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In the triangle ABC, AB = 6, BC = 8 and AC = 10. A perpendicular dropp
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In the triangle ABC, AB = 6, BC = 8 and AC = 10. A perpendicular dropped from B, meets the side AC at D. A circle of radius BD (with center B) is drawn. If the circle cuts AB and BC at P and Q respectively, the AP:QC is equal to A. 1:1 B. 3:2 C. 4:1 D. 3:8
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is answer choice 4? Well since you know the radis from 3625 = 11 r= sqrt(11) you can find Ap QC with 6sqrt(11) and 8  sqrt(11). Also, another thing to notice is that PB and BQ will be the same value since they are radius for circle B. since AB is shorter than BC you know the ratio will be a smaller value to a larger value so 4 seems to fit the bill..
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if we can know the length of BD we can find out AP and QC since BP=BQ=BD=radius now there are two ways to find out the length of BD one is using pythagoras theorem another is using area(hero's formula) pythagoras : BD^2=AB^2AD^2=BC^2DC^2{DC=ACAD} using the above eqn we will get BD=24/5 AP=624/5=6/5 QC=824/5=16/5 ratio=6/16=3/8 hero's formula s=a+b+c/2=(6+8+10)/2=12 area=Sqrt(s(sa)(sb)(sc)=24 area is also=1/2 * BD*AC=5BD so BD=24/5 rest is same
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Re: In the triangle ABC, AB = 6, BC = 8 and AC = 10. A perpendicular dropp
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Hi, I tried to first draw the diagram and when u take a close look u can easily tell what would be the answer .
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Re: In the triangle ABC, AB = 6, BC = 8 and AC = 10. A perpendicular dropp
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apparently, the answer can be found just by observing the choices. we know that BC > AB => (BC  BD) > (AB  BD) => QC > AP ie, the only logical choice is 4.
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shaselai wrote: is answer choice 4?
Well since you know the radis from 3625 = 11 r= sqrt(11) you can find Ap QC with 6sqrt(11) and 8  sqrt(11). Also, another thing to notice is that PB and BQ will be the same value since they are radius for circle B. since AB is shorter than BC you know the ratio will be a smaller value to a larger value so 4 seems to fit the bill.. Where you get 25 from ........... (above in red)
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xcusemeplz2009 wrote: if we can know the length of BD we can find out AP and QC since BP=BQ=BD=radius now there are two ways to find out the length of BD one is using pythagoras theorem another is using area(hero's formula) pythagoras : BD^2=AB^2AD^2=BC^2DC^2{DC=ACAD} using the above eqn we will get BD=24/5 AP=624/5=6/5 QC=824/5=16/5 ratio=6/16=3/8
hero's formula s=a+b+c/2=(6+8+10)/2=12 area=Sqrt(s(sa)(sb)(sc)=24 area is also=1/2 * BD*AC=5BD so BD=24/5 rest is same how do we know the value of AD and DC?
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ans should be 3/8 as per question abc is right angled at B and using similar triangle in triangle ABC and ABD we get x = 24/5 , join line DP and DQ , both will be the radius, thus x = DP = DQ so AP = 6 24/5 = 6/5 QC = 825/5 = 16/5 ratio AP:QC = 6/16 = 3/8
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i still dont get it Can you please explain in more details how you get 24/5 This question is testing my patience!!!!
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Draw a triangle ABC with b =90 and draw a perpendicular from b to D as given now take BD = x Since ABC and ABD are similar triangles. We take ratio of the sides of equal angles angle opp x is 90c and opp BC is 90c similarly angle opp 90 in ABD is AB and in ABC is AC x/BC = AB/AC => X = 24/5 I hope this helps.
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ykaiim wrote: In the triangle ABC, AB = 6, BC = 8 and AC = 10. A perpendicular dropped from B, meets the side AC at D. A circle of radius BD (with center B) is drawn. If the circle cuts AB and BC at P and Q respectively, the AP:QC is equal to 1. 1:1 2. 3:2 3. 4:1 4. 3:8
Is there any smarter/shorter way? try this since it is right angle triangle, altitude BD is given by formula BD = BC*AB/AC => BD = 6*8/10 = 24/5 also from question stem, BP = BQ = BD = 24/5 ( radius of circle ) hence, AP = ABBP = 624/5 = 6/5 and QC = BCBQ = 824/5 = 16/5 so, AP:QC = 6/5:16/5 = 3:8 for the formula and picture please refer following link: http://gmatclub.com/forum/whattorememberingmatquantalltime92840.html



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Re: In the triangle ABC, AB = 6, BC = 8 and AC = 10. A perpendicular dropp
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hardnstrong wrote: xcusemeplz2009 wrote: if we can know the length of BD we can find out AP and QC since BP=BQ=BD=radius now there are two ways to find out the length of BD one is using pythagoras theorem another is using area(hero's formula) pythagoras : BD^2=AB^2AD^2=BC^2DC^2{DC=ACAD} using the above eqn we will get BD=24/5 AP=624/5=6/5 QC=824/5=16/5 ratio=6/16=3/8 how do we know the value of AD and DC? no need to find AD and DC we know that AD+DC=10 > DC=10AD and have eqn AB^2AD^2=BC^2DC^2 put DC=10AD or AB^2AD^2=BC^2(10AD)^2>solving we get BD=24/5 HTH
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ykaiim wrote: In the triangle ABC, AB = 6, BC = 8 and AC = 10. A perpendicular dropped from B, meets the side AC at D. A circle of radius BD (with center B) is drawn. If the circle cuts AB and BC at P and Q respectively, the AP:QC is equal to 1. 1:1 2. 3:2 3. 4:1 4. 3:8
Is there any smarter/shorter way? First of all we should spot that ABC is a right triangle with right angle at B, as 6810 is a Pythagorean triplet and AC, the longest side, is the hypotenuse. Next in right triangle: \(\frac{height}{leg_1}=\frac{leg_2}{hypotenuse}\) > \(\frac{BD}{AB}=\frac{BC}{AC}\) > \(\frac{BD}{6}=\frac{8}{10}\) > \(BD=\frac{24}{5}\). Now, \(BD=BP=BQ=radius=\frac{24}{5}\). \(\frac{AP}{QC}=\frac{BABP}{BCBQ}=\frac{6\frac{24}{5}}{8\frac{24}{5}}=\frac{3}{8}\). Answer: D (\(\frac{3}{8}\))
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One more approach to solve such problems: Triangle ABC is a right angled triangle. So, we can use the area calculation method: 1/2×BC×AB=1/2×BD×AC >>> 6×8=BD×10 This results BD = 4.8 and BP= BQ= 4.8 So, AP=AB–BP=6–4.8=1.2 and similarly, CQ=BC–BQ=8–4.8=3.2. Finally, we can derive the result by taking ratio: AP:CQ=1.2:3.2=3:8
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Got it now  Thanks Bunuel (Didnt know about this property of right triangle)
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Ans 4, as QC is greater than AP



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let r be the radius. AP=6x; CQ=8x CQ is greater than AP so the only possible ans is 3/8
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