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# If xy=1, what is the value of / ? A)2 B)4 C)8 D)16 E)32 Is

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29 May 2008, 11:56
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If xy=1, what is the value of [2(x+y)^2]/[2(x-y)^2]?

A)2
B)4
C)8
D)16
E)32

Is integer x positive ?

1) x > x^3
2) x < x^2

If p,q,r are even numbers such that 2<p<q<r
what is the value of q ?
1) r<10
2)p<6
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29 May 2008, 12:31
Do you mean it to be this...

$$\frac{2(x+y)^2}{2(x-y)^2}$$

If so, that would become

$$\frac{2(x^2 + 2xy + y^2)}{2(x^2 - 2xy + y^2)}$$

$$\frac{2x^2 + 4xy + 2y^2}{2x^2 - 4xy + 2y^2}$$

If xy=1, then...

$$\frac{2x^2 + 4 + 2y^2}{2x^2 - 4 + 2y^2}$$

From this, if I did it right, none of the answer choices fit.

Extremepbs wrote:
If xy=1, what is the value of [2(x+y)^2]/[2(x-y)^2]?

A)2
B)4
C)8
D)16
E)32

Is integer x positive ?

1) x > x^3
2) x < x^2

If p,q,r are even numbers such that 2<p<q<r
what is the value of q ?
1) r<10
2)p<6

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29 May 2008, 16:39
I think the question is

$${{2}^{{(x+y)}^{2}}}/{2}^{{(x-y)}^{2}}$$

If you expand the exponents and reduce the expression, it will become $${2}^{4xy}$$

if xy=1, then the expression then becomes $${2}^{4}$$. The answer is 16.

i too get 2^4... assuming thats what the question asks..
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