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# Is ab < 0?

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Is ab < 0?

(1) $$a^4b^9c^2 < 0$$

(2) $$a(bc)^6 > 0$$
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13 Mar 2017, 04:05
From first statement we can surely conclude that "b" is negative. However "a" can be positive or negative.

second statement implies "a" is positive. But gives no clue about "b"

Combining both statements we can conclude ab<0

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13 Mar 2017, 04:26
From first statement we can surely conclude that "b" is negative. However "a" can be positive or negative.

second statement implies "a" is positive. But gives no clue about "b"

Combining both statements we can conclude ab<0

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Can you pls explain how you solved statement 1 to get your answer?

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13 Mar 2017, 05:37
vikasp99 wrote:
Is ab < 0?

(1) a^4b^9c^2 < 0

(2) a(bc)^6 > 0

(1) $$a^4b^9c^2 < 0 \implies b^9 < 0$$ since $$a^4 \geq 0$$ and $$c^2 \geq 0$$ $$\forall a,c \in R$$.
Hence, $$b < 0$$.

If $$a>0 \implies ab < 0$$
If $$a<0 \implies ab > 0$$.

Hence, insufficient.

(2) $$a \times (bc)^6 > 0 \implies a > 0$$ since $$(bc)^6 \geq 0 \; \forall b,c \in R$$.

If $$b>0 \implies ab > 0$$
If $$b<0 \implies ab < 0$$.

Hence, insufficient.

Combine (1) & (2)

From (1) we have $$b<0$$
From (2) we have $$a>0$$

Hence $$ab<0$$, sufficient.

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13 Mar 2017, 06:27
rahulkashyap wrote:
From first statement we can surely conclude that "b" is negative. However "a" can be positive or negative.

second statement implies "a" is positive. But gives no clue about "b"

Combining both statements we can conclude ab<0

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Can you pls explain how you solved statement 1 to get your answer?

chetan2u pls help

a^4b^9c^2<0

Here, since a and c have even exponents, a4 and c2 will always be positive.

Since, a4*b9*c2 is less than zero (negative value) , b will have to be negative.

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