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The circle represented by the equation x^2+y^2 = 1 is centered at the origin and has the radius of r=\sqrt{1}=1 (for more on this check Coordinate Geometry chapter of math book: math-coordinate-geometry-87652.html ).

So, set T is the circle itself (red curve).

Question is: if point (a,b) is selected from set T at random, what is the probability that b>a+1? All points (a,b) which satisfy this condition (belong to T and have y-coordinate > x-coordinate + 1) lie above the line y=x+1 (blue line). You can see that portion of the circle which is above the line is 1/4 of the whole circumference, hence P=1/4.

Answer: A.

If it were: set T consists of all points (x,y) such that x^2+y^2<1 (so set T consists of all points inside the circle). If point (a,b) is selected from set T at random, what is the probability that b>a+1?

Then as the area of the segment of the circle which is above the line is \frac{\pi{r^2}}{4}-\frac{r^2}{2}=\frac{\pi-2}{4} so P=\frac{area_{segment}}{area_{circle}}=\frac{\frac{\pi-2}{4}}{\pi{r^2}}=\frac{\pi-2}{4\pi}.

The circle represented by the equation x^2+y^2 = 1 is centered at the origin and has the radius of r=\sqrt{1}=1 (for more on this check Coordinate Geometry chapter of math book: math-coordinate-geometry-87652.html ).

So, set T is the circle itself (red curve).

Question is: if point (a,b) is selected from set T at random, what is the probability that b>a+1? All points (a,b) which satisfy this condition (belong to T and have y-coordinate > x-coordinate + 1) lie above the line y=x+1 (blue line). You can see that portion of the circle which is above the line is 1/4 of the whole circumference, hence P=1/4.

Answer: A.

If it were: set T consists of all points (x,y) such that x^2+y^2<1 (so set T consists of all points inside the circle). If point (a,b) is selected from set T at random, what is the probability that b>a+1?

Then as the area of the segment of the circle which is above the line is \frac{\pi{r^2}}{4}-\frac{r^2}{2}=\frac{\pi-2}{4} so P=\frac{area_{segment}}{area_{circle}}=\frac{\frac{\pi-2}{4}}{\pi{r^2}}=\frac{\pi-2}{4\pi}.

Hope it's clear.

Hi Bunnel,

Can you pls explain how did u calculate area of segment above the line (pi-2/4) for x^2+y^2<1

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Hi Bunnel,

Can you pls explain how did u calculate area of segment above the line (pi-2/4) for x^2+y^2<1

Anu

Sure. Look at the diagram. The area above the line equals to 1/4th of the area of the circle (\frac{\pi{r^2}}{4}) minus the area of the isosceles right triangle made by radii (\frac{1}{2}*r*r): \frac{\pi{r^2}}{4}-\frac{r^2}{2}=\frac{\pi}{4}-\frac{1}{2}=\frac{\pi-2}{4} (since given that r=1).

The circle represented by the equation x^2+y^2 = 1 is centered at the origin and has the radius of r=\sqrt{1}=1 (for more on this check Coordinate Geometry chapter of math book: math-coordinate-geometry-87652.html ).

So, set T is the circle itself (red curve).

Question is: if point (a,b) is selected from set T at random, what is the probability that b>a+1? All points (a,b) which satisfy this condition (belong to T and have y-coordinate > x-coordinate + 1) lie above the line y=x+1 (blue line). You can see that portion of the circle which is above the line is 1/4 of the whole circumference, hence P=1/4.

Answer: A.

Hi Bunuel,

Can you please take some time and clarify my doubt?

How did you arrive at P = 1/4, The portion of the circle that is above the line is (pi*r^2/4) - 1/* r^2 correct?

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The circle represented by the equation x^2+y^2 = 1 is centered at the origin and has the radius of r=\sqrt{1}=1 (for more on this check Coordinate Geometry chapter of math book: math-coordinate-geometry-87652.html ).

So, set T is the circle itself (red curve).

Question is: if point (a,b) is selected from set T at random, what is the probability that b>a+1? All points (a,b) which satisfy this condition (belong to T and have y-coordinate > x-coordinate + 1) lie above the line y=x+1 (blue line). You can see that portion of the circle which is above the line is 1/4 of the whole circumference, hence P=1/4.

Answer: A.

If it were: set T consists of all points (x,y) such that x^2+y^2<1 (so set T consists of all points inside the circle). If point (a,b) is selected from set T at random, what is the probability that b>a+1?

Then as the area of the segment of the circle which is above the line is \frac{\pi{r^2}}{4}-\frac{r^2}{2}=\frac{\pi-2}{4} so P=\frac{area_{segment}}{area_{circle}}=\frac{\frac{\pi-2}{4}}{\pi{r^2}}=\frac{\pi-2}{4\pi}.

Hope it's clear.

Great explanation! very elegant. thanks Bunuel. _________________

Re: Set T consists of all points (x, y) such that x^2+y^2=1. If [#permalink]
25 May 2014, 02:58

Is that really a question which can come up in the GMAT? I believe the mathematics involved go well beyond! The MGMAT for example do not cover circles in xy planes at all.

The circle represented by the equation x^2+y^2 = 1 is centered at the origin and has the radius of r=\sqrt{1}=1 (for more on this check Coordinate Geometry chapter of math book: math-coordinate-geometry-87652.html ).

So, set T is the circle itself (red curve).

Question is: if point (a,b) is selected from set T at random, what is the probability that b>a+1? All points (a,b) which satisfy this condition (belong to T and have y-coordinate > x-coordinate + 1) lie above the line y=x+1 (blue line). You can see that portion of the circle which is above the line is 1/4 of the whole circumference, hence P=1/4.

Answer: A.

If it were: set T consists of all points (x,y) such that x^2+y^2<1 (so set T consists of all points inside the circle). If point (a,b) is selected from set T at random, what is the probability that b>a+1?

Then as the area of the segment of the circle which is above the line is \frac{\pi{r^2}}{4}-\frac{r^2}{2}=\frac{\pi-2}{4} so P=\frac{area_{segment}}{area_{circle}}=\frac{\frac{\pi-2}{4}}{\pi{r^2}}=\frac{\pi-2}{4\pi}.

Hope it's clear.

Hi Bunuel,

Do we have more variations of such questions. If yes, could you share it i want to practice.

The circle represented by the equation x^2+y^2 = 1 is centered at the origin and has the radius of r=\sqrt{1}=1 (for more on this check Coordinate Geometry chapter of math book: math-coordinate-geometry-87652.html ).

So, set T is the circle itself (red curve).

Question is: if point (a,b) is selected from set T at random, what is the probability that b>a+1? All points (a,b) which satisfy this condition (belong to T and have y-coordinate > x-coordinate + 1) lie above the line y=x+1 (blue line). You can see that portion of the circle which is above the line is 1/4 of the whole circumference, hence P=1/4.

Answer: A.

If it were: set T consists of all points (x,y) such that x^2+y^2<1 (so set T consists of all points inside the circle). If point (a,b) is selected from set T at random, what is the probability that b>a+1?

Then as the area of the segment of the circle which is above the line is \frac{\pi{r^2}}{4}-\frac{r^2}{2}=\frac{\pi-2}{4} so P=\frac{area_{segment}}{area_{circle}}=\frac{\frac{\pi-2}{4}}{\pi{r^2}}=\frac{\pi-2}{4\pi}.

Hope it's clear.

Hi Bunuel,

Do we have more variations of such questions. If yes, could you share it i want to practice.

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