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If x and y are integers and 4xy = x^2*y+4y, what is the value of xy?

(1) y-x = 2
(2) x^3 <0

what I did : 4xy = x^2y+4y
4x = x^2+4
x^2-4x+4 = 0
(x-2)^2=0
x = 2
is this wrong?
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If x and y are integers and 4xy = x^2*y+4y, what is the value of xy?

(1) y-x = 2
(2) x^3 <0

what I did : 4xy = x^2y+4y
4x = x^2+4
x^2-4x+4 = 0
(x-2)^2=0
x = 2
is this wrong?

You cannot divide 4xy=x^2y+4y by y and write 4x=x^2+4, because y can be zero and division be zero is not allowed. Never reduce equation by variable (or expression with variable), if you are not certain that variable (or expression with variable) doesn't equal to zero. We can not divide by zero. So when you divide by y you assume, with no ground for it, that y does not equal to zero thus exclude a possible solution.

If x and y are integers and 4xy = x^2*y+4y, what is the value of xy?

$$4xy=x^2*y+4y$$ --> $$x^2*y-4xy+4y=0$$ --> $$y(x^2-4x+4)=0$$ --> $$y(x-2)^2=0$$ --> either $$x=2$$ or $$y=0$$ (or both).

(1) y-x = 2 --> if $$x=2$$ then $$y=4$$ and $$xy=8$$ but if $$y=0$$ then $$x=-2$$ and $$xy = 0$$. Not sufficient.

(2) x^3<0 --> $$x<0$$, so $$x\neq{2}$$ which means that $$y$$ must equal to zero --> $$xy=0$$. Sufficient.

Hope it's clear.
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25 May 2012, 18:15
thanks bunuel. Its a common error to 'cancel' y on both sides. I fell prey to the same mistake.
However, just to clarify, basically when x = 2 then y can take any value and when y=0 x can take any value. In either case xy=0?
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26 May 2012, 01:42
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thanks bunuel. Its a common error to 'cancel' y on both sides. I fell prey to the same mistake.
However, just to clarify, basically when x = 2 then y can take any value and when y=0 x can take any value. In either case xy=0?

If y=0 then x can take any value - TRUE. In this case xy=0.
If x=2 then y can take any value - TRUE. In this case xy=0 only if y=0 but for any other possible value of y xy does not equal to zero (for example consider x=2 and y=1).

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If x=2 then y can take any value - TRUE. In this case xy=0 only if y=0 but for any other possible value of y xy does not equal to zero (for example consider x=2 and y=1).

Just by looking at this equation y(x^2 -4x+4) = 0 either the quadratic term has to equal 0, in which case x=2, or y has to equal to zero. In which scenario will y =1 and x=2 occur?
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28 May 2012, 04:26
vibhav wrote:
Bunuel wrote:

If x=2 then y can take any value - TRUE. In this case xy=0 only if y=0 but for any other possible value of y xy does not equal to zero (for example consider x=2 and y=1).

Just by looking at this equation y(x^2 -4x+4) = 0 either the quadratic term has to equal 0, in which case x=2, or y has to equal to zero. In which scenario will y =1 and x=2 occur?

Again: $$y(x-2)^2=0$$ means that either $$x=2$$ or $$y=0$$ (or both).

Now, if $$x=2$$ then $$y$$ can take ANY value including 1.

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I thought using stmt 1 - xy always comes to be 0...
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kashishh wrote:
If x and y are integers and 4xy = x^2*y+4y, what is the value of xy?

(1) y-x = 2
(2) x^3 <0

what I did : 4xy = x^2y+4y
4x = x^2+4
x^2-4x+4 = 0
(x-2)^2=0
x = 2
is this wrong?

You cannot divide 4xy=x^2y+4y by y and write 4x=x^2+4, because y can be zero and division be zero is not allowed. Never reduce equation by variable (or expression with variable), if you are not certain that variable (or expression with variable) doesn't equal to zero. We can not divide by zero. So when you divide by y you assume, with no ground for it, that y does not equal to zero thus exclude a possible solution.

If x and y are integers and 4xy = x^2*y+4y, what is the value of xy?

$$4xy=x^2*y+4y$$ --> $$x^2*y-4xy+4y=0$$ --> $$y(x^2-4x+4)=0$$ --> $$y(x-2)^2=0$$ --> either $$x=2$$ or $$y=0$$ (or both).

