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In the xy-coordinate system, rectangle ABCD is inscribed within a circle having the equation x^2 + y^2 = 25. Line segment AC is a diagonal of the rectangle and lies on the x-axis. Vertex B lies in quadrant II and vertex D lies in quadrant IV. If side BC lies on line y=3x+15, what is the area of rectangle ABCD?

A. 15
B. 30
C. 40
D. 45
E. 50

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In the xy-coordinate system, rectangle ABCD is inscribed within a circle having the equation x^2 + y^2 = 25. Line segment AC is a diagonal of the rectangle and lies on the x-axis. Vertex B lies in quadrant II and vertex D lies in quadrant IV. If side BC lies on line y=3x+15, what is the area of rectangle ABCD?

A. 15
B. 30
C. 40
D. 45
E. 50

If you are able to get base as 10 please explain how did you find that out?

x^2 + y^2 = 25 is the equation of the circle centered at the origin and radius of $$\sqrt{25}=5$$ (check here for more: math-coordinate-geometry-87652.html):
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AC = diameter of the circle = diagonal of the rectangle = 2*radius = 10.

B lies on y = 3x + 15 as well as on x^2 + y^2 = 25. Solve to get the y-coordinate of B: y=0 (discard) or y=3. Now, since y-coordinate of B is 3, then the area of triangle ABC is 1/2*10*3=15, this the area of the rectangle ABCD is twice of that: area=2*15=30.

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in the xy axis ,rectangle ABCD is inscribed within a circle having equation x^2 +y^2 =25 .Line segment AC is a diagonal of rectangle and lies on the x axis.Vertex B lies in quadrant 2 and vertex D lies in quadrant 4.If side BC lies on line y=3x+15 ,what is area of rectangle?

A.15
B.30
C.40
D.45
E.50

Please see attached image for visual clarification.

Let's see what has been provided in the question.

Circle's equation: $$x^2+y^2=5^2$$
Circle has a radius of 5 and is centered at (0,0)

AC is the diagonal of the rectangle and lies on x-axis; means AC=10

B lies in 2nd quadrant and D lies in 4th quadrant. See the image.

BC lies on line "y=3x+15". B and C are two vertices of the rectangle. We can find B and C if we find the solutions for x and y for both line and circle. Line y=3x+15 must intersect the circle on two points giving us the vertices B and C. These two points can be found by solving the simultaneous equations for the circle and the line.

Line: $$y=3x+15$$ ------ 1
Circle: $$y^2+x^2=25$$ ------ 2

Substituting 1 in 2:
$$(3x+15)^2+x^2=25$$
$$9x^2+225+90x+x^2=25$$
$$10x^2+200+90x=0$$
$$x^2+9x+20=0$$
$$x^2+9x+20=0$$
$$(x+5)(x+4)=0$$
x=-5 and x=-4

if x=-5; y= 3x+15 = 3*(-5)+15=0
if x=-4; y= 3x+15 = 3*(-4)+15=3

We found the vertices B and C now; B(-4,3) and C(-5,0)

Length of BC;
Distance between two points $$(x_1,y_1) and (x_2,y_2)$$ is found using following formula:
$$BC = sqrt{(y_2-y_1)^2+(x_2-x_1)^2}$$

Distance between B(-4,3) and C(-5,0)
$$BC = sqrt{(0-3)^2+(-5-(-4))^2} = sqrt{9+1} = sqrt{10}$$

We now know $$BC=sqrt{10} & AC=10$$

We can find AB; $$\triangle{ABC}$$ is a right angled triangle with hypotenuse as AC. We can use Pythagoras theorem to find AB

$$(AC)^2=(AB)^2+(BC)^2$$
$$10^2=(AB)^2+(\sqrt{10})^2$$
$$100=(AB)^2+10$$
$$(AB)^2=100-10=90$$
$$AB=\sqrt{90}$$

Area of the rectangle ABCD
$$BC*AB = \sqrt{10}*\sqrt{90} = \sqrt{900} = 30$$

Ans: "B"
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First find the intercept of the line and circle.
x^2 + y^2 = 25 ----1)
y = 3x + 15------2)

Hence x^2 + (3x+15)^2 = 25
x = -5, -4
Since we are given B is in 2nd quadrant its coordinate is (-4,3) i.e. (-4)^2 + 3^2 = 25
Since we are given D is in 4th quadrant its coordinate is (4,-3) i.e. 4^2 + (-3)^2 = 25

We already know the points C (-5,0) and A (5,0).

b = Length BC = B(-4,3) to C(-5,0) = sqrt(1^2 + 3^2) = sqrt(10)
l = Length BA = B(-4,3) to A(5,0) = sqrt(9^2 + 3^2) = sqrt(90)

Area of the rectangle = b * l = sqrt(10) * sqrt(90) = sqrt(900) = 30. Answer B.

