# Q. 13 Consider a binary operation ∗ on N defined as $a * b = a^3 + b^3$ . Choose the correct answer.(A) Is ∗ both associative and commutative? (B) Is ∗ commutative but not associative? (C) Is ∗ associative but not commutative? (D) Is ∗ neither commutative nor associative?

Answers (2)

A binary operation ∗ on N defined as $a * b = a^3 + b^3$ .

For $a,b \in N$

$a * b = a^3 + b^3 = b^{3}+a^{3}=b*a$

Thus , it is commutative.

$(1*2)*3 = (1^{3}+2^{3})*3=9*3 =9^{3}+3^{3}=729+27=756$

$1*(2*3) = 1*(2^{3}+3^{3})=1*35 =1^{3}+35^{3}=1+42875=42876$

$\therefore \, \, \, \, \, (1*2)*3 \neq 1*(2*3)$     where  $1,2,3 \in N$

Hence, it is not associative.

Hence, B is correct option.

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