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If for a ≠ 0 and b ≠ 0

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If for a ≠ 0 and b ≠ 0 [#permalink]  28 Jan 2019, 01:24
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If a ≠ 0 and b ≠ 0, and $$a^\frac{2}{3}=b^\frac{2}{3}$$ then which of the following statements must be true?

Indicate all possible values.

a) $$\frac{a}{b} =1$$

b) $$\frac{a}{b} = -1$$

c) $$(\frac{a}{b})^2 =1$$

d) $$a= \frac{2}{3}$$

e) $$a^2 = b^2$$

f) $$a^\frac{1}{2} = b^\frac{1}{2}$$

[Reveal] Spoiler:
C,E

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Re: If for a ≠ 0 and b ≠ 0 [#permalink]  28 Jan 2019, 04:37
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SKH121 wrote:
If a ≠ 0 and b ≠ 0, and $$a^\frac{2}{3}=b^\frac{2}{3}$$ then which of the following statements must be true?

Indicate all possible values.

a) $$a/b =1$$
b) $$a/b = -1$$
c) $$(a/b)^2 =1$$
d) $$a= 2/3$$
e) $$a^2 = b^2$$
f) $$a^{1/2} = b^{1/2}$$

[Reveal] Spoiler:
C,E

$$a^\frac{2}{3}=b^\frac{2}{3}$$ =>$$\sqrt[3]{a^2}=\sqrt[3]{b^2}$$.. Thus a=b or a=-b
Let us check the options
a) $$a/b =1$$.....Will not be true when a=-b
b) $$a/b = -1$$.....Will not be true when a=b
c) $$(a/b)^2 =1$$.....Will always be true for both a=b and a=-b
d) $$a= 2/3$$.....Will not be true as we do not know what is a.
e) $$a^2 = b^2$$.....Will always be true for both a=b and a=-b
f) $$a^{1/2} = b^{1/2}$$.....Will not be true when a=-b, as for a negative term square root is undefined.
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Re: If for a ≠ 0 and b ≠ 0   [#permalink] 28 Jan 2019, 04:37
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