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# What is the value of xy ?

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What is the value of xy ?

(1) x + y = 10
(2) x - y = 4

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24 Oct 2013, 23:20
avohden wrote:
What is the value of xy ?

(1) x + y = 10
(2) x - y = 4

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We need to know both x and y. When we combine the statements we can solve the equations and get the value of xy.

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29 Oct 2013, 20:54
Official Explanation

On their own, both of these statements are insufficient. To answer the question, we need the value of each of the two variables, but neither statement has enough information to find that.

Combined, they are sufficient. Add the two equations, and the result is 2x = 14, or x = 7. Plugging x = 7 into either equation, we find that y = 3 and thus, that xy = 21. Choice (C) is correct.
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