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If s > 0 and (r/s)^1/2=s, what what is r in terms of s ?

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If s > 0 and \(\sqrt{\frac{r}{s}}=s\), what is r in terms of s ?

(A) 1/s
(B) \(\sqrt{s}\)
(C) \(s\sqrt{s}\)
(D) s^3
(E) s^2-s
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Hi All,

This question can be solved by TESTing VALUES. The key is to keep the values relatively small and think about how the square root sign impacts the math:

We're told that S > 0 and (r/s)^1/2=s

We're asked for the value of R.

IF....
R = 8
S = 2
\sqrt{4} = 2

So we're looking for an answer that = 8 when S = 2....

Answer A: 1/2 NOT a match
Answer B: \sqrt{2} NOT a match
Answer C: 2\sqrt{2} NOT a match
Answer D: 2^3 = 8 This IS a MATCH
Answer E: 2^2 - 2 = 2 NOT a match

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If s > 0 and \(\sqrt{\frac{r}{s}}=s\), what is r in terms of s ?

(A) 1/s
(B) \(\sqrt{s}\)
(C) \(s\sqrt{s}\)
(D) s^3
(E) s^2-s


To solve, we need to simplify the equation √(r/s) = s.

We first want to eliminate the square root, so we square both sides, obtaining:

(√(r/s))^2 = s^2

r/s = s^2

To isolate r, we multiply the entire equation by s and we get:

r = s^3

The answer is D.
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Walkabout wrote:
If s > 0 and \(\sqrt{\frac{r}{s}}=s\), what is r in terms of s ?

(A) 1/s
(B) \(\sqrt{s}\)
(C) \(s\sqrt{s}\)
(D) s^3
(E) s^2-s


An alternate method will be testing the options , except (D) none follows -

\(\sqrt{\frac{s^3}{s}}=\sqrt{s^2}\) = \(s\)
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let's pick smart numbers and solve: let s be 3, then r is 27
if we test the answers D is the only that works
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If s > 0 and \(\sqrt{\frac{r}{s}}=s\), what is r in terms of s ?

(A) 1/s
(B) \(\sqrt{s}\)
(C) \(s\sqrt{s}\)
(D) s^3
(E) s^2-s


Let's test some values that satisfy the given equation √(r/s) = s

For example, r = 125 and s = 5 satisfies the equation √(r/s) = s

What is r in terms of s ?
Check the answer choices to see which one yields 125 when s = 5

(A) 1/5125 ELIMINATE
(B) √5125 ELIMINATE
(C) 55125 ELIMINATE
(D) 5^3 = 125 KEEP!!
(E) 5^2 - 5125 ELIMINATE

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Walkabout wrote:
If s > 0 and \(\sqrt{\frac{r}{s}}=s\), what is r in terms of s ?

(A) 1/s
(B) \(\sqrt{s}\)
(C) \(s\sqrt{s}\)
(D) s^3
(E) s^2-s


Given: s > 0 and \(\sqrt{\frac{r}{s}}=s\)

Asked: What is r in terms of s ?

\(\sqrt{\frac{r}{s}}=s\)
Squaring both sides
r/s = s^2
r = s^3

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While squaring both sides why we did not consider the negative value of r?
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While squaring both sides why we did not consider the negative value of r?


What do you mean by that? How do you think that should have been considered?

Anyway, since s is positive and r/s is under the square root, then r must also be positive, because if r is negative, then r/s would also be negative and even roots (such as the square root) from negative numbers are not defined on the GMAT. All numbers on the GMAT are real numbers by default.
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