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Official Solution:

If vertices of a triangle are A (5, 0), B (x, y) and C (25, 0), what is the area of the triangle?

Statement 1: If \(|x| = y = 10\), \(y\) is 10 but \(x\) could be -10 or 10. The area is same for \(x = 10\) and \(x = -10\). This is sufficient to answer the question.

Statement 2: If \(x = |y| = 10\), \(x = 10\) but \(y\) could be 10 or -10 but different value of \(y\) does not affect the area of the triangle. This statement is also sufficient to answer the question.

Answer: D

Hi ,

If I use the formula |( ax(by-cy)+bx(cy-ay)+cx(ay-by) )/2 | , then I don't need Bx for finding the area. This makes statement 1 irrelevant. I just need Y. From statement 2 , I get Y = +/- 10 and since I m taking a mod at the end +/- has no impact. So cant I just say statement 2 just suffices to answer this?