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\(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) is closest in value to (A) 2,200 (B) 70,000 (C) 220,000 (D) 7,000,000 (E) 22,000,000
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Originally posted by ske on 14 Sep 2015, 06:07.
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18 Oct 2015, 12:30
\(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) is closest in value to(A) 2,200 (B) 70,000 (C) 220,000 (D) 7,000,000 (E) 22,000,000 \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}=\sqrt{48*10^8}\approx {7*10^4}=70,000\). Answer: B.
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ske wrote: \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) is closest in value to
(A) 2,200 (B) 70,000 (C) 220,000 (D) 7,000,000 (E) 22,000,000 Solution: \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) = \(\sqrt{48*10^8}\) = \(\sqrt{49*10^8}\) = \(7*10^4\) Option B




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(4.8*10^9)^1/2 =(48*10^8)^1/2 = (approx) (49*10^8)^1/2 =7*10^4 =70,000 Answer is B



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Bunuel wrote: \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) is closest in value to
(A) 2,200 (B) 70,000 (C) 220,000 (D) 7,000,000 (E) 22,000,000
Kudos for a correct solution. Eventually, we'll use a nice rule that says \(\sqrt{xy} = (\sqrt{x})(\sqrt{y})\)First rewrite \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) = \(\sqrt{(4.8)(10^1)(10^8)}\) = \(\sqrt{(48)(10^8)}\) = (\(\sqrt{48}\))(\(\sqrt{10^8}\)) [applied rule from above]≈ (\(\sqrt{49}\))(\(\sqrt{10^8}\)) ≈ \((7)(10^4\)) ≈ \(70,00\)0 Answer: B ASIDE: we have a free video that covers various properties of roots  http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat ... video/1037
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Bunuel wrote: \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) is closest in value to
(A) 2,200 (B) 70,000 (C) 220,000 (D) 7,000,000 (E) 22,000,000
Kudos for a correct solution. We are given √(4.8 x 10^9), and we need to determine the answer choice that is closest in value. We first simplify the expression by eliminating the decimal point in 4.8. To do this, we can move the decimal one place to the right to get 48 and simultaneously reduce 10^9 to 10^8. So we need to estimate √(48 x 10^8). Notice that 48 is very close to 49, which is a perfect square. Note, too, that the square root of 10^8 is easy to calculate because the exponent is now an even number. So let’s evaluate √(49 x 10^8): √(49 x 10^8) √(49) x √(10^8) 7 x 10^4 70,000 Thus √(4.8 x 10^9) ≈ 70,000. Answer: B
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First method: Estimate
\(\sqrt{4.8 * 10^9}\) < \(\sqrt{10 * 10^9}\) \(\sqrt{4.8 * 10^9}\) < 100,000
\(\sqrt{4.8 * 10^9}\) is definitely less than 100,000 but close to 100,000 => answer is B
Second method: Calculation
\(\sqrt{4.8 * 10^9}\) = \(\sqrt{48 * 10^8}\) =
then take square roots of both parts: \(\sqrt{48}\) * \(\sqrt{10^8}\) = 4\(\sqrt{3}\) * 10^4 = 4 * \(\sqrt{3}\) * 10,000 = 40,000 * 1.7 (I memorized that \(\sqrt{3}\) is approximately 1.7) = ~68,000 => answer is B



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GMATPrepNow wrote: Bunuel wrote: \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) is closest in value to
(A) 2,200 (B) 70,000 (C) 220,000 (D) 7,000,000 (E) 22,000,000
Kudos for a correct solution. Eventually, we'll use a nice rule that says \(\sqrt{xy} = (\sqrt{x})(\sqrt{y})\)First rewrite \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) = \(\sqrt{(4.8)(10^1)(10^8)}\) = \(\sqrt{(48)(10^8)}\) = (\(\sqrt{48}\))(\(\sqrt{10^8}\)) [applied rule from above]≈ (\(\sqrt{49}\))(\(\sqrt{10^8}\)) ≈ \((7)(10^4\)) ≈ \(70,00\)0 Answer: B ASIDE: we have a free video that covers various properties of roots  http://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat ... video/1037Hello, how did you get 10^4 from 10^8?



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dave13 wrote: Hello, how did you get 10^4 from 10^8? We want to find the square root of 10^8 So, what value when squared gives us 10^8? The answer is 10^4 (10^4)(10^4) = 10^8 In other words, (10^4)² = 10^8 So, the square root of 10^8 equals 10^4 Does that help? Cheers, Brent
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ske wrote: \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) is closest in value to
(A) 2,200 (B) 70,000 (C) 220,000 (D) 7,000,000 (E) 22,000,000 √(4.8 x 10^9) is equivalent to √(48 x 10^8), which equals: √48 x √10^8 = 4√3 x 10^4 = 4 x 1.7 x 10,000 = 68,000 or about 70,000. Alternative solution: √(4.8 x 10^9) is equivalent to √(48 x 10^8), which is about √(49 x 10^8). We choose the number 49 because 49 is a perfect square. Now let’s simplify √(49 x 10^8): √49 x √10^8 = 7 x 10^4 = 70,000 Answer: B
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ske wrote: \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) is closest in value to
(A) 2,200 (B) 70,000 (C) 220,000 (D) 7,000,000 (E) 22,000,000 \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9}\) is closest in value to \(\sqrt{4.8*10^9} = \sqrt{48 * 10^8} = 7 * 10^4 = 70,000\) IMO B
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