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In the figure shown above, x is the length of side BD of triangle ABD. If D is a point that lies on line AC and x is an integer, what is the value of x? A 2 B 3 C 4 D Either 3 or 4 E Cannot be determined

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In the figure shown above, x is the length of side BD of triangle ABD. If D is a point that lies on line AC and x is an integer, what is the value of x? A 2 B 3 C 4 D Either 3 or 4 E Cannot be determined

The length of any side of a triangle must be larger than the positive difference of the other two sides, but smaller than the sum of the other two sides.

For triangle ABD: (2 - 2) < x < (2 + 2) --> 0 < x < 4; For triangle BCD: (4 - 2) < x < (4 + 2) --> 2 < x < 6.

From above: 2 < x < 4. Since x is an integer then x = 3.

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Superb Question Team E-gmat => here from the two triangles using the triangle inequality law => x => 1,2,3 or 3,4,5 => x=3 is the only intersection.. Hence B
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First, we know that the length can be determined, since with the measures given, the triangles are well defined. We have an isosceles triangle with two sides of length 4 and one side of length 2. The line BD bisecting AC can only have one possible length. So answers D and E are out.

Now, line BD can't have a length of 4, since it would have to be on top of BC for that to be true. Answer C is out.

If BD had a length of 2, then triangle ABD would be an equilateral triangle, with each interior angle = 60. But we know that angle BAD > 60 since triangle ABC is isosceles, and AB is the short side. Answer A is out.

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In the figure shown above, \(x\) is the length of side \(BD\) of triangle \(ABD\). If \(D\) is a point that lies on line \(AC\) and \(x\) is an integer, what is the value of \(x\)?

A. \(2\) B. \(3\) C. \(4\) D. Both \(3\) and \(4\) are possible values for \(x\) E. Cannot be determined

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11 Nov 2016, 10:46

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In the figure shown above, \(x\) is the length of side \(BD\) of triangle \(ABD\). If \(D\) is a point that lies on line \(AC\) and \(x\) is an integer, what is the value of \(x\)?

A. \(2\) B. \(3\) C. \(4\) D. Both \(3\) and \(4\) are possible values for \(x\) E. Cannot be determined

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EgmatQuantExpert wrote:

In the figure shown above, \(x\) is the length of side \(BD\) of triangle \(ABD\). If \(D\) is a point that lies on line \(AC\) and \(x\) is an integer, what is the value of \(x\)?

A. \(2\) B. \(3\) C. \(4\) D. Both \(3\) and \(4\) are possible values for \(x\) E. Cannot be determined

IMPORTANT RULE: If two sides of a triangle have lengths A and B, then . . . difference between sides A and B < third side < sum of sides A and B

Consider ∆ABC The two known sides have lengths 2 and 2 So, applying the above rule, 2 - 2 < x < 2 + 2 In other words, 0 < x < 4 IMPORTANT: We're told that x is an integer. So the possible values of x are 1, 2 and 3

Now consider ∆BDC The two known sides have lengths 4 and 2 So, applying the above rule, 4 - 2 < x < 4 + 2 In other words, 2 < x < 6 Since x is an integer, the possible values of x are 3, 4, and 5

So, x must be 1, 2 or 3 AND x must be 3, 4 or 5 Since x = 3 is the only value that satisfies both conditions, x must equal 3

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EgmatQuantExpert wrote:

In the figure shown above, \(x\) is the length of side \(BD\) of triangle \(ABD\). If \(D\) is a point that lies on line \(AC\) and \(x\) is an integer, what is the value of \(x\)?

A. \(2\) B. \(3\) C. \(4\) D. Both \(3\) and \(4\) are possible values for \(x\) E. Cannot be determined

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My analysis 1) there can only be one value of x, be it integer or noninteger .. 2) the value of x should be \(\sqrt{6}\).. 3) would look forward for your solution that makes 3 as answer..

Drop a perpendicular from B to AD, say at E.. From ∆ABE and ∆BCE, you can find AE by equating BE in both.. AE is 0.5.. Take ∆ABE, AB is 2, AE is 0.5,so BE will be \(\sqrt{3.75}\)... Now in ∆BDE, BE is \(\sqrt{3.75}\), DE is 1.5, so BD or x = \(\sqrt{3.75+1.5^2}\)=\(\sqrt{6}\)..
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chetan2u wrote:

EgmatQuantExpert wrote:

In the figure shown above, \(x\) is the length of side \(BD\) of triangle \(ABD\). If \(D\) is a point that lies on line \(AC\) and \(x\) is an integer, what is the value of \(x\)?

A. \(2\) B. \(3\) C. \(4\) D. Both \(3\) and \(4\) are possible values for \(x\) E. Cannot be determined

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My analysis 1) there can only be one value of x, be it integer or noninteger .. 2) the value of x should be \(\sqrt{6}\).. 3) would look forward for your solution that makes 3 as answer..

Chetan...

Can you please explain how you got x=\(\sqrt{6}\).

Thanks in advance!!

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