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In the figure shown above, line segment QR has length 12, and rectangle MPQT is a square. If the area of rectangular region MPRS is 540, what is the area of rectangular region TQRS?

(A) 144
(B) 216
(C) 324
(D) 360
(E) 396

The area of MPRS = the area of MPQT + the area of TQRS.

540 = x^2 + 12x --> x = 18.

The area of TQRS = 12*18 = 216.

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oss198 wrote:

In the figure shown above, line segment QR has length 12, and rectangle MPQT is a square. If the area of rectangular region MPRS is 540, what is the area of rectangular region TQRS?

(A) 144
(B) 216
(C) 324
(D) 360
(E) 396

Area of rectangle.........Side QT.......Area of square.....Total area of the figure
(A) 144
(B) 216
(C) 324....................324/12=27.... 27*27 =729........... 729 + 324 = 1053
(D) 360
(E) 396

The total area was supposed to be 540 however it is 1053 hence we move up (go for smaller values). Now we know that answer is either A or B so we try any of them.

Area of rectangle.........Side QT.......Area of square.....Total area of the figure
(A) 144
(B) 216....................216/12 =18.....18*18 =324.......... 324 + 216 =540 (BINGO!)
(C) 324....................324/12=27.... 27*27 =729........... 729 + 324 = 1053
(D) 360
(E) 396

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oss198 wrote:

In the figure shown above, line segment QR has length 12, and rectangle MPQT is a square. If the area of rectangular region MPRS is 540, what is the area of rectangular region TQRS?

(A) 144
(B) 216
(C) 324
(D) 360
(E) 396

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Let x = the length of each side of square MPQT

GIVEN: The area of rectangular region MPRS is 540

In other words: (base)(height) = 540
Substitute values to get: (x + 12)(x) = 540
Expand: x² + 12x = 540
Set equal to zero: x² + 12x - 540 = 0
Factor: (x + 30)(x - 18) = 0
So, EITHER x = -30 OR x = 18

Since the length cannot be negative, it must be the case that x = 18

What is the area of rectangular region TQRS?
Area = (base)(height) = (12)(18) = 216

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In the figure shown above, line segment QR has length 12, and rectangle MPQT is a square. If the area of rectangular region MPRS is 540, what is the area of rectangular region TQRS?

(A) 144
(B) 216
(C) 324
(D) 360
(E) 396

Since PQMT is a square, we can let PQ = PM = n. Since QR = 12, PR = n + 12. Finally, since the area of rectangle MPRS is 540, we have:
n(n + 12) = 540

n^2 + 12n = 540

n^2 + 12n - 540 = 0

(n + 30)(n - 18) = 0

n = -30 or n = 18

Since n can’t be negative, n = 18, and the area of square MPQT is 18 x 18 = 324. Thus, the area of rectangle TQRS is 540 - 324 = 216,

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Thank you for your answer, but still : how do you find 48 quickly? you don't find the root of 12^2-4*540 so easily, do you?
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I'm confused on this one... I set up the equation correctly as 540 = x * (12 + x) (or 540 = x^2 + 12x) but how can I simplify from there? I don't know a good way on knowing that x = 18. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
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I'm confused on this one... I set up the equation correctly as 540 = x * (12 + x) (or 540 = x^2 + 12x) but how can I simplify from there? I don't know a good way on knowing that x = 18. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.

Hi,

Well you can solve the equation in second degree by factorizing the same

x^2+12x-540=0

Solving equations of degree 2 : QUADRATIC

The general form of a quadratic equation is $$ax^2+bx+c=0$$

This equation has 2 solutions given by $$\frac{-b \pm \sqrt{b^2-4ac}}{2a}$$ if $$b^2>4ac$$

The equation has no solution if $$b^2<4ac$$

The equation has exactly one solution if $$b^2=4ac$$

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When you solve the equation using the above , we get 2 values of x which are -30 and 18...Now x can't be negative so you take the positive value which is 18.

You may also want to refer to GMAT Club Math Book where you can find information on GMAT Math.
For Algebra, you may refer to the the link

Another way to solve the quadratic as in the above case to plug in the answer choices and see which one fits. Plugin probably will be the quickest method. I missed that one

Hope it helps
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oss198 wrote:
Thank you for your answer, but still : how do you find 48 quickly? you don't find the root of 12^2-4*540 so easily, do you?

It's easy to solve this equation without using the formula (which is cumbersome in my opinion)
x^2 + 12x - 540 = 0

We try to split 540 into two factors such that their difference is 12
540 = 54*10 = 18*3*10
You can see immediately that the 2 factors will be 18 and 30.

x^2 + 30x - 18x -540 = 0
(x + 30)(x - 18) = 0
x = 18

Here is a post discussing how to split the middle term quickly: https://www.gmatclub.com/forum/veritas-prep-resource-links-no-longer-available-399979.html#/2013/12 ... equations/

Hi Karishma, obviously another awesome post! The blog post helped me a lot.

Would you say though that this technique would be even faster than simply back-solving when it comes to quadratic equations?

Thanks

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Would you say though that this technique would be even faster than simply back-solving when it comes to quadratic equations?

