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A rectangular circuit board is designed to have width w inches, perimeter p inches, and area k square inches. Which of the following equations must be true?

(A) w^2 + pw + k = 0
(B) w^2 - pw + 2k = 0
(C) 2w^2 + pw + 2k = 0
(D) 2w^2 - pw - 2k = 0
(E) 2w^2 - pw + 2k = 0
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

Last edited by Bunuel on 25 Jul 2013, 02:23, edited 1 time in total.
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14 Jun 2005, 08:04
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A rectangular circuit board is designed to have width w inches, perimeter p inches, and area k square inches. Which of the following equations must be true?
(A) w^2+pw+k=0
(B) w^2-pw+2k=0
(C) 2 w^2+pw+2k=0
(D) 2 w^2-pw-2k=0
(E) 2w^2-pw+2k=0

C :

K = [(P-2W)/2] *W
thus 2k = PW - 2W^2
= 2w^2 - PW + 2k = 0
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A rectangular circuit board is designed to have width w inches, perimeter p inches, and area k square inches. Which of the following equations must be true?
(A) w^2+pw+k=0
(B) w^2-pw+2k=0
(C) 2 w^2+pw+2k=0
(D) 2 w^2-pw-2k=0
(E) 2w^2-pw+2k=0

Another way to solve the problem is to choose a rectangle of your own.

I chose one , in which each side was 1 unit.
hence w =1 , p =4 and k = 1.

Only E satisfied these values.

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i think choosing own rectangle = easiest and safest
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A rectangular circuit board is designed to have width w inches, perimeter p inches, and area k square inches. Which of the following equations must be true?
(A) w^2+pw+k=0
(B) w^2-pw+2k=0
(C) 2 w^2+pw+2k=0
(D) 2 w^2-pw-2k=0
(E) 2w^2-pw+2k=0

Let l be the length of the board, then p = 2l + 2w, k = w*l
By plugging, we can find that the answer is E:
$$2w^2 - w(2l + 2w) + 2w*l = 0$$, thus
2w - 2l - 2w + 2l = 0
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A rectangular circuit board is designed to have width w inches, perimeter p inches, and area k square inches. Which of the following equations must be true?

(A) w^2 + pw + k = 0
(B) w^2 - pw + 2k = 0
(C) 2w^2 + pw + 2k = 0
(D) 2w^2 - pw - 2k = 0
(E) 2w^2 - pw + 2k = 0

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A rectangular circuit board is designed to have width w inches, perimeter p inches, and area k square inches. Which of the following equations must be true?

(A) w^2 + pw + k = 0
(B) w^2 - pw + 2k = 0
(C) 2w^2 + pw + 2k = 0
(D) 2w^2 - pw - 2k = 0
(E) 2w^2 - pw + 2k = 0

Notice that we can discard options A, and C right away. The sum of 3 positive values Cannot be 0.

Now, assume:
Width = w = 1 inch and length = 1 inch;
Perimeter = p = 4 inches;
Area = k = 1 square inches.

Plug the values of w, p, and k into the answer choices: only for E 2w^2 - pw + 2k = 2 - 4 + 2 = 0.

Note that for plug-in method it might happen that for some particular number(s) more than one option may give "correct" answer. In this case just pick some other numbers and check again these "correct" options only.

Hope it helps.
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25 Jul 2013, 03:47
In order to solve this problem algebraicaly we need the following formulaes:

$$Perimeter = 2*w + 2*h$$
$$Area = w * h$$

We begin by observing what information we have. The left-hand side in both of the above formulae is known, and defined as p and k. We also have the width, w. We can then use what we know to find the height, by rearranging terms:

$$p= 2*w + 2*h$$ ===> $$h = \frac{p-2*w}{2}$$.

Slot this into the formulae for the area to obtain

$$k= w * \frac{p-2*w}{2}$$ =====> $$2w^2 - pw + 2k = 0$$
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25 Jul 2013, 20:10
For a rectangle, if one side = w & perimeter = p, then the other side is (p-2w)/2
So, area k = w x (p-2w)/2
Solving the above, we get answer = E
(2w^2 - pw + 2k = 0)
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19 Nov 2013, 06:24
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A rectangular circuit board is designed to have width w inches, perimeter p inches, and area k square inches. Which of the following equations must be true?

(A) w^2 + pw + k = 0
(B) w^2 - pw + 2k = 0
(C) 2w^2 + pw + 2k = 0
(D) 2w^2 - pw - 2k = 0
(E) 2w^2 - pw + 2k = 0

Smart numbers here guys

w = 2
l = 3

So P = 10
A = 6

Start by E always on these types of questions.
E is the correct answer choice.

And also try to use different numbers just in case.
Here we used different numbers for length and width
Needless to say try to avoid 0,1, or any negative numbers

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16 May 2014, 02:35
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A rectangular circuit board is designed to have width w inches, perimeter p inches, and area k square inches. Which of the following equations must be true?

(A) w^2 + pw + k = 0
(B) w^2 - pw + 2k = 0
(C) 2w^2 + pw + 2k = 0
(D) 2w^2 - pw - 2k = 0
(E) 2w^2 - pw + 2k = 0

I supposed the rectangle to be a square and w = 1 , then P = 4 and k = 1
(A) & (C) always positive so we can safely eliminate those choices
and a quick calculation allows to eliminate (B) and (D)
hence the correct answer is (E)
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let k/w=rectangle length
let p/2-w=rectangle length
k/w=p/2-w
2w^2-pw+2k=0
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A rectangular circuit board is designed to have width w inches, perimeter p inches, and area k square inches. Which of the following equations must be true?

(A) w^2 + pw + k = 0
(B) w^2 - pw + 2k = 0
(C) 2w^2 + pw + 2k = 0
(D) 2w^2 - pw - 2k = 0
(E) 2w^2 - pw + 2k = 0

lets say length is X.

area K = WX, hence X= K/W
perimeter P = 2W+2X

P = 2W + 2K/W
PW = 2W^2 + 2K

2w^2 - pw + 2k = 0 -- E
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IMO Creating your own rectangle is the safest way out.
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