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I'm new to the forum and just started preparing. I have seen your quite a few replies and I'm impressed with your crisp logic. It's short and sweet. How did you learn? What books etc?

Thx

Hi HG,

To be frank, it is the active participation in the forum that has helped me learn the logic.

The OE says to start from subtracting equation 2 from equation 3. I started from adding all the equations in hope to reduce some variables later but came to nowhere. It was too difficult and time consuming for me to play with 3 equations until I got to the right solution. Please help me understand why exactly the 2nd from the 3rd and what logic should I follow when dealing with such problems?

I'm new to the forum and just started preparing. I have seen your quite a few replies and I'm impressed with your crisp logic. It's short and sweet. How did you learn? What books etc?

Didn't you like the Official Explanation for this question?

explanation is fine. My problem is that I wouldnt instinctively tackle the problem in that way. And the ways I did led me no where, even without a 2 minute time limit.

I think ill stick with the intelligent substitution idea.

The question is tough. x2suresh proposed a really nice alternative solution for it. While his approach won't necessarily work for all similar questions, it's very good for this one. Equation 2 was subtracted from equation 3 because further simplifications were possible after doing so.

Igor010 wrote:

The OE says to start from subtracting equation 2 from equation 3. I started from adding all the equations in hope to reduce some variables later but came to nowhere. It was too difficult and time consuming for me to play with 3 equations until I got to the right solution. Please help me understand why exactly the 2nd from the 3rd and what logic should I follow when dealing with such problems?

The question is tough. x2suresh proposed a really nice alternative solution for it. While his approach won't necessarily work for all similar questions, it's very good for this one. Equation 2 was subtracted from equation 3 because further simplifications were possible after doing so.

Igor010 wrote:

The OE says to start from subtracting equation 2 from equation 3. I started from adding all the equations in hope to reduce some variables later but came to nowhere. It was too difficult and time consuming for me to play with 3 equations until I got to the right solution. Please help me understand why exactly the 2nd from the 3rd and what logic should I follow when dealing with such problems?

I second this approach. Even I tried to add all the three equations and tried to figure out, but no use.

I found that except eq (1), rest are having addition of variables and Q!= R. So, I took P = R. Adding all the equations and using P=R and using some numbers, I hit on the C.

x2suresh wrote:

millhouse wrote:

If \(P^2 - QR = 10\) , \(Q^2 + PR = 10\) , \(R^2 + PQ = 10\) , and \(R \ne Q\) , what is the value of \(P^2 + Q^2 + R^2?\)

could someone please tell me how am i suppose to id the fastest way to solve this problem?

thanks, millhouse

I will solve this with intelligent substitution.

say p=sqrt(10) q= sqrt(10) r=0

clearly satisfies the all equations.

Ans = 10+10+0 =20

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I totally support the number substitution method on this qtn. I attempted to do it through simplification, and it took almost 15 minutes to get to the answer. I'm guessing if I'm doing far too elaborate calculations, chances are there's a faster way of solving it within 2 mins, otherwise it wouldn't be on the GMAT.