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Re: A certain square is to be drawn on a coordinate plane. One [#permalink]
27 Mar 2013, 22:06

Perimeter of a circle of radius 10 centered at the origin will coincide with 12 points where where both the x and y values are integers. (10, 0); (8, 6); (6, 8); (0, 10); (-8, 6), (-6, 8); (-10, 0); (-8, -6); (-6, -8); (0, -10); (8, -6); (6, -8)

Re: A certain square is to be drawn on a coordinate plane. One [#permalink]
28 Mar 2013, 02:04

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mun23 wrote:

A certain square is to be drawn on a coordinate plane. One of the vertices must be on the origin, and the square is to have an area of 100. If all coordinates of the vertices must be integers, how many different ways can this square be drawn? (A)4 (B)6 (C)8 (D)10 (E)12 Need help

Re: A certain square is to be drawn on a coordinate plane [#permalink]
28 Apr 2013, 08:55

A certain square is to be drawn on a coordinate plane. One of the vertices must be on the origin, and the square is to have an area of 100. If all coordinates of the vertices must be integers, how many different ways can this square be drawn?

Doesn't one of the vertices must be on the origin mean one vertices of the square has always to be (0,0) hence only 4 possibilities ??? Please clarify !!

Re: A certain square is to be drawn on a coordinate plane [#permalink]
28 Apr 2013, 09:39

Since area of the square is 100, each side = 10 One of the vertices of the square = (0,0) Let the co-ordinates of another vertex of the square be (x,y) Using the formula d^2 = x^2 + y^2 (d = Distance from the origin to any point in the co-ordinate) So, 100 = x^2 + y^2 As the vertices, must be integers, solve for different values for x and y When x = 0, y = 10 Also, x = 0, y = -10 x=10, y = 0 x = -10, y = 0 Also x = 6 , y = 8 (as 100 = 6^2+8^2) x = 6, y = -8 x = -6, y= 8 x = -6, y = -8 Similarly, x = 8, y = 6 x = 8, y = -6 x = -8, y = 6 x = -8, y = -6

that is 12 possible values
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Re: A certain square is to be drawn on a coordinate plane [#permalink]
28 Apr 2013, 19:50

karishmatandon wrote:

Since area of the square is 100, each side = 10 One of the vertices of the square = (0,0) Let the co-ordinates of another vertex of the square be (x,y) Using the formula d^2 = x^2 + y^2 (d = Distance from the origin to any point in the co-ordinate) So, 100 = x^2 + y^2 As the vertices, must be integers, solve for different values for x and y When x = 0, y = 10 Also, x = 0, y = -10 x=10, y = 0 x = -10, y = 0 Also x = 6 , y = 8 (as 100 = 6^2+8^2) x = 6, y = -8 x = -6, y= 8 x = -6, y = -8 Similarly, x = 8, y = 6 x = 8, y = -6 x = -8, y = 6 x = -8, y = -6

that is 12 possible values

This diagram posted earlier in the forum explains everything

Re: A certain square is to be drawn on a coordinate plane [#permalink]
29 Dec 2013, 01:16

Got this question wrong on the mgmat cat also.

What I still don't understand how you confirm that a square that has a hypotenuse as an edge running from 0,0 to 6,8, would also have vertices at integer co-ordinates 8,6, and 14,2 and not fractional co-ordinates. How do you reach that conclusion?

Re: A certain square is to be drawn on a coordinate plane [#permalink]
10 Jan 2014, 06:40

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jpr200012 wrote:

A certain square is to be drawn on a coordinate plane. One of the vertices must be on the origin, and the square is to have an area of 100. If all coordinates of the vertices must be integers, how many different ways can this square be drawn?

I'll post the official explanation, but it doesn't make sense to me

Each side of the square must have a length of 10. If each side were to be 6, 7, 8, or most other numbers, there could only be four possible squares drawn, because each side, in order to have integer coordinates, would have to be drawn on the x- or y-axis. What makes a length of 10 different is that it could be the hypotenuse of a Pythagorean triple, meaning the vertices could have integer coordinates without lying on the x- or y-axis.

For example, a square could be drawn with the coordinates (0,0), (6,8), (-2, 14) and (-8, 6). (It is tedious and unnecessary to figure out all four coordinates for each square).

If we label the square abcd, with a at the origin and the letters representing points in a clockwise direction, we can get the number of possible squares by figuring out the number of unique ways ab can be drawn.

a has coordinates (0,0) and b could have the following coordinates, as shown in the picture: