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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 Attachment:
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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 12^24*540 so easily, do you?
ps : your signature is awesome 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: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2013/12 ... equations/
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oss198 wrote: Attachment: Picture 1.png 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 A very good contender for back solving, lets start with option C (Always start with C) 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 Answer is B.
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Bunuel wrote: 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.
Answer: B.
Hi Bunuel, thank you for the answer, can you explain your technique to find the x quickly? It takes me a lot of time..



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oss198 wrote: Bunuel wrote: 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.
Answer: B.
Hi Bunuel, thank you for the answer, can you explain your technique to find the x quickly? It takes me a lot of time.. If I may, To find the roots of the equation ax^2+bx+c=0 by the formulae This equation has 2 solutions given by (b+/\(\sqrt{b^24ac}\))/2a> (12+/\(\sqrt{12^24*540}\))/2 So Roots are (12 +/48 )/2> 30 and 18 since length cannot be negative so X=18 and therefore the area =18*12>216
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WoundedTiger wrote: oss198 wrote: Bunuel wrote: 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.
Answer: B.
Hi Bunuel, thank you for the answer, can you explain your technique to find the x quickly? It takes me a lot of time.. If I may, To find the roots of the equation ax^2+bx+c=0 by the formulae This equation has 2 solutions given by (b+/\(\sqrt{b^24ac}\))/2a> (12+/\(\sqrt{12^24*540}\))/2 So Roots are (12 +/ 48 )/2> 30 and 18 since length cannot be negative so X=18 and therefore the area =18*12>216 Thank you for your answer, but still : how do you find 48 quickly? you don't find the root of 12^24*540 so easily, do you? ps : your signature is awesome



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Factorize 540 & pick up the best fit 540 = 2 x 270 = 2 x 2 x 135 = 2 x 2 x 3 x 45 = 2 x 2 x 3 x 3 x 3 x 5 Rearranging: = (2 x 3 x 5) x (2 x 3 x 3) No. in above brackets add upto as 30 & 18; there multiplication is 540 & substraction is 12, so they best fit in the equation
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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote: oss198 wrote: Thank you for your answer, but still : how do you find 48 quickly? you don't find the root of 12^24*540 so easily, do you?
ps : your signature is awesome 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: http://www.veritasprep.com/blog/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 backsolving when it comes to quadratic equations? Thanks Franco



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francoimps wrote: Would you say though that this technique would be even faster than simply backsolving when it comes to quadratic equations?
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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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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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Bunuel wrote: daviddaviddavid wrote: 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 ? Check the links below: Factoring Quadratics: http://www.purplemath.com/modules/factquad.htmSolving Quadratic Equations: http://www.purplemath.com/modules/solvquad.htmTheory on Algebra: http://gmatclub.com/forum/algebra101576.htmlAlgebra  Tips and hints: http://gmatclub.com/forum/algebratips ... 75003.htmlDS Algebra Questions to practice: http://gmatclub.com/forum/search.php?se ... &tag_id=29PS Algebra Questions to practice: http://gmatclub.com/forum/search.php?se ... &tag_id=50Hope it helps. thx Bunuel ill check it I guess my problem is just the high number of 540 but unfortunately the GMAT often uses such high number in quadratic equations related to these kind of geometric problems
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oss198 wrote: Attachment: Picture 1.png 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 First redraw the image on the page and replace QR with 12 and PQ with x. We know that PM is also x, so the total area is (12+x)*x = 540. It turns into the quadratic 12x + x^2 = 540 or 540 + x^2 + 12x. The toughest part of the problem is figuring out which factor roots to use. The best method is to realize 540 is 9*60 and double 9 while halving 60 to get 18*30. These are separated by 12, the distance we need for the middle term of the quadratic (12x). If x = 18 then the area of TQRS is 18*12 = 216.



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I was scratching my head when I saw 540 but when I wrote it as 54*10 and then 9*6*5*2, a light bulb lit up. 18 and 30. Now looking at the LHS to get 12 we need a larger positive number. This means 18 is the only option that stays non negative when factored.
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PerfectScores wrote: oss198 wrote: Attachment: Picture 1.png 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 A very good contender for back solving, lets start with option C (Always start with C) 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 Answer is B. why do you always start with C? Also can you please explain your strategy? Thanks.



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oss198 wrote: Attachment: Picture 1.png 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 Solved it using quadratic expression. (12 + x) = length = PR x = length of PQ MP = PQ because square therefore, no need for second variable, just use x again (12 + x) (x) = 540 x^2 + 12x  540 = 0 (x  18 ) (x + 30) = 0 x = 18, 30 x= 18 18 x 12 = 216 Therefore the answer is (B)



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ayas7 wrote: PerfectScores wrote: oss198 wrote: Attachment: Picture 1.png 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 A very good contender for back solving, lets start with option C (Always start with C) 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 Answer is B. why do you always start with C? Also can you please explain your strategy? Thanks. 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, HEREand HERETHIS POSTby 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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genxer123 wrote: There are two really good explanations for starting with C, given by a GMATclub expert, HEREand HERETHIS POSTby 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. Here are the links: Backsolving on GMAT MathHow to Plug in Numbers on GMAT Math QuestionsWhy Approximate?GMAT Math Strategies — Estimation, Rounding and other ShortcutsThe Power of Estimation for GMAT QuantThe 4 Math Strategies Everyone Must Master, Part 1 (1. Test Cases and 2. Choose Smart Numbers.) The 4 Math Strategies Everyone Must Master, part 2 (3. Work Backwards and 4. Estimate) Intelligent Guessing on GMATHow to Avoid Tedious Calculations on the Quantitative Section of the GMATGMAT Tip of the Week: No Calculator? No Problem.The Importance of Sorting Answer Choices on the GMATIdentifying the Correct Answer on GMAT Quant QuestionsHow to Manage Unmanageable Numbers on the GMATShould You Double Check Your Answer Choices on the GMAT?
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Some good explanations here. I got 95% of the way there: set up the quadratic and took the prime factor of 540, but it never clicked that it was 30 and 18. I'm not sure how I would solve such an equation on the actual examination.




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