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Re: In the triangle above, does a^2 + b^2 = c^2 ? [#permalink]
03 Jan 2014, 05:20

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SOLUTION

In the triangle above, does a^2 + b^2 = c^2 ?

(1) x + y = 90. This implies that the third angle, which is opposite side c, is 90 degrees. Thus a^2 + b^2 = c^2. Sufficient.

(2) x = y. This implies that the triangle is isosceles. If it's an isosceles right triangle, then the answer is YES but if it's not, then the answer is NO. Not sufficient.

Re: In the triangle above, does a^2 + b^2 = c^2 ? [#permalink]
03 Jan 2014, 06:02

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IMO: A

1) x + y= 90 Therefore, the other angle equals 90°, the triangle is a right triangle, and the formula is a^2 + b^2 = c^2 SUFFICIENT

2) x = y. x + y = 90°, therefore, the triangle is a right triangle. x + y = 88°, therefore, it is not a right triangle. (Be careful, do not assume anything based on the figure).

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Statement A:

if x+y=90. that means other side will be 90. this wud be right angle.

I think this is sufficient. A.

Statement B : x=y that means other side can be any number.

x=40 and y=40 other side cud be 100. so its not sure it cud be a2+b2=c2 or not.

so b is not sufficient.

Hence ans is a. _________________

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Statement 1) If x+y = 90 then the angle opposite of Side c has to have angle of 180-90 = 90, and the sides will satisfy the pythagorus theorem. Sufficient. Statement 2) x = y. it is just a condition of isosceles triangle. Not Sufficient.

Re: In the triangle above, does a^2 + b^2 = c^2 ? [#permalink]
05 Jan 2014, 11:19

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SOLUTION

In the triangle above, does a^2 + b^2 = c^2 ?

(1) x + y = 90. This implies that the third angle, which is opposite side c, is 90 degrees. Thus a^2 + b^2 = c^2. Sufficient.

(2) x = y. This implies that the triangle is isosceles. If it's an isosceles right triangle then the answer is YES but if it's not, then the answer is NO. Not sufficient.

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