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On the coordinate plane (6, 2) and (0, 6) are the endpoints of the diagonal of a square. What is the distance between point (0, 0) and the closest vertex of the square?

1√2 1 √2 √3 2√3

i know the answer and have the explanation. Please explain your approach or logic, thanks.

The mid point between (6,2) and (0,6) is (3,4) You know that the vertexes of the diagonal mentioned has distance of 3 in the x coordinate and distance of 2 in the y coordinate. Since both diagonals must be perpendicular, using the perpendicular property (inverse of slope), it must be that those distances are reversed.

This means that from point (3,4), the new vertexes will have distance of [b]3 in the y coordinate and distance of 2 in the x coordinate.[/b]

So two other vertexes will be at: (3-2, 4-3) = (1,1) and (3+2, 4+3) = (5,7)

The closer to the (0,0) is (1,1) Distance between (0,0) and (1,1) = sqrt(2)

I have the same question that how you can get information in the boldface? Do you mind showing me more details?

On the coordinate plane (6, 2) and (0, 6) are the endpoints of the diagonal of a square. What is the distance between point (0, 0) and the closest vertex of the square?

1√2 1 √2 √3 2√3

i know the answer and have the explanation. Please explain your approach or logic, thanks.

The mid point between (6,2) and (0,6) is (3,4) You know that the vertexes of the diagonal mentioned has distance of 3 in the x coordinate and distance of 2 in the y coordinate. Since both diagonals must be perpendicular, using the perpendicular property (inverse of slope), it must be that those distances are reversed.

This means that from point (3,4), the new vertexes will have distance of [b]3 in the y coordinate and distance of 2 in the x coordinate.[/b]

So two other vertexes will be at: (3-2, 4-3) = (1,1) and (3+2, 4+3) = (5,7)

The closer to the (0,0) is (1,1) Distance between (0,0) and (1,1) = sqrt(2)

I have the same question that how you can get information in the boldface? Do you mind showing me more details?

Its best to draw it on a graph. Ul see that the midpoint is exactly 3 points away from the x on 6,2 and 2 points away from the y cooridinate.

again try drawing a graph i dunno how else to explain it.

I really doubt it is a gmat level prob. The only way i can think of solving it ...

1). Slope of given diagonal (call it d1) is -2/3. Hence slope of other diagonal (call it d2) is 3/2. 2). Use 3/2 to find the equation of d2. (it comes out to be 3x-2y-1=0). 2). The midpoint of the d1 is (3,4). This should also be the midpoint of d2. 3). Length of the d1 = length of d2 = 2 * (13^0.5) call it D.

Therefore you need two points at distance D from (3,4) on the line d2. This involves use of sin and cos functions on argument z, where tan(z)=slope of d2=3/2. Had the angle z been 30 or 60 or 0 degrees, it would have been fairly simple, but with tan(z)=3/2.

The points would be ( 3+D cos(z), 4+D sin(z) ) and ( 3-D cos(z), 4-D sin(z) ). Find the distance of these from the origin to get your answer.

Hope I am not missing something very simple...

Last edited by bhushangiri on 29 Jul 2008, 05:03, edited 1 time in total.

Yup.. Check out the solution by ian stewart in the thread posted by Durgesh. Neat solution.

I quote IanStewart here..

IanStewart wrote:

".......We have two endpoints of a diagonal of a square. We can use the following:

-the midpoint of one diagonal is the midpoint of the other diagonal; -the diagonals are perpendicular.

If (0,6) and (6,2) are endpoints, (3,4) is the midpoint.

From (0,6) to (3,4), we go right 3 and down 2; that is, we increase x by 3 and decrease y by 2: the slope is -2/3. Consider the perpendicular diagonal- its slope is the negative reciprocal, i.e. 3/2. From (3,4), on a perpendicular line, to find a point the same distance from (3,4) as (0,6) is, we can decrease x by 2 and decrease y by 3, or we can increase x by 2 and increase y by 3. The endpoints of the other diagonal are (1,1) and (5,7).

On the coordinate plane (6, 2) and (0, 6) are the endpoints of the diagonal of a square. What is the distance between point (0, 0) and the closest vertex of the square?

mid point of (0,6) and (6,2) is .. (3,4) and slope is -2/3 slope of perpendicular line passing through (3,4 ) 3/2 .=y2-y1/x2-x1 we can find two vertices by decreasing (or increasing) x by 2 and y by 3 other two points are (1,1) and (5,7)

(1,1) is nearest point to (0,0) and distince is sqrt(2).

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On the coordinate plane (6, 2) and (0, 6) are the endpoints of the diagonal of a square. What is the distance between point (0, 0) and the closest vertex of the square?

mid point of (0,6) and (6,2) is .. (3,4) and slope is -2/3 slope of perpendicular line passing through (3,4 ) 3/2 .=y2-y1/x2-x1 we can find two vertices by decreasing (or increasing) x by 2 and y by 3 other two points are (1,1) and (5,7)

(1,1) is nearest point to (0,0) and distince is sqrt(2).

I took 90 secs .

Suresh ..You got a solution for every problem.. are you a mathematician .??.. man...no kidding.. That is wonderful...I did not think it can be done that way...that is completely new approach for me I learned something..thanks buddy

On the coordinate plane (6, 2) and (0, 6) are the endpoints of the diagonal of a square. What is the distance between point (0, 0) and the closest vertex of the square?