PS : I still want someone to verify all the above statements.

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in the xy axis ,rectangle ABCD is inscribed within a circle having equation x^2 +y^2 =25 .Line segment AC is a diagonal of rectangle and lies on the x axis.Vertex B lies in quadrant 2 and vertex D lies in quadrant 4.If side BC lies on line y=3x+15 ,what is area of rectangle?

A.15
B.30
C.40
D.45
E.50

Originally posted by gmat1220 on 24 Mar 2011, 23:22.
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AnkitK wrote:
in the xy axis ,rectangle ABCD is inscribed within a circle having equation x^2 +y^2 =25 .Line segment AC is a diagonal of rectangle and lies on the x axis.Vertex B lies in quadrant 2 and vertex D lies in quadrant 4.If side BC lies on line y=3x+15 ,what is area of rectangle?

A.15
B.30
C.40
D.45
E.50

Please see attached image for visual clarification.

Let's see what has been provided in the question.

Circle's equation: $$x^2+y^2=5^2$$
Circle has a radius of 5 and is centered at (0,0)

AC is the diagonal of the rectangle and lies on x-axis; means AC=10

B lies in 2nd quadrant and D lies in 4th quadrant. See the image.

BC lies on line "y=3x+15". B and C are two vertices of the rectangle. We can find B and C if we find the solutions for x and y for both line and circle. Line y=3x+15 must intersect the circle on two points giving us the vertices B and C. These two points can be found by solving the simultaneous equations for the circle and the line.

Line: $$y=3x+15$$ ------ 1
Circle: $$y^2+x^2=25$$ ------ 2

Substituting 1 in 2:
$$(3x+15)^2+x^2=25$$
$$9x^2+225+90x+x^2=25$$
$$10x^2+200+90x=0$$
$$x^2+9x+20=0$$
$$x^2+9x+20=0$$
$$(x+5)(x+4)=0$$
x=-5 and x=-4

if x=-5; y= 3x+15 = 3*(-5)+15=0
if x=-4; y= 3x+15 = 3*(-4)+15=3

We found the vertices B and C now; B(-4,3) and C(-5,0)

Length of BC;
Distance between two points $$(x_1,y_1) and (x_2,y_2)$$ is found using following formula:
$$BC = sqrt{(y_2-y_1)^2+(x_2-x_1)^2}$$

Distance between B(-4,3) and C(-5,0)
$$BC = sqrt{(0-3)^2+(-5-(-4))^2} = sqrt{9+1} = sqrt{10}$$

We now know $$BC=sqrt{10} & AC=10$$

We can find AB; $$\triangle{ABC}$$ is a right angled triangle with hypotenuse as AC. We can use Pythagoras theorem to find AB

$$(AC)^2=(AB)^2+(BC)^2$$
$$10^2=(AB)^2+(\sqrt{10})^2$$
$$100=(AB)^2+10$$
$$(AB)^2=100-10=90$$
$$AB=\sqrt{90}$$

Area of the rectangle ABCD
$$BC*AB = \sqrt{10}*\sqrt{90} = \sqrt{900} = 30$$

Ans: "B"

Btw, once we solve for the coordinates of B, we can also see that the y-coordinate of B is the height of triangle BCA which has base as 10 and hence area of triangle BCA is 1/2*3*10 = 15 and area of rectangle is twice of that, so area is 30.
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That is a great solution fluke and good catch beyondgmatscore.

I would like to tell you guys my first instinct when I looked at the question. I started drawing the diagram while reading the question and saw that BC has equation y = 3x + 15. What I said to myself was that slope of BC is 3 which means that if x changes by 1, y changes by 3. So if x becomes -4, y becomes 3. Since the radius of the circle is 5 so OB is 5 and it was clear that the point (-4, 3) lies on the circle and is B since the line intersects with the circle on only 2 points... So I didn't have to solve for the line and the circle. If you start thinking logically, you will be surprised how many many things suddenly fall into place in GMAT.
Of course, a valid concern is that what if co-ordinates of B were not integrals... Since the area was an integer, I was more inclined towards integers as B's co-ordinates. Also, as I have said before, GMAT is considerate that way - they give you numbers that fall beautifully in place. They are testing your aptitude and innovative ability, not calculation skills.
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circle has a radius = 5.
lets get x and y intercept = y=15 and x=-5. ok x=-5 that mean side BC is a line y = 3x+15. Now since BC is one side of the rectangle and AC is diameter then we know that angleB is right angle. So we can see that ABC is a 3-4-5 triangle. Co-ordinates of B (-4,3). Now since its a rectangle and diagonal bisect it into right traingle then area of rectangle = 2*0.5*10*3 (y=3 is basically height of triangle ABC) = 30.

