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# In the rectangular coordinate system, what is the area of

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In the rectangular coordinate system, what is the area of triangle PQR with points

Q=(0,3)
R=(7,4)
P(4,0)

A. 12.5
B. 14
C. 10
D. 16
E. 25

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Last edited by Bunuel on 07 Nov 2017, 10:58, edited 2 times in total.
Renamed the topic, edited the question, added the OA and moved to PS forum.

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19 Dec 2007, 12:38
mbsnyc wrote:
In the rectangular coordinate system, what is the area of triangle PQR with points

Q=(0,3)
R=(7,4)
P(4,0)

a. 12.5
b. 14
c. 10
d. 16
e. 25

A

plot the points
make a square
subtract all the unnecessary triangles around the plotted triangle.

anyone know a faster way to do this?

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19 Dec 2007, 12:41
bmwhype2 wrote:
mbsnyc wrote:
In the rectangular coordinate system, what is the area of triangle PQR with points

Q=(0,3)
R=(7,4)
P(4,0)

a. 12.5
b. 14
c. 10
d. 16
e. 25

A

plot the points
make a square
subtract all the unnecessary triangles around the plotted triangle.

anyone know a faster way to do this?

use distance formula for each of the sides.

sides are 5 5 7
an isos rt triangle.
bh/2 = 5*5 / 2 = 12.5

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19 Dec 2007, 12:45
How did you know it was a right triangle and not just isc?

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plot the points
subtract all the unnecessary triangles around the plotted triangle.

The same way
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19 Dec 2007, 12:53
mbsnyc wrote:
How did you know it was a right triangle and not just isc?

you're right. its simply an isosceles triangle. we can infer the height is 7 but im not sure how to get the base.

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19 Dec 2007, 14:00
mbsnyc wrote:
In the rectangular coordinate system, what is the area of triangle PQR with points

Q=(0,3)
R=(7,4)
P(4,0)

a. 12.5
b. 14
c. 10
d. 16
e. 25

I get A.

Using the distance formula I get sides 5,5, 7

5*5/2=12.5

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The area of a triangle with co-ordinates (x1,y1), (x2,y2), (x3,y3) is

1/2|x1(y2-y3)+x2(y3-y1)+x3(y1-y2)|

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14 Feb 2014, 11:03
can we do this by distance formula..

square root (x2-x1)^2+(y2-y1)^2

I did that by this formula.. M geting 5, 5 and square root 50 respectively of three sides... so 5*5/2=12.5 Ans A.

is it rite? whats another aproach?
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15 Feb 2014, 01:05
sanjoo wrote:
can we do this by distance formula..

square root (x2-x1)^2+(y2-y1)^2

I did that by this formula.. M geting 5, 5 and square root 50 respectively of three sides... so 5*5/2=12.5 Ans A.

is it rite? whats another aproach?

Yes you can do it with this formula... simplest and fastest approach.
There are other approaches mentioned in the posts but those involve more steps. Like plotting a trapezium finding its area and then subtracting two 3-4-5 rt angled triangles to get the desired area.

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16 Feb 2014, 10:15
http://www.mathopenref.com/coordtrianglearea.html
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To figure out if it's a right triangle we should figure out if two of the sides are vertical to each other.

side 1 coordinates are 0,3 and 4,0 => slope = -3/4
side 2 coordinates are 4,0 and 7,4 => slope = 4/3

slope side1 / slope side2 = (-3/4)/(4/3) = -1
sides are perpendicular to each other and the triangle is right.

Now you can calculate
side1 = 5
side2 = 5
area = (side1 x side2) / 2 = 12.5

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we should count all three sides of PQR, so we get

5,5,5*sqrt2, meaning it is right triangle with 45, 45, 90 degree angles

so we only need to 5*5/2=12.5

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29 Dec 2015, 13:48
Adding to the diagram by walker, if once calculates the area of the triangle that has QR as the hypotenuse, it comes to be a non-integer, which subtracted from a whole integer (28) would give a non integer.

The only non integer options is A
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07 Nov 2017, 10:59
mbsnyc wrote:
In the rectangular coordinate system, what is the area of triangle PQR with points

Q=(0,3)
R=(7,4)
P(4,0)

A. 12.5
B. 14
C. 10
D. 16
E. 25

OPEN DISCUSSION OF THIS QUESTION IS HERE: https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-the-recta ... 80659.html
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