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If a#b = a2 – a, where b ≥ 0, what is the value of (–4)#4? (

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If \(a\sharp b = a^2\sqrt{b} - a\), where \(b ≥ 0\), what is the value of \((–4)\sharp 4\)?

(A) –36
(B) –28
(C) 12
(D) 28
(E) 36
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Re: If a#b = a2 – a, where b ≥ 0, what is the value of (–4)#4? ( [#permalink] New post 12 Aug 2018, 04:54
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Explanation

This problem defines a function for the made-up symbol #.

In this problem a = (–4) and b = 4.

Plug the values into the function: \((-4)^2 \sqrt{4}- (-4) = 16 \times 2 + 4 = 36\).

Do not forget to keep the parentheses around the –4!

Also note that only the positive root of 4 applies, because the problem has been presented in the form of a real number underneath the square root sign.
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Re: If a#b = a2 – a, where b ≥ 0, what is the value of (–4)#4? ( [#permalink] New post 02 Nov 2020, 19:16
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Explanation

This problem defines a function for the made-up symbol #.

In this problem a = (–4) and b = 4.

Plug the values into the function: \((-4)^2 \sqrt{4}- (-4) = 16 \times 2 + 4 = 36\).

Do not forget to keep the parentheses around the –4!

Also note that only the positive root of 4 applies, because the problem has been presented in the form of a real number underneath the square root sign.
----why -28 is not answer?
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