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If \(w=\frac{1+x\frac{y}{z^2}}{x+y}\), \(x=\frac{z}{2}\), and \(y=3\frac{z}{4}\),what is the value of w in terms of z?

A. 11z/10

B. 2z/5

C. 3z/10

D. 11z/10

E. 2z/5

I tried to solve the problem several times, but still didn't get the OA.

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If \(w=\frac{1+x\frac{y}{z^2}}{x+y}\), \(x=\frac{z}{2}\), and \(y=3\frac{z}{4}\),what is the value of w in terms of z? A. 11z/10 B. 2z/5 C. 3z/10 D. 11z/10 E. 2z/5 I tried to solve the problem several times, but still didn't get the OA.

Notice that options A and D are the same, as well as options B and E, so there are typos in answer choices.

In order A to be the correct answer it should read 11/(10z).

Say z=4, then \(x=\frac{z}{2}=2\), and \(y=3\frac{z}{4}=3\).

So, in this case we'd have that x=2, y=3 and z=4. Plug these values in the fraction to get w=11/40. Now, plug z=4 into the answer choices to see which one yields 11/40. Only A fits (assuming that there IS a typo and A actually must be 11/(10z)).

Hope it helps.

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Numerator : \(w=1+\frac{z}{2}*\frac{3}{4}z/z^2 =\)

\(1+\frac{z}{2}*\frac{3}{4}z*\frac{1}{z^2}=1+\frac{3}{8}=\frac{11}{8}\)

Denominator: \(\frac{z}{2}+\frac{3}{4}z=\frac{2z+3z}{4}=\frac{5}{4}z\)

All together: \(\frac{11}{8}/\frac{5z}{4}=\frac{11}{8}*\frac{4}{5z}=\frac{11}{10z}\)

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Numerator : \(w=1+\frac{z}{2}*\frac{3}{4}z/z^2 =\) \(1+\frac{z}{2}*\frac{3}{4}z*\frac{1}{z^2}=1+\frac{3}{8}=\frac{11}{8}\) Denominator: \(\frac{z}{2}+\frac{3}{4}z=\frac{2z+3z}{4}=\frac{5}{4}z\) All together: \(\frac{11}{8}/\frac{5z}{4}=\frac{11}{8}*\frac{4}{5}z=\frac{11}{10}z\)

(11/8)/(5z/4)=11/(10z) not 11z/10.

You're right. Typing mistake, I went MAD with all those [fraction][/fraction] Tags!

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ok, 11/10z would fit the answer. Thanks guys. But B and E aren't really typos, E is actually 2+z/5.

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Numerator : \(w=1+\frac{z}{2}*\frac{3}{4}z/z^2 =\) \(1+\frac{z}{2}*\frac{3}{4}z*\frac{1}{z^2}=1+\frac{3}{8}=\frac{11}{8}\) Denominator: \(\frac{z}{2}+\frac{3}{4}z=\frac{2z+3z}{4}=\frac{5}{4}z\) All together: \(\frac{11}{8}/\frac{5z}{4}=\frac{11}{8}*\frac{4}{5z}=\frac{11}{10z}\) Edited: Thanks Bunuel !

Hi Zarrolou,

Probably I'm asking a stupid question now, but I'm really confused.

In the OP it says that:

y=3\(\frac{z}{4}\) but then later you re-write this as \(\frac{3}{4}\)z

Isn't y a mixed number that should be \(\frac{12+z}{4}\)?

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Zarrolou wrote:

Numerator : \(w=1+\frac{z}{2}*\frac{3}{4}z/z^2 =\) \(1+\frac{z}{2}*\frac{3}{4}z*\frac{1}{z^2}=1+\frac{3}{8}=\frac{11}{8}\) Denominator: \(\frac{z}{2}+\frac{3}{4}z=\frac{2z+3z}{4}=\frac{5}{4}z\) All together: \(\frac{11}{8}/\frac{5z}{4}=\frac{11}{8}*\frac{4}{5z}=\frac{11}{10z}\) Edited: Thanks Bunuel !

Hi Zarrolou,

Probably I'm asking a stupid question now, but I'm really confused.

In the OP it says that:

y=3\(\frac{z}{4}\) but then later you re-write this as \(\frac{3}{4}\)z

Isn't y a mixed number that should be \(\frac{12+z}{4}\)?

It's not a mixed number, it's 3*z/4 and 3/4*z. So, both are the same (3z)/4.

Thank you

Bunuel for your reply.

How do you know when it's a mixt number and when it is 3/4*z because to me they look the same?

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