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If wx = y, then what is the value of xy?

(1) w*x^2 = 16
(2) y = 4
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Could someone please help me with this one?

if wx=y, then what is the value of xy?

1) wx^2= 16 (w times x squared)

2) y= 4

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If wx=y, then what is the value of xy?

(1) wx^2 = 16 --> \(x*(wx)=16\) --> as given that \(wx=y\) then \(x*y=16\). Sufficient.

(2) y = 4 --> clearly insufficient: question becomes \(4x=?\), and all we know is that \(wx=4\).

Answer: A.
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super thanks! should have seen it was that easy
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+1 for Jonblazon for good question. I got C for uncareful observation
+1 for Bunuel: you are amazing
Thanks once again for your good question, at least to me. :)
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New post 05 Mar 2014, 09:45
Usually when I have a DS question I try to come up with the equations and respective variables that I need. Then I count the equations and unknowns and if I have more unknowns than I have equations I know it's not sufficient.
Here I'm not sure if the approach is feasible, but I'd like to give it a try. Please give me your opinions on the approach:

1. We have the equation wx = y and we need to find xy = ?. In order to do so we don't need to know x or y, but only w (if we have w, we're able to find xy, as wx = y is given). Therefor w is our only unknown.

(1) we get wx^2=16. As we don't need to handle x as an unknown (see above) we can count what we have: here it's 1 unknown (w) and 1 equation => sufficient
(2) we get y=4. y isn't an unknown in this approach, so when we count: 1 unknown (w) and 0 equations => not sufficient

So it's A.
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i mistakenly took it as (wx)^2
and got wx = +-4 which is insufficient; 2 is as well insufficient..
eh..can't say it's not my fault, but the topic starter should have put the math code here :D
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i mistakenly took it as (wx)^2
and got wx = +-4 which is insufficient; 2 is as well insufficient..
eh..can't say it's not my fault, but the topic starter should have put the math code here :D


The point is that wx^2 mathematically can only mean w*x^2. If it were (wx)^2 it would be written that way. Still edited to avoid confusion.
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mvictor wrote:
i mistakenly took it as (wx)^2
and got wx = +-4 which is insufficient; 2 is as well insufficient..
eh..can't say it's not my fault, but the topic starter should have put the math code here :D


The point is that wx^2 mathematically can only mean w*x^2. If it were (wx)^2 it would be written that way. Still edited to avoid confusion.



Thanks bunuel, but it was not needed. I admit that it was my mistake, and that I should have been more attentive. Indeed wx^2 represents w*x^2

I was speaking about \(wx^2\) rewriting in this format :)
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I'm sorry, I've spent 20 mins trying to puzzle this out but just can't get it.

What if we were to pick numbers?

WX=Y

If W were 1 and X were 4, then Y would be 4.

Using statement 1; WX^2 = 16 would mean 1 x 4^2 = 16

This satisfied the number I'd picked earlier and Y remains 4.

But if I had chosen W as 16 and X as 1, then WX = 16

Using statement one -> 16 x 1^2 = 16

This also satisfied picking W as 16 and X as 1, but now the value of WX is 16 wich means that Y is also 16.

So i get two different possible values for Y: 4 and 16.

What am I doing wrong?
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I'm sorry, I've spent 20 mins trying to puzzle this out but just can't get it.

What if we were to pick numbers?

WX=Y

If W were 1 and X were 4, then Y would be 4.

Using statement 1; WX^2 = 16 would mean 1 x 4^2 = 16

This satisfied the number I'd picked earlier and Y remains 4.

But if I had chosen W as 16 and X as 1, then WX = 16

Using statement one -> 16 x 1^2 = 16

This also satisfied picking W as 16 and X as 1, but now the value of WX is 16 wich means that Y is also 16.

So i get two different possible values for Y: 4 and 16.

What am I doing wrong?


What question are you answering? The question asks: what is the value of xy? In both of your examples xy comes to be 16.
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Oh my, never mind! I've been trying to read way to deep into this question and have in turn, contorted it into something else entirely in my mind. I see now, how simple it actually is. Sorry for the confusion, and thanks for clearing it up!
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If wx = y, then what is the value of xy?

(1) w*x^2 = 16
(2) y = 4

I solved it like this
1) w*x^2 /x^2 = 16/x^2 (divide by x^2 on both side)
w= 16/x^2
Put this in original equation wx = y --> (16/x^2)*x = y -->16/x = y
So, xy = x* (16/x) = 16 Hence, sufficient.

Can we solve it this way aswell??
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If wx = y, then what is the value of xy?

(1) w*x^2 = 16
(2) y = 4

I solved it like this
1) w*x^2 /x^2 = 16/x^2 (divide by x^2 on both side)
w= 16/x^2
Put this in original equation wx = y --> (16/x^2)*x = y -->16/x = y
So, xy = x* (16/x) = 16 Hence, sufficient.

Can we solve it this way aswell??


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Yes, I think we can do it this way as well.
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