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26 Sep 2009, 18:20
If the area of a parallelogram is 100, what is the perimeter of the parallelogram?

1) The base of the parallelogram is 10.
2) One of the angles of the parallelogram is 45 degrees.

Why C and not E?

Am struggling to understand how we can use the pythagorean theorem when we don't know which pair of angles are 45 degrees each in the parallelogram. What am I missing here? Would appreciate some help here.
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27 Sep 2009, 07:44
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sid3699 wrote:
If the area of a parallelogram is 100, what is the perimeter of the parallelogram?

1) The base of the parallelogram is 10.
2) One of the angles of the parallelogram is 45 degrees.

Why C and not E?

Am struggling to understand how we can use the pythagorean theorem when we don't know which pair of angles are 45 degrees each in the parallelogram. What am I missing here? Would appreciate some help here.

It is not necessary to know which pair of angles is 45 degrees. I have attached an image for your reference.
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27 Sep 2009, 08:26
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Hi,

I've drawn a picture to be able to explain the problem better. S1 tells us that AD in the picture below equals 10. If the area of the parallelogram is 100, than its height BD equals $$\frac{100}{10} = 10$$. Now, S2 tells us that one of the angles is 45 degrees. We marked $$\angle BAD$$ as a 45 degrees angle. So, we have an isosceles triangle ABD with BD equal to AD. We know that angle ADB is the right angle and can find AB using the Pythagorean theorem. It will equal $$\sqrt{20}$$, but we don't even have to find the length of the side or calculate the perimeter if we already know we have enough info. You can save some time on these DS question this way.

Did it help? Hope it did .
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27 Sep 2009, 13:52
Awesome. Thanks very much.
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30 Sep 2011, 07:41
I got this question wrong for a stupid reason (thought "quadrilateral" instead of "parallelogram"). Later it clicked, but it took longer since I got confused reading this piece in the explanation:

Statement (1) by itself is insufficient. We know the base and the height of the parallelogram; however, the height can equal the side of the parallelogram (in case of a rectangle) or it can exceed it.

Statement (2) by itself is insufficient. Nothing can be established about the length of the base of the parallelogram.

Statements (1) and (2) combined are sufficient. The length of the side can be found by the Pythagorean theorem.

As I read it, it was difficult to visualize the height exceeding a side. Am I reading it correctly? How would you correct the bold part?
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04 Oct 2011, 04:25
sid3699 wrote:
If the area of a parallelogram is 100, what is the perimeter of the parallelogram?

1) The base of the parallelogram is 10.
2) One of the angles of the parallelogram is 45 degrees.

Why C and not E?

Am struggling to understand how we can use the pythagorean theorem when we don't know which pair of angles are 45 degrees each in the parallelogram. What am I missing here? Would appreciate some help here.

Area of parallelogram = base * height = 100. perimeter = 2 (base + side)

St1: base = 10, so height = 10. side is unknown still. not sufficient

St 2: angle = 45. so the triangle formed by base (part) and height is an isosceles triangle 90-45-45. sqrt(2):1:1. so the height and base part should be equal, but unknown.

Both: from St1 base = 10 and height = 10, through st2 side = 10* sqrt(2). As we know side and base, perimeter could be calculated.

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27 Nov 2011, 23:34
Why not B?

Since you know that one of the angles is 45 degrees, you can tell that that the parallelogram is made of two 45/45/90 triangles. This would lead you to knowing that the height = the base.

This would lead you to knowing that:

100 = height * base = height * height = base * base

So therefore, height and base must be equal to 10.

And this leads you to knowing that the perimeter must be equal to 20 + 20 * root(2).

Am I missing something or making any leaps of logic that I shouldn't be?

Thanks!
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