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If n is an integer, xy ≠ 0, and x^n = y^n, then what is the value of n?

(1) x/y = 2

(2) n < y < x

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x^n = y^n --> We can have 3 different cases:
Case 1) $$x = y$$ and n is any value
Case 2) $$|x| \neq {|y|}$$ and n = 0
Case 3) $$x = -y$$ and n is even

St1: x/y = 2 --> $$|x| \neq {|y|}$$ --> n = 0
Sufficient

St2: n < y < x --> Can have 2 possibilities
$$x \neq {y}$$ --> n = 0
or
$$y = -x$$ --> n is even and negative
Not Sufficient

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From question we know.

xy ≠ 0 - which means none of them can be equal to zero.

and x^n = y^n meaning either n can be zero or even.

1. Statement 1 : x/y = 2, which means (2)^n = 1, this is only possible for one value of n =0. Sufficient

2. Statement 2 : n < y < x, this means that y would be negative (y = -x) and n would be smaller than y, as we are given
that x^n = y^n, so n would be even negative integer and we can have multiple solutions. So not sufficient.

Option A.
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If n is an integer, xy ≠ 0, and x^n = y^n, then what is the value of n?

(1) x/y = 2

(2) n < y < x

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GMATPrepNow wrote:
If n is an integer, xy ≠ 0, and x^n = y^n, then what is the value of n?

(1) x/y = 2

(2) n < y < x

Our video solution can be found here: https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat ... video/1053

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Dear Moderator,
Another DS question in the incorrect section, hope you will do the needful. Thank you.

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GMATPrepNow wrote:
If n is an integer, xy ≠ 0, and x^n = y^n, then what is the value of n?

(1) x/y = 2

(2) n < y < x

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#1:
only way
x^n = y^n
when n=0
sufficeint
#2
n <y<x can be -ve or +ve
we would get both values
in sufficient

IMO A
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