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If k is an integer and 2 < k < 7, for how many different values of k is there a triangle with sides of lengths 2, 7, and k?

(A) one
(B) two
(C) three
(D) four
(E) five

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If k is an integer and 2 < k < 7, for how many different values of k is there a triangle with sides of lengths 2, 7, and k?

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(C) three
(D) four
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Believe ans is A as k can be 3,4,5 or 6. for all cases except k=6, sum of teo sides can be less than equal to third side which should not be true

As as per triangle property sum of two sides is greater than third side.
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If k is an integer and 2 < k < 7, for how many different values of k is there a triangle with sides of lengths 2, 7, and k?

(A) one
(B) two
(C) three
(D) four
(E) five

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|7-2| < k < |7+2|
or 5 < k < 9
thus k = 6, 7, 8, but 2 < k < 7
therefore, k = 6

Answer (A),

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If k is an integer and 2 < k < 7, for how many different values of k is there a triangle with sides of lengths 2, 7, and k?

(A) one
(B) two
(C) three
(D) four
(E) five

Relationship of the Sides of a Triangle: The length of any side of a triangle must be larger than the positive difference of the other two sides, but smaller than the sum of the other two sides.

According to the above the following must be true: $$(7-2)<k<(7+2)$$ --> $$5<k<9$$. So, $$k$$ could be 6, 7 or 8. Since also given that $$2 < k < 7$$, then $$k=6$$. Hence $$k$$ can take only one value: 6.

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Why is it only one value?
What if 2 is the smallest side and 7 is the largest? Then, k can be 6, 7 or 8. since:

2 + 7 = 9
7 - 2 = 5
So 5 < k < 9

The problem does not specify that 2 and 7are the smaller two sides.

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What if 2 is the smallest side and 7 is the largest? Then, the answer is B (two) since:

2 + 7 = 9
7 - 2 = 6
So 6 < k < 9

The problem does not specify that 2 and 7are the smaller two sides.

Not sure I understand your question.

First of all: 7-2=5, not 6.

Next, obviously since the lengths of the sides are 2, 7 and k, where 2<k<7, then the length of the smallest side is 2 and the length of the largest side is 7. Check here for complete solution: if-k-is-an-integer-and-2-k-7-for-how-many-different-135543.html#p1104032
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Hi Bunuel, 39% got it wrong. Do u wanna tag it 600-700 instead of sub600? thanks
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Hi Bunuel, 39% got it wrong. Do u wanna tag it 600-700 instead of sub600? thanks

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Relationship of the Sides of a Triangle: The length of any side of a triangle must be larger than the positive difference of the other two sides, but smaller than the sum of the other two sides.

Above relationship is in the core of this solution. Many times I have found students having difficulty is assimilating this concept.

Best way to get this concept is trying to actually draw triangles which contradict this. For example, try to draw a triangle with following sides (actual scale)

4, 3, 8

Once you failed, you will realize that The length of any side of a triangle must be larger than the positive difference of the other two sides, but smaller than the sum of the other two sides.
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