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If x and y are integers and 12^x∗6^y=432, what is the value of xy?

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If x and y are integers and 12^x∗6^y=432, what is the value of xy?

A. 0
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. 4


\(12^x∗6^y=432\)

\(2^{2x+y}*3^{x+y}=2^4*3^3\)

on solving x+y=3 and 2x+y=4 we have x=1 and y=2
so xy = 2

Hence option C is correct
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Bunuel wrote:
If x and y are integers and 12^x∗6^y=432, what is the value of xy?

A. 0
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. 4


\(12^x∗6^y = 432\)

\((2^2x*3^x)(2^y*3^y) = 2^4*3^3\)

So, \(2x + y = 4\) & \(x + y = 3\)

Thus, \(y = 3 - x\)

Now, \(2x + 3 - x = 4\)

Or, \(x = 1\)

So, \(y = 3 - 1\) , or \(y = 2\)

Thus, \(xy = 2\)

Hence, correct answer must be (C) 2
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If x and y are integers and 12^x∗6^y=432, what is the value of xy?

A. 0
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. 4


432/12=36
432=12^1*6^2
1*2=2
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12^x*6^y=432
(2^2*3^1)^x*(2*3)^y=2^4*3^3
2^2x*3^x*2^y*3^y=2^4*3^3
Base same power add,So
2^2x+y*3^x*y=2^4*3^3
So we get
2x+y=4--(a)
and
x+y=3--(b)
Comparing and subtracting a from b
x=1-- put value in b
1+y=3
y-2
so xy=(1)(2)=2
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Bunuel wrote:
If x and y are integers and 12^x∗6^y=432, what is the value of xy?

A. 0
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. 4


In order to solve this question efficiently we should break down 432

[12^x] x [6^y]= 432
= 6 x 72
= 6 x 8 x 9
= 6 x 2^2 x 3^2
= 6 x 6 x 2^2 x 3
= 6^2 2^2 3
= 6^2 x 6 x 2
= 6^2 x 12^1 (12 instead of 6^3 so you can the same bases as the other side of the equation- also it is important to know it is 12 to first power still)
[12^x] x [6^y] = 6 ^2 x 12^1
xy = (2)(1) (because we have similar bases- this is a concept important in calculus also- antiderivatives)

While we cannot solve an equation with variables we can solve the product, which is what question asks us to do, by forming the same bases on the left of the equation through the factorization of 432.

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first, look at all choices to make sure that x or y cannot be negative and must be an integer.

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Bunuel wrote:
If x and y are integers and 12^x∗6^y=432, what is the value of xy?

A. 0
B. 1
C. 2
D. 3
E. 4


We can simplify the equation:

12^x ∗ 6^y = 432

(2^2 * 3)^x * (2 * 3)^y = 8 * 54

2^2x * 3^x * 2^y * 3^y = 2^3 * 2 * 3^3

2^2x * 2^y * 3^x * 3^y = 2^3 * 2 * 3^3

2^(2x + y) * 3^(x + y) = 2^4 * 3^3

We can equate the exponents of each variable. Thus, 2x + y = 4 and x + y = 3. Subtracting the two equations, we have x = 1. Furthermore, we have 1 + y = 3, or y = 2. Thus, the value of xy = 1(2) = 2.

Answer: C
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