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What are the lengths of sides NO and OP in triangle NOP below?

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NO = 30 & OP = 10 (root)34

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Because the triangles are similar :
NO/PN = QR/PR
NO/24 = 50/40
NO = 30
Now OP = sqrt(50^2 + 30^2)
=> PQ = 10sqrt(34)
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Hi,

I need help solving the problem number 8 of the image attached in this post.

The answer is NO = 30 & OP = 10 (root)34


Please help with the step by step process and tips and tricks for the solution.

Thanks,
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Welcome to GMAT Club. Below is a solution to your question.

What are the lengths of sides NO and OP in triangle NOP below?

Notice that triangles NOP and the smaller triangle within it (with the lengths of sides 24 and 40) are similar: they share the same angle P and both are right angled, so all their three angles are equal.

In similar triangles the ratio of the corresponding sides are equal (corresponding sides are the sides opposite the same angles). So, \(\frac{NO}{24}=\frac{NP}{40}\) --> \(\frac{NO}{24}=\frac{40+10}{40}\) --> \(NO=30\).

Next, since \(NO=30\) then \(OP=\sqrt{NO^2+NP^2}=\sqrt{30^2+50^2}=10\sqrt{34}\).

Hope it's clear.

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Thanks Subhash!

Your solution makes me realize how easy it was. Thanks a ton!

Bunuel,

Thanks! I will keep the specification in mind from now on :)

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