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If a - b = 16

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If a - b = 16 [#permalink] New post 19 Aug 2017, 04:41
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If \(a - b = 16\) and \(\sqrt{a} + \sqrt{b} = 8\), what is the value of \(\sqrt{ab}\) ?

A. 2

B. 4

C. 8

D. 12

E. 15

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I have the answer to this question in my book using other methods. However, whenever I try to solve this question using the substitution method, my solution is not the same as what my book says. Would you please be kind enough to solve this question for me using the SUBSTITUTION method?

I know there are easier methods as well but I need to know what mistake I am making by using the substitution method.
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but for substitution method it should be mentioned that a and b are integers:

Keeping this in mind write all the numbers which sums equal to 8 i.e 1+7,2+6,3+5,4+4
Now look for the difference of squares which is equal to 16 , 25-9 = 16.
Numbers are 25,9 so the ans is 15
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Re: If a - b = 16 [#permalink] New post 23 Aug 2017, 01:44
avdesh0490 wrote:
but for substitution method it should be mentioned that a and b are integers:

Keeping this in mind write all the numbers which sums equal to 8 i.e 1+7,2+6,3+5,4+4
Now look for the difference of squares which is equal to 16 , 25-9 = 16.
Numbers are 25,9 so the ans is 15



I didn't notice this. Can you write down your explanation thoroughly?
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