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The shaded portion of the rectangular lot shown above represents a flower bed. If the area of the bed is 24 square yards and x = y + 2, then z equals

(A) $$\sqrt{13}$$
(B) $$2\sqrt{13}$$
(C) 6
(D) 8
(E) 10
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The shaded portion of the rectangular lot shown above represents a flower bed. If the area of the bed is 24 square yards and x = y + 2, then z equals

(A) $$\sqrt{13}$$
(B) $$2\sqrt{13}$$
(C) 6
(D) 8
(E) 10

Given that $$\frac{xy}{2}=24$$ and $$x = y + 2$$ --> $$xy=48$$ --> $$(y+2)y=48$$.

$$z^2=x^2+y^2$$ --> $$z^2=(y + 2)^2+y^2=2y^2+4y+4=2y(y+2)+4$$.

Since $$(y+2)y=48$$, then $$z^2=2y(y+2)+4=2*48+4=100$$ --> $$z=10$$.

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17 Nov 2013, 19:25
What is the shaded part, the pentagon or the right angled triangle?
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What is the shaded part, the pentagon or the right angled triangle?

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06 Mar 2014, 01:32
Bumping for review and further discussion.

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The shaded portion of the rectangular lot shown above represents a flower bed. If the area of the bed is 24 square yards and x = y + 2, then z equals

(A) $$\sqrt{13}$$
(B) $$2\sqrt{13}$$
(C) 6
(D) 8
(E) 10

I actually did this a different way.

For a triangle area=$$\frac{B*H}{2}$$ so solving I get that $$B*H=48$$ now I would solve by algebra, but the problem tells that the difference between x & y is two, so what two numbers multiply to 48 that separated by 2... 6 & 8. Since it doesn't matter which side is which length I saw this was a pythagorean triplet and z or the hypotenuse is 10.

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$$Area of shaded region = \frac{1}{2} x (x-2) = 24$$

$$x^2 - 2x - 48 = 0$$

x = 8

Base = 6; Height = 8

$$z = \sqrt{6^2+8^2} = \sqrt{100} = 10$$

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11 Jan 2015, 04:03
Hi,

This one was tricky, not because the solution was difficult, but because of my mistakes in the calculations...

I also used Paresh's approach, but instead of solving for y and getting y=x-2, I just used y and y+2. But, I couldn't see the 6*4=48 ... so I couldn't find the possible solutions of the equation easily!

In fact I did this:
Area= (b*2) / 2
24=[y(y+z)] / 2
24= (y^2 + 2y) / 2
48 = y^2 + 2y
y^2 + 2y - 48 = 0.

I didn't see these solutions: -6, 8 and ended up using the quadratic formula, which is not handy when you are not quick with calculations! Haha! So, I passed the time...

Just as a small piece of advice, in similar situations, what makes it easier to find the roots is to make the prime factorization of the constant. Then you end up with this 2*2*2*2*3, so you have fewer values to test and find one that works.
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21 Jun 2015, 14:52
Great OG problem. Paresh's solution helped me see the light on this one. The others made sense, but I may not see that relationship on test day. Re-labeling the figure with the formulas will help add clarity. Great explanation!
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Hi All,

On certain GMAT questions, you can "brute force" the work and quickly come up with the correct answer. Here's how:

From the prompt and the picture, we know that…
1) The triangle is a right triangle (because it's in the "corner" of a rectangle)
2) The two legs of the triangle differ by 2
3) The area of the triangle is 24 (A = (1/2)(B)(H))

Let's focus on the area = 24 for a moment. We know the two legs differ by 2, so we can probably "brute force" the possibilities and find the match:

If the legs are:
2 and 4, then the area = 4
4 and 6, then the area = 12
6 and 8, then the area = 24 ---> that's THE match

If the legs are 6 and 8, then we can use the Pythagorean Formula to figure out the value of Z. You might also recognize the "Pythagorean Triplet" and solve the problem that way.

