Mathematics

An operation * is defined on the set of real numbers by a * b…

An operation * is defined on the set of real numbers by a * b = ab + 2(a + b + 1). find the identity element

  • A.
    2
  • B.
    1
  • C.
    -1
  • D.
    -2
Correct Answer: Option C
Explanation

a * b = ab + 2(a + b + 1)
let e be the identity element
∴ a * e = e * a = a
∴ a * e = a
ae + 2(a + e + 1) = a
ae + 2a + 2e + 2 = a
ae + 2e = a – 2a = 2
(a + 2)e = -a – 2
e = -a-2 / (a+2)
e = -(a+2) / (a+2)
e = -1