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In the figure to the right, if point C is the center of the circle and DB = 7, what is the length of DE?

(1) x = 60°

(2) DE || CA
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I wud go with option B.

Line joining the midpoint and parallel to the third side will be half the length of the third side.So statement 2 states it is parallel to the third side.So DE = 7 cm.

I wud go with option B

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17 Sep 2009, 13:22
I first chose B (same reason as deepakraam).
Then I read tweakxc03, saying that assume DEB to be a triangle is assuming to much, and I am now with E.

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17 Sep 2009, 13:31
I chose E. The answer was B, but I've emailed them asking them to confirm based on that issue.

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17 Sep 2009, 14:36
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They responded and indicated that I was right, they were wrong... E is correct, unless they indicate it is a straight line. They're changing the problem so that B is correct.

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17 Sep 2009, 15:21
who are "they"?

The Others??

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20 Sep 2009, 14:20
Just because DE is parallel to CA does not force DEB to be a triangle. Notice that line EB is segmented by point A.

We don't know the length of DE, and we don't know for sure that EB is a straight line (as the question is written). Segment EA could be at a slight obtuse angle to segment AB, which would form a quadrilateral: DEAB. If that were the case, we would not have two similar triangles to create a ratio and determine the length of DE.

This has been confirmed by the folks at Manhattan GMAT. Hope this helps.

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16 Oct 2009, 11:12
I am at loss with this Manhattan question.

If EB is assumed to be a straight line, then statement 2 is sufficient.

OA says: "(1) INSUFFICIENT: Just knowing that x = 60° tells us nothing about triangle EDB. To illustrate, note that the exact location of point E is still unknown. Point E could be very close to the circle, making DE relatively short in length. However, point E could be quite far away from the circle, making DE relatively long in length. We cannot determine the length of DE with certainty. "

But, given that X=60, if point E would be "very close to the circle", then EB would not go through A. But EB does go through A. Therefore, point E can't be "very close to the circle" => EDB is an equilateral triangle, which makes statement 1 sufficient.

What am I doing wrong?

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guys, i have a question :

if we know for sure that 2 triangles have one same angle and that a side of one is twice that of the other, would not that info suffice to conclude that they are similar?

its like identical angle and sides in proportion. do we need any more info?

(actually query relates to the above example)

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guys, i have a question :

if we know for sure that 2 triangles have one same angle and that a side of one is twice that of the other, would not that info suffice to conclude that they are similar?

its like identical angle and sides in proportion. do we need any more info?

(actually query relates to the above example)

No, that's not correct.

Check this for more: math-triangles-87197.html
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05 Feb 2011, 16:25
this might sound crazy, but why cant it be A? I mean x=60, and from the diagram we see that AC = AB because both are radius of the same circle.So, angle A should be equal to angle B. And x=C=60. So, angle A+B = 180-60=120.
120 divided by 2 is 60 each.
so, A=60,B=60,C=60 and ABC is equilateral. DBE is proportional to ABC.So DBE must also be an equilateral triangle, therefore DE=DB=7.

Thats just my opinion.Tell me why I may be wrong.

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this might sound crazy, but why cant it be A? I mean x=60, and from the diagram we see that AC = AB because both are radius of the same circle.So, angle A should be equal to angle B. And x=C=60. So, angle A+B = 180-60=120.
120 divided by 2 is 60 each.
so, A=60,B=60,C=60 and ABC is equilateral. DBE is proportional to ABC.So DBE must also be an equilateral triangle, therefore DE=DB=7.

Thats just my opinion.Tell me why I may be wrong.

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ans is B

stmt 1 does not show how the smaller triangle relates to the larger one. rather we only find out that the smaller triangle is an equilateral triangle.
Stmt 2 is sufficient because we can see that angle cab is equal to deb. also angle edb and acb are the same angle and thus we can conclude these are similar triangles. after knowing that we can setup a proportion for these similar triangles.... DE/DB = CA/CB... DE is equal to the diameter.
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For disproving A in the spoiler, I was confused myself, I was thinking if the E changes positions it will no longer intersect at A, since x is given and the line CA has to meet BA at that point forcing line BE position to be fixed.

What can change though is angle BDE can get bigger or smaller moving E either down the original BE line or farther away from the path that BE line will take since triangle EDB is not given to be a equilateral in the question stem.

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In the figure to the right, if point C is the center of the circle and DB = 7, what is the length of DE in triangle EDB?

(1) x = 60°

(2) DE || CA

Manhattan says that B is Correct Answer.

But we can solve get the length of DE from A as well.

AC=CB(Radius of the circle). Hence in turn Angle A =Angle B

Now AngleA +AngleB +AngleC=180 ==> AngleA=AngleB=AngleC=60. With angleB and DB, we can use Tan and get the Lenght of the opp side.

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Using similar triangles properties we can solve the question.

$$\frac{BC}{DB}=\frac{AC}{DE}$$ $$\frac{3.5}{7}=\frac{3.5}{DE}$$

What you say (that A is sufficient) is not correct; you are assuming that DE || CA in your solution
Take a look at the picture, should be clear enough

BTW "we can use Tan": in GMAT you don't need trigonometry
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Using similar triangles properties we can solve the question.

$$\frac{BC}{DB}=\frac{AC}{DE}$$ $$\frac{3.5}{7}=\frac{3.5}{DE}$$

What you say (that A is sufficient) is not correct; you are assuming that DE || CA in your solution
Take a look at the picture, should be clear enough

BTW "we can use Tan": in GMAT you don't need trigonometry

Even though DE is not parallel to BC, dont you think we can come to the conclusion that Angle B=60 ? if not kindly explain why.

And thanks a lot for the reply!

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Even though DE is not parallel to BC, dont you think we can come to the conclusion that Angle B=60 ? if not kindly explain why.

And thanks a lot for the reply!

Even if you come correctly to the conclusion that B is 60° (using statement A), this is not enough to answer the question! As I showed you in my previous post where B=60°, we cannot say anything about the lenght of DE

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I dont see how the answer is B.

I think for triangle similarity you need two things.
1- C is midpoint of DB = given, A is midpoint of EB, this we cannot find.
2- DE II BA, given.

With the above, the correct answer should be C.
Can someone explain.

EDIT: now i see that if DE ll BA and c is midpoint of DB, then this is sufficient and A being a midpoint of EB is actually a conclusion of those two assumptions. DE is equal to diameter of circle.

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07 Dec 2013, 17:10

1) Obviously A is out

2) But how is B right?

1&2 How can we determine length?

This is confusing!
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