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What is the value of a + b ?

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New post 06 Sep 2017, 13:25
B ...
based on st 1: ab(a+b) = 9 ; but a + b =?
st 2: (a+b)(a-B) = 5 --> (3+2)(3-2) = 5
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New post 06 Sep 2017, 14:40
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B ...
based on st 1: ab(a+b) = 9 ; but a + b =?
st 2: (a+b)(a-B) = 5 --> (3+2)(3-2) = 5


B can't be the answer as a = -3 and b =-2 also yields a^2 - b^2 = 5 .So in this case a+b = -5 while if a = 3 and b =2, a+b = 5.
I suppose the answer has to be E.
Awaiting OA.
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What is the value of a + b ?


(1) \(a^2b + ab^2 = 9\)

(2) \(a^2 – b^2 = 5\)



hi..

lets see the statements..

(1) \(a^2b + ab^2 = 9\)
\(ab(a+b)=9\)
Various combinations possible..
ab=1, a+b=9
ab=3, a+b=3..
there are no restrictions for a and b as integers, so they can take any value
ab=1/9, a+b=81
and so on
insuff

(2) \(a^2 – b^2 = 5\)
(a-b)(a+b)=5..
again possiblities
a-b=1, a+b=5
a-b=5, a+b=1
there are no restrictions for a and b as integers, so they can take any value
a-b=1/5, a+b=25
insuff


combined..
all values can be possible as no restrictions
insuff

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