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GMATPREP Test #2 question

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GMATPREP Test #2 question

Post Tue Dec 26, 2006 11:44 am
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  • Lap #[LAPCOUNT] ([LAPTIME])
    Hi, this is my first post so hopefully I'm following the proper protocol.

    This is not a particularly difficult question, so I'm alarmed that it's stumped me:

    If two of the four expressions (x+y), (x+5y), (x-y), and (5x-y) are chosen at random, what is the probability that their product will be of the form (x^2 - (by)^2), where b is an integer?

    (A) 1/2 (B) 1/3 (C) 1/4 (D) 1/5 (E) 1/6

    I chose C, the right answer is E.

    I assumed there was a 1/2 chance of getting an x+y form expression and a 1/2 chance of getting an x-y form expression. The joint chance of getting to independent events should be (1/2)(1/2) = 1/4. But I'm obviously overlooking something.

    Thanks for your help.

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    thankont Senior | Next Rank: 100 Posts
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    One approach could be this: since only 1 pair (x+y), (x-y) meets the requirements we have 1/6 (6= 4C2 --> choose 2 out of 4 = 6 pairs)

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