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# x^2-y^2 = 28 and x - y = 8 then what is the average of x and y?

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If $$x^2-y^2 = 28$$ and $$x - y = 8$$ then what is the average of $$x$$ and $$y$$?

A. 3.5

B. 1.75

C. 7

D. 8

E. 5

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11 Dec 2019, 11:04
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$$x^2-y^2 = 28$$ and $$x - y = 8$$ then what is the average of $$x$$ and $$y$$?

A. 3.5

B. 1.75

C. 7

D. 8

E. 5

Explanation:
Given: x-y=8
x^2-y^2 = 28
(x+y)(x-y)=28
Putting value of x-y =8
x+y=28/8
x+y=3.5----1

As we know averge of x&y = (x+y)/2
from 1,
3.5/2= 1.75

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11 Dec 2019, 13:09
The answer can be 7 here
7/2/2/1 = 7/2*2/1 = 7

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11 Dec 2019, 13:50
X^2 - y^2 = 28
(x+y)(x-y) = 28
(x+y)×8 = 28
(x+y) = 28/8
(x+y)/2 = 28/16
(x+y)/2 = 1.75

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11 Dec 2019, 14:02
If $$x^2-y^2 = 28$$ and $$x - y = 8$$ then what is the average of $$x$$ and $$y$$?

A. 3.5

B. 1.75

C. 7

D. 8

E. 5

from the information we know that:
x^2 - y^2 = 28;
x - y = 8; and
x^2 - y^2 is a simplified form of (x+y)(x-y); thus

(x+y)(x-y) = 28
(x+y)(8) = 28
(x+y) = 28/8

since we are asked the average of x and y or (x+y)/2, thus
(28/8) / 2 = 1.75 (B)
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11 Dec 2019, 20:13
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The answer can be 7 here
7/2/2/1 = 7/2*2/1 = 7

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12 Dec 2019, 01:09
Sure,

(X+y) 8 = 28 = 28/8 = 7/2

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12 Dec 2019, 01:21
bhvya324 wrote:
Sure,

(X+y) 8 = 28 = 28/8 = 7/2

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Till Above You are right.
After this Question has asked for Average of x+y.
So we need to divide it by 2.

So, u got the value of x+y = 7/2
For Average, divide it by 2.
Therefore, 7/4 =1.75

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12 Dec 2019, 19:48
If $$x^2-y^2 = 28$$ and $$x - y = 8$$ then what is the average of $$x$$ and $$y$$?

A. 3.5

B. 1.75

C. 7

D. 8

E. 5

Using the difference of squares, the first equation becomes:

(x + y)(x - y) = 28

Substituting, we have:

(x + y) * 8 = 28

x + y = 28/8 = 7/2 = 3.5

Thus, the average of x and y is (x + y)/2 = 3.5/2 = 1.75.

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