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The larger of two negative consecutive even integers 2t and 2(t-1) is multiplied by 3 and then added to the smaller of the two original integers. Which of the following represents this operation?

A. 6t-2
B. 8t-2
C. -2
D. 3
E. -2-4t^2

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Bunuel wrote:
The larger of two negative consecutive even integers 2t and 2(t-1) is multiplied by 3 and then added to the smaller of the two original integers. Which of the following represents this operation?

A. 6t-2
B. 8t-2
C. -2
D. 3
E. -2-4t^2

lets take t = -1, since it is given consecutive even integers and given that larget is mutiplied by 3.

For t =-1 case we get -2 and -4 and the larger value is -2 among them and this value is multiplied by 3 , we get -6.

and this value is added to smaller of two, i.e. -6 is added -4 we get -10.

Only option B is correct...i.e. 8(-1) - 2 = -10.

IMO option B.
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larger of 2t-2, 2t (when they are negative) is 2t. the smallest of 2t and 2t-2 when they are positive is 2t-2.
therefore 3* 2t + 2t-2 = 8t-2.
option b.
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The larger of two negative consecutive even integers $$2t$$ and $$2(t-1)$$ is multiplied by 3 and then added to the smaller of the two original integers. Which of the following represents this operation?

A. $$6t-2$$

B. $$8t-2$$

C. $$-2$$

D. $$3$$

E. $$-2-4t^2$$
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The larger of two negative consecutive even integers $$2t$$ and $$2(t-1)$$ is multiplied by 3 and then added to the smaller of the two original integers. Which of the following represents this operation?

A. $$6t-2$$
B. $$8t-2$$
C. $$-2$$
D. $$3$$
E. $$-2-4t^2$$

It is clear that 2(t-1)= 2t-2 - is smaller than 2t (or standing 2 grades lefter on a number line)

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The larger of two negative consecutive even integers $$2t$$ and $$2(t-1)$$ is multiplied by 3 and then added to the smaller of the two original integers. Which of the following represents this operation?

A. $$6t-2$$

B. $$8t-2$$

C. $$-2$$

D. $$3$$

E. $$-2-4t^2$$

Out of 2t and 2(t - 1) , 2t is the largest even consecutive integer . you can verify by substituting " t "with positive , negative and zero

t= 0 ; 2t = 0 and 2(t - 1) = -2
t= -5 ; 2t = -10 and 2(t - 1) = -12
t = 6 ; 2t = 12 and 2(t - 1) = 10

coming to question , 2t multiplied by 3 equals 6t
added to smaller of two orginal integers , that is, 2(t - 1) is equal to 8t - 2
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souvik101990 wrote:

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The larger of two negative consecutive even integers $$2t$$ and $$2(t-1)$$ is multiplied by 3 and then added to the smaller of the two original integers. Which of the following represents this operation?

A. $$6t-2$$

B. $$8t-2$$

C. $$-2$$

D. $$3$$

E. $$-2-4t^2$$

The negative consecutive even integers are : -2, -4, -6, -8,-10 ........................etc
Given,two negative consecutive even integers $$2t$$ and $$2(t-1)$$ ..... thus the max possible value of t=-1, as the boundary conditions
(1) when t=0, 2t=0 .... is not negative integer and (2) when t=-0.5 , 2t =-1.... is not negative even integer.
Thus between $$2t$$ and $$2(t-1)$$ , the larger is $$2t$$ and smaller is $$2(t-1)$$
hence , $$3 *2t$$ + $$2(t-1)$$ =$$6t+2t-2$$ = $$8t-2$$ ....Hence I would go for answer B
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The larger of two negative consecutive even integers $$2t$$ and $$2(t-1)$$ is multiplied by 3 and then added to the smaller of the two original integers. Which of the following represents this operation?

A. $$6t-2$$

B. $$8t-2$$

C. $$-2$$

D. $$3$$

E. $$-2-4t^2$$

Since the given expressions are negative, we have to consider "t" as negative for "2t" to be negative. This means that 2(t-1) has a higher absolute value, which further means that 2(t-1) has a smaller value than 2t.
Hence, 2t*3 + 2(t-1) = 8t-2 i.e. B V
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The larger of two negative consecutive even integers $$2t$$ and $$2(t-1)$$ is multiplied by 3 and then added to the smaller of the two original integers. Which of the following represents this operation?

A. $$6t-2$$

B. $$8t-2$$

C. $$-2$$

D. $$3$$

E. $$-2-4t^2$$

Larger of two consecutive negative even integers among 2t and 2t-2 is 2t (for e.g. -2>-4)
2t multiplied by 3 = 6t
Adding to the smaller of the two original integer = 6t+2t-2 = 8t-2
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Two consecutive negative integers are 2t and 2t-2 , It is clear 2t is > 2t-2 ( (as 2t -(2t-2) =2 is positive ))

so , larger of the two consecutive integers is 2t ..
as question asks ..let us proceed ..
multiplying larger with 3 and adding to smaller will give -> 3 * (2t) +2t-2 =6t+2t -2 =8t-2 ..

I hope all steps are clear
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Two consecutive negative even integers are 2t and 2(t-1)

Larger negative integer = 2t

Mutiplying 2t by 3= 6t....................(1)
Adding (1) to the smaller negative integer= 6t+ 2(t-1)
= 8t-2

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The larger of two negative consecutive even integers $$2t$$ and $$2(t-1)$$ is multiplied by 3 and then added to the smaller of the two original integers. Which of the following represents this operation?

A. $$6t-2$$

B. $$8t-2$$

C. $$-2$$

D. $$3$$

E. $$-2-4t^2$$

Whenever there are questions of this type, assume numbers. Let t=-1. So, options will be

A. -8
B. -10
C. -2
D. 3
E. -6

Now, coming back to question

2 Negative consecutive even integers are

-2 and -4. Larger is -2, it is multiplied by 3 so -6 and then added to smaller -6+ (-4) . So, answer is -10. Hence B.

If we are not supposing numbers, then

Since 2t will be greater out of these 2, Hence 2t * 3= 6t. Then 6t + 2(t-1) = 8t-2
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Bunuel wrote:
The larger of two negative consecutive even integers 2t and 2(t-1) is multiplied by 3 and then added to the smaller of the two original integers. Which of the following represents this operation?

A. 6t-2
B. 8t-2
C. -2
D. 3
E. -2-4t^2

Since t<0, 2t> 2(t-1)

2 x t x 3 + 2(t-1)
6t + 2t - 2
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