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If xy = 3, what is the value of xy(x + y) ?

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Bunuel wrote:
If xy = 3, what is the value of xy(x + y) ?

(1) x – y = 2
(2) x^2 + y^2 = 10


I took the conventional way.

We have x=3/y and we need the value of 3(x + y).

S1. x – y = 2
Substitute the equation \(x=3/y\) in the above equation to get \(y^2+2y-3=0\)
You will get y=1 and x=3 ; y=-3 and x=-1
Both the sets give you different value for 3(x+y)
Not sufficient

S2. \(x^2 + y^2 = 10\)
Again substitute \(x=3/y\) to obtain \(y^4 - 10y^2 + 9=0\)
The sets you obtain are:
x=3 and y=1
x=-3 and y=-1
x=1 and y=3
x=-1 and y=-3
The above values give you different answers for 3(x+y)
Not sufficient

S1 and S2 combined
Only value common to both condition is x=-1 and y=-3
This gives you -12 as the value of 3(x+y)
Sufficient

Answer : C

I know there has to be a faster way. Please suggest.

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Bunuel wrote:
If xy = 3, what is the value of xy(x + y) ?

(1) x – y = 2
(2) x^2 + y^2 = 10


we need to calculate the value of \(3(x+y)\). Hence need to know the value of \((x+y)\)

Statement 1: \((x+y)^2=(x-y)^2+4xy\), substitute the values to get

\((x+y)^2=16\) or \(x+y=±4\). Hence no unique value. Insufficient

Statement 2: \((x+y)^2=x^2+y^2+2xy\), substitute the values to get

\((x+y)^2=16\) or \(x+y=±4\). Hence no unique value. Insufficient

Combining 1 & 2 we get \(x+y=±4\). Hence no unique value. Insufficient

Option E

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fmik7894 wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
If xy = 3, what is the value of xy(x + y) ?

(1) x – y = 2
(2) x^2 + y^2 = 10


I took the conventional way.

We have x=3/y and we need the value of 3(x + y).

S1. x – y = 2
Substitute the equation \(x=3/y\) in the above equation to get \(y^2+2y-3=0\)
You will get y=1 and x=3 ; y=-3 and x=-1
Both the sets give you different value for 3(x+y)
Not sufficient

S2. \(x^2 + y^2 = 10\)
Again substitute \(x=3/y\) to obtain \(y^4 - 10y^2 + 9=0\)
The sets you obtain are:
x=3 and y=1
x=-3 and y=-1
x=1 and y=3
x=-1 and y=-3
The above values give you different answers for 3(x+y)
Not sufficient

S1 and S2 combined
Only value common to both condition is x=-1 and y=-3
This gives you -12 as the value of 3(x+y)
Sufficient

Answer : C

I know there has to be a faster way. Please suggest.


Hi fmik7894

Apart from being a lengthy method, you have ignored one common value. See highlighted section. as there is no unique solution, IMO answer should be E

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Bunuel wrote:
If xy = 3, what is the value of xy(x + y) ?

(1) x – y = 2
(2) x^2 + y^2 = 10


(1) x – y = 2

Let x =-1 , y=-3......... x – y = 2............3 (-4) = -12

Let x= 3 , y= 1......... ..x – y = 2............3 (4) = 12

Two values

Insufficient

(2) x^2 + y^2 = 10

Use same examples above

Insufficient

Combine 1 &b2

Use same examples above

No clear soution

Insufficient

Answer: E

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