Wordpandit Question of the day

Question: x, y, z, w are positive integers such that
xy + x + y = 524
yz + y + z = 146
zw + z + w = 104
xyzw = 8!

Find x – y.

(a) 100
(b) 4
(c) 20
(d) 2 values possible

 

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Answer and Explanation

Answer: (b)

xy + x + y = 524

(x + 1) (y + 1) = 525 = 3.52.7

 

Similarly,

(y + 1) (z + 1) = 147 = 3.72

& (z + 1) (w +1) = 3. 5. 7

Now (x + 1) (y + 1) is a multiple of 25 but (y + 1) (z + 1) is not a multiple of 25.

That implies (x + 1) is a multiple of 25.

Also (x + 1) divides 525.

So, x + 1 = 25, 75, 175, 525

x = 24, 74, 174, 524.

Also x divides 8!

So, x = 24

y = 20

x – y = + 4