onedergyal wrote:

Hi,

Im working on an easy quant question but this book does not explain much, so I need your help! The question is:

Parallelogram ABCD has an area of 52 sq centimeters, a height of 4 centimeters and an angle with measure 60 degrees. What is the perimeter of parallelogram ABCD?

my answer was 32 but the book has 26+(16 root 3/3)

since the area is 52, i got that the sides were 13, and 4 (given)... so the total perimeter is (13*2) + (4*2)

How did they get 16 root 3 / 3? ?

I'm happy to help with this.

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First of all, it sounds like you were treating the situation as if it were a rectangle, not a parallelogram. If 4 is the height, then 4 would NOT be the "slant length" of the sides. In the diagram, BE = 4 but AB and CD do not equal 4. This is a very common mistake folks make about parallelograms. The "height" is not the length of the slant.

You correctly figured out, from the area, that AD = BC = 13.

To find the length of AB = CD, we have to use the properties of the 30-60-90 triangle. Here's a blog to refresh your memory on these:

http://magoosh.com/gmat/2012/the-gmats- ... triangles/Triangle ABE is a 30-60-90 triangle. For the 30-60-90 triangle, we can remember

hypotenuse:2

short leg:1

long leg: sqrt(3)

We know the long leg, BE = 4 and we want the hypotenuse.

long leg/hypotenuse = sqrt(3)/2

4/(AB) = sqrt(3)/2

8 = (AB)*sqrt(3)

AB = 8/sqrt(3)

Now, because we have a radical in the denominator, we are going to use a procedure you may recall from algebra two:

rationalizing the denominator. We will multiply both the numerator and the denominator by sqrt(3). This has the effect of removing the radical from the denominator.

AB = [8/sqrt(3)]*[sqrt(3)/sqrt(3)] = [8*sqrt(3)]/3

perimeter = 2*(AD) + 2*(AB) = 26 + [16*sqrt(3)]/3

Voila! The OA.

Does all this make sense?

Mike

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Mike McGarry

Magoosh Test Prep