Thank you for using the timer - this advanced tool can estimate your performance and suggest more practice questions. We have subscribed you to Daily Prep Questions via email.

Customized for You

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Track Your Progress

every week, we’ll send you an estimated GMAT score based on your performance

Practice Pays

we will pick new questions that match your level based on your Timer History

Not interested in getting valuable practice questions and articles delivered to your email? No problem, unsubscribe here.

It appears that you are browsing the GMAT Club forum unregistered!

Signing up is free, quick, and confidential.
Join other 500,000 members and get the full benefits of GMAT Club

Registration gives you:

Tests

Take 11 tests and quizzes from GMAT Club and leading GMAT prep companies such as Manhattan GMAT,
Knewton, and others. All are free for GMAT Club members.

Applicant Stats

View detailed applicant stats such as GPA, GMAT score, work experience, location, application
status, and more

Books/Downloads

Download thousands of study notes,
question collections, GMAT Club’s
Grammar and Math books.
All are free!

Thank you for using the timer!
We noticed you are actually not timing your practice. Click the START button first next time you use the timer.
There are many benefits to timing your practice, including:

A rectangular piece of cloth 2 feet wide was cut lengthwise [#permalink]

Show Tags

21 Nov 2010, 00:47

1

This post received KUDOS

1

This post was BOOKMARKED

00:00

A

B

C

D

E

Difficulty:

45% (medium)

Question Stats:

58% (02:40) correct
42% (01:33) wrong based on 79 sessions

HideShow timer Statistics

A rectangular piece of cloth 2 feet wide was cut lengthwise into two smaller rectangular pieces. The shorter piece was one-third the length of the longer of the 2 new pieces and had an area of 12 square feet. What was the length in feet of the original piece of cloth before cutting?

Second sentence is terrible, how could it be "the shorter part......" if there is a rectangle cut lengthwise, so both parts must have the same length. _________________

answer should be 36 the rectangular cut lengthwise here suggests that the length is divided and the breadth remains the same _________________

I will give a Fight till the End

"To dream anything that you want to dream, that is the beauty of the human mind. To do anything that you want to do, that is the strength of the human will. To trust yourself, to test your limits, that is the courage to succeed." - Bernard Edmonds

A person who is afraid of Failure can never succeed -- Amneet Padda

Could you translate this task into human language? The task is simple, but wording is terrible.

A rectangular piece 2 feet wide was cut lengthwise into two pieces. This means the width of the two pieces is still 2 feet each. The total length has got split into two parts. The smaller part has area 12 sq feet so its length must be 6 feet. Since this is 1/3rd of the length of the bigger piece, the length of the bigger piece must be 3 * 6 = 18 feet. Hence total original length must be 6 + 18 = 24 feet. _________________

Could you translate this task into human language? The task is simple, but wording is terrible.

A rectangular piece 2 feet wide was cut lengthwise into two pieces. This means the width of the two pieces is still 2 feet each. The total length has got split into two parts. The smaller part has area 12 sq feet so its length must be 6 feet. Since this is 1/3rd of the length of the bigger piece, the length of the bigger piece must be 3 * 6 = 18 feet. Hence total original length must be 6 + 18 = 24 feet.

Don't you mean that since L/3 = 6, therefore total length, L = 18?

Don't you mean that since L/3 = 6, therefore total length, L = 18?

Consider this: The question says, "Length of shorter piece is 1/3rd the length of longer of the two new pieces" This means after I split it into two pieces, I have a shorter piece and a longer one. The length of shorter is 1/3rd the length of longer. The 6 I found out was length of shorter piece. Then length of longer should be 18 and total length should be 24.

Had it been the other way, the questions would have said "The length of shorter piece is 1/3rd the total length." _________________

Don't you mean that since L/3 = 6, therefore total length, L = 18?

Consider this: The question says, "Length of shorter piece is 1/3rd the length of longer of the two new pieces" This means after I split it into two pieces, I have a shorter piece and a longer one. The length of shorter is 1/3rd the length of longer. The 6 I found out was length of shorter piece. Then length of longer should be 18 and total length should be 24.

Had it been the other way, the questions would have said "The length of shorter piece is 1/3rd the total length."

Thanks for the explanation Karishma. I misunderstood the language of the question. My apologies!!

I agree with @ VeritasPrepKarishma. I got 24 too. I've learnt one thing from NOVA GMAT Prep book. For any hard problems, always remove answer choices which are result of elementary operation( like +,-,/ and*) on numbers mentioned in the question. It won't be a hard problem if answer can be reached using simple elementary operations.

(L/3)*2=12 => L=18 So we can remove B option.

VeritasPrepKarishma explained the solution correctly. _________________

Firstly, understand that length "shorter piece=1/3*longer piece". Therefore if shorter piece is say 'x' then longer piece is '3x'. Total length is x+3x=4x. Answer must be a multiple of 4. So, answer choices A and B are eliminated. Secondly he says that area of shorter piece is 12. Shorter piece represents 1/4 of total length. Now start with option C. Length of shorter piece=24/4=6. So, area of shorter piece is 2(given width)*6=12. This matches with the info given in the question and hence C. Is the answer.

Re: A rectangular piece of cloth 2 feet wide was cut lengthwise [#permalink]

Show Tags

11 May 2016, 12:28

Hello from the GMAT Club BumpBot!

Thanks to another GMAT Club member, I have just discovered this valuable topic, yet it had no discussion for over a year. I am now bumping it up - doing my job. I think you may find it valuable (esp those replies with Kudos).

Want to see all other topics I dig out? Follow me (click follow button on profile). You will receive a summary of all topics I bump in your profile area as well as via email. _________________

Part 2 of the GMAT: How I tackled the GMAT and improved a disappointing score Apologies for the month gap. I went on vacation and had to finish up a...

So the last couple of weeks have seen a flurry of discussion in our MBA class Whatsapp group around Brexit, the referendum and currency exchange. Most of us believed...

This highly influential bestseller was first published over 25 years ago. I had wanted to read this book for a long time and I finally got around to it...