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If y^-2 + 2y^-1

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If y^-2 + 2y^-1 [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2018, 16:29
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If \(y^{-2} + 2y^{-1} -15 = 0\), which of the following could be the value of y?

A. \(3\)

B. \(\frac{1}{5}\)

C \(\frac{-1}{5}\)

D. \(\frac{-1}{3}\)

E. \(-5\)
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Re: If y^-2 + 2y^-1 [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2018, 16:39
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Explanation

\(\frac{1}{y^2} + \frac{1}{2y^1} -\frac{1}{15} = 0\)

This is like to write \(y^2 + 2y - 15 =0\)

Now, this is a quadratic equation, in which the multiplication is 15 and the sum is 2.

Two numbers that give us this are +5 and -3

y + 5 =0

y - 3 =0

OR

y = - 5
y = 3

At this point, the answer could be A and E but we do know that the answer must be one and only. Do not forget that we flipped the entire equation for simplicity. We should turn back because our y was raised to -1.

Which means that our 3 becomes \(\frac{1}{3}\) and our -5 become \(\frac{- 1}{5}\).

As you can see, we do have one and only correct solution among the answer choices that is \(\frac{- 1}{5}\).

C is correct
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