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In the figure shown, point O is the center of the semicircle [#permalink] New post 15 Dec 2009, 12:09
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In the figure shown, point O is the center of the semicircle and B, C, D lie on the semicircle. If the length of line segment AB is equal to the length of line segment OC, what is the degree measure of angle BAO ?

(1) The degree measure of angle COD is 60º.
(2) The degree measure of angle BCO is 40º.
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In the figure shown, point O is the center of the semicircle and B, C, D lie on the semicircle. If the length of line segment AB is equal to the length of line segment OC, what is the degree measure of angle BAO ?

(1) The degree measure of angle COD is 60º.
(2) The degree measure of angle BCD is 40º.

Write down everything you know from the stem:

BO=CO=r=AB --> BOC and ABO are isosceles.
<BAO=<BOA and <BCO=<OBC
<CBO=2<BAO

(1) <BAO +<ACO=<COD=60 degrees (Using exterior angle theorem)
<ACO = <CBO = 2<BAO
So, <BAO + <ACO = 2<BAO + <BOA = 3* (<BAO) = 60 degrees
<BAO = 20 degrees. SUFFICIENT

(2) <BCO=40 degrees --> <BCO=<CBO=40 degrees=2<BAO --> <BAO=20 degrees. SUFFICIENT

Answer: D.

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Re: In the figure shown, point O is the center of the semicircle [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 12:44
Took me 15 min to figure this one out.

Bunuel I followed the same approach albeit from the 14th min

thanks for the lovely explanation
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Re: In the figure shown, point O is the center of the semicircle [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 17:33
Given OC = AB
OC = OB since both are radii.
Therefore OB = AB.
Since angles opposite to equal sides are equal. Therefore,
Angle OCB = Angle OBC and Angle OAB = Angle BOA

Statement 1 Angle COD = 60 degrees. Not sufficient. Since we cannot determine angle COB or angle OCB.
Statement 2 Angle OCB = 40 degrees. Not sufficient Since we cannot determine angle COB

Both together helps us determine Angle COB and angle BOA = 180 - angle COD - angle COB
Therefore, answer is C
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Re: In the figure shown, point O is the center of the semicircle [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 19:46
<CBO=2<BAO ?? Why
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Re: In the figure shown, point O is the center of the semicircle [#permalink] New post 18 Dec 2009, 20:14
tashu wrote:
<CBO=2<BAO ?? Why

actually <CBO=<BAO+<BOA........(RULE EXT ANGLE OF A TRIANGL = SUM OF OPPO INT ANG)
<BAO=<BOA(ANGLES OF EQUAL SIDE)=2<BAO

HENCE <CAO=2<BAO
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Re: In the figure shown, point O is the center of the semicircle [#permalink] New post 03 Aug 2014, 04:38
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Small typo in the copied version of the question :
(2) The degree measure of angle BCD is 40º.
It should actually be angle BCO
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