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If (x + y)/(xy) = 1, then y =

(A) x/(x - 1)
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\(Answer = A = \frac{x}{(x - 1)}\)

\(\frac{(x + y)}{(xy)} = 1\)

x + y = xy

xy - y = x

y(x-1) = x

\(y = \frac{x}{(x-1)}\)
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(x + y)/(xy) = 1
(x/xy) + (y/xy) = 1
1/y + 1/x = 1
1/y = 1 - 1/x
1/y = (x-1)/x
=> y = x/(x-1)

Ans is (A).

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If (x + y)/(xy) = 1, then y =

(A) x/(x - 1)
(B) x/(x + 1)
(C) (x - 1)/x
(D) (x + 1)/x
(E) x

\(\frac{x + y}{xy} = 1\);

\(x + y = xy\);

\(x = xy-y\);

\(x = y(x-1)\);

\(y=\frac{x}{x-1}\).

Answer: A.



Could you please explain the last step ? i.e. how you got from x= y(x-1) to your solution?!

Yo divided x by y and then you got x/y=(x-1) and how do you get the x over now ?

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If (x + y)/(xy) = 1, then y =

(A) x/(x - 1)
(B) x/(x + 1)
(C) (x - 1)/x
(D) (x + 1)/x
(E) x

\(\frac{x + y}{xy} = 1\);

\(x + y = xy\);

\(x = xy-y\);

\(x = y(x-1)\);

\(y=\frac{x}{x-1}\).

Answer: A.



Could you please explain the last step ? i.e. how you got from x= y(x-1) to your solution?!

Yo divided x by y and then you got x/y=(x-1) and how do you get the x over now ?


Divide both parts of \(x = y(x-1)\) by x-1 to get \(\frac{x}{x-1}=y\).
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Thanks a lot - after 5/6 hours i sometimes get a little bit confused with the easiest calculations.

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I had a very strange way of solving this. Might not always work.

I plugged in numbers and already wasted enough time trying to figure out which numbers to plug in that I didn't want to go back and solve algebraically.

So what numbers added to each other and divided by the product of each other equals 1? The only ones I could think of included 0 making the solution undefined. X=1 Y=0 ...... Answer A is also Undefined while all the others give some sort of solution.

Warning: I suck at math so take my advice with a grain of salt.

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Hi DJ1986,

This question is a type of 'in terms of' question - the prompt gives you an equation and asks you to isolate one of the variables 'in terms of' the other variable(s) in the equation. These types of questions are typically best solved with Algebra (TESTing VALUES can get complicated and you might not easily find values that 'fit' the given equation.

To answer your question though, X=2, Y=2 gives us (2+2)/(2)(2) = 1. Using those values would lead us to 2 answers though (Answers A and E).

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If (x + y)/(xy) = 1, then y =

(A) x/(x - 1)
(B) x/(x + 1)
(C) (x - 1)/x
(D) (x + 1)/x
(E) x


We can simplify the given equation:

(x + y)/(xy) = 1

x + y = xy

x = xy - y

x = y(x - 1)

x/(x - 1) = y

Answer: A
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I was wondering if you guys could help me with my timing issue. I've attached a picture of how I approach the simplification of this problem. A

s you can see, I only got it right from the 3rd time. The first 2 attempts, in which I tried to immediately isolate y on the RHS, wasted quite a bit of my time. I'm wondering is there an approach that I'm missing? Is there a way I can see from the problem that I shouldn't be isolating y straight away?

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