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In the xy-coordinate system, rectangle ABCD is inscribed within a circle having the equation x^2 + y^2 = 25. Line segment AC is a diagonal of the rectangle and lies on the x-axis. Vertex B lies in quadrant II and vertex D lies in quadrant IV. If side BC lies on line y=3x+15, what is the area of rectangle ABCD?

A. 15
B. 30
C. 40
D. 45
E. 50

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I took the same approach as fluke. My only question is why do we assume that the diameter is the full diameter of the circle? why cant it be -4,0 to 4,0?
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I took the same approach as fluke. My only question is why do we assume that the diameter is the full diameter of the circle? why cant it be -4,0 to 4,0?

The circle is centered at (0, 0) with radius 5. A and C are two points lying on the circle on x axis (when a rectangle is inscribed in a circle, all its 4 vertices must lie on the circle so A and C both lie on the circle). So AC is a line whose both end points lie on the circle and it passes through the center of the circle. Such a line is the diameter of the circle.
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DO I have to remember the formular x^2 + y ^2= r^2

this formular never appear in og books, and so, this question is weid.

I do belive it is from gmatprep but it should be at 51 level.

gmat normally dose not require us to remember formular.
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DO I have to remember the formular x^2 + y ^2= r^2

this formular never appear in og books, and so, this question is weid.

I do belive it is from gmatprep but it should be at 51 level.

gmat normally dose not require us to remember formular.

The question gives you the equation of a circle. So it is absolutely acceptable. If GMAC gives you a particular formula in the question itself, it is not expecting you to remember it. For example, they might ask you the volume of an irregular figure but give you the formula to find the volume.
That said, it does help sometimes to know these formulas. You will be able to solve the question even without it but it might take longer.
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I took the same approach as fluke. My only question is why do we assume that the diameter is the full diameter of the circle? why cant it be -4,0 to 4,0?

The circle is centered at (0, 0) with radius 5. A and C are two points lying on the circle on x axis (when a rectangle is inscribed in a circle, all its 4 vertices must lie on the circle so A and C both lie on the circle). So AC is a line whose both end points lie on the circle and it passes through the center of the circle. Such a line is the diameter of the circle.

Hi,

Please can anyone explain that how can we be sure that all the vertices of rectangle actually touch some point on the circle ??

I can draw a smaller rectangle than the ones drawn in figures in discussion above (where the vertices would not touch the circle)
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I took the same approach as fluke. My only question is why do we assume that the diameter is the full diameter of the circle? why cant it be -4,0 to 4,0?

The circle is centered at (0, 0) with radius 5. A and C are two points lying on the circle on x axis (when a rectangle is inscribed in a circle, all its 4 vertices must lie on the circle so A and C both lie on the circle). So AC is a line whose both end points lie on the circle and it passes through the center of the circle. Such a line is the diameter of the circle.

Hi,

Please can anyone explain that how can we be sure that all the vertices of rectangle actually touch some point on the circle ??

I can draw a smaller rectangle than the ones drawn in figures in discussion above (where the vertices would not touch the circle)

You are already given in the question that the rectangle is "INSCRIBED" in the circle. So all vertices of the rectangle have to lie on the circle, not inside.
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Hi, silly question, but please can anyone correct me here since i often wonder why area of rectangle can't be calculated by 1/2 (diagonal)square, in which case 1/2* (10)square = 50. Why can we use the equation for square but not rectangle, since the diagonals are congruent in both cases.

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Hi, silly question, but please can anyone correct me here since i often wonder why area of rectangle can't be calculated by 1/2 (diagonal)square, in which case 1/2* (10)square = 50. Why can we use the equation for square but not rectangle, since the diagonals are congruent in both cases.

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Rectangles with same diagonals can have different area.
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In the xy-coordinate system, rectangle ABCD is inscribed within a circle having the equation x^2 + y^2 = 25. Line segment AC is a diagonal of the rectangle and lies on the x-axis. Vertex B lies in quadrant II and vertex D lies in quadrant IV. If side BC lies on line y=3x+15, what is the area of rectangle ABCD?

