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# If x is not equal to y and if √x = y, what is the value of y

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08 Sep 2017, 20:05
kamalkicks wrote:
If x is not equal to y and if $$\sqrt{x}=y$$, what is the value of $$y^3$$ ?

(1) $$x = y^x$$

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

can somebody explain how 1 is sufficient. i am getting confused...help

Easy. Always try to simplify the stimulus- manipulate the equations in their given form in a granular more clear way.

\sqrt{x}=y - square both sides
x=y^2

St 1

Substitute. Y^2=y^x

suff

St 2

X must be 2- there is no ambiguity since y is to an odd power

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