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# GMATClub Test M12 Q1 - Faster method?

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12 Feb 2010, 16:37
Hi all

$$\frac{1}{2+\sqrt{3}}=?$$

A. $$\sqrt{3}-2$$
B. $$2-\sqrt{3}$$
C. $$\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}$$
D. $$2+\sqrt{3}$$
E. $$\sqrt{3}+4$$

[Reveal] Spoiler:
B
Solution:$$(2-\sqrt{3})*(2+\sqrt{3})=4-3=1$$

Is there a fast way to recognize which one is correct here? Or can some one elaborate on the solution?

Thanks!

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12 Feb 2010, 17:00
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brentbrent wrote:
Hi all

$$\frac{1}{2+\sqrt{3}}=?$$

A. $$\sqrt{3}-2$$
B. $$2-\sqrt{3}$$
C. $$\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}$$
D. $$2+\sqrt{3}$$
E. $$\sqrt{3}+4$$

[Reveal] Spoiler:
D
Solution:$$(2-\sqrt{3})*(2+\sqrt{3})=4-3=1$$

Is there a fast way to recognize which one is correct here? Or can some one elaborate on the solution?

Thanks!

Answer can not be D, it should be B. The question is about the application of formula: $$a^2-b^2=(a-b)(a+b)$$. Basically what we want to do is to make denominator 1, as no answer choice is in the form of fraction.

How can we do that?

Multiply $$\frac{1}{2+\sqrt{3}}$$ by $$\frac{2-\sqrt{3}}{2-\sqrt{3}}$$, which is 1, so that won't affect the value of our fraction. We'll get: $$\frac{1}{2+\sqrt{3}}*\frac{2-\sqrt{3}}{2-\sqrt{3}}=\frac{2-\sqrt{3}}{2^2-\sqrt{3}^2}=\frac{2-\sqrt{3}}{4-3}=2-\sqrt{3}$$

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12 Feb 2010, 17:08

Is it gmatclub test with the wrong answer? hmmmm
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12 Feb 2010, 17:21
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Is it gmatclub test with the wrong answer? hmmmm

Whoops.
Answer is B. I have to edit that, gmat club isn't wrong =-)
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12 Feb 2010, 17:25
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brentbrent wrote:
Hi all

$$\frac{1}{2+\sqrt{3}}=?$$

A. $$\sqrt{3}-2$$
B. $$2-\sqrt{3}$$
C. $$\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}$$
D. $$2+\sqrt{3}$$
E. $$\sqrt{3}+4$$

[Reveal] Spoiler:
D
Solution:$$(2-\sqrt{3})*(2+\sqrt{3})=4-3=1$$

Is there a fast way to recognize which one is correct here? Or can some one elaborate on the solution?

Thanks!

Answer can not be D, it should be B. The question is about the application of formula: $$a^2-b^2=(a-b)(a+b)$$. Basically what we want to do is to make denominator 1, as no answer choice is in the form of fraction.

How can we do that?

Multiply $$\frac{1}{2+\sqrt{3}}$$ by $$\frac{2-\sqrt{3}}{2-\sqrt{3}}$$, which is 1, so that won't affect the value of our fraction. We'll get: $$\frac{1}{2+\sqrt{3}}*\frac{2-\sqrt{3}}{2-\sqrt{3}}=\frac{2-\sqrt{3}}{2^2-\sqrt{3}^2}=\frac{2-\sqrt{3}}{4-3}=2-\sqrt{3}$$

Thanks Bunnel. I didn't even think about that formula..sheesh.
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13 Feb 2010, 10:52

Multiply numerator & denominator by 2-\sqrt{3}.
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14 Feb 2010, 01:36
20 sec question and answer must be B.

multiply numerator and denominator by 2-\sqrt{3}

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16 Feb 2010, 14:05
How do you go from 2-[square_root]3/4-3 to the final answer?
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17 Feb 2010, 01:30
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How do you go from 2-[square_root]3/4-3 to the final answer?

just simplify it

2 - sqrt(3) / 4 - 3

= 2 - sqrt(3)/1

= 2 - sqrt(3) which is the answer
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06 Mar 2010, 11:04
brentbrent wrote:
Hi all

$$\frac{1}{2+\sqrt{3}}=?$$

A. $$\sqrt{3}-2$$
B. $$2-\sqrt{3}$$
C. $$\sqrt{2}+\sqrt{3}$$
D. $$2+\sqrt{3}$$
E. $$\sqrt{3}+4$$

[Reveal] Spoiler:
B
Solution:$$(2-\sqrt{3})*(2+\sqrt{3})=4-3=1$$

Is there a fast way to recognize which one is correct here? Or can some one elaborate on the solution?

Thanks!

we knw sqaure root of 3 is 1.732

So the equation becomes 1/(2+1.732)
that gives 1/(3.732) or may be rounded off to 1/4 or 0.25

Now working with options only B gives 2-1.732 that would give answer as 0.25.

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