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If x is an integer, is \(9^x + 9^{-x} = b\) ?


(1) \(3^x + 3^{-x} = \sqrt{b + 2}\)

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If x is an integer, is \(9^x + 9^{-x} = b\) ?

(1) \(3^x + 3^{-x} = \sqrt{b + 2}\) --> square both sides --> \(9^x+2*3^x*\frac{1}{3^x}+9^{-x}=b+2\) --> \(9^x + 9^{-x} = b\). So answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

(2) x > 0. No sufficient.

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1) \(3^x + 3^-^x = \sqrt{b + 2}\)

square both sides

\(9^x+2*3^x*\frac{1}{3^x}+9^{-x} = b+2\)

Therefore, \(9^x + 9^{-x} = b\).

Sufficient.

2) Tells us nothing about b, but rather that x is a positive number. Insufficient.

Knowing this, the solution is A - statement (1) ALONE is sufficient, but statement (2) alone is not sufficient to answer the question asked.

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This was tough. I spent at least 3 minutes (during the exam is not possible) :(

We can rephrase the stimulus but I see a lot of options to do. Is not straight (at least for me). Ok better to look at the statements

2) this say nothing about \(=\)between the left part of equation and the right part INSUFF

1) square boot sides so we have \((3^x + 3^-x)^2\)\(=\)\(\sqrt{b + 2}^2\)

Now we 'd have \(9^x\) that is, is the same of \(3^2x\) -------> \(9^x + 9^-x + 2 ( 3^x + 3^-x)\)\(=\) \(b + 2\) ---------> \(9^x + 2 + 9^-x = b + 2\)

In the end \(9^x + 9^-x = b\) SUFF

A should be the answer

Note: \(2 ( 3^x + 3^-x)\) is zero because we have \(3^ x- x\) . a number power zero is 1 ---> \(2*1 = 2\) for me is more than 600 level
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If x is an integer, is \(9^x + 9^{-x} = b\) ?

(1) \(3^x + 3^{-x} = \sqrt{b + 2}\) --> square both sides --> \(9^x+2*3^x*\frac{1}{3^x}+9^{-x}=b+2\) --> \(9^x + 9^{-x} = b\). So answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

(2) x > 0. No sufficient.

Answer: A.

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Question please: Can we do anything with the 9^x + 9^{-x} = b or simplify any more than what is given? I tried to do something more but could not find anything proper...
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If x is an integer, is \(9^x + 9^{-x} = b\) ?

(1) \(3^x + 3^{-x} = \sqrt{b + 2}\) --> square both sides --> \(9^x+2*3^x*\frac{1}{3^x}+9^{-x}=b+2\) --> \(9^x + 9^{-x} = b\). So answer to the question is YES. Sufficient.

(2) x > 0. No sufficient.

Answer: A.

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Question please: Can we do anything with the 9^x + 9^{-x} = b or simplify any more than what is given? I tried to do something more but could not find anything proper...


I'd say \(9^x + 9^{-x}\) the simplest way of writing this expression and as you can see from the solution we don't even need to manipulate with it further to answer the question.
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why is 3^x * 3^x = 9x? shouldnt it be 9^2x?
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If x is an integer, is 9^x + 9^(-x) = b ?

1) 3^x + 3^(-x) = sqrt(b+2)

2) x>0


Note that 9^x is the square of 3^x so we know that we should try to square stmnt 1.

1) \(3^x + 3^{-x} = \sqrt{(b+2)}\)
\(3^{2x} + 3^{-2x} + 2*3^x*3^{-x} = \sqrt{(b+2)}^2\)
\(9^x + 9^{-x} = b + 2 - 2 = b\)

We answer with 'Yes' and hence this statement alone is sufficient.

2) x > 0
Obviously not sufficient.

Answer (A)
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Bunuel , what is x=0 ?
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If x is an integer, is \(9^x + 9^{-x} = b\) ?

\(3^{2x} + 3^{-2x} = b\)

(1) \(3^x + 3^{-x} = \sqrt{b + 2}\)

\(3^x + 3^{-x} = \sqrt{b + 2}\)

Squaring on both sides:

\((3^x + 3^{-x})^2 = b + 2\)

\(3^{2x} + 2 * 3^{x} * 3^{-x} + 3^{-2x} = b + 2\)

\(3^{2x} + 2 + 3^{-2x} = b + 2\)

\(3^{2x} + 3^{-2x} = b\)

This matches to the above-simplified equation of the question.

Hence, (1) ===== is SUFFICIENT

(2) x > 0

Clearly Not Sufficient

Hence, (2) ===== is NOT SUFFICIENT

Hence, Answer is A

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