A. 15
B. 30
C. 40
D. 45
E. 50

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The equation of a circle given in the form X^2 + Y^2 =25 indicates that the circle has a radius of rand that its
center is at the origin (0,0) of the xy-coordinate system. Therefore, we know that the circle with the equation X^2 + Y^2 = 25
will have a radius of 5 and its center at (0,0).

If a rectangle is inscribed in a circle, the diameter of the circle must be a diagonal of the rectangle (if you try
inscribing a rectangle in a circle, you will see that it is impossible to do so unless the diagonal of the rectangle
is the diameter of the circle). So diagonal AC of rectangle ABCD is the diameter of the circle and must have
length 10 (remember, the radius of the circle is 5). It also cuts the rectangle into two right triangles of equal
area. If we find the area of one of these triangles and multiply it by 2, we can find the area of the whole
rectangle.
We could calculate the area of right triangle ABC we had the base and height. We already know that the
base of the triangle, AC, has length 10. So we need to find the height.
The height will be the distance from the x-axis to vertex B. We need to find the coordinate of point B in order
to find the height. Since the circle intersects triangle ABCD at point B, the coordinates of point B will satisfy
the equation of the circle X^2 + Y^2 =25 . Point B also lies on Y = 3X + 15 the line , so the coordinates of point
Bwill satisfy that equation as well.
Since the values of x and y are the same in both equations and since Y = 3x + 5 , we can substitute (3x+ 15)
for yin the equation X^2 + Y^2 = 25 and solve for x:

( See attachment for solution)

So the two possible values of x are -4 and -5. Therefore, the two points where the circle and line intersect
(points Band C) have x-coordinates -4 and -5, respectively. Since the x-coordinate of point C is -5 (it has
coordinates (-5, 0)), the x-coordinate of point B must be -4. We can plug this into the equation Y = 3X + 5
and solve for the y-coordinate of point B:

Y = 3(-4) + 15
Y = -12 + 15
Y = 3

So the coordinates of point Bare (-4, 3) and the distance from the x-axis to point Bis 3, making the height of
triangle ABC equal to 3. We can now find the area of triangle ABC:

Area = 1/2 * Base * Height
= 1/2 * 10 * 3
=15

The area of rectangle ABCD will be twice the area of triangle ABC. So if the area of triangle ABC is 15, the
area of rectangle ABCD is (2)(15) = 30.

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That is a great solution fluke and good catch beyondgmatscore.

I would like to tell you guys my first instinct when I looked at the question. I started drawing the diagram while reading the question and saw that BC has equation y = 3x + 15. What I said to myself was that slope of BC is 3 which means that if x changes by 1, y changes by 3. So if x becomes -4, y becomes 3. Since the radius of the circle is 5 so OB is 5 and it was clear that the point (-4, 3) lies on the circle and is B since the line intersects with the circle on only 2 points... So I didn't have to solve for the line and the circle. If you start thinking logically, you will be surprised how many many things suddenly fall into place in GMAT.
Of course, a valid concern is that what if co-ordinates of B were not integrals... Since the area was an integer, I was more inclined towards integers as B's co-ordinates. Also, as I have said before, GMAT is considerate that way - they give you numbers that fall beautifully in place. They are testing your aptitude and innovative ability, not calculation skills.

While I do understand that slope 3 means y/x = 3/1, How did you reach at this conclusion ?
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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
That is a great solution fluke and good catch beyondgmatscore.

I would like to tell you guys my first instinct when I looked at the question. I started drawing the diagram while reading the question and saw that BC has equation y = 3x + 15. What I said to myself was that slope of BC is 3 which means that if x changes by 1, y changes by 3. So if x becomes -4, y becomes 3. Since the radius of the circle is 5 so OB is 5 and it was clear that the point (-4, 3) lies on the circle and is B since the line intersects with the circle on only 2 points... So I didn't have to solve for the line and the circle. If you start thinking logically, you will be surprised how many many things suddenly fall into place in GMAT.
Of course, a valid concern is that what if co-ordinates of B were not integrals... Since the area was an integer, I was more inclined towards integers as B's co-ordinates. Also, as I have said before, GMAT is considerate that way - they give you numbers that fall beautifully in place. They are testing your aptitude and innovative ability, not calculation skills.

While I do understand that slope 3 means y/x = 3/1, How did you reach at this conclusion ?

