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# For a given triangle with sides x,3x and 24, what is the

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For a given triangle with sides x,3x and 24, what is the value of the perimeter?

I. (x-3)(x-10) = 0

II.The perimeter is a perfect square.

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Rule for triangles: the sum of two sides must be grater than the third side.

For a given triangle with sides x,3x and 24, what is the value of the perimeter?

I. $$(x-3)(x-10) = 0$$
So x can be 3, and the sides would be $$3,9,24$$ <== this is not a triangle as $$3+9<24$$.
Or x can be 10, and the sides would be $$10,30,24$$ <== this is a legit triangle.
Sufficient

II.The perimeter is a perfect square.
Applying the rule we get
$$3x+x>24$$ or $$x>6$$
$$24+3x>x$$ or $$12+2x>0$$ (this is irrelevant as it's always true-x must be positive)
$$24+x>3x$$ or $$12>x$$. So $$12>x>6$$ and the perimeter will range from
if $$x=12$$, $$P=72$$ - if $$x=6$$ $$P=48$$.
Between 48 and 72 there are the following perfect squares: $$49,64$$. Thus x could have two values, and the perimeter would change.
Not sufficient
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01 Aug 2013, 03:08
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For a given triangle with sides x,3x and 24, what is the value of the perimeter?

I. (x-3)(x-10) = 0

II.The perimeter is a perfect square.

OA after some discussion.

From I X = 3 or X = 10, Plugging into stem- 3 + 9 + 24 = 36 or 10 + 30 + 24 = 64...not sufficient

From II...not enough info

I + II both potential answers are perfect squares, not sufficient..
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03 Aug 2013, 07:08
mau5 wrote:
For a given triangle with sides x,3x and 24, what is the value of the perimeter?

I. (x-3)(x-10) = 0

II.The perimeter is a perfect square.

Source: My own.

I is sufficient- it is clear
II x+3x+24=A*2
4x+24=A*2
4(X+6)=A*2
2*2 (X+6)= A*2
solution are x = 3, 10, 19, 30, 43...
for x=3 sides would be 3, 9, 24, but 3+9<24 can not be sides of triangle
x=10 sides would be 10, 30, 24 and 10+24>30 , x can be 10
x=19 sides would be 19, 57, 24 but 19+24<57 , x can not be 19
x=30, sides would be 30,90, 24 but 30+24<90 , x can not be 30
So from II statement x is only 10
The answer is D.
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03 Aug 2013, 07:16
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mau5 wrote:
For a given triangle with sides x,3x and 24, what is the value of the perimeter?

I. (x-3)(x-10) = 0

II.The perimeter is a perfect square.

Source: My own.

I is sufficient- it is clear
II x+3x+24=A*2
4x+24=A*2
4(X+6)=A*2
2*2 (X+6)= A*2
solution are x = 3, 10, 19, 30, 43...
for x=3 sides would be 3, 9, 24, but 3+9<24 can not be sides of triangle
x=10 sides would be 10, 30, 24 and 10+24>30 , x can be 10
x=19 sides would be 19, 57, 24 but 19+24<57 , x can not be 19
x=30, sides would be 30,90, 24 but 30+24<90 , x can not be 30
So from II statement x is only 10
The answer is D.

You are assuming that x can only be an integer. you get a perfect square for $$x = \frac{25}{4}$$ and forms a valid triangle.
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03 Aug 2013, 07:23
i - sufficient. i think that is easy
ii - 24+x > 3X
So X < 12
and x+3x>24 then X > 6
24+4X perfect square x can only 10
Sufficient

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03 Aug 2013, 07:28
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i - sufficient. i think that is easy
ii - 24+x > 3X
So X < 12
and x+3x>24 then X > 6
24+4X perfect square x can only 10
Sufficient

So D

Nope.Please refer to the post above.

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05 Aug 2013, 13:21
mau5 wrote:
AMITAGARWAL2 wrote:
i - sufficient. i think that is easy
ii - 24+x > 3X
So X < 12
and x+3x>24 then X > 6
24+4X perfect square x can only 10
Sufficient

So D

Nope.Please refer to the post above.

Thanks.

it's an obvious (A).
because x=3 or x=10 .
for a triangle with such sides (x,3x and 24) it's not possible that x=3. because x+3x>24 have to be true always). so x=10 and we know the perimeter = 4x+24=64
st(2) is not needed at all.
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mau5 wrote:
For a given triangle with sides x,3x and 24, what is the value of the perimeter?

I. (x-3)(x-10) = 0

II.The perimeter is a perfect square.

Source: My own.
#From first statement we have one value satisfying triangle's properties..ie x=10
*Strike out BCE. Ans must be A or D
*Now perimeter is 4x+24
#According to statement 2 it must b a perfect square...and because of traingles properties x must b greater than equals to 7 and less than 12(PROPERTY OF TRIANGLE I M TALKING ABOUT IS THAT SUM OF ANY TWO SIDES IS ALWAYS GREATER THAN THE THIRD ONE)
*4x+24= 64 is only condition in which x lies b/w 7 and 12(7 inclusive)
**SO ANS IS (D)
I ASSUMED THAT IS AN INTEGER

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mau5 wrote:
For a given triangle with sides x,3x and 24, what is the value of the perimeter?

I. (x-3)(x-10) = 0

II.The perimeter is a perfect square.

Source: My own.

sides x, 3x and 24
so
x+3x > 24
4x > 24
x > 6

1.x=3,x=10
since x is > 6 , x=10 sufficient

2. x+3x+24 = a^2
4x+24=perfect square
perfect squares > 24 are
36 for which 4x=12 , x =3
but x should be > 6
49 for which 4x=25 , x=6.25
64 for which 4x=30 , x=7.50
...
insufficient

A it is !!
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