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Is the triangle ABC with sides a,b,c a right-angled triangle?
1) $$a^2+b^2>c^2$$
2) $$a^2+c^2<b^2$$

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ST (1) : a2+b2>c2
if, a=3,b=3,c=3 ; the triangle is not right angled triangle .
if, a=3, b=5, c=4 : the triangle is not right angled triangle . INSUFFICIENT

ST (1) : a2+b2<c2
angle C is >90
so, the triangle is an obtuse triangle, NOT right angled triangle. SUFFICIENT

Originally posted by preetamsaha on 31 Mar 2020, 21:08.
Last edited by preetamsaha on 01 Apr 2020, 11:20, edited 1 time in total.
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Statement 1 -

Case 1- a=5; b=3; c=4 (right angled triangle)
a^2+b^2>c^2

Case 2 - a=3; b=3; c=3 (acute angled triangle)

a^2+b^2>c^2

Insufficient

Statement 2- a^2+b^2 < c^2
Angle C > 90 degrees

Hence it can't be right angle triangle

Sufficient

B

Tho it's a faulty question, as both statements are contradicting each other.

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Is the triangle ABC with sides a,b,c a right-angled triangle?
1) $$a^2+b^2>c^2$$
2) $$a^2+b^2<c^2$$

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Nice observation nick1816 wrote:
Statement 1 -

Case 1- a=5; b=3; c=4 (right angled triangle)
a^2+b^2>c^2

Case 2 - a=3; b=3; c=3 (acute angled triangle)

a^2+b^2>c^2

Insufficient

Statement 2- a^2+b^2 < c^2
Angle C > 90 degrees

Hence it can't be right angle triangle

Sufficient

B

Tho it's a faulty question, as both statements are contradicting each other.

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Is the triangle ABC with sides a,b,c a right-angled triangle?
1) $$a^2+b^2>c^2$$
2) $$a^2+b^2<c^2$$

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Is the triangle ABC with sides a,b,c a right-angled triangle?
1) $$a^2+b^2>c^2$$
2) $$a^2+c^2<b^2$$

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The first step of the VA (Variable Approach) method is to modify the original condition and the question. We then recheck the question. We should simplify conditions if necessary.

$$a^2 + c^2 < b^2$$ from condition 2) means the angle B is greater than 180° and the triangle ABC is obtuse.
No obtuse triangle has a right interior angle and we have an answer 'no'

Since 'no' is also a unique answer by CMT (Common Mistake Type) 1, condition 2) is sufficient.

Condition 1)

IF $$a = 3, b = 5, c = 4$$, then the triangle is a right triangle and the answer is 'yes'.
If $$a = b = c = 1$$, the triangle is not a right triangle and the answer is 'no'

Since condition 1) does not yield a unique solution, it is not sufficient.

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