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# In triangle XYZ, whatis the length of YZ?

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The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition

In triangle XYZ, whatis the length of YZ?

(1) The length of XY is 3.
(2) The length of XZ is 5.

Data Sufficiency
Question: 65
Category: Geometry Triangles
Page: 157
Difficulty: 600

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In triangle XYZ, whatis the length of YZ?

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.

(1) The length of XY is 3. Not sufficient.
(2) The length of XZ is 5. Not sufficient.

(1)+(2) (5-3) < YZ < (5+3) --> 2 < YZ < 8. Not sufficient.

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29 Jan 2014, 03:02
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The Official Guide For GMAT® Quantitative Review, 2ND Edition

In triangle XYZ, whatis the length of YZ?

(1) The length of XY is 3.
(2) The length of XZ is 5.

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IMO: D

taking only A, not sufficient because only one side is known
taking only B , insufficient since only one side is known

combining both together , sufficiant because it forms a triplet and the third side = 4

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From S1:knowing length of one side is not sufficient to determine length of others in a triangle unless it is of a particular type.
From S2:Sam explanation.Insuffficient.
Combining the two we could have the third side as 3,4,5,6,7(sum of two sides in a triangle always greater than third) but no single length can be known.
Ans.E

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29 Jan 2014, 23:31
Statement 1: From length XY = 3, we cannot determine the length of YZ; Not Sufficient.
Statement 2: From lenth XZ = 5, we cannot determine the length of YZ; Not Sufficient.

Combining both statements, we still cannot definitely find a value for YZ as the length of YZ could be any integer from 3 to 7. Do not assume that YZ will be 4, as nowhere has it been stated that the triangle is a right angled triangle.

Ans is (E).

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I know this is basic but it doesn´t hurt to mention it once again...

Watch out for Pythagorean triple impostors!

We want the Gmat to be just a pattern-based exam and whenever we look at keywords such as "triangle + 3 + 5", our brain wants to assume that the remaining side must equal 4.

Fight that instinct (even if you´re behind time). Besides, nowhere in the passage is it mentioned that this is a right triangle!
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