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Which is greater: (x-2)^2 or x^2-4

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Which is greater: (x-2)^2 or x^2-4 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2017, 22:27
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Quantity A
Quantity B
\((x-2)^2\)
\(x^2-4\)


A. The quantity in Column A is greater
B. The quantity in Column B is greater
C. The two quantities are equal
D. The relationship cannot be determined from the information given


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Re: Which is greater: (x-2)^2 or x^2-4 [#permalink] New post 01 Oct 2017, 23:40
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Bunuel wrote:
Quantity A
Quantity B
(x-2)^2
x^2-4


A. The quantity in Column A is greater
B. The quantity in Column B is greater
C. The two quantities are equal
D. The relationship cannot be determined from the information given


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Since no information is given for x, so x can be any value

LEt consider x=2

then QTYA A =\((2-2)^2 = 0\)

QTY B=\(2^2 - 4 = 0\) . QTY A = QTY b

Let consider x= 5

QTY A = \(3^2 = 9\)

QTY B =\(25-4 = 21\)

SO QTY A< QTY B

Hence the option is D.
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Re: Which is greater: (x-2)^2 or x^2-4 [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2018, 12:30
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After simplification of Quantity A
\((x-2)^2\) = \(x^2\) + 4 - 4x

We can subtract \(x^2\) from both Quantity A and Quantity B, because it will not have any impact i.e the greater quantity will remain greater and by same margin.

So we'll get:

Quantity A: 4 - 4x
Quantity B: 4x

Similarly, we can add 4x on both Quantities, because it will not impact or change the greater quantity to less quantity.

Thus, we'll get

Quantity A: 4
Quantity B: 8x

As we don't know whether x is positive, 0 or negative. So Choice D is correct.
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Re: Which is greater: (x-2)^2 or x^2-4 [#permalink] New post 02 Mar 2018, 19:11
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(x-2)^2 = x^2 -4x + 4
x^2 -4 ? x^2 -4x + 4
-4 ? 4 - 4x
for x=2 these are equal.
for x < 2, -4 is less.
for x > 2, -4 is more.
so we can not recognize their relationship and D is correct.
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Re: Which is greater: (x-2)^2 or x^2-4 [#permalink] New post 04 Mar 2018, 01:10
x^2-4x+4 and x^2-4
add +4 to both sides yields: x^2-4x+8 and x^2
then, subtract x^2 from both sides
-4x+4 and 0
then if x=0, then QA equals 4, QB 0
if x=1, then the quantities are equal.
So, the answer is D
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