(1) y-x = 2 --> if $$x=2$$ then $$y=4$$ and $$xy=8$$ but if $$y=0$$ then $$x=-2$$ and $$xy = 0$$. Not sufficient.

(2) x^3<0 --> $$x<0$$, so $$x\neq{2}$$ which means that $$y$$ must equal to zero --> $$xy=0$$. Sufficient.

Hope it's clear.

instead of taking LHS to RHS , I brought RHS to LHS
and got 4xy-x^2y - 4y = 0
now y (4x-x^2- 4 )= 0
y (-x^2 +4x - 4)= 0
y (x+2)^2= 0
either y = 0 or x = -2
now obviously x=-2 does not satisfy 4xy = x^2*y+4y, now I was expecting the same answer both ways.
Now am I doing something wrong,or is it just one of those cases where the equation works a certain way and not the other way

by the way factorization of -x^2 +4x-4 =0 is (x+2)^2 right? if x^2 has a coefficient we have to multiply the constant (-4) with the coefficient of x^2 do we not.
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Bunuel wrote:
kashishh wrote:
If x and y are integers and 4xy = x^2*y+4y, what is the value of xy?

(1) y-x = 2
(2) x^3 <0

what I did : 4xy = x^2y+4y
4x = x^2+4
x^2-4x+4 = 0
(x-2)^2=0
x = 2
is this wrong?

You cannot divide 4xy=x^2y+4y by y and write 4x=x^2+4, because y can be zero and division be zero is not allowed. Never reduce equation by variable (or expression with variable), if you are not certain that variable (or expression with variable) doesn't equal to zero. We can not divide by zero. So when you divide by y you assume, with no ground for it, that y does not equal to zero thus exclude a possible solution.

If x and y are integers and 4xy = x^2*y+4y, what is the value of xy?

$$4xy=x^2*y+4y$$ --> $$x^2*y-4xy+4y=0$$ --> $$y(x^2-4x+4)=0$$ --> $$y(x-2)^2=0$$ --> either $$x=2$$ or $$y=0$$ (or both).

(1) y-x = 2 --> if $$x=2$$ then $$y=4$$ and $$xy=8$$ but if $$y=0$$ then $$x=-2$$ and $$xy = 0$$. Not sufficient.

(2) x^3<0 --> $$x<0$$, so $$x\neq{2}$$ which means that $$y$$ must equal to zero --> $$xy=0$$. Sufficient.

Hope it's clear.

instead of taking LHS to RHS , I brought RHS to LHS
and got 4xy-x^2y - 4y = 0
now y (4x-x^2- 4 )= 0
y (-x^2 +4x - 4)= 0
y (x+2)^2= 0
either y = 0 or x = -2
now obviously x=-2 does not satisfy 4xy = x^2*y+4y, now I was expecting the same answer both ways.
Now am I doing something wrong,or is it just one of those cases where the equation works a certain way and not the other way

by the way factorization of -x^2 +4x-4 =0 is (x+2)^2 right? if x^2 has a coefficient we have to multiply the constant (-4) with the coefficient of x^2 do we not.

You could expand $$(x+2)^2$$ to check your reasoning: $$(x+2)^2=x^2+2x+4$$, while $$-x^2 +4x-4=-(x^2-4x+4)=-(x-2)^2$$. Thus, $$y(4x-x^2- 4 )=0$$ can be written as $$-y(x-2)^2=0$$ --> $$x=2$$ or $$y=0$$.

Hope it's clear.
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stne wrote:

instead of taking LHS to RHS , I brought RHS to LHS
and got 4xy-x^2y - 4y = 0
now y (4x-x^2- 4 )= 0
y (-x^2 +4x - 4)= 0
y (x+2)^2= 0
either y = 0 or x = -2
now obviously x=-2 does not satisfy 4xy = x^2*y+4y, now I was expecting the same answer both ways.
Now am I doing something wrong,or is it just one of those cases where the equation works a certain way and not the other way

by the way factorization of -x^2 +4x-4 =0 is (x+2)^2 right? if x^2 has a coefficient we have to multiply the constant (-4) with the coefficient of x^2 do we not.

