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# What is the value of p?

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What is the value of p?

(1) –|p| = −2
(2) p^2 – 4 = 0

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20 Dec 2015, 05:34
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(1) –|p| = −2
=>|p| = 2
p can be 2 or - 2
Not sufficient

(2) p^2 – 4 = 0
=> p^2 = 4
p can be 2 or - 2
Not sufficient

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06 Mar 2018, 04:09
Bunuel wrote:
What is the value of p?

(1) –|p| = −2
(2) p^2 – 4 = 0

Q: p = ?

St 1 : –|p| = −2

Cancelling negative sign we get |p| = 2

as |p| is an absolute value, it has two values = 2 & -2. Not sufficient

St 2 : p^2 - 4 = 0

p^2 = 4

It has two solutions, p = 2 & -2 Not sufficient

Combining we will get p = 2 & -2. Not sufficient

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