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Weekly Quant Quiz Question -4

If x is an integer, what is the value of $$x^5 + 3^5$$ ?

(1) $$\sqrt[n]{x^n}$$ $$= 3$$

(2) $$x^3 +8$$ $$= 35$$

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Official Solution:

Most important learning from this question :
$$\sqrt[n]{x^n}$$ = x , only if n is odd
$$\sqrt[n]{x^n}$$ = |x|, if n is even.

Statement 1, $$\sqrt[n]{x^n}$$ $$= 3$$,
here x can be 3 , if n is odd
but if n is even, x can be +3 or -3
hence it is NOT SUFFICIENT

Statement 2: x ^3 = 35-8 = 27 , hence x = 3
hence, SUFFICIENT.

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Weekly Quant Quiz Question -4

If x is an integer, what is the value of $$x^5 + 3^5$$ ?
a)$$\sqrt[n]{x^n}$$ $$= 3$$
b) $$x^3 +8$$ $$= 35$$

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From 1) x=3
its suffiecient

From 2) x^3+8=35
gives two values
not sufficient

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D -

a) can be written as x^n (1/n) = 3
x^1 = 3 - sufficient
b) x3+8x3+8 =35=35
X^3 = 27
because its odd power it retains the number sign therefore x = 3 - sufficient
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1) x^(n/n)=3
x=3 sufficient
2) x^3+8=35
x^3=27
x=3, sufficient
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a) Suff Implies x=3 .... hence the req value can be determined.
b) Suff Implies x=3 .... hence the req value can be determined........Ans D
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(1) we know that the n root of x raised to the n = 3. Then n's cancel each other out so we know that x =3

Sufficient

(2) $$x^3$$ = 35 - 8

so x^3 = 27

x=3

Sufficient

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Answer is D as both statements individually are sufficient
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Consider A, if n=0, A doesn't hold. so x^5 + 3^5 can't be determined. For n>0 the question can be determined a fixed value. A is not sufficient,

Consider B, x^3 = 35-8 = 27. x = 3-> x^5 + 3^5 = 486. B is sufficient.

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1) Says (x)^(n/n)=3
Therefore x=3
Sufficient
2) X=either +3 or -3, -3 ruled out as the sum is positive
x=3
sufficient.
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1) (x) to the power of n*1/n = 3

Thus,x = 3

Sufficient

2) (x) to the power of 3 = 35 -8 = 27

Thus, x = 3 (as 27 is positive and x is raised to an odd power)

Thus, sufficient

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IMO Option (D) should be correct. Please find my solution in attached image.

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What if the value of n in first statement is 2 then there will be 2 values of x??

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Just by looking at A and B I could say that X is 3.

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Statement I:

$$x^n = 3^n$$.
Here, x = -3,3 for n =2,4,6... etc.

Statement II:

$$x^3 = 27$$
x = 3.

Hence, B.
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