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If x ≠ y, is x = 0? (1) xy = x^2 (2) y ≠ 0

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Bunuel wrote:
If x ≠ y, is x = 0?

(1) xy = x^2
(2) y ≠ 0


Statement (1) xy = x^2 if and only if x=y or x=0. We know x ≠ y, so x must be 0. Sufficient

Statement (2) If y ≠ 0, then x could be 0. But it could also not be 0. Say y = 1 and x = 2. Not Sufficient

Answer: A
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New post 27 Sep 2018, 09:07
Bunuel wrote:
If x ≠ y, is x = 0?

(1) xy = x^2
(2) y ≠ 0


(1) xy = x^2

This translates into x and y both being equal and the question mentioned that that is not the case. The only other way for this to be possible is when x = 0

SUFFICIENT

(2) y ≠ 0

Does not give anything about x.

INSUFFICIENT

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Statement 1)

X^2 = XY

x(x-y)= 0 leading to x = 0

Or x - y = 0 leading to x = y but we know from the question stem that x DOES NOT equal y so x must be equal to zero.

Statement 2) doesn’t provide any additional information.

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Bunuel wrote:
If x ≠ y, is x = 0?

(1) xy = x^2
(2) y ≠ 0



Statement 1:

\(xy = x^2\)

\(xy - x^2 = 0\)

x(y-x) = 0

x=0

or


y=x........not allowed as per the direction of the question.


So, sufficient.


Statement 2: y ≠ 0. No information about x. NOT sufficient.

The best answer is A.
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