If xy does not equal zero, what is the value of xy?
(1) 2/x + 2/y = 3
(2) x^3  (2/y)^3 = 0
What's the best way to determine the sufficient statement?
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Look at statement (1) first:lheiannie07 wrote:If xy does not equal zero, what is the value of xy?
(1) 2/x + 2/y = 3
(2) x^3  (2/y)^3 = 0
What's the best way to determine the sufficient statement?
OA B
2/x + 2/y = 3
(2y + 2x)/xy = 3
xy = 2(x + y)/3
We don't know x + y so we can't solve for xy > NOT SUFFICIENT!
Look at statement (2) second:
x^3  (2/y)^3 = 0
x^3  8/y^3 = 0
(xy)^3  8 = 0
(xy)^3 = 8
xy = 2
SUFFICIENT
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Statement 1: 2/x + 2/y = 3lheiannie07 wrote:If xy does not equal zero, what is the value of xy?
(1) 2/x + 2/y = 3
(2) x^3  (2/y)^3 = 0
2/x = 3  2/y
Case 1: y=1
Plugging y=1 into 2/x = 3  2/y, we get:
2/x = 3  (2/1)
2/x = 1
2 = x
xy = 2*1 = 2.
Case 2: y=1
Plugging y=1 into 2/x = 3  2/y, we get:
2/x = 3  (2/1)
2/x = 5
2/5 = x
xy = (2/5)(1) = 2/5.
Since xy can be different values, INSUFFICIENT.
Statement 2: xÂ³  (2/y)Â³ = 0
xÂ³ = (2/y)Â³
x = 2/y
xy = 2.
SUFFICIENT.
The correct answer is B.
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