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The area of the circle is \pi 2^2 = 4\pi . The area of the sector = \text{(the area of the circle)}*\frac{90}{360} = \pi . The correct answer is C.

Shouldn't the answer be B, since the top part of the sector is only 45degrees. The whole thing is 90 degrees, but half of it is at the bottom of the xy plane.

The area of the circle is \pi 2^2 = 4\pi . The area of the sector = \text{(the area of the circle)}*\frac{90}{360} = \pi . The correct answer is C.

Shouldn't the answer be B, since the top part of the sector is only 45degrees. The whole thing is 90 degrees, but half of it is at the bottom of the xy plane.

x^2 + y^2 = 4 is an equation of a circle centered at the origin and the radius \sqrt{4}=2.

Graph of the function y = |x| is given below:

Attachment:

graph_modulus.png [ 7.61 KiB | Viewed 5974 times ]

Top part of the sector would be a sector with 90 degrees angle, and its area would be 1/4 of that of the circle (circle 360 degrees).

Area of the circle ={\pi}{r^2}=4\pi, 1/4 of this value = \pi.
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I know these are supposed to be the toughest challenges, but is this something which is included in the scope of the GMAT? I thought coordinate plane on GMAT was restricted to straight line equations only....

From x^2 + y^2 = r^2 => radius = 2 Area of the circle = [img]\pi[/img]r^2 The line |x| has a reflection about the origin at [img]90^{\circ}[/img] Area of sector is 1/4 x area of circle = [img]\pi[/img]4/4 = [img]\pi[/img] Therefore ans is C
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I did not know the equation for a circle, so had to spend extra seconds figuring out that x^2 + Y^2 = 4 was indeed the equation of a circle with radius 2. I ended up with C, but probably took 30-60s more than I should have.

Question - do these type of problems represent the problems at the 700-800 level on the GMAT? I thought the equation for a circle was pretty much out of scope for the GMAT. I hear that the GMAT quant section is getting tougher but is this (problems like this) the level where its headed?

I saw a lot of questions with circle formulas (both in paper and digital tests) and suppose it's 650 question maximum.

Well, then I'm glad I came across this problem Could you tell me in which paper and digital tests you saw questions with circle formulas? I've pretty much based my Math theory on the Manhattan guides and don't remember seeing the circle formula there (or for that matter OG11).

I saw a lot of questions with circle formulas (both in paper and digital tests) and suppose it's 650 question maximum.

Well, then I'm glad I came across this problem Could you tell me in which paper and digital tests you saw questions with circle formulas? I've pretty much based my Math theory on the Manhattan guides and don't remember seeing the circle formula there (or for that matter OG11).

If we're talking about must-have tests, it definitely was in GMAT Prep.

y = |x| ---- the slope of this line is (+1) if X is positive and (-1) if X is negative...which means the lines make a 45 degree angle with the x axis...and both the lines sweep a total of 90 degrees...

The circle is 360 degrees -- so the area swept is 1/4 of the total area.

The area of the circle is \pi 2^2 = 4\pi . The area of the sector = \text{(the area of the circle)}*\frac{90}{360} = \pi . The correct answer is C.

Shouldn't the answer be B, since the top part of the sector is only 45degrees. The whole thing is 90 degrees, but half of it is at the bottom of the xy plane.

x^2 + y^2 = 4 is an equation of a circle centered at the origin and the radius \sqrt{4}=2.

Graph of the function y = |x| is given below:

Attachment:

graph_modulus.png

Top part of the sector would be a sector with 90 degrees angle, and its area would be 1/4 of that of the circle (circle 360 degrees).

Area of the circle ={\pi}{r^2}=4\pi, 1/4 of this value = \pi.

How did you find the radius "x^2 + y^2 = 4 is an equation of a circle centered at the origin and the radius \sqrt{4}=2." can you please explain?

The area of the circle is \pi 2^2 = 4\pi . The area of the sector = \text{(the area of the circle)}*\frac{90}{360} = \pi . The correct answer is C.

Shouldn't the answer be B, since the top part of the sector is only 45degrees. The whole thing is 90 degrees, but half of it is at the bottom of the xy plane.

x^2 + y^2 = 4 is an equation of a circle centered at the origin and the radius \sqrt{4}=2.

Graph of the function y = |x| is given below:

Attachment:

graph_modulus.png

Top part of the sector would be a sector with 90 degrees angle, and its area would be 1/4 of that of the circle (circle 360 degrees).

Area of the circle ={\pi}{r^2}=4\pi, 1/4 of this value = \pi.

How did you find the radius "x^2 + y^2 = 4 is an equation of a circle centered at the origin and the radius \sqrt{4}=2." can you please explain?

The area of the circle is \pi 2^2 = 4\pi . The area of the sector = \text{(the area of the circle)}*\frac{90}{360} = \pi . The correct answer is C.

Shouldn't the answer be B, since the top part of the sector is only 45degrees. The whole thing is 90 degrees, but half of it is at the bottom of the xy plane.

BELOW IS REVISED VERSION OF THIS QUESTION:

What is the area of the smaller sector enclosed by the graphs x^2 + y^2 = 4 and y = |x|?

A. \frac{\pi}{4} B. \frac{\pi}{2} C. \pi D. 2\pi E. 3\pi

x^2 + y^2 = 4 is an equation of a circle centered at the origin and with the radius of \sqrt{4}=2.

The graph of y = |x| is given below (blue):

Attachment:

Curves.png [ 13.45 KiB | Viewed 1717 times ]

The smaller sector enclosed by these graphs would be the top part of the circle, so the yellow sector. Since the central angle of this sector is 90 degrees then its area would be 1/4 of that of the circle (since circle is 360 degrees).

The area of the circle is {\pi}{r^2}=4\pi, 1/4 of this value is \pi.