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# A triangle’s area is S=√( ((p-) )(p-) )(p-c)), where a, b and c are th

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A triangle’s area is S=$$\sqrt{( p(p-a )(p-b )(p-c))}$$, where a, b and c are the three side lengths of the triangle and p=(a+b+c)/2. When a=5, b=6 and c=7, what is the area of the triangle?

A. 4√6 B. 5√6 C. 6√6 D. 7√6 E. 8√6

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"Only $99 for 3 month Online Course" "Free Resources-30 day online access & Diagnostic Test" "Unlimited Access to over 120 free video lessons - try it yourself" Originally posted by MathRevolution on 22 Nov 2016, 00:41. Last edited by MathRevolution on 24 Nov 2016, 17:26, edited 1 time in total. CEO Joined: 11 Sep 2015 Posts: 3222 Location: Canada Re: A triangle’s area is S=√( ((p-) )(p-) )(p-c)), where a, b and c are th [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 Nov 2016, 06:39 Top Contributor MathRevolution wrote: A triangle’s area is S=√( ((p-) )(p-) )(p-c)), where a, b and c are the three side lengths of the triangle and p=(a+b+c)/2. When a=5, b=6 and c=7, what is the area of the triangle? A. 4√6 B. 5√6 C. 6√6 D. 7√6 E. 8√6 You're missing a few key variables in your Heron's Law formula. S=√[(p)(p-a)(p-b)(p-c)], where a, b and c are the three side lengths of the triangle and p=(a+b+c)/2 _________________ Test confidently with gmatprepnow.com Senior CR Moderator Status: Long way to go! Joined: 10 Oct 2016 Posts: 1376 Location: Viet Nam Re: A triangle’s area is S=√( ((p-) )(p-) )(p-c)), where a, b and c are th [#permalink] ### Show Tags 22 Nov 2016, 07:11 MathRevolution wrote: A triangle’s area is S=√( ((p-) )(p-) )(p-c)), where a, b and c are the three side lengths of the triangle and p=(a+b+c)/2. When a=5, b=6 and c=7, what is the area of the triangle? A. 4√6 B. 5√6 C. 6√6 D. 7√6 E. 8√6 Heron's formula: $$S=\sqrt{p(p-a)(p-b)(p-c)}$$ with $$p=\frac{a+b+c}{2}$$ a=5, b=6, c=7 then $$p=\frac{5+6+7}{2}=9$$ $$S=\sqrt{9 \times (9-5) \times (9-6) \times (9-7)}=\sqrt{9 \times 4 \times 3 \times 2}=\sqrt{6^2 \times 6}=6\sqrt{6}$$ The answer is C _________________ Math Revolution GMAT Instructor Joined: 16 Aug 2015 Posts: 6611 GMAT 1: 760 Q51 V42 GPA: 3.82 Re: A triangle’s area is S=√( ((p-) )(p-) )(p-c)), where a, b and c are th [#permalink] ### Show Tags 24 Nov 2016, 01:46 ==> If you substitute p=(5+6+7)/2=9 into S=$$\sqrt{√(p(p-a)(p-b)(p-c))}$$, it becomes S=$$\sqrt{(9*4*3*2)}$$=6√6. Therefore, the answer is C. Answer: C _________________ MathRevolution: Finish GMAT Quant Section with 10 minutes to spare The one-and-only World’s First Variable Approach for DS and IVY Approach for PS with ease, speed and accuracy. "Only$99 for 3 month Online Course"
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Hello Modertors/MathRevolution

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A triangle’s area is S=$$\sqrt{( ((p-) )(p-) )(p-c))}$$, where a, b and c are the three side lengths of the triangle and p=(a+b+c)/2. When a=5, b=6 and c=7, what is the area of the triangle?

A. 4√6 B. 5√6 C. 6√6 D. 7√6 E. 8√6

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