Answer: Square Root of 2

First, we have to "guess" the coordinates of the vertex of the square closest to the origin. We can do it by making a sketch and keeping in mind that GMAT does not use "difficult" numbers. The coordinates of the vertex is (1, 1) and it is units away from the origin.

Question: Please tell me what I'm "missing" and why the found vertex is 1,1 opposed to 0,2 which would actually make it a rectangle. My "guess" is not working. Please help, thank you.

Considering the 2 given endpoints of the diagonal of a square, find the other 2 vertices which doesn't spoil the geometry of figure which can only be done if we subtract 5 units on both x and y axis from the 2 given endpoints (6,2) and (0,6). And hence the vertex (6-5,6-5) = (1,1).

The other 2 vertices will be (1,1) and (5,7). The four vertices of square will be (1,1), (6,2), (5,7) and (0,6). The length of each side and digonals is same considering these vertices.

(1,1) is the vertex of the square closest to the origin and distance between (1,1) and origin is goona be Square Root of 2.
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Say (a,b) is a vertex of that square that does not makes the end points of the diagonal of that square.

Then, distances to the end points must be exactly 1/srqt2 of the lenght of the diagonal ( diagonal of a square and two sides of the square makes a right triangle)

lenght of diagonal is sqrt52 ( sqrt ((6-0)^2+(6-2)^2) ) so length of the edges of square is sqrt26.

Thus, lets calculate the distance of (a,b) to end points.

(a-0)^2 + (b-6)^2 = 26 (a-6)^2 + (b-2)^2 = 26

SOlving these,

(a,b) can be (1,1) or (5,7)

(1,1) has the shortest distance to (0,0) that is sqrt2.

Say (a,b) is a vertex of that square that does not makes the end points of the diagonal of that square.

Then, distances to the end points must be exactly 1/srqt2 of the lenght of the diagonal ( diagonal of a square and two sides of the square makes a right triangle)

lenght of diagonal is sqrt52 ( sqrt ((6-0)^2+(6-2)^2) ) so length of the edges of square is sqrt26.

Thus, lets calculate the distance of (a,b) to end points.

(a-0)^2 + (b-6)^2 = 26 (a-6)^2 + (b-2)^2 = 26

how did you solve these equations?? SOlving these,

(a,b) can be (1,1) or (5,7)

(1,1) has the shortest distance to (0,0) that is sqrt2.

Hi Yezz, It is a 2 variable equation with 2 equations. So it can be solved easily. a^2 + b^2 -12b + 36 = 26 a^2 + b^2 -12b-10=0 a^2=12b+10-b^2 (1*) ______________________________________________________

Say (a,b) is a vertex of that square that does not makes the end points of the diagonal of that square.

Then, distances to the end points must be exactly 1/srqt2 of the lenght of the diagonal ( diagonal of a square and two sides of the square makes a right triangle)

lenght of diagonal is sqrt52 ( sqrt ((6-0)^2+(6-2)^2) ) so length of the edges of square is sqrt26.

Thus, lets calculate the distance of (a,b) to end points.

(a-0)^2 + (b-6)^2 = 26 (a-6)^2 + (b-2)^2 = 26

how did you solve these equations?? SOlving these,

(a,b) can be (1,1) or (5,7)

(1,1) has the shortest distance to (0,0) that is sqrt2.

Hi Yezz, It is a 2 variable equation with 2 equations. So it can be solved easily. a^2 + b^2 -12b + 36 = 26 a^2 + b^2 -12b-10=0 a^2=12b+10-b^2 (1*) ______________________________________________________

If on the coordinate plane (6,2) and (0,6) are the endpoints of the diagonal of a square, what is the distance between point (0,0) and the closest vertex of the square?

a) 1/sqrt(2) b) 1 c) sqrt(2) d) sqrt(3) e) 2*sqrt(3)

if (0,6) and (6,2) are end points of a diagonal of a square - shouldnt they be two of the vertices of the square too? also, if it were the vertices, the diagonal length shows that the quadrilateral isnt a square....which is where im most confused.... can anybody help?? thanks in advance.

this is what OA says:

First, we have to "guess" the coordinates of the vertex of the square closest to the origin. We can do it by making a sketch. The coordinates of the vertex are (1,1) and it is units away from the origin.

I spent an exorbitant amount of time on this problem.

Tried to tackled it via algebra, and got stuck.

This is what I did: . midpoint= (3,4) . slope= -2/3 . then perpendicular slope= 2/3 . plugging in (3,4) into y=3/2x+k got k=-1/2 -> y=3/2x-1/2 .....(eq1) . distance between points (diagonal)= sqrt(6^2+4^2)= sqrt(52) . half the distance= sqrt(13) . then distance between midpoint and vertex is given by: sqrt[(x-3)^2+(y-4)^2]=sqrt(13)->(x-3)^2+(y-4)^2=13 ....(eq2) . plugging equation1 into equation2 I tried to solve to get vertex (1,1) as said by other posters . but did not succeed. Reached x^2-3x+5=0, which has no real roots.

Good news is that googling around I found a fantastic shortcut:

From (3,4), on a perpendicular line (with slope 3/2), to find a point the same distance from (3,4) as (0,6) is, we decrease x by 2 and decrease y by 3, thus getting vertex (1,1), or we increase x by 2 and increase y by 3, thus getting vertex (5,7).

Hi Yezz, It is a 2 variable equation with 2 equations. So it can be solved easily. a^2 + b^2 -12b + 36 = 26 a^2 + b^2 -12b-10=0 a^2=12b+10-b^2 (1*) ______________________________________________________

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