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A pentagon with 5 sides of equal length and 5 interior angles of equal

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10 Jun 2019, 10:54
Solution for Statement 1:

Area (Circle) = 16П
--> r=4
--> Circumference =8П=~8*3.14, which is less than 26

Area of the pentagon have to be less than circumference of the circle --> it is less than 26.
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10 Jun 2019, 15:40
Essentially the question is to test if given statements are sufficient enough to find the side of the pentagon.

Do you have sufficient data to determine the side of the pentagon? The perimeter can be >26cm(YES) and for all other cases, NO. In each case you have a definite answer. There is no ambiguity.

Statement1: area of circle is 16pi sq.cm. So radius of the circle is 4cm. Since the pentagon is cyclic, the distance between vortex of pentagon and center of the circle is 4cm. As all sides of pentagon are of equal length, each side forms an isosceles triangle with center as the 3rd vortex (subtends 72 degrees, i.e., =360/5). Hence, length (unique not multiple) of the side of the pentagon can be determined. Doesn't matter if it is >26cm or <26cm or =26cm.
Therefore Statement1 is sufficient.

Statement2: All diagonals are of equal length, because pentagon is cyclic and each side is of equal length. Since two diagonals (8cm each) subtend 36 degrees (angle subtended by a chord in the major arc is half the angle subtended by the chord at the center), one can determine the side (unique not multiple) of the pentagon. Hence this statement too is sufficient. Doesn't matter if it is >26cm or <26cm or =26cm.

IMO no complex math or trigonometry is required to solve this question.
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10 Jun 2019, 18:56
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Essentially the question is to test if given statements are sufficient enough to find the side of the pentagon.

Do you have sufficient data to determine the side of the pentagon? The perimeter can be >26cm(YES) and for all other cases, NO. In each case you have a definite answer. There is no ambiguity.

Statement1: area of circle is 16pi sq.cm. So radius of the circle is 4cm. Since the pentagon is cyclic, the distance between vortex of pentagon and center of the circle is 4cm. As all sides of pentagon are of equal length, each side forms an isosceles triangle with center as the 3rd vortex (subtends 72 degrees, i.e., =360/5). Hence, length (unique not multiple) of the side of the pentagon can be determined. Doesn't matter if it is >26cm or <26cm or =26cm.
Therefore Statement1 is sufficient.

Statement2: All diagonals are of equal length, because pentagon is cyclic and each side is of equal length. Since two diagonals (8cm each) subtend 36 degrees (angle subtended by a chord in the major arc is half the angle subtended by the chord at the center), one can determine the side (unique not multiple) of the pentagon. Hence this statement too is sufficient. Doesn't matter if it is >26cm or <26cm or =26cm.

IMO no complex math or trigonometry is required to solve this question.

Statement 2 says the diagonal is less than 8, not equal. Hence the “unique” side cannot be determined. Actual computation is required to solve this.

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10 Jul 2019, 17:14
All solutions for (2) (Including OG) seem to be too cumbersome for the actual test.

I prefer Ians solution amongst all that have been posted.

However, here is my take on how I would guess the solution on the actual test:

See attached diagram.

Essentially I would try to eyeball it.

I would assume that diagonal is 8 and get the maximum possible perimeter. If MAX is less than 26... then it is definitely less than 26. If MAX is greater than 26... then it would be insufficient.

So, If diagonal = 8.... Base of triangle would be 4.

height is less than 4 (by eyeballing).... so lets assume it is 3ish

then it becomes a 3-4-5 right triangle, and side of pentagon will be 5ish

so MAX perimeter would be 25ish. hence sufficientISH?.

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I Know that this is very far from fool-proof. The margin of error between 25 and 26 is WAY TOO CLOSE. I would be much more comfortable if the question had something like 30 instead of 26.

I have practically no knowledge of advanced stuff like trigonometry / golden ration etc mentioned above. So using tools of mere mortals, this is the best I could come up with that is feasible in the actual test. :p

PS: On Googling i found that the 2 angles of 3-4-5 right triangle are approximately 36.87° and 53.13° .... which is pretty close.

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01 Aug 2019, 20:07
shobhitkh wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
A pentagon with 5 sides of equal length and 5 interior angles of equal measure is inscribed in a circle. Is the perimeter of the pentagon greater than 26 centimeters?

