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Equation \(|\frac{x}{2}| + |\frac{y}{2}| = 5\) encloses a certain region on the coordinate plane. What is the area of this region?

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Equation \(|\frac{x}{2}| + |\frac{y}{2}| = 5\) encloses a certain region on the coordinate plane. What is the area of this region?


* 20
* 50
* 100
* 200
* 400

Represents a squarte with side 10
hence Area = 100

x/10 +y/10 =10
-x/10 +y/10 =10
-x/10 -y/10 =10
x/10 -y/10 =10

hence IMO C
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OA is not C

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(10,0),(0,10),(-10,0),(0,-10) This are the four points which acn have max area.

so diagonal of this square is of lengh 20..

20^2 = r^2 +r^2

400 = 2r^2

r^2 = area = 200.. :)

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(10,0),(0,10),(-10,0),(0,-10) This are the four points which acn have max area.

so diagonal of this square is of lengh 20..

20^2 = r^2 +r^2

400 = 2r^2

r^2 = area = 200.. :)


That's exactly what I get. IMO, the best way to solve this kind of problems is to calculate the points where the area cuts the axis.

I think this problem has already come up in a recent post.

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OA is C


What do you mean? Earlier, you have mentioned that OA is not C. And, OA cannot be C. It has to be D.

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While your answer is correct (it's a co-incidence) the method is not correct.

'Coz the (x,y) values you have chosen (0,-10) or(-10,0) do not satisfy the question stem info: \(|\frac{x}{2}| + |\frac{y}{2}| = 5\)

\(|\frac{-10}{2}| + |\frac{0}{2}| = -5\) does NOT equal to 5.

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While your answer is correct (it's a co-incidence) the method is not correct.

'Coz the (x,y) values you have chosen (0,-10) or(-10,0) do not satisfy the question stem info: \(|\frac{x}{2}| + |\frac{y}{2}| = 5\)

\(|\frac{-10}{2}| + |\frac{0}{2}| = -5\) does NOT equal to 5.

Any takers for this one?


When we have numbers/variables in modulus then the result is always positive

|-10| = 10

so \(|\frac{-10}{2}| + |\frac{0}{2}| = 5 + 0 = 5\)
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oh man...i think i have too much math in my head to overlook a basic feature!! Thanks

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I am unable to understand how to solve this question.

If |X| + |Y| = 10 then we get sample no like (5,5) (-5,5) (5,-5) (-5,-5). so after plotting them I get each side as 10 and thus area as 100.

What am I missing here ??

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I am unable to understand how to solve this question.

If |X| + |Y| = 10 then we get sample no like (5,5) (-5,5) (5,-5) (-5,-5). so after plotting them I get each side as 10 and thus area as 100.

What am I missing here ??


Check this: cmat-club-test-question-m25-101963.html?hilit=encloses#p791302 and graphs-modulus-help-86549.html?hilit=horizontal#p649401

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If equation |x/2| + |y/2| = 5 encloses a certain region on the coordinate plane, what is the area of this region?

A) 20
B) 50
C) 100
D) 200
E) 400


The equation can be reduced to intercept form as |x/10| + |y/10| = 1, so these are lines in four quadrants with x and y intercept as 10, so it is a rhombus with diagonals of 20 each and hence area = 1/2*d1*d2 = 1/2*20*20 = 200. Answer D.

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The equations can be :


x/2 + y/2 = 5 - (1)

x/2 + y/2 = -5 - (2)

x/2 - y/2 = 5 - (3)

y/2 - x/2 = 5 - (4)

These are a set of || and |- lines

(1) and (2) are parallel

and (3) and (4) are also parallel

(1) & (3) -> x = 10, y = 0 = (10,0)

(1) & (4) -> x = 0, y = 10 = (0,10)

(2) & (3) -> x = 0, y = -10 = (0,-10)

(2) & (4) -> x = -10, y = 0 = (-10,0)

So area of square = 1/2 * d1 * d2 = 1/2 * 20 * 20 = 200
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gmat1220 can u pls explain how you got the square

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If equation |x/2| + |y/2| = 5 encloses a certain region on the coordinate plane, what is the area of this region?

A) 20
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C) 100
D) 200
E) 400


\(|\frac{x}{2}| + |\frac{y}{2}| = 5\)

You will have 4 case:

\(x<0\) and \(y<0\) --> \(-\frac{x}{2}-\frac{y}{2}=5\) --> \(y=-10-x\);

\(x<0\) and \(y\geq{0}\) --> \(-\frac{x}{2}+\frac{y}{2}=5\) --> \(y=10+x\);

\(x\geq{0}\) and \(y<0\) --> \(\frac{x}{2}-\frac{y}{2}=5\) --> \(y=x-10\);

\(x\geq{0}\) and \(y\geq{0}\) --> \(\frac{x}{2}+\frac{y}{2}=5\) --> \(y=10-x\);

So we have equations of 4 lines. If you draw these four lines you'll see that the figure which is bounded by them is square which is turned by 90 degrees and has a center at the origin. This square will have a diagonal equal to 20, so the \(Area_{square}=\frac{d^2}{2}=\frac{20*20}{2}=200\).

Or the \(Side= \sqrt{200}\) --> \(area=side^2=200\).

Answer: D.

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If equation |x/2| + |y/2| = 5 encloses a certain region on the coordinate plane, what is the area of this region?

A) 20
B) 50
C) 100
D) 200
E) 400


\(|\frac{x}{2}| + |\frac{y}{2}| = 5\)

You will have 4 case:

\(x<0\) and \(y<0\) --> \(-\frac{x}{2}-\frac{y}{2}=5\) --> \(y=-10-x\);

\(x<0\) and \(y\geq{0}\) --> \(-\frac{x}{2}+\frac{y}{2}=5\) --> \(y=10+x\);

\(x\geq{0}\) and \(y<0\) --> \(\frac{x}{2}-\frac{y}{2}=5\) --> \(y=x-10\);

\(x\geq{0}\) and \(y\geq{0}\) --> \(\frac{x}{2}+\frac{y}{2}=5\) --> \(y=10-x\);

So we have equations of 4 lines. If you draw these four lines you'll see that the figure which is bounded by them is square which is turned by 90 degrees and has a center at the origin. This square will have a diagonal equal to 20, so the \(Area_{square}=\frac{d^2}{2}=\frac{20*20}{2}=200\).

Or the \(Side= \sqrt{200}\) --> \(area=side^2=200\).

Answer: D.


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