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# If x and y are negative integers greater than -10, what is the

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If x and y are negative integers greater than -10, what is the greatest possible product of x and y?

A. 2
B. 4
C. 72
D. 81
E. 90

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24 Mar 2018, 22:56
QZ wrote:
If x and y are negative integers greater than -10, what is the greatest possible product of x and y?

1. 2
2. 4
3. 72
4. 81
5. 90

ok, smallest number greater than -10 is -9....therefore it is -9 x -9= 81....so 81 it is greatest possible product of x and y...any number combination with number grater than -9 will give us in total smaller product than 81...for example -9 x -8 = 72 etc.
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26 Mar 2018, 10:08
I have a problem with this answer. I thought x and y hare supposed to be two distinct negative integers. In this case, they should be -9 and -8. Please explain further.
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26 Mar 2018, 10:10
bawaitey wrote:
I have a problem with this answer. I thought x and y hare supposed to be two distinct negative integers. In this case, they should be -9 and -8. Please explain further.

Unless it is explicitly stated otherwise, different variables CAN represent the same number.
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26 Mar 2018, 11:16
Bunnel what's the answer.. as per me as it's not explicitly stated the answer should be 81 and not 72

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26 Mar 2018, 11:18
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Bunnel what's the answer.. as per me as it's not explicitly stated the answer should be 81 and not 72

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QZ wrote:
If x and y are negative integers greater than -10, what is the greatest possible product of x and y?

A. 2
B. 4
C. 72
D. 81
E. 90

The greatest possible product of x and y is -9 x -9 = 81.

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