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A Trussian's weight, in keils, can be calculated by taking the square

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A Trussian's weight, in keils, can be calculated by taking the square root of his age in years. A Trussian teenager now weighs three keils less than he will seventeen years after he is twice as old as he is now. How old is he now?

(A) 14
(B) 15
(C) 16
(D) 17
(E) 18

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A Trussian's weight, in keils, can be calculated by taking the square root of his age in years. A Trussian teenager now weighs three keils less than he will seventeen years after he is twice as old as he is now. How old is he now?

(A) 14
(B) 15
(C) 16
(D) 17
(E) 18

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A Trussian's weight, in keils, can be calculated by taking the square root of his age in years. A Trussian teenager now weighs three keils less than he will seventeen years after he is twice as old as he is now. How old is he now?

(A) 14
(B) 15
(C) 16
(D) 17
(E) 18

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\(\sqrt{age} + 3 = \sqrt{2*age + 17}\)

Start plugging in numbers, answer choice C would give an integer age. Lets try C

\(\sqrt{16} + 3 = \sqrt{2*16 + 17}\)

\(4 + 3 = \sqrt{49}\)

\(7 = 7\)

Correct answer is C

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Tough and Tricky questions: Word Problems.



A Trussian's weight, in keils, can be calculated by taking the square root of his age in years. A Trussian teenager now weighs three keils less than he will seventeen years after he is twice as old as he is now. How old is he now?

(A) 14
(B) 15
(C) 16
(D) 17
(E) 18

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Age ..................... Weight

x ............................ \(\sqrt{x}\) ..................... Current age/weight

2x+17 ......................\(\sqrt{2x+17}\) ................ (Seventeen years after he is twice as old as he is now age/weight)

\(\sqrt{2x+17} - 3 = \sqrt{x}\)

Only 16 is a perfect square which fits in

Answer = C
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I solved this one back solving, Found it was easier by this way.

Let x be the age in years

X = 2x + 17

For back solving I like to start from the middle one
C) (16 x 2) + 17 = 49 (which brings an integer of 7, can be correct, lets check the others)
D) 51 (it will increase by 2 always)
E) 53
B) 47
A) 45

C is the only answer which brings an integer, therefore its the right answer
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As shown above, backsolving can work for this problem. For similar problems where the numbers might not be as friendly to work with, we can also follow an algebraic approach.

Given:
Current weight is 3 less than what his weight will be when his age is doubled plus 17
Let \(a\) = current age
then current weight is \(\sqrt{a}\)

\(\sqrt{a}+3=\sqrt{2a+17}\)

Square both sides

\(a+6\sqrt{a}+9=2a+17\)

Gather terms on one side

\(a-6\sqrt{a}+8=0\)

To make it look more familiar we can substitute \(\sqrt{a}=x\), now the equation looks like:

\(x^2-6x+8=0\)

Factor it

\((x-2)(x-4)=0\)

\(x=2\) or \(x=4\)

Substituting \(a\) back in \((x=\sqrt{a})\)

\(\sqrt{a}=2\) or \(\sqrt{a}=4\)
\(a=4\) or \(a=16\)

Looking at the answer choices, only 16 is there.

Answer C
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Tough and Tricky questions: Word Problems.



A Trussian's weight, in keils, can be calculated by taking the square root of his age in years. A Trussian teenager now weighs three keils less than he will seventeen years after he is twice as old as he is now. How old is he now?

(A) 14
(B) 15
(C) 16
(D) 17
(E) 18

Kudos for a correct solution.


Dear Bunuel, Let us call the Trussian's current age a. Why my equation incorrect? \(17-3\sqrt{a}=2a\)
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Bunuel wrote:

Tough and Tricky questions: Word Problems.



A Trussian's weight, in keils, can be calculated by taking the square root of his age in years. A Trussian teenager now weighs three keils less than he will seventeen years after he is twice as old as he is now. How old is he now?

(A) 14
(B) 15
(C) 16
(D) 17
(E) 18

Kudos for a correct solution.


Dear Bunuel, Let us call the Trussian's current age a. Why my equation incorrect? \(17-3\sqrt{a}=2a\)


This is how you form your equation:

\(Weight = \sqrt{Age}\)

We need to find his current age so let's say it is y years.
Then, his current weight is \(\sqrt{y}\)

"seventeen years after he is twice as old as now" is \((2y + 17)\).
At that time his weight will be \(\sqrt{(2y + 17)}\)

\(\sqrt{y} + 3 = \sqrt{(2y + 17)}\)

Try out the options now to see which value satisfies the equation.
y = 16 does.

Answer (C)
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ziyuen wrote:
Bunuel wrote:

Tough and Tricky questions: Word Problems.



A Trussian's weight, in keils, can be calculated by taking the square root of his age in years. A Trussian teenager now weighs three keils less than he will seventeen years after he is twice as old as he is now. How old is he now?

(A) 14
(B) 15
(C) 16
(D) 17
(E) 18

Kudos for a correct solution.


Dear Bunuel, Let us call the Trussian's current age a. Why my equation incorrect? \(17-3\sqrt{a}=2a\)


This is how you form your equation:

\(Weight = \sqrt{Age}\)

We need to find his current age so let's say it is y years.
Then, his current weight is \(\sqrt{y}\)

"seventeen years after he is twice as old as now" is \((2y + 17)\).
At that time his weight will be \(\sqrt{(2y + 17)}\)

\(\sqrt{y} + 3 = \sqrt{(2y + 17)}\)

Try out the options now to see which value satisfies the equation.
y = 16 does.

Answer (C)


Dear Karishma,

Is there any way to solve this equation algebraically ( A is the present age )
\(\sqrt{2A +17} -\sqrt{A}=3\)

I was thinking along the lines of \(\sqrt{2A +17}\) =\(\sqrt{2A}\) +\(\sqrt{17}\)obviously this is NOT true. Square root is not distributive over addition.

Is there any other way for simplification ?
Thank you.
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Dear Karishma,

Is there any way to solve this equation algebraically ( A is the present age )
\(\sqrt{2A +17} -\sqrt{A}=3\)

I was thinking along the lines of \(\sqrt{2A +17}\) =\(\sqrt{2A}\) +\(\sqrt{17}\)obviously this is NOT true. Square root is not distributive over addition.

Is there any other way for simplification ?
Thank you.


Algebraic way is given 3 posts above: https://gmatclub.com/forum/a-trussian-s ... l#p1624365
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stne wrote:
Dear Karishma,

Is there any way to solve this equation algebraically ( A is the present age )
\(\sqrt{2A +17} -\sqrt{A}=3\)

I was thinking along the lines of \(\sqrt{2A +17}\) =\(\sqrt{2A}\) +\(\sqrt{17}\)obviously this is NOT true. Square root is not distributive over addition.

Is there any other way for simplification ?
Thank you.


Algebraic way is given 3 posts above: https://gmatclub.com/forum/a-trussian-s ... l#p1624365


Thank you Sir.
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