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# An old man distributed all the gold coins he had to his two

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22 Jun 2014, 11:12
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An old man distributed all the gold coins he had to his two sons into two different numbers such that the difference between the squares of the two numbers is 36 times the difference between the two numbers. How many coins did the old man have?

(A) 24
(B) 26
(C) 30
(D) 36
(E) 40

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22 Jun 2014, 11:27
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An old man distributed all the gold coins he had to his two sons into two different numbers such that the difference between the squares of the two numbers is 36 times the difference between the two numbers. How many coins did the old man have?

(A) 24
(B) 26
(C) 30
(D) 36
(E) 40

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Let the number of coins one son got be x and the number of coins another got be y. Total = x + y.

x^2 - y^2 = 36(x - y) --> x + y = 36.

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15 Jul 2014, 22:28
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Let the coins distributed be x & y

We require to find x+y

$$x^2 - y^2 = 36 (x-y)$$

x+y = 36

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28 Jul 2014, 03:57
Let No of coins be a & b respectively. Hence Total Number of coins = a+b.

Then: a²-b² = 36(a-b) --> (a-b)(a+b) = 36(a-b) --> a+b=36

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29 Aug 2017, 02:39
Just a thought - would such an easy/ quick question come in the quant part of the GMAT? (I was comparing to even some of the 500 level questions I was doing from the forum)..
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