(1) The area of the circle is 16π square centimeters.
(2) The length of each diagonal of the pentagon is less than 8 centimeters.

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Hi Bunuel and VeritasKarishma, Can anyone of you please provide a good explanation for this question? Thanks

Here is the thing about this question and why I took time to get back - It is an OG problem so I expected a good, quick solution. I did invest a bit of time in this but unfortunately couldn't come up with anything satisfactory. Then I checked with another expert but still no luck.
The fastest way was trigonometry though I had to approximate the value of cos 36 about which I wasn't happy at all.
The better solution is the one Ian suggested above (using similar triangles). It just seems a bit too elaborate as the only solution to an official problem.
Also, I certainly cannot rely on knowing some obscure fact about pentagon to solve an official question.
All in all, I hope this was an experimental question that was later discarded, but found its way into the OG. In case we find some more such questions, we might need to reassess our understanding of the official problems (but I will wait for @Bunuel's input before making my mind about it)

I solved this question with this approach.

Statement 1 - since it's a regular polygon and inscribed in a circle, so max it can be that it can take equidistance from the center of circle i.e radius of circle. If we visualise it, then we divide the pentagon into 5 triangles with angles - 59,59,72 ( since it's an isosceles triangle)

Now this is POSSIBLY close to an equilateral triangle ( since the angles are close length has to be close) so the sides of polygon could not go beyond 5.2 (SUFFICIENT)

Statement 2 - When we say that the POLYGON's diagonal is NOT bigger than 8 then we mean that DEFINETELY the radius of circle is < 4. Based on our findings from statement 1, we know that the side will never exceed 5.2 ( SUFFICIENT)

Is there any FLAW with this line of reasoning? I thought the question to be fairly simple
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04 Aug 2019, 11:13
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Statement 1 is immediately sufficient, because if we know exactly how big the circle is, we know exactly how big the pentagon is, so we can compute its exact perimeter and answer the question.

If there's an extremely fast way to prove Statement 2 is sufficient as written, I don't see it (the solution someone else posted above isn't correct), though it would be much easier with slightly different numbers. If you draw the three diagonals I draw in the picture below, and label all of the relevant angles, you'll see that the triangles I've labeled '1', '2' and '3' all are 36-36-108 triangles. Triangles 1 and 2 are identical ('congruent' in math-speak) because they have the same angles, and they share a side (opposite the 108 degree angle in both). So the sides I've labeled with blue tickmarks are all equal. Triangle 3 is similar to, but smaller than, triangles 1 and 2.

If we call the side of the pentagon 's' and the diagonal 'd', then the sides of triangle 1 are just s, s, and d. Notice that in triangle 3, the two equal sides, the sloping ones, are both d-s in length (because each is just part of a sloping diagonal of the pentagon, but not counting the 's' part that belongs to triangle 2, so we just need to subtract that). So the sides of triangle 3 are d-s, d-s, and s. Since triangle 1 and triangle 3 are similar, their sides are in the same ratio. So if we divide the longer side by the shorter side in triangle 1, we get the same ratio as we get when we do the same for triangle 3:

d/s = s/(d-s)

And rewriting this:

d^2 - sd = s^2
d^2 = s^2 + sd

Now say d = 8, the largest the diagonal is allowed to be according to Statement 2. Then plugging in,

64 = s^2 + 8s

and now you can see if you just plug in s = 5, the right side of this equation is very slightly too big. So s cannot be 5 -- the equation will only work if s is slightly less than 5. And if the diagonal is shorter than 8, then s will need to be even smaller of course. In any case, the perimeter is certainly less than 25. So Statement 2 is also sufficient, and the answer is D.

For those who love exact calculations and are satisfied only when they get to some approximation value (NOT RECOMMENDED ON A TEST DAY)

If we assume diagonal d=7
then $$d^2 = s^2 + sd$$
$$7^2 = s^2 + 7s$$
s = 4.326

If we take the diagonal d=8
then $$d^2 = s^2 + sd$$
$$8^2 = s^2 + 8s$$
s = 4.944

As IanStewart explained earlier in no case can the perimeter be more than 26 hence each statement alone is sufficient - answer choice D

For more curious math lovers kindly refer https://sites.math.washington.edu/~king ... swers.html
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Bunuel wrote:
A pentagon with 5 sides of equal length and 5 interior angles of equal measure is inscribed in a circle. Is the perimeter of the pentagon greater than 26 centimeters?

