration....

It can be seen that you have omitted "xm" from both sides, how..?
please say to me ..

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Hi gmatcracker2017 ,

xm is same on both sides, hence they can be cancelled out.

It's similar to if you move xm on the RHS to LHS.

you will get xm - xm = 0

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I must thank you for your elaboration....

It can be seen that you have omitted "xm" from both sides, how..?
please say to me ..

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Hi gmatcracker2017 ,

xm is same on both sides, hence they can be cancelled out.

It's similar to if you move xm on the RHS to LHS.

you will get xm - xm = 0

Does that make sense?


okay that's fine
how the below has been done ...?

"n^2x + k^2x "

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okay that's fine
how the below has been done ...?

"n^2x + k^2x "

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Do you know this rule? a(b+c) = ab + bc

I used the same. Multiplied x/m with the elements inside the parenthesis.

Also, do you know this?

a/b (c + d) = f can be written as a (c +d) = f * b

Try to use these rules, simplify the things and you will understand the concepts.
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New post 25 Sep 2017, 00:15
abhimahna wrote:
gmatcracker2017 wrote:
okay that's fine
how the below has been done ...?

"n^2x + k^2x "

please ...


Do you know this rule? a(b+c) = ab + bc

I used the same. Multiplied x/m with the elements inside the parenthesis.

Also, do you know this?

a/b (c + d) = f can be written as a (c +d) = f * b

Try to use these rules, simplify the things and you will understand the concepts.


hi

thanks a lot for your generosity ....
If you have a close look at it, you will find that the expression says " n is raised to the power (2x), and k is raised to the power (2x)" that is "n^2x + k^2x"
charronecrom equated "n^2x + k^2x with mny and kmz" and you have equated "xn^2 + xk^2 with mny and kmz"

obviously, "n^ 2x, + k^ 2x", and "xn^2 + xk^2" cannot be the same in magnitude ..
yes, now I understand, he meant (n^2) into x and (k^2) into x

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statement 1 and statement 2 does not give a stable answer.when we combine 1 and 2,if the equality in both the statement is true,then we have yes.
What if xn^2 >ynm in statement 1.Then we might get different answer right?
Kindly clarify experts.

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New post 29 Oct 2017, 11:47
Very useful question, tried to approach it but I had no idea how to solve it.

How did you know that you had to simplify the first equation in that specific way?
Bunuel: if I have no clue on how to manipulate the equations in order to get favorable combinations of variables, is it always the best way to simplify it in a straight way till the end?

Thanks a lot for your support!

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