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# If in the figure above, l1 and l2 are parallel, what is x? 30° 40° 50°

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If in the figure above, l1 and l2 are parallel, what is x?

A. 30°
B. 40°
C. 50°
D. 55°
E. 70°

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04 Sep 2016, 06:46
IMO B.

When we combine the two lines l1 and l2 with a straight line that forms a quadrilateral with a right angle at l2 and straight line drawn.

360 - (110+110+90 ) = 50.

x = 90-50 = 40.
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04 Sep 2016, 07:26
If you extrapolate the line that starts from l1, to meet l2. It forms a triangle with 70, 70 and x

70+70+x=180

x=40

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If in the figure above, l1 and l2 are parallel, what is x?

A. 30°
B. 40°
C. 50°
D. 55°
E. 70°

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Bunuel wrote:

If in the figure above, l1 and l2 are parallel, what is x?

A. 30°
B. 40°
C. 50°
D. 55°
E. 70°

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T10407.png

Another approach is to add a third parallel line.

Given:

So, let's draw a third parallel line (in green)....

Since that angle at that point is given as 110 degrees, we know that a + b = 110

At this point, we should recognize that the two highlighted angles (below) are on the same side of the transversal, which means they must ADD to 180.

So, angle b must equal 70 degrees.....

Since we already know that a + b = 110, we can conclude that angle a must equal 40 degrees...

Finally, since the two highlighted angles (below) are on the opposite sides of the transversal, they must be EQUAL.

So, angle x = 40 degrees.

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Bunuel wrote:

If in the figure above, l1 and l2 are parallel, what is x?

A. 30°
B. 40°
C. 50°
D. 55°
E. 70°

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T10407.png

IMPORTANT: the diagrams in problem solving questions are DRAWN TO SCALE unless stated otherwise.
So, if we're not sure how to solve the question, we can use the above fact to ESTIMATE the value of x (or at least eliminate some of the answer choices to help improve our chances of a correct guess).

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