If a, b are real number, two sets \(\displaystyle \{1,a+b,a\}\) and \(\left\{0,\frac{b}{a},b\right\}\) What is b - a?

Guest Jun 23, 2020

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If the two sets are equal, that is, if they contain the same elements, then:

{1, a + b, a} and {0, b/a, b}

The '0' of the second set cannot equal a becuase that would make the expression b/a undefined.

So a + b = 0 ---> a = -b.

If 1 = b, then a = -1.

Let's see if this works:

The first set has: 1, a + b = -1 + 1 = 0, and a = -1.

The second set has: 0, b/a = 1/-1 = -1, and b = 1.

So, the first set does contain the same numbers as the second set.

Now, to find b - a = 1 - -1 = 1 + 1 = 2.

geno3141 Jun 23, 2020