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1. \(3^{(x+y)^2} >9^{xy}\)
2.\(y=3\)

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Statement 1)

(x+y)^2 > 2xy

x^2 + 2xy + y^2 > 2xy

x^2 + y^2 > 0 x and y could be positive or negative. So x+y > 0 or x+y < 0

Insufficient

Try 2)

Even if I know y = 3 I have no information on x so insufficient.

Combine x^2 + 9 > 0

x^2 > -9 x could be -4 or 4

-4 + 3 < 0
4 + 3 > 0

Insufficient

Answer choice E.

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Is X + Y > 0

1. \(3^{(x+y)^2} >9^{xy}\)
2.\(y=3\)


Start with statement 2

2) Know nothing about x -----> INSUFFICIENT
- eliminate B & D

1) 3^(x+y)^2 > 9^xy
- break bases up into their prime factors: 3^(x+y)^2 > (3^2)^xy ----> 3^(x+y)^2 > 3^2xy
- since bases are the same all we need to look at are the exponents: (x + y)^2 > 2xy
- distribute the left side: x^2 + 2xy + y^2 > 2xy
- x^2 + y^2 > 0 -----> since any number squared will always be positive or 0, all this tells us is that x & y each aren't equal to zero.

Since they can be any combo of positive and negative numbers this is insufficient ----> eliminate A

1 & 2) Since x can still be anything but zero this does not help us much.

Answer: E
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