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What are the values of x and y that satisfy both the equations?

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What are the values of x and y that satisfy both the equations?

2^(0.7x) × 3^(−1. 25y) = (8√6)/27

4^(0.3x) × 9^(0.2y) = 8 × (81)^1/5

(a) x = 2, y = 5
(b) x = 2.5, y = 6
(c) x = 3, y = 5
(d) x = 3, y = 4
(e) x = 5, y = 2


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What are the values of x and y that satisfy both the equations?

2^(0.7x) × 3^(−1. 25y) = (8√6)/27

4^(0.3x) × 9^(0.2y) = 8 × (81)^1/5

(a) x = 2, y = 5
(b) x = 2.5, y = 6
(c) x = 3, y = 5
(d) x = 3, y = 4
(e) x = 5, y = 2

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2^(0.7x) × 3^(−1. 25y) = (8√6)/27
= 2^(7x/10) * 1/(3^{5y/4}) = \(\frac{(2^3 * √2 * √3 )}{3^3}\)
= 2^(7x/10) * 1/(3^{5y/4}) = \(\frac{(2^3 * √2 )}{3^2 *√3}\)
= 2^(7x/10) * 1/(3^{5y/4}) = \(\frac{(2^3 * √2 )}{3^(2.5)}\)

Thus 5y/4 = 2.5 --> y = 2. Thus it can only be Option E
We need to solve the 2nd equation as only one of the options contains y=2
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What are the values of x and y that satisfy both the equations?

2^(0.7x) × 3^(−1. 25y) = (8√6)/27

4^(0.3x) × 9^(0.2y) = 8 × (81)^1/5

(a) x = 2, y = 5
(b) x = 2.5, y = 6
(c) x = 3, y = 5
(d) x = 3, y = 4
(e) x = 5, y = 2


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\(2^{0.7x} × 3^{−1. 25y} = (8√6)/27\)

=> \(2^{0.7x} × 3^{−1. 25y}= 2^3*2^{1/2}*3^{1/2}*3^{-3}\)

=> \(2^{0.7x} × 3^{−1. 25y}= 2^{7/2}*3^{-5/2}\)

=>0.7x = 7/2 => x = 5.

Only E has option for x = 5

Hence answer is E

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What are the values of x and y that satisfy both the equations?

2^(0.7x) × 3^(−1. 25y) = (8√6)/27

4^(0.3x) × 9^(0.2y) = 8 × (81)^1/5

(a) x = 2, y = 5
(b) x = 2.5, y = 6
(c) x = 3, y = 5
(d) x = 3, y = 4
(e) x = 5, y = 2


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This question is an example of how the question can look complicated but be very simple. The options have mostly integral values so finding the answer will be relatively simple.

Focus on the right hand side of first equation.
\(\frac{8\sqrt{6}}{27} = \frac{2^3 * \sqrt{2} * \sqrt{3}}{3^3} = \frac{2^{7/2} *\sqrt{3}}{3^3}\)

So the power of 2 should be 7/2. On the left hand side, 2 is raised to the power 0.7x
0.7x = 7/2
x = 5
If you must verify, put y = 2 and see that it satisfies the equation.
Answer (E)
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