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Given that \(5x=125-3y+z\) and \(\sqrt{5x}-5-\sqrt{z-3y}=0\), then what is the value of \(\sqrt{\frac{45(z-3y)}{x}}\)?

A. 5
B. 10
C. 15
D. 20
E. cannot be determined

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Official Solution:

Given that \(5x=125-3y+z\) and \(\sqrt{5x}-5-\sqrt{z-3y}=0\), then what is the value of \(\sqrt{\frac{45(z-3y)}{x}}\)?

A. 5
B. 10
C. 15
D. 20
E. cannot be determined


Rearranging both expressions we'll get: \(5x-(z-3y)=125\) and \(\sqrt{5x}-\sqrt{z-3y}=5\). Denote \(\sqrt{5x}\) as \(a\) and \(\sqrt{z-3y}\) as \(b\).

So we have that \(a^2-b^2=125\) and \(a-b=5\). Now, \(a^2-b^2=(a-b)(a+b)=125\) and as \(a-b=5\) then \((a-b)(a+b)=5*(a+b)=125\), which means that \(a+b=25\).

Thus we get two equations with two unknowns: \(a+b=25\) and \(a-b=5\). Solving for \(a\) gives \(a=15=\sqrt{5x}\) so, \(x=45\). Solving for \(b\) gives \(b=10=\sqrt{z-3y}\).

Finally, \(\sqrt{\frac{45(z-3y)}{x}}=\sqrt{\frac{45*10^2}{45}}=10\).


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Bunuel wrote:
Official Solution:

Given that \(5x=125-3y+z\) and \(\sqrt{5x}-5-\sqrt{z-3y}=0\), then what is the value of \(\sqrt{\frac{45(z-3y)}{x}}\)?

A. 5
B. 10
C. 15
D. 20
E. cannot be determined


Rearranging both expressions we'll get: \(5x-(z-3y)=125\) and \(\sqrt{5x}-\sqrt{z-3y}=5\). Denote \(\sqrt{5x}\) as \(a\) and \(\sqrt{z-3y}\) as \(b\).

So we have that \(a^2-b^2=125\) and \(a-b=5\). Now, \(a^2-b^2=(a-b)(a+b)=125\) and as \(a-b=5\) then \((a-b)(a+b)=5*(a+b)=125\), which means that \(a+b=25\).

Thus we get two equations with two unknowns: \(a+b=25\) and \(a-b=5\). Solving for \(a\) gives \(a=15=\sqrt{5x}\) so, \(x=45\). Solving for \(b\) gives \(b=10=\sqrt{z-3y}\).

Finally, \(\sqrt{\frac{45(z-3y)}{x}}=\sqrt{\frac{45*10^2}{45}}=10\).


Answer: B


Will sqrt(10^2) not yield +/- 10 ?
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Bunuel wrote:
Official Solution:

Given that \(5x=125-3y+z\) and \(\sqrt{5x}-5-\sqrt{z-3y}=0\), then what is the value of \(\sqrt{\frac{45(z-3y)}{x}}\)?

A. 5
B. 10
C. 15
D. 20
E. cannot be determined


Rearranging both expressions we'll get: \(5x-(z-3y)=125\) and \(\sqrt{5x}-\sqrt{z-3y}=5\). Denote \(\sqrt{5x}\) as \(a\) and \(\sqrt{z-3y}\) as \(b\).

So we have that \(a^2-b^2=125\) and \(a-b=5\). Now, \(a^2-b^2=(a-b)(a+b)=125\) and as \(a-b=5\) then \((a-b)(a+b)=5*(a+b)=125\), which means that \(a+b=25\).

Thus we get two equations with two unknowns: \(a+b=25\) and \(a-b=5\). Solving for \(a\) gives \(a=15=\sqrt{5x}\) so, \(x=45\). Solving for \(b\) gives \(b=10=\sqrt{z-3y}\).

Finally, \(\sqrt{\frac{45(z-3y)}{x}}=\sqrt{\frac{45*10^2}{45}}=10\).


Answer: B


Will sqrt(10^2) not yield +/- 10 ?


No.

When the GMAT provides the square root sign for an even root, such as \(\sqrt{x}\) or \(\sqrt[4]{x}\), then the only accepted answer is the positive root.

That is, \(\sqrt{16}=4\), NOT +4 or -4. In contrast, the equation \(x^2=16\) has TWO solutions, +4 and -4. Even roots have only a positive value on the GMAT.

Odd roots have the same sign as the base of the root. For example, \(\sqrt[3]{125} =5\) and \(\sqrt[3]{-64} =-4\).
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Is 10^2=100 not the same as x^2=100. In which case both would have two solutions.

Alternatively the sqrt of 100 only has one solution, 10
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The square root of 125 isn't 5? i don't follow this step - shouldn't it be 5 root 5?
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