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Use the fact:a,b,c real numbers such as a/b + b/c + c/a = 4 and a/c + c/b + b/a = 5

Calcululate a^3/b^3 + b^3/c^3 + c^3/a^3

x^3 + y^3 + z^3 - 3xyz = (x + y +z) * (x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - xy - yz - zx)

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You don't need to find the values of a, b and c individually. Use Subhotosh's hint in Post #2.where is the three equations to solve the the system of three variables a,b and c

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Hello Mohssine. Those terms will simplify (the subtractions first). Write out the equation Subhotosh provided, replacing x,y,z with a/b, b/c and c/a. You will see cancellations in those subtracted terms and the result will match one of the given values. Continue simplifying. Get a common denominator and combine remaining terms.how do you do to find the sum x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - xy - yz - zx

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You will be substituting 4 and 5 later when you recognize those forms. This will happen after you substitute for x,y,z and start simplifying.how did you explode those two data a/b + b/c + c/a = 4 and a/c + c/b + b/a = 5

No, 5 is correct.a/c + c/b + b/a = 5 this might be equal 3 not 5?

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Okay, maybe I made a mistake.i found 5 is false and its 3

What answer did you get, using 3 instead of 5?

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OP stated:Okay, maybe I made a mistake.

So don't go to the corner - you did not make a mistake (that's Jomo's job)a/b + b/c + c/a = 4 and a/c + c/b + b/a = 5

how do you do to find the sum x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - xy - yz - zx

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Did you calculate xy & yz & zx?how do you do to find the sum x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - xy - yz - zx

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I meant a possible mistake in my own work. (I'm trying to be charitable.)you did not make a mistake

Mohssine has claimed that the given value 5 is incorrect, so they must have already finished the exercise. I would like to see their result because I expect that it's not correct.

first l made x=a/b; y=b/c; z=c/a; the data become: x+y+z=4; 1/x +1/y + 1/z =5Did you calculate xy & yz & zx?

the second equation gives us: xy+yz+yx=5xyz

i used after that the eq x^3 + y^3 + z^3 - 3xyz = (x + y +z) * (x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - xy - yz - zx) but didnt find the solution yet

you ask if i found xy+yz+yx, i did, its 5xyz but i didnt get its valuefirst l made x=a/b; y=b/c; z=c/a; the data become: x+y+z=4; 1/x +1/y + 1/z =5

the second equation gives us: xy+yz+yx=5xyz

i used after that the eq x^3 + y^3 + z^3 - 3xyz = (x + y +z) * (x^2 + y^2 + z^2 - xy - yz - zx) but didnt find the solution yet

it must be not 3 but 1/4; if its 1/4 the final result is 4^3Okay, maybe I made a mistake.

What answer did you get, using 3 instead of 5?

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I'm rewriting the equation provided by Subhotosh, by substituting a/b, b/c, c/a for x,y,z.

For example:

-xy - yz - zx = -(a/b)(b/c) - (b/c)(c/a) - (c/a)(a/b)

Cancelling common factors on the right-hand side yields -5. (Well, it does for me after substitution because I accept their given value of 5.)

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Then how can you claim that something is wrong with the given information? Are you guessing?didnt find the solution yet

it must be not 3 but 1/4; if its 1/4 the final result is 4^3 this solved the problemThen how can you claim that something is wrong with the given information? Are you guessing?