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I seem to be missing something obvious here:

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In the figure above, segments AD and AC divide angle EAB into three nonoverlapping angles that are equal in measure. Are AE and AB equal in length?

(1) AD = AC

(2) AC = CB

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Answer is E because we don't know if the bottom line is straight or not.

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Hmmm... instructions say diagrams are drawn to agree with information in the question stem (though not necessarily in the two statements). So I think we can assume the line is straight.

OE is A. I'm not sure why it's not D though. Why is statement 2 insufficient? Seems to me like it ought to be enough.

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I seem to be missing something obvious here:

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In the figure above, segments AD and AC divide angle EAB into three nonoverlapping angles that are equal in measure. Are AE and AB equal in length?

(1) AD = AC

(2) AC = CB


From 1. Yes it is sufficient
2 is insufficient

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New post 06 Sep 2005, 00:08
agree that it makes sence to be A
B) is incorrect. angle EAB is separated into three parts and each part is equal to Q/3. From B) angle EBA is also equal to Q/3. Then for the statement that AE=AB to be true angle EBA should equal to angle AEB both equal to Q/3. Now angle AEB=180-4Q. Note that when Q=36 degrees the triangle is isosceles and B) is suff. BUt if Q is different from 36 degrees then B) is insufficient so A) is the only correct choice.

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coffeeloverfreak wrote:
I seem to be missing something obvious here:

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In the figure above, segments AD and AC divide angle EAB into three nonoverlapping angles that are equal in measure. Are AE and AB equal in length?

(1) AD = AC

(2) AC = CB


(1) since <EAD, <DAC, and <CAB are equivalent having sides AD = AC will have to make AE = AB so SUFFICIENT

(2) if sides AC = AB, although <EAD, <DAC, and <CAB are equivalent side AE can continue to extend longer than AC or AB. There is no information here that states segment ADCB forms a linear line so it is INSUFFICIENT

A is the answer

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Can someone please explain why A is sufficient?
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New post 25 Sep 2005, 17:54
BG wrote:
agree that it makes sence to be A
B) is incorrect. angle EAB is separated into three parts and each part is equal to Q/3. From B) angle EBA is also equal to Q/3. Then for the statement that AE=AB to be true angle EBA should equal to angle AEB both equal to Q/3. Now angle AEB=180-4Q. Note that when Q=36 degrees the triangle is isosceles and B) is suff. BUt if Q is different from 36 degrees then B) is insufficient so A) is the only correct choice.

Got A without any problem, but why statement II is not sufficient is still beyond me. Can you please elaborate on your explanation? Thanks!

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