(1) The area of the circle is 16π square centimeters.
(2) The length of each diagonal of the pentagon is less than 8 centimeters.

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Let me explain why the statement 1 is sufficient.

Pi * r ^2 = 16 * pi
r^2 = 16
r = 4 ... (where r = radius)

For a regular hexagon , the radius is equal to the side of each side of the hexagon.
We can prove it too...
Please refer to the attachment of the image...

In triangle ABC and DBC ,
BC = common..
AC = CD = radius ..
AB = BD = side of a regular pentagon
Triangle ABC is congruent to triangle DBC.

So angle ABC = Angle DBC

Since angle ABD = 120 degree ... ( interior angle of a hexagon )

Angle ABC = Angle DBC = 60 degree
Now Angle ABC = Angle CAB = Angle BCA = 60 degree
So Triangle ABC is an equilateral triangle and the radius is equal to the side of each side of the hexagon.

So if the figure was a hexagon its perimeter would have been = 6 * 4 = 24 cms... ( each side is 4 cms = radius = 4 cms)
Now 24 cm s is already lesser than 26 cms.
Since our figure is a pentagon its perimeter will be even smaller than that of a hexagon and hence will be smaller than 24 cms and hence will definitely be lesser than 26 cms...

So the answer is NO .
Option A is sufficient.

In my next post , I will write why option B is also sufficient.
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My approach for Solution for Statement 2:

Given: Diagonal of pentagon is less than 8 centimetres. We can safely say that the diagonal of the circle will be greater than the diagonal of pentagon. Let's take the smallest such possible value for diagonal of circle, ie. 8 cm. Hence the perimeter of circle is 8x3.14 = 25 ish. Since pentagon is inscribed inside the circle, its perimeter will be lesser than that of the circle. Hence the perimeter of the pentagon will be lesser than 26.
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Bunuel wrote:
A pentagon with 5 sides of equal length and 5 interior angles of equal measure is inscribed in a circle. Is the perimeter of the pentagon greater than 26 centimeters?

(1) The area of the circle is 16π square centimeters.
(2) The length of each diagonal of the pentagon is less than 8 centimeters.

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Please find the diagram attached herewith.
Lets see why option B is also sufficient.
Triangle ABC and Triangle BCF and Trinagle FDE are 36 , 36 , 108 degree triangle.
( I explained the reason in the diagram attached )
So I am keeping it brief here.
Angle BAC = 108 degree ( interior angle of a pentagon)
Since AB = AC (sides of a regular pentagon are equal ) , Angle ABC = angle ACB = (180 - 108) / 2 = 72 / 2 = 36 degree
ANgle BDE = 108 degree ( interior angle of a pentagon)
Angle DBE = Angle DFB = (180 degree - angle BDE ) / 2 = (180 - 108 )/ 2 = 72 / 2 = 36 degree
Angle CBE = 108 - ( angle ABC + angle DBE) = 108 - 72 = 36 degree
Similarly , Angle BCD = 36 degree
ANgle BFC = 180 - ( CBE + BCD) = 180 - ( 36 + 36 ) = 108 degree

Say , The length of each diagonal = c
So BE = c

Now Triangle ABC and traingle BCF are congruent .( because they have two angles equal and one side common So ASA condition satisifes)
ANgle ABC = ANgle CBE = 36 degree
Angle ACB = angle BCF = 36 degree
SIde BC common
So Triangle ABC and traingle BCF are congruent.
SO the corresponding sides AB = BF
and AC = CF

Say AB = a
So , BF = a
Now , FE = BE - BF = c - a

SImilarly FD = c - a
DE = a

Now Triangles ABC and triangle FDE are similar. ( All the angles are same for them...36 , 36 , 108 )
So corresponding sides are of same proportion...
So , c/a = a / c-a
so c^2 - a*c = a^2
For the maximum length of the diagonal i.e 8 cm,

64 - 8*a = a^2
Now Say , side of the pentagon = 5 cm
it does not satisfy the equation above as (64 - 8 * 5 ) is smaller than 5^2 = 25 cm

So 'a' has to a bit smaller than 5 cm.
Now if the diagonal is less than 8 cm , then it will be even less than 64 . And side i.e the value of 'a' will be even smaller.
Even if the side was 5 cm , the perimeter of the pentagon would have been 5 *5 = 25 cm , which is smaller than 26 cm.
If the sides are even smaller , the perimeter will be even smaller and hence less than 26 cm.

