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If x is a positive integer and w is a negative integer, what is the va

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Bunuel wrote:
If x is a positive integer and w is a negative integer, what is the value of xw?

(1) x^w = 1/2
(2) w = -1


Since Stmt 2 looks simple,i will start with it.
Logically we cannot find xw by just knowing the value of w.We can conclude that xw=-x but do not have a singular value .
So insuff.

Now consider Stmt1:
x^w=1/2 ,this is possible for different values of x and w .Not a singular value
Insuff

Combining both:
We know that w=-1
So x^w=1/2...x^-1=1/2....1/x^1=1/2....1/x=1/2 ..x=2
So we know x and w ,Suff

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My OA= A
Statement 2= clearly Insufficient.

Statement one means there is only one value each of x and that satisfy the equation, vis-
x=2
And W=-1

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Bunuel wrote:
If x is a positive integer and w is a negative integer, what is the value of xw?

(1) x^w = 1/2
(2) w = -1


Answer.
1) Let's assume w to be the smallest negative integer i.e -1, so for this condition to be true, x must be equal to 2, hence xw =-2.
This condition is SUFFICIENT as other than the above values of x and w, no other integer values satisfy the condition.

2) This gives no information about x, so NOT SUFFICIENT.

Hence answer is A.

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If x is a positive integer and w is a negative integer, what is the value of xw?

1) \(x^w = 1/2\)

x is a positive integer means x is a whole number (not a fractional number) that is positive.
W is a negative integer means x is a whole number (not a fractional number) that is negative

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x has to be 2
w has to be -1

so xw=2*-1 = -2 hence sufficient

2) \(w = -1\)

Does not talk about x, so not sufficient
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(1) \(x^w = \frac{1}{2}= 2^-1, 4^\frac{-1}{2}, 8^\frac{-1}{3}...\)

However, w must be an integer. Therefore, w must be -1. Sufficient.

(2) \(w = -1\)

Tells us nothing about x. Insufficient.

Answer is (A)
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If x is a positive integer and w is a negative integer, what is the va

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