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# In the xy-plane, does the line with the equation y = 2x - 4 contain

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In the xy-plane, does the line with the equation y = 2x - 4 contain the point (a,b)?

(1) (2a - b - 4)(a + 5b + 2) = 0
(2) (4a + 3b - 1)(2a - b - 4) = 0

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The answer is C, because there is a common term "(2a - b - 4)" to determine the answer in both (1) and (2), else (1) and (2) on their own give two equations for a and b, while we need a single one in the form 2a - b - 4 = 0 . Can you however clarify if there is a sign missing in this "(4a + 3b 1)" in (2) ?
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20 Jun 2011, 06:00
Not very different from gprep question:
gmatprep-data-sufficiency-questions-91511.html#p700981
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The answer is C, because there is a common term "(2a - b - 4)" to determine the answer in both (1) and (2), else (1) and (2) on their own give two equations for a and b, while we need a single one in the form 2a - b - 4 = 0 . Can you however clarify if there is a sign missing in this "(4a + 3b 1)" in (2) ?

corrected the missing sign.
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In the xy-plane, does the line with the equation y=2x-4 contain the point (a,b)?

Line with equation $$y=2x-4$$ contains the point $$(a,b)$$ means that when substituting $$a$$ ans $$b$$ in line equation: $$b=2a-4$$ (or $$2a-b-4=0$$) holds true.

So, basically we are asked to determine whether $$2a-b-4=0$$ is true.

(1) (2a-b-4)(a+5b+2)=0 --> either $$2a-b-4=0$$ OR $$a+5b+2=0$$ OR both. Not sufficient.

(2) (4a+3b-1)(2a-b-4)=0 --> either $$2a-b-4=0$$ OR $$4a+3b-1=0$$ OR both. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) Now, since $$a+5b+2=0$$ and $$4a+3b-1=0$$ can simultaneously be true (for a=11/17 and b=-9/17), then we have that EITHER both $$a+5b+2=0$$ and $$4a+3b-1=0$$ are true OR $$2a-b-4=0$$ is true. Not sufficient.

Answer: E (C is not correct).

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