Hence , Option B is also sufficient.

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19 Aug 2019, 00:21
Is it really realistic to solve such kind of question in a Test situation given that one has no Math / Physics background and is not a ultra High IQ person?

I got that question right now as "medium-quant" and it blew my mind. Pentagons weren't even covered in my Study guides. For people with a business BsC background this is a completely overkill.

To formulate it better: Does it make sense to focus on such kind of questions when in an early study phase? Usually the medium-quant I practice everyday flow much easier. Given that there were other geometry question where you basically just had to solve a pythagoran theorem I don't really get how they rate the questions.
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Hello guys ,
I have a question for this one .
So , if I'm not mistaken the area of a shape that inlcudes another shape , must be greater than the one inside it, does the same thing apply for the perimeter ? Can a shape that is inside another one have a greater perimeter ? What I mean is , can the pentagon, which is inside the circle have a greater perimeter than the circle?
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1. R= 4 . Circumference of circle is 25.12. so obviously Pentagon perimeter will be less than that as it's inscribed in circle.

2. Diagonal length less than 8 cms . What is intended here is : let's take the largest diagonal whose length is approx. 8 cm we can some how still find the lengths of sides using sine rule --> a/sinA = b/sinB=c/sinC.. as it forms a iscosceles triangle with 108-36-36 --> a=b=a and c=7.999~=8 (say).

So as it's a data sufficiency question without solving overly we can quickly tick off this one too..

So Choose D .

But need to get this thought under 2 minutes is quite challenging task but somehow I would mark D if I am on this question on exam day without wasting time as I know I can't think so much in 2 mins. I would be thinking why specifically 8 and imagine that (here all diagonals of Pentagon are chords of circle) chord length will always be less than diameter length and assume the diameter to be 8 and radius to be 4 i.e., the same as 1st option.

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In statement 2 you are told the diagonals are less than 8. Let's assume we have a diagonal of 8. If we cut our pentagon into triangles we have a diagonal that makes the longest side of the triangle of 8, and 2 sides of the triangle (that are the same length). In order for this triangle to work the 2 sides that we don't know (the 2 sides of the pentagon) have to have a sum greater than 8. A length of 4 would mean the 2 sides are 8, and thus cannot make a triangle. A length of 5 would mean the triangle can work. Let's now assume our side is 5 (this is the max length given our restriction of less than 8) so 5 sides at a length of 5 is 25, which is less than 26 and any other diagonal of less than 8 would only make the sides smaller and thus 5 sides that sum up to less than 26, so statement 2 is sufficient.
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(1) Perimeter of pentagon is smaller than that of the circle. Since the radius is 4, its P is 8*pi = 8*22/7 = 8/7 + 8*21/7 = 1+1/7+24 = 25+1/7
P (circle) is greater than 25 yet smaller than 26 (1/7<1). Sufficient.
(2) Previous post mentioned s^2 + ds = d^2
Given max value of d (d<8), we can safely say
S^2 + ds < s^2 + 8s = 64
Solve for s in such a case that d=8
s^2 + 8s - 64 = 0
(s^2 + 8s + 16) - 80 = 0
(s+4)^2 = 80
s+4 = sqrt(80) = sqrt(16*5) = 4*sqrt(5)
sqrt(5) can be assumed as 2.25 (the actual number is smaller), so s+4 = 4*2.25 = 9
s=5

So we have s = 5 when d reaches maximum value. Since d/s is a constant (it's regular pentagon!), we can safely say that s<5. Sufficient.
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For stat 2 I like to solve it graphically.

We use the 26 perimeter > 5.2 for sides

Internal angles (n-2)180/5= 108
If it was 90 we could create a triangle with 5.2 and angles 90,45,45. Thanks to pyth we find half diagonal is 3. So less than 4 .... Approving stat 2.

The approximation of the internal angles is acceptable? Yes. If we had 90,30,60 the one corrisoondent to angle 30 is half of ipotenusa so 2.5 .... To a smaller angle corrisoond a smaller side in a triangle.

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Can some one explain how the diagonals are being chosen? There are 5 diagonals in the pentagon.

And statement (2) says, the length of diagonals is less than 8.

I'm confused how the diagonals are being chosen to come up with the congruent triangles.