You could expand $$(x+2)^2$$ to check your reasoning: $$(x+2)^2=x^2+2x+4$$, while $$-x^2 +4x-4=-(x^2-4x+4)=-(x-2)^2$$. Thus, $$y(4x-x^2- 4 )=0$$ can be written as $$-y(x-2)^2=0$$ --> $$x=2$$ or $$y=0$$.

Hope it's clear.

I think I am still missing something, can you please show me how to factorize -x^2+4x-4= 0 without taking out the negative sign, answer should be same right? Thank you
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stne wrote:
Bunuel wrote:

instead of taking LHS to RHS , I brought RHS to LHS
and got 4xy-x^2y - 4y = 0
now y (4x-x^2- 4 )= 0
y (-x^2 +4x - 4)= 0
y (x+2)^2= 0
either y = 0 or x = -2
now obviously x=-2 does not satisfy 4xy = x^2*y+4y, now I was expecting the same answer both ways.
Now am I doing something wrong,or is it just one of those cases where the equation works a certain way and not the other way

by the way factorization of -x^2 +4x-4 =0 is (x+2)^2 right? if x^2 has a coefficient we have to multiply the constant (-4) with the coefficient of x^2 do we not.

You could expand $$(x+2)^2$$ to check your reasoning: $$(x+2)^2=x^2+2x+4$$, while $$-x^2 +4x-4=-(x^2-4x+4)=-(x-2)^2$$. Thus, $$y(4x-x^2- 4 )=0$$ can be written as $$-y(x-2)^2=0$$ --> $$x=2$$ or $$y=0$$.

Hope it's clear.

I think I am still missing something, can you please show me how to factorize -x^2+4x-4= 0 without taking out the negative sign, answer should be same right? Thank you

You can factor -x^2 + 4x - 4 only as -(x-2)^2.
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You could expand $$(x+2)^2$$ to check your reasoning: $$(x+2)^2=x^2+2x+4$$, while $$-x^2 +4x-4=-(x^2-4x+4)=-(x-2)^2$$. Thus, $$y(4x-x^2- 4 )=0$$ can be written as $$-y(x-2)^2=0$$ --> $$x=2$$ or $$y=0$$.

Hope it's clear.

I think I am still missing something, can you please show me how to factorize -x^2+4x-4= 0 without taking out the negative sign, answer should be same right? Thank you

You can factor -x^2 + 4x - 4 only as -(x-2)^2.

Thank you +1, I was under the impression that it was possible to factor -x^2 +4x-4 as it is and it was not necessary to take out the negative sign. One of those mistakes , waiting to happen.
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Hi Bunuel,
Thanks for the wonderful response. Please let me know that we should you use it as truth statement for DS question (Algebra) that "Never reduce equation by variable (or expression with variable), if you are not certain that variable (or expression with variable) doesn't equal to zero. We can not divide by zero". I surely follow it that reduce variable in algebra only when I am sure that they are not equal to 0.

Please do explain one doubt .What you said make logical sense but it contradicts from my previous knowledge that if we have an equation and two expression are equal to each other than we can reduce the common variable such as y from both side and there is no where mention that variable not equal to 0.
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Hi Bunuel,
Thanks for the wonderful response. Please let me know that we should you use it as truth statement for DS question (Algebra) that "Never reduce equation by variable (or expression with variable), if you are not certain that variable (or expression with variable) doesn't equal to zero. We can not divide by zero". I surely follow it that reduce variable in algebra only when I am sure that they are not equal to 0.

Please do explain one doubt .What you said make logical sense but it contradicts from my previous knowledge that if we have an equation and two expression are equal to each other than we can reduce the common variable such as y from both side and there is no where mention that variable not equal to 0.

Yes, the property is true.

Consider simple example: xy=x. If you reduce this expression by x you get definite answer that y=1 but if there x=0, then y is not necessary to be 1, it can be any number.

Correct solution would be xy=x --> x(y-1)=0 --> x=0 OR y=1.

Does this make sense?
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If x and y are integers and 4xy = y*(x^2 + 4), what is the value of xy?

(1) y-x = 2
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If x and y are integers and 4xy = y*(x^2 + 4), what is the value of xy?

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