Slope is the change in y when you change x by 1 unit. If slope is 3, it means the y coordinate will increase by 3 for every unit increase in x coordinate. And also, y coordinate will decrease by 3 for every 1 unit decrease in x coordinate.

For more on this, check: https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2016/0 ... line-gmat/

You are given a point (-5, 0).
So if x increases by 1 unit and becomes -5 + 1 = -4, then y increases by 3 units i.e. it becomes 0 + 3 = 3.

That is how we get the point (-4. 3)
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Manonamission wrote:
VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
That is a great solution fluke and good catch beyondgmatscore.

I would like to tell you guys my first instinct when I looked at the question. I started drawing the diagram while reading the question and saw that BC has equation y = 3x + 15. What I said to myself was that slope of BC is 3 which means that if x changes by 1, y changes by 3. So if x becomes -4, y becomes 3. Since the radius of the circle is 5 so OB is 5 and it was clear that the point (-4, 3) lies on the circle and is B since the line intersects with the circle on only 2 points... So I didn't have to solve for the line and the circle. If you start thinking logically, you will be surprised how many many things suddenly fall into place in GMAT.
Of course, a valid concern is that what if co-ordinates of B were not integrals... Since the area was an integer, I was more inclined towards integers as B's co-ordinates. Also, as I have said before, GMAT is considerate that way - they give you numbers that fall beautifully in place. They are testing your aptitude and innovative ability, not calculation skills.

While I do understand that slope 3 means y/x = 3/1, How did you reach at this conclusion ?

Slope is the change in y when you change x by 1 unit. If slope is 3, it means the y coordinate will increase by 3 for every unit increase in x coordinate. And also, y coordinate will decrease by 3 for every 1 unit decrease in x coordinate.

For more on this, check: https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2016/0 ... line-gmat/

You are given a point (-5, 0).
So if x increases by 1 unit and becomes -5 + 1 = -4, then y increases by 3 units i.e. it becomes 0 + 3 = 3.

That is how we get the point (-4. 3)

That's a really great post ... Thanks !

This is with reference to the link of your blog which you provided. The concept for negative slope is given as below

Now, if we have a line where the slope is -2 and the point (3, 5) lies on it, when the x-coordinate increases by 1 unit, the y-coordinate DECREASES by 2 units – the point (4, 3) will also lie on this line. Similarly, if the x-coordinate decreases by 1 unit, the y-coordinate will increase by 2 units. So, for example, the point (2, 7) will also lie on this line.

Now according to the sample Q,

Line K

Slope = y/x = -2/1 and the coordinates are (6,8) and y is increasing from 0 ->8 (since y = 0 to find x intercept)
This implies x will DECREASE by 4 units. i.e. 6-4 = 2 => (2,0)
Please clarify where I am going wrong ?
What should be my initial point of establishment that whether x is increasing or y is decreasing etc.?
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Manonamission wrote:
VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
That is a great solution fluke and good catch beyondgmatscore.

I would like to tell you guys my first instinct when I looked at the question. I started drawing the diagram while reading the question and saw that BC has equation y = 3x + 15. What I said to myself was that slope of BC is 3 which means that if x changes by 1, y changes by 3. So if x becomes -4, y becomes 3. Since the radius of the circle is 5 so OB is 5 and it was clear that the point (-4, 3) lies on the circle and is B since the line intersects with the circle on only 2 points... So I didn't have to solve for the line and the circle. If you start thinking logically, you will be surprised how many many things suddenly fall into place in GMAT.
Of course, a valid concern is that what if co-ordinates of B were not integrals... Since the area was an integer, I was more inclined towards integers as B's co-ordinates. Also, as I have said before, GMAT is considerate that way - they give you numbers that fall beautifully in place. They are testing your aptitude and innovative ability, not calculation skills.

While I do understand that slope 3 means y/x = 3/1, How did you reach at this conclusion ?

Slope is the change in y when you change x by 1 unit. If slope is 3, it means the y coordinate will increase by 3 for every unit increase in x coordinate. And also, y coordinate will decrease by 3 for every 1 unit decrease in x coordinate.

For more on this, check: https://www.veritasprep.com/blog/2016/0 ... line-gmat/

You are given a point (-5, 0).
So if x increases by 1 unit and becomes -5 + 1 = -4, then y increases by 3 units i.e. it becomes 0 + 3 = 3.

That is how we get the point (-4. 3)

thanks for this awesome approach, but how do you know that -4,3 has to lie on the circle, why isn't it (-3,6)? In the xy-coordinate system, rectangle ABCD is inscribed within a circ   [#permalink] 04 Apr 2018, 03:39

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