Bunuel can you help explain statement 2?
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A pentagon with 5 sides of equal length and 5 interior angles of equal measure is inscribed in a circle. Is the perimeter of the pentagon greater than 26 centimeters?

(1) The area of the circle is 16π square centimeters.
(2) The length of each diagonal of the pentagon is less than 8 centimeters.

Approach

Given : Regular pentagon inside a circle.
Following inferences can be drawn :
1. The triangle formed by one of the diagonals and two sides of pentagon has all three angles known: 108, 36, 36 .
Formula :Internal angle of a Regular polygon = pi * (n-2) , where n= number of sides of the polygon

2. The triangle formed by the two radius and one side of the pentagon has all the three angles known : 72, 54, 54 .
Formula :Angle projected by a side of a regular polygon at the centre of the circumscribing circle = 360 deg/n, where n is the number of sides in the polygon

Required: Perimeter of pentagon > 26 cm ? Or 5*a > 26 ?

So, we need information about a[side of pentagon], not necessary the absolute value of a.

To have a complete information[all 3 angles and all 3 sides] about a triangle we need one of the following minimal set of information
a) 2 angles and 1 side [must be opposite to one of the known angles]
b) 1 angle[must be opposite to one of the known sides] and 2 sides

Formula : $$a/sin A = b/sin B = c/ sin C$$

EVALUATING OPTIONS :
1. We know the radius and therefore all 3 angles and 2 sides of the triangle formed by 1 side of pentagon and two sides as radius. Therefore we can find the side of pentagon.

2. Let b = length of diagonal of pentagon and a = side of pentagon,
Then, using the triangle formed by 2 pentagon sides and the diagonal, we can say,
$$a/ sin 36 = b/ sin 108 => b = a * sin 108 / sin 36.$$

Therefore, if $$b < 8 => a < 8 * sin 36 / sin 108$$. Using this the question can be answered.

So, the question can be answered using either of the statement.

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Let me explain in a much simpler way :

1. We know that angle subtended by a circle is 360 degrees. In the current scenario, the circumference/perimeter of the circle is 8pi i.e 25.12 cm square. As we have inscribed a regular pentagon in the circle, which means the perimeter is going to be less than 25. Hence 1 is sufficient.

2. Now it is mentioned that no diagonal is greater than 8, it means any two-point of the pentagon is not on the diameter. For Eg. if 8 was the longest side then you would have used the semi-cirlce triangle property and using pythagoras each side would be root 32 i.e 5.6 cm. In this case statement 1 would have become false.
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30 Apr 2020, 01:24
Hi experts Bunuel IanStewart VeritasKarishma DavidTutorexamPAL SimplyBrilliant chetan2u ,

A quick thought about statement 2.

Can't we just solve it using the triangle property that 3rd side of a triangle has to be greater than the difference and smaller than the sum of other two sides ?

I mean that if we take a diagonal here which has 2 sides of pentagon as the other two of its sides to be the two sides of a triangle (3rd being the diagonal itself), we know that diagonal (lets say 7.999) has to be greater than 0 and less than 2 times the side of pentagon which means the maximum the side of a pentagon can be is ~4 (half of 8 or 7.99999) which means that the perimeter is going to be less than 20 and hence sufficient.
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A quick thought about statement 2.

Can't we just solve it using the triangle property that 3rd side of a triangle has to be greater than the difference and smaller than the sum of other two sides ?

I mean that if we take a diagonal here which has 2 sides of pentagon as the other two of its sides to be the two sides of a triangle (3rd being the diagonal itself), we know that diagonal (lets say 7.999) has to be greater than 0 and less than 2 times the side of pentagon which means the maximum the side of a pentagon can be is ~4 (half of 8 or 7.99999) which means that the perimeter is going to be less than 20 and hence sufficient.

I think you ended up reversing the inequality halfway through. In a triangle, the sum of any two sides must exceed the third. If one side of our regular pentagon is x, then if we had, say, a diagonal of length 8, we'd be able to make a triangle using that diagonal and two sides of the pentagon. So that triangle would have sides of length 8, x and x. Now we know the sum of the two sides of length x must exceed the third side, so 2x > 8, and x > 4. So in the case when the diagonal is exactly 8, each side must be greater than 4, and the perimeter must be greater than 20 (not less). So that doesn't help us to make a decision about Statement 2.
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