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10 May 2016, 04:19
1/2(xy)= 24 ; => xy = 48 ;
x = y+2 ;
=> x-y = 2;
squaring both sides

=> x^2 + y^2 -2xy = 4
=> x^2 + y^2 = 4 + 2*48 = 100 (well we know x^2 + y^2 = z^2)

=> z^2 = 100
=> z = 10.
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The shaded portion of the rectangular lot shown above represents a flower bed. If the area of the bed is 24 square yards and x = y + 2, then z equals

(A) $$\sqrt{13}$$
(B) $$2\sqrt{13}$$
(C) 6
(D) 8
(E) 10

In solving this problem we first must recognize that the flower bed is the right triangle with sides of y yards, x yards, and z yards. We are given that the area of the bed (which is the right triangle) is 24 square yards. Since we know that area of a triangle is ½ Base x Height, we can say:

24 = ½(xy)

48 = xy

We also know that x = y + 2, so substituting in y + 2 for x in the area equation we have:

48 = (y+2)y

48 = y^2 + 2y

y^2 + 2y – 48 = 0

(y + 8)(y – 6) = 0

y = -8 or y = 6

Since we cannot have a negative length, y = 6.

We can use the value for y to calculate the value of x.

x = y + 2

x = 6 + 2

x = 8

We can see that 6 and 8 represent two legs of the right triangle, and now we need to determine the length of z, which is the hypotenuse. Knowing that the length of one leg is 6 and the other leg is 8, we know that we have a 6-8-10 right triangle. Thus, the length of z is 10 yards.

If you didn't recognize that 6, 8, and 10 are the sides and hypotenuse of a right triangle, you would have to use the Pythagorean to find the length of the hypotenuse: 6^2 + 8^2 = c^2 → 36 + 64 = c^2 → 100 = c^2. The positive square root of 100 is 10, and thus the value of z is 10.

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The shaded portion of the rectangular lot shown above represents a flower bed. If the area of the bed is 24 square yards and x = y + 2, then z equals

(A) $$\sqrt{13}$$
(B) $$2\sqrt{13}$$
(C) 6
(D) 8
(E) 10

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If the area of the bed is 24 square yards

So, $$\frac{1}{2} * x * y$$= 24

Or, xy = 48

Given

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x = y + 2

Substitute the value in xy

(y+2) y = 48

So, y = 6

hence x = 8

So, $$z$$ $$=$$ $$\sqrt{8^2 - 6^2}$$

Hence z = 10 ; Answer will be (E)
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The shaded portion of the rectangular lot shown above represents a flower bed. If the area of the bed is 24 square yards and x = y + 2, then z equals

(A) $$\sqrt{13}$$
(B) $$2\sqrt{13}$$
(C) 6
(D) 8
(E) 10

I thought that the shaded part was isosceles right triangle and came with Z = $$4\sqrt{6}$$. Is it because "$$x= y+2$$" that this is not an isos rt. triangle?
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The shaded portion of the rectangular lot shown above represents a flower bed. If the area of the bed is 24 square yards and x = y + 2, then z equals

(A) $$\sqrt{13}$$
(B) $$2\sqrt{13}$$
(C) 6
(D) 8
(E) 10

I thought that the shaded part was isosceles right triangle and came with Z = $$4\sqrt{6}$$. Is it because "$$x= y+2$$" that this is not an isos rt. triangle?

x is 2 units more than y, so x does not equal to y, and the triangle is not isosceles.
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14 Sep 2016, 14:13

The easy stuff: (x*y) / 2 = 24 therefore x*y = 48

So since x = y + 2 replace x to product x*y = 48. Hence (y+2) * y = 48 (equation 1) .

IMHO this IS the TRICKY part... and I think this is the moment where you can save so much time the only number that gives you 48 when is multiplied by itself +2 is 6! because 6 (6+2) = 48 HENCE y = 6 and x = 8 ... the rest is history as you apply Pythagoras theorem and you get z^2 = sqrt(100) ..... and so z = 10 BOOM!
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