Thanks

Franco

Backsolving is a useful technique but its relevance in GMAT is decreasing. The options given are such that it is harder to back solve now. For example, here you will need to divide the option by 12 (the length of QR) and then try to plug in what you get in the equation. Notice that all options are divisible by 12 (which will be true for all good options) so it might be some time before you arrive at the answer using backsolving. During the exam, use whatever comes to your mind - you wouldn't have the time to consciously decide to use one method over another.
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SOLUTION

In the figure shown above, line segment QR has length 12, and rectangle MPQT is a square. If the area of rectangular region MPRS is 540, what is the area of rectangular region TQRS?

(A) 144
(B) 216
(C) 324
(D) 360
(E) 396

The area of MPRS = the area of MPQT + the area of TQRS.

540 = x^2 + 12x --> x = 18.

The area of TQRS = 12*18 = 216.

What is the best way to solve complex quadratics like this one? I couldn't figure out x^2 + 12x - 540 = 0 quick enough.

Thanks.
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Bunuel wrote:
SOLUTION

In the figure shown above, line segment QR has length 12, and rectangle MPQT is a square. If the area of rectangular region MPRS is 540, what is the area of rectangular region TQRS?

(A) 144
(B) 216
(C) 324
(D) 360
(E) 396

The area of MPRS = the area of MPQT + the area of TQRS.

540 = x^2 + 12x --> x = 18.

The area of TQRS = 12*18 = 216.

What is the best way to solve complex quadratics like this one? I couldn't figure out x^2 + 12x - 540 = 0 quick enough.

Thanks.

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well I found the correct equation within seconds but then I could not find the roots fast enough

Is there any shortcut/trick to find the roots ?
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well I found the correct equation within seconds but then I could not find the roots fast enough

Is there any shortcut/trick to find the roots ?

Theory on Algebra: https://gmatclub.com/forum/algebra-101576.html
Algebra - Tips and hints: https://gmatclub.com/forum/algebra-tips- ... 75003.html

DS Algebra Questions to practice: https://gmatclub.com/forum/search.php?se ... &tag_id=29
PS Algebra Questions to practice: https://gmatclub.com/forum/search.php?se ... &tag_id=50

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oss198 wrote:
Attachment:
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In the figure shown above, line segment QR has length 12, and rectangle MPQT is a square. If the area of rectangular region MPRS is 540, what is the area of rectangular region TQRS?

(A) 144
(B) 216
(C) 324
(D) 360
(E) 396

Area of rectangle.........Side QT.......Area of square.....Total area of the figure
(A) 144
(B) 216
(C) 324....................324/12=27.... 27*27 =729........... 729 + 324 = 1053
(D) 360
(E) 396

The total area was supposed to be 540 however it is 1053 hence we move up (go for smaller values). Now we know that answer is either A or B so we try any of them.

Area of rectangle.........Side QT.......Area of square.....Total area of the figure
(A) 144
(B) 216....................216/12 =18.....18*18 =324.......... 324 + 216 =540 (BINGO!)
(C) 324....................324/12=27.... 27*27 =729........... 729 + 324 = 1053
(D) 360
(E) 396

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ayas7 wrote:
PerfectScores wrote:
oss198 wrote:
Attachment:
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In the figure shown above, line segment QR has length 12, and rectangle MPQT is a square. If the area of rectangular region MPRS is 540, what is the area of rectangular region TQRS?

(A) 144
(B) 216
(C) 324
(D) 360
(E) 396

Area of rectangle.........Side QT.......Area of square.....Total area of the figure
(A) 144
(B) 216
(C) 324....................324/12=27.... 27*27 =729........... 729 + 324 = 1053
(D) 360
(E) 396

The total area was supposed to be 540 however it is 1053 hence we move up (go for smaller values). Now we know that answer is either A or B so we try any of them.

Area of rectangle.........Side QT.......Area of square.....Total area of the figure
(A) 144
(B) 216....................216/12 =18.....18*18 =324.......... 324 + 216 =540 (BINGO!)
(C) 324....................324/12=27.... 27*27 =729........... 729 + 324 = 1053
(D) 360
(E) 396

ayas7 , a comment and links that might help.

For questions where the answer choices are listed in ascending order, and we want to backsolve, we start with C because it is the middle value. C gives a benchmark.

If C yields an answer that is too large? Toss out Answers D and E, which will be greater than C. Then we only have to pick between Answers A and B.

There are two really good explanations for starting with C, given by a GMATclub expert, HERE
and HERE

THIS POST
by Bunuel includes the link I gave above, and a lot more. Scroll down slightly to "2. Strategies and Tactics."

One more. The post immediately above, which I just found rather accidentally, is part of what looks to be a phenomenal collection, Ultimate GMAT Quantitative Megathread, by Bunuel, composed of GMAT Quant . . . everything. MEGATHREAD HERE

Hope that helps.
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There are two really good explanations for starting with C, given by a GMATclub expert, HERE
and HERE

THIS POST
by Bunuel includes the link I gave above, and a lot more. Scroll down slightly to "2. Strategies and Tactics."

One more. The post immediately above, which I just found rather accidentally, is part of what looks to be a phenomenal collection, Ultimate GMAT Quantitative Megathread, by Bunuel, composed of GMAT Quant . . . everything. MEGATHREAD HERE

Hope that helps.

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