Hi All,

This question has a "quirky" design element to it - it takes a bit longer than normal to solve AND you might have to TEST VALUES TWICE to get to the correct answer.

You could TEST Y = 3, then X = 1. Then, the answer to the question is also 1 (1² = 1). Plugging Y = 3 into the answer choices gets us 2 answers that match:

Answer C = 18/(3² + 9) = 18/18 = 1

Answer D = 9/3² = 9/9 = 1

None of the other answers matches, so we're down to 2 choices. At this point, you can either guess one of the 2 or go back and TEST a new value.

If we use Y = 2 in the original equation, then we have

4X² = 18 - 6X

4X² +6X - 18 = 0

2X² +3X - 9 = 0

Factoring this down might seem a little strange, but it DOES lead to a solution…

(X + 3)(2X - 3) = 0

X = -3 or +3/2

Since we're told that X and Y are both POSITIVE, X = 3/2

So now we plug Y = 2 into the answers and we're looking for (3/2)² = 9/4

Answer C: 18/10 = 9/5

Answer D: 9/4

Final Answer:

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