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Each side of a certain parallelogram has length 6. if the [#permalink] New post 25 Sep 2008, 13:26
Each side of a certain parallelogram has length 6. if the area of the parallelogram is 18.
which of the following is the measure of one of its angles?
A. 30’ B. 45’ C. 60’ D. 90’ E.120’

Equal sides of a parallegrame means it's a rhombus -> angle should be either 60 or 120?
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Each side of a certain parallelogram has length 6. if the area of the parallelogram is 18.
which of the following is the measure of one of its angles?
A. 30’ B. 45’ C. 60’ D. 90’ E.120’

Equal sides of a parallegrame means it's a rhombus -> angle should be either 60 or 120?


Well, you could rule out 60 and 120 right away, because if the parallelogram had an angle of 60 degrees, it would also need to have an angle of 120 degrees (adjacent angles in a parallelogram add to 180), and then there would be two correct answers to the question, which can't happen.

The area of a parallelogram is base*height. The height of this parallelogram must be 3. We therefore need to find the angles in a right angled triangle with a hypotenuse of 6 and a height of 3. That's a 30-60-90, of course, and 30 is the angle opposite the 3, so 30 degrees is one of the angle measures in the parallelogram, and 150 the other.
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Re: Parallelogram Angels [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2008, 01:10
Ans is 30deg

area of a parallelogram = b*h

b*h=18
h=18/6=3

sin theta =opp/hyp= 3/6

theta = sin inv of 1/2=30 deg
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Re: Parallelogram Angels [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2008, 09:37
A=b*h or 1/2 d1*d2, if all 4 sides are equal then this is a rhombus, which is basically a tilted square. How can you have a height of 3 and area of 18? Shouldnt height be 6 and area 36? Is this question correctly worded?
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Re: Parallelogram Angels [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2008, 09:52
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A=b*h or 1/2 d1*d2, if all 4 sides are equal then this is a rhombus, which is basically a tilted square. How can you have a height of 3 and area of 18? Shouldnt height be 6 and area 36? Is this question correctly worded?


If you have a rhombus with sides b and c, the area will only be b*c if the rhombus is a square. Otherwise the area will be less than b*c. To find the area of a rhombus (or any other parallelogram), you need to multiply the base and the height. If your parallelogram is 'tilted' (i.e. if the angles are not all 90 degrees), then the height is definitely not one of the sides. In this example, the rhombus is pretty seriously tilted to get an area as small as 18.
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Re: Parallelogram Angels [#permalink] New post 26 Sep 2008, 10:29
I agree with 30 degree.. reason alredy give by mockingabird
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