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Official Solution:If \(2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2\), where \(x\) and \(y\) are nonnegative integers, what is the greatest possible value of \(x  y\)?A. 0 B. 1 C. 2 D. 3 E. 4 We can rearrange the equation, putting all the \(x\)’s on one side and all the \(y\)’s on the other side: \(2^x  x^2 = y^2  2^y\) Now, list the values of \(2^n\) and \(n^2\) for the first several nonnegative integers \(n\). In fact, go ahead and compute the differences both ways (both \(2^n  n^2\) and \(n^2  2^n\)). \(n\) \(2^n\) \(n^2\) \(2^n  n^2\) \(n^2  2^n\) 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 4 4 0 0 3 8 9 1 1 4 16 16 0 0 5 32 25 7 7 6 64 36 28 28 From this point on, \(2^n\) grows much faster than \(n^2\), so the differences explode. This means that in order to have a valid equation \((2^x  x^2 = y^2  2^y)\), we will have to use small values of the integers. We want values in the \(2^n  n^2\) column to match values in the \(n^2  2^n\) column, and to maximize the value of \(x  y\), we want to pick values from different rows  as far apart as possible. If we pick \(x = 0\) and \(y = 3\) (or vice versa), then we get a valid equation: \(2^0  0^2 = 3^2  2^3\) \(1  0 = 9  8\) These values of \(x\) and \(y\) are as far apart as possible, so we get \(x  y = 3\). Answer: D
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Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
If \(2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2\), where \(x\) and \(y\) are nonnegative integers, what is the greatest possible value of \(x  y\)?
A. 0 B. 1 C. 2 D. 3 E. 4
We can rearrange the equation, putting all the \(x\)’s on one side and all the \(y\)’s on the other side: \(2^x  x^2 = y^2  2^y\) Now, list the values of \(2^n\) and \(n^2\) for the first several nonnegative integers \(n\). In fact, go ahead and compute the differences both ways (both \(2^n  n^2\) and \(n^2  2^n\)). \(n\) \(2^n\) \(n^2\) \(2^n  n^2\) \(n^2  2^n\) 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 4 4 0 0 3 8 9 1 1 4 16 16 0 0 5 32 25 7 7 6 64 36 28 28 From this point on, \(2^n\) grows much faster than \(n^2\), so the differences explode. This means that in order to have a valid equation \((2^x  x^2 = y^2  2^y)\), we will have to use small values of the integers. We want values in the \(2^n  n^2\) column to match values in the \(n^2  2^n\) column, and to maximize the value of \(x  y\), we want to pick values from different rows  as far apart as possible. If we pick \(x = 0\) and \(y = 3\) (or vice versa), then we get a valid equation: \(2^0  0^2 = 3^2  2^3\) \(1  0 = 9  8\) These values of \(x\) and \(y\) are as far apart as possible, so we get \(x  y = 3\).
Answer: D Hello there Bunuel. I'm new here! Do we have any other method other than this one to solve this question?Thanks in advance. P.S. You're doing great work! Kudos to you!

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alishandhanani17 wrote: Bunuel wrote: Official Solution:
If \(2^x + 2^y = x^2 + y^2\), where \(x\) and \(y\) are nonnegative integers, what is the greatest possible value of \(x  y\)?
A. 0 B. 1 C. 2 D. 3 E. 4
We can rearrange the equation, putting all the \(x\)’s on one side and all the \(y\)’s on the other side: \(2^x  x^2 = y^2  2^y\) Now, list the values of \(2^n\) and \(n^2\) for the first several nonnegative integers \(n\). In fact, go ahead and compute the differences both ways (both \(2^n  n^2\) and \(n^2  2^n\)). \(n\) \(2^n\) \(n^2\) \(2^n  n^2\) \(n^2  2^n\) 0 1 0 1 1 1 2 1 1 1 2 4 4 0 0 3 8 9 1 1 4 16 16 0 0 5 32 25 7 7 6 64 36 28 28 From this point on, \(2^n\) grows much faster than \(n^2\), so the differences explode. This means that in order to have a valid equation \((2^x  x^2 = y^2  2^y)\), we will have to use small values of the integers. We want values in the \(2^n  n^2\) column to match values in the \(n^2  2^n\) column, and to maximize the value of \(x  y\), we want to pick values from different rows  as far apart as possible. If we pick \(x = 0\) and \(y = 3\) (or vice versa), then we get a valid equation: \(2^0  0^2 = 3^2  2^3\) \(1  0 = 9  8\) These values of \(x\) and \(y\) are as far apart as possible, so we get \(x  y = 3\).
Answer: D Hello there Bunuel. I'm new here! Do we have any other method other than this one to solve this question?Thanks in advance. P.S. You're doing great work! Kudos to you! Check alternative solutions here: if2x2yx2y2wherexandyarenonnegativeinte88016.htmlHope it helps.
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I don't agree with the explanation. Take X=3 Y =1 XY = 2 , equality holds true. Take X=4 Y=1 XY =3 , equality doesn't hold true..
True answer should be C not D.. Am i missing something ?

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X and Y are nonnegative integers and we need values of X and Y such that mod (XY) is maximum. In order to get maximum difference, one value must be zero, so we can assume Y = 0. Then,looking at all options only X=3 satisfies the equation.

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X and Y are nonnegative integers and we need values of X and Y such that mod (XY) is maximum. In order to get maximum difference, one value must be zero, so we can assume Y = 0. Then,looking at all options only X=3 satisfies the equation.

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I didn't get this could anyone explain deeply please ?

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got it thank you bunuel !

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x=3 and y=1, satisfy the equation. C can be the correct answer

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Hi, So, if x=0,y=4 then equation becomes 2^0 + 2^4 = 0^2 + 4^2 (Each side equals 16) now,the difference between x and y becomes 4. So,should the answer not be 4? Please help! Thanks!

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stressed wrote: Hi, So, if x=0,y=4 then equation becomes 2^0 + 2^4 = 0^2 + 4^2 (Each side equals 16) now,the difference between x and y becomes 4. So,should the answer not be 4? Please help! Thanks! \((nonzero \ integer)^0 = 1\). So, \(2^0 + 2^4 = 1 + 16 = 17\), not 16. Hope it helps.
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