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# If x and y are integers, and x ≠ 0, what is the value of x^y?

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If x and y are integers, and x ≠ 0, what is the value of $$x^y$$?

(1) |x| = 2

(2) $$64^x*6^{(2x + y)} = 48^{(2x)}$$

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If x and y are integers, and x ≠ 0, what is the value of x^y?

(1) |x| = 2
(2) 64^x*6^(2x + y) = 48^(2x)

Question : what is the value of x^y?

Statement 1: |x| = 2

i.e. x = +2
but the value of y is unknown in absence of which the value of x^y is indeterminable
Hence NOT SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: 64^x*6^(2x + y) = 48^(2x)

i.e. 2^(6x) * 2^(2x+y) * 3^ (2x+y) = 2^(8x) * 3^(2x)
i.e. 2^(8x+y) * 3^ (2x+y) = 2^(8x) * 3^(2x)
Comparing the powers
i.e. (8x+y) = 8x and (2x+y) = 2x
i.e. y=0
Therefore for any value of x, the value of x^y is always 1 [Because, x^0 = 1]
Hence SUFFICIENT

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Bunuel wrote:
If x and y are integers, and x ≠ 0, what is the value of x^y?

(1) |x| = 2
(2) 64^x*6^(2x + y) = 48^(2x)

MANHATTAN GMAT OFFICIAL SOLUTION:

Since x ≠ 0, we know that xy does not equal 0y or 0. To determine the exact non-zero value of xy, we need either the values of both x and y, or if y is even, the values of |x| and y (an even exponent “hides the sign” of the base, so we wouldn't need to know x's sign).

(1) INSUFFICIENT: This statement tells us that x is equal to 2 or –2. However, we know nothing about y and cannot determine the value of xy.

(2) SUFFICIENT: Simplify using exponent rules, noting the common factors of 6 and 8 on each side of the equation:

$$64^x*6^{2x + y} = 48^{2x}$$

$$(8^2)^x *6^{2x + y} = (6*8)^{2x}$$

$$8^{2x}* (6^{2x}*6^y) = 6^{2x}*8^{2x}$$

$$6^y = 1$$

$$y = 0$$

Since y = 0 and x ≠ 0 (as stated in the question stem), this information is sufficient to conclude that $$x^y = x^0 = 1$$.

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13 Mar 2017, 04:17
If x and y are integers, and x ≠ 0, what is the value of x^y?
(1) |x| = 2

(2) 64^x6^(2x + y) = 48^2x
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If x and y are integers, and x ≠ 0, what is the value of x^y?
(1) |x| = 2

(2) 64^x6^(2x + y) = 48^2x

Merging topics. Please refer to the discussion above.
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25 Sep 2017, 18:27
Bunuel wrote:
If x and y are integers, and x ≠ 0, what is the value of $$x^y$$?

(1) |x| = 2

(2) $$64^x*6^{(2x + y)} = 48^{(2x)}$$

St 1

Too many possibilities...and no info about y

insuff

St 2

2^6x * 6^2x+y= 2^6x * 6^2x

2^6x * 6^2x+y=2^6x * 6^2x

6^(2x+y)= 6^(2x)
2x +y =2x
y= 0

This just basically tells us that x^y will always be 1 since x cannot be 0

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26 Jan 2019, 04:35
Bunuel wrote:
If x and y are integers, and x ≠ 0, what is the value of $$x^y$$?

(1) |x| = 2

(2) $$64^x*6^{(2x + y)} = 48^{(2x)}$$

1) |x| = 2

2) $$64^x*6^{(2x + y)} = 48^{(2x)}$$

$$2^{6x} * 2^{(2x + y)} * 3^{(2x + y)} = 2^{8x} * 3^{2x}$$

$$2^{(8x + y)} * 3^{(2x + y)} = 2^{8x} * 3^{2x}$$

Compare the similar terms to get value of y as 0

Now anything raised to power 0 is 1

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24 Feb 2019, 00:45
Any tips for reducing solving time? I understand the mechanics of how to solve but can't manage to complete (2) in the requisite time.
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24 Feb 2019, 07:43
sfoo wrote:
Any tips for reducing solving time? I understand the mechanics of how to solve but can't manage to complete (2) in the requisite time.

Hey sfoo

You have to get comfortable with playing around exponents, solve questions pertaining to this topic, this can actually help you on improving on this question type.

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