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If mn = 3 and 1/m + 1/n = 4/3, then what is the value of 0.1 + 0.1^1/m

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If \(mn = 3\) and \(\frac{1}{m} + \frac{1}{n} = \frac{4}{3}\), then what is the value of \((0.1) + (0.1)^\frac{1}{m} + (0.1)^\frac{1}{n}\) ?


(A) \(0.2 + 0.1^\frac{1}{3}\)

(B) \(0.1 + 0.1^\frac{1}{3} + 0.1^\frac{1}{2}\)

(C) \(0.1 + 0.1^\frac{4}{3} + 0.1^\frac{1}{2}\)

(D) \(0.1 + 0.1^\frac{1}{3} + 0.1^\frac{3}{2}\)

(E) \(0.1 + 0.1^\frac{1}{4} + 0.1^\frac{1}{2}\)

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mn = 3 => m = n/3 1/m + 1/n = 4/3 =>m+n/mn = 4/3 (we know that mn = 3) => m+n = 4
Substituting for m below:
m+n=4 => n/3 + n = 4 => we get the equation to solve for n(n2-4n+3=0) and we get n=1 or n=3.
Using these values, we know that m will also be either 1 or 3.
Hence Answer is A.

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New post 08 Apr 2019, 11:50
An easy way to solve the question is by options:

We know 1/m + 1/n = 4/3

In all the options from B thru E, there is an initial (.1) with unity power and two .1s with a fractional power

Since question statement asks us to evaluate .1 + .1^(1/m) + .1^(1/n), we can see that the fractional powers in the options(from B to E) must be equal to 1/m + 1/n (which we know to be 4/3)

Considering each option from B to E, adding the fractional powers we see no fractions getting added to 4/3

Hence we can eliminate B to E and select A as the answer
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