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If points A and B are on the y-axis in the figure, what is the area of equilateral triangle ABC ?

(1) The coordinates of point B are (0, 5√3).
(2) The coordinates of point C are (6, 3√3).
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Hint: Use the concept of perpendicular bisector. :-D
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Well if we only have coordinates of B, then point C could be anywhere on the quadrant and Point A anywhere on Y axis. So 1) not sufficient

If we have coordinates of C, and it is given that A and B are on y axis, then we can conclude that the length of the altitude/height from point C to the base would be the X coordinate of C \((3\sqrt{3})\)
So length of height =\(\sqrt{3}\)/2 * side a.
Thus side a would be 6.
From the side length we can find out area of equilateral triangle from formula \(\sqrt{3}\)/4 * a^2
Thus 2) is sufficient.

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If points A and B are on the y-axis in the figure, what is the area of equilateral triangle ?

(1) The coordinates of point B are (0, 5√3).
(2) The coordinates of point C are (6, 3√3).



HI Bunuel,

Could you please provide your comments on this.

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Consider Statement A : we have coordinates of B but no info is given on C or A, hence not sufficient.

Consider Statement B : we have Coordinates of C (6 , 3_/3)
now x coordinate means perpendicular distance of that point to Y axis which is nothing but height of Triangle
so we know height is 6
we can get side from height and so area.

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Rephrased question what the lenght of side of triangleis is, because in equilateral triangle A=a^2*(√3/4), where a is a side

St.1. The coordinates of point B are (0, 5√3). No information about any side. INSUFFICIENT

St.2. The coordinates of point C are (6, 3√3). No direct information about side, but we know that altitude and median=6. So, half of the side is 6/√3. SUFFICIENT


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Area of equilateral triangle can be arrived if we have length of one side or one height or...due to its symmetrical properties

Stat1: doesnt give us any unique value (neither side/height/...)
=> no sufficient
Stat2: Gives height straight away...i.e using the (x coordinate of the point C) => we can arrive at area of traingle =>stat 2 is sufficient=>
Ans is B

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from statatement 1 , we coordinate points of B(0,5root3).
It is insufficient to calcualte area of equilateraltriangle.


statement 2:

co ordintates of point C (6,3root3).

draw altitude from point C on A and B line segment.

Both points A and B are on yaxis. then x=0. then, drawn altitude from C to AB is (0,3root3)

then height is 6.
we know altitude or height of equilateral triangle is root3/2*a. then we can find side and area also.
Option B is correct

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hello, Thank you for the explanation. I understand that the height of this trianble is 6, However, I don't understand how to get the distance from A to AB/2 (this mean half way to point B). To get this wouldn't we have to know the y - distance from point (0,0) to A?

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hello, Thank you for the explanation. I understand that the height of this trianble is 6, However, I don't understand how to get the distance from A to AB/2 (this mean half way to point B). To get this wouldn't we have to know the y - distance from point (0,0) to A?


hi nzk503,
In equilateral traingle
three sides are equal
we know altitude is root3/2a

here altitude is 6.= root3/2a=6
then a= 4root3.

In triangle , the line joining drawn from midpoint of a side pass through opposite vertex is called median and it divide trinagle into two equal areas.
Hope i clarify your doubt

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Well if we only have coordinates of B, then point C could be anywhere on the quadrant and Point A anywhere on Y axis. So 1) not sufficient

If we have coordinates of C, and it is given that A and B are on y axis, then we can conclude that the length of the altitude/height from point C to the base would be the X coordinate of C \((3\sqrt{3})\)
So length of height =\(\sqrt{3}\)/2 * side a.
Thus side a would be 6.
From the side length we can find out area of equilateral triangle from formula \(\sqrt{3}\)/4 * a^2
Thus 2) is sufficient.


I think there is a small mistake in your calculation. Just wanted to correct so that others don't get confused.

X coordinate of the the point C is 6 and not 3√3

equating this to 6, we get side a is equal to 4√3. And using this we can get the area.

P.S : There is no need of to calculate while solving this question till the time you know you have enough information to get the length of one side.

Thanks and Regards,
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