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The operation ⊗ is defined for all nonzero numbers a and b by a ⊗ b = a/b – b/a. If x and y are nonzero numbers, which of the following statements must be true?

I. x ⊗ xy = x(1 ⊗ y)
II. x ⊗ y = -(y ⊗ x)
III. 1/x ⊗ 1/y = y ⊗ x

A. I only
B. II only
C. III only
D. I and II
E. II and III
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The operation ⊗ is defined for all nonzero numbers a and b by a ⊗ b = a/b – b/a. If x and y are nonzero numbers, which of the following statements must be true?
I. x ⊗ xy = x(1 ⊗ y)
II. x ⊗ y = -(y ⊗ x)
III. 1/x ⊗ 1/y = y ⊗ x

A. I only
B. II only
C. III only
D. I and II
E. II and III

Please can someone confirm the ans. I am not sure about the ans


Given: \(a@b=\frac{a}{b}-\frac{b}{a}\), for all nonzero numbers \(a\) and \(b\).

I. \(x@(xy) = x(1@y)\): \(LHS=x@(xy)=\frac{x}{xy}-\frac{xy}{x}=\frac{1}{y}-y\) and \(RHSx(1@y)=x(\frac{1}{y}-y)\) as you see LHS doen't equal to RHS;

II. \(x@y = -(y@x)\): \(LHS=x@y=\frac{x}{y}-\frac{y}{x}\) and \(RHS=-(y@x)=-(\frac{y}{x}-\frac{x}{y})=\frac{x}{y}-\frac{y}{x}\) --> LHS=RHS;

III. \((\frac{1}{x})@(\frac{1}{y}) = y@x\): \(LHS=(\frac{1}{x})@(\frac{1}{y})=\frac{y}{x}-\frac{x}{y}\) and \(RHS=y@x=\frac{y}{x}-\frac{x}{y}\) --> LHS=RHS.

Answer: E (II and III).

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If you pay close attention, III is basically the operation backwards so you don't have to waste time trying it. Also, if you look at the answer choices, if III is correct then just test II to choose between C or E.

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The operation ⊗ is defined for all nonzero numbers a and b by a ⊗ b = a/b – b/a. If x and y are nonzero numbers, which of the following statements must be true?

I. x ⊗ xy = x(1 ⊗ y)
II. x ⊗ y = -(y ⊗ x)
III. 1/x ⊗ 1/y = y ⊗ x

A. I only
B. II only
C. III only
D. I and II
E. II and III


a ⊗ b = a/b – b/a

Lets check I option :
LHS = x ⊗ xy = x/xy -xy/x = 1/y - y
RHS = x(1 ⊗ y) = x(1/y - y)............... LHS =/= RHS

Lets check II option :
LHS = x ⊗ y = x/y - y/x
RHS = -(y ⊗ x) = -(y/x - x/y) = x/y - y/x................... LHS = RHS

Lest check III option :
LHS = 1/x ⊗ 1/y = [m]/frac{1/x}{1/y} - /frac{1/y}{1/x} = y/x - x/y
RHS = y ⊗ x = y/x - x/y ............... LHS = RHS

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Answer E. II and III

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Is there any short cut method for these kind of problems. I have took 3 minutes 15 sec to solve the problem. Is this the avg time required to solve the problem please...

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Is there any short cut method for these kind of problems. I have took 3 minutes 15 sec to solve the problem. Is this the avg time required to solve the problem please...


No shortcut bro.. But you can solve it in 1:30 minutes if u solve a lots of similar problems..
I solved in 1:39 minutes...

3 minutes 15 sec is a bit high time.. So you can solve in less time if you practice more....
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Is there any short cut method for these kind of problems. I have took 3 minutes 15 sec to solve the problem. Is this the avg time required to solve the problem please...


No shortcut bro.. But you can solve it in 1:30 minutes if u solve a lots of similar problems..
I solved in 1:39 minutes...

3 minutes 15 sec is a bit high time.. So you can solve in less time if you practice more....


Thanks a lot mate. Im struggling to pace and just worried a lot due to the pacing issue.
Just running out of time and sometimes spending far too much time on a specific question. Slowly I started getting into countdown phobia.

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Note that the function is symmetric (if you switch one variable with another, it doesn't change) except for the sign:

a ⊗ b = a/b – b/a

b ⊗ a = b/a – a/b = - (a/b - b/a)

Look for options which are symmetric too.

I. x ⊗ xy = x(1 ⊗ y)

This is not symmetric. You have x and xy so x is different from y. I will ignore this right now.

II. x ⊗ y = -(y ⊗ x)

This we already know is true.

III. 1/x ⊗ 1/y = y ⊗ x

Just check for this.

Answer (E).

In such questions, looking for symmetry often helps.
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