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**precalc** Hi everybody!

I'm stumped as to why I can't seem to get the right answer when testing for symmetry in the following equation:

x^2 + xy + y^2 = 0.

Normally to test for symmetry I test to see if f(-x)=-f(x) for symmetry about the origin.

When I do this, I find that f(-x) = x^2 - xy + y^2 which is not equal to -f(x). Therefore, I would write down that it's **not** symmetric about the origin. But my math book says that it is symmetric about the origin because f(x)=-f(-x). Any help as to clarifying why I'm getting this answer wrong would be much appreciated.

It's the Barrons SAT Math II subject test book, and the way they approach problems is really counter to how I've learned them.

Thank you very much,