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(x - 2y)(x + 2y) = 4

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\((x - 2y)(x + 2y) = 4\)

Quantity A
Quantity B
\(x^2 - 4y^2\)
\(8\)


A) Quantity A is greater.
B) Quantity B is greater.
C) The two quantities are equal.
D) The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.
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Re: (x - 2y)(x + 2y) = 4 [#permalink] New post 06 Feb 2017, 09:28
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Explanation

We know that, \((x + y)(x - y) = x^2 - y^2\)

So we can rewrite the:

\((x + 2y)(x - 2y) = x^2 - 4y^2 = 4\)

They can quickly compare 4 to 8 and determine B is greater.

If you forget the classic quadratic form, simply perform (first, outer, inner, last):

(x + 2y)(x - 2y) → \(x^2 - 2xy + 2xy - 4y^2 = 4\) → \(x^2 - 4y^2 = 4\)

Compare the quantities: Quantity A: 4 Quantity B: 8


Hence option B is correct.
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