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# Is triangle ABC an isosceles?

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Is triangle ABC an isosceles?

(1) AB/BC = 2

(2) x≠y
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

Last edited by Bunuel on 14 Aug 2013, 02:39, edited 1 time in total.
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08 May 2012, 10:11
I thought it was C, because the only way for the triangle to be isosceles given both conditions is for BC = AC , and that's not possible because side AC + BC (assuming they are the same length) would equal AB. And the third side of the triangle must be greater than the sum of the other two sides or less than the difference of the other two sides. So given both conditions, should we be able to say for sure that the triangle is not isosceles?

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I thought it was C, because the only way for the triangle to be isosceles given both conditions is for BC = AC , and that's not possible because side AC + BC (assuming they are the same length) would equal AB. And the third side of the triangle must be greater than the sum of the other two sides or less than the difference of the other two sides. So given both conditions, should we be able to say for sure that the triangle is not isosceles?

Is triangle ABC an isosceles?
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(1) AB/BC = 2 --> $$AB\neq{BC}$$. Not sufficient on its own.
(2) x≠y --> $$AB\neq{AC}$$. Not sufficient on its own.

(1)+(2) Since $$AB\neq{BC}$$ and $$AB\neq{AC}$$, then the only way ABC to be isosceles is when $$AC=BC$$. But in this case as given that AB=2BC then AB=BC+BC=BC+AC which is not possible because the length of any side of a triangle must be smaller than the sum of the other two sides. So, $$AC\neq{BC}$$, which means that ABC is not isosceles. Sufficient.

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16 May 2012, 05:27
Initially tricked upon thinking it is E. Thanks Bunuel for the explanation.

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21 May 2012, 02:35
Ljchen121 wrote:
I thought it was C, because the only way for the triangle to be isosceles given both conditions is for BC = AC , and that's not possible because side AC + BC (assuming they are the same length) would equal AB. And the third side of the triangle must be greater than the sum of the other two sides or less than the difference of the other two sides. So given both conditions, should we be able to say for sure that the triangle is not isosceles?

even if we cosider both 1) & 2) consider the below examples:

Case 1--> x= 30, y=100 & third angle= 50
Case 2--> x=45, y=90 & third angle =45

here both 1) & 2) are satisfied but there is contradiction in result, i.e. in one case traingle is issoceles, in other it is not, for the same conditions. Hence E
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Ljchen121 wrote:
I thought it was C, because the only way for the triangle to be isosceles given both conditions is for BC = AC , and that's not possible because side AC + BC (assuming they are the same length) would equal AB. And the third side of the triangle must be greater than the sum of the other two sides or less than the difference of the other two sides. So given both conditions, should we be able to say for sure that the triangle is not isosceles?

even if we cosider both 1) & 2) consider the below examples:

Case 1--> x= 30, y=100 & third angle= 50
Case 2--> x=45, y=90 & third angle =45

here both 1) & 2) are satisfied but there is contradiction in result, i.e. in one case traingle is issoceles, in other it is not, for the same conditions. Hence E

When considering the statements together the red scenario is not possible. If x=z then it would mean that AC=BC. But in this case as given that AB=2BC then AB=BC+BC=BC+AC which is not possible because the length of any side of a triangle must be smaller than the sum of the other two sides.
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23 May 2012, 11:51
intense reasoning guys! I picked E and didnt test the problem from the length of sides perspective. looked only at the angles.

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13 Sep 2013, 12:54
can side AB=AC from 1st statement by making x=y?

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14 Sep 2013, 04:00
saggii27 wrote:
can side AB=AC from 1st statement by making x=y?

Yes, for (1) it's possible that AB=AC as well as it's possible that AB#AC, so the first statement is not sufficient.
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20 May 2017, 16:47
Hi,

Basis Statement 1 alone: Given ratio of two sides of a triangle AB:BC as 2:1 and Triangle Inequality, how is it possible to create an isoslece triangle?

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21 May 2017, 02:00
Shobhit7 wrote:
Hi,

Basis Statement 1 alone: Given ratio of two sides of a triangle AB:BC as 2:1 and Triangle Inequality, how is it possible to create an isoslece triangle?

2 - 2 - 1
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Is triangle ABC an isosceles?

(1) AB/BC = 2

(2) x≠y

St 1

This statement just tells us that angle A = 2Y however we don't know for certain whether this is an isosceles because

2(50) + 50 + x =180
x =30

Or you could have an isosceles

2(45) + 45 +45 =180

Insuff

St 2

Not necessarily

St 1 and St 2

If x cannot equal y then we cannot have an equilateral

C

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