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# M15-21

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16 Sep 2014, 00:56
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If $$x = 80.0127^2$$, which of the following is true about $$x$$?

A. $$6400.0 \lt x \lt 6400.5$$
B. $$6400.5 \lt x \lt 6401.0$$
C. $$6401.0 \lt x \lt 6401.5$$
D. $$6401.5 \lt x \lt 6402.0$$
E. $$6402.0 \lt x \lt 6402.5$$

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16 Sep 2014, 00:56
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If $$x = 80.0127^2$$, which of the following is true about $$x$$?

A. $$6400.0 \lt x \lt 6400.5$$
B. $$6400.5 \lt x \lt 6401.0$$
C. $$6401.0 \lt x \lt 6401.5$$
D. $$6401.5 \lt x \lt 6402.0$$
E. $$6402.0 \lt x \lt 6402.5$$

$$80.0127^2$$ is slightly larger than $$80.0125^2 = (80 + 0.0125)^2 = 80^2 + 2*80*0.0125 + 0.0125^2 =$$

$$=6400 + 2 + 0.0125^2 = 6402 + 0.0125^2$$.

Among the listed choices only in E is $$x$$ larger than 6402.

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22 Jan 2016, 21:29
I love the approach of breaking up the numbers to analyze them, very smart.

I understand how $$80^2$$ and $$.0125^2$$ are derived, but where does the 2 come from? Thanks
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22 Jan 2016, 21:43
Anonamy wrote:
I love the approach of breaking up the numbers to analyze them, very smart.

I understand how $$80^2$$ and $$.0125^2$$ are derived, but where does the 2 come from? Thanks

hi,
the formula for $$(a+b)^2 is a^2 + 2ab + b^2$$
so that 2 is of 2ab or 2*80*.0125..
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22 Jan 2016, 22:09
Ah, thank you chetan2u, got it!
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17 Sep 2016, 04:50
Question stem has a 80.127^2 whereas the explanation has taken 80.125^2. This changes the answer completely. Please correct the error in the question stem
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29 Sep 2016, 14:49
ryanoberoi wrote:
Question stem has a 80.127^2 whereas the explanation has taken 80.125^2. This changes the answer completely. Please correct the error in the question stem

I think you misunderstood the question and the explanation.

The explanation took 80.125^2 because it is easier to calculate than 80.127^2.

Since 80.125^2 < 80.127^2

if any of the answer choices are smaller than 80.125^2, then it must be wrong.

Because only E is larger than 80.125^2, it must be the answer.

Hope this helps.
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25 Jan 2017, 07:50
Thanks for the solution .... this one was a bit tricky ....
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01 Feb 2017, 07:41
Good question. Thanks for the solution... Much faster than doing long multiplication
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04 Mar 2018, 13:53
I think this is a high-quality question and I agree with explanation.
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30 Jun 2018, 03:36
Bunuel wrote:
Official Solution:

If $$x = 80.0127^2$$, which of the following is true about $$x$$?

A. $$6400.0 \lt x \lt 6400.5$$
B. $$6400.5 \lt x \lt 6401.0$$
C. $$6401.0 \lt x \lt 6401.5$$
D. $$6401.5 \lt x \lt 6402.0$$
E. $$6402.0 \lt x \lt 6402.5$$

$$80.0127^2$$ is slightly larger than $$80.0125^2 = (80 + 0.0125)^2 = 80^2 + 2*80*0.0125 + 0.0125^2 =$$

$$=6400 + 2 + 0.0125^2 = 6402 + 0.0125^2$$.

Among the listed choices only in E is $$x$$ larger than 6402.

Hi Bunuel,

Where is the part highlighted?
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30 Jun 2018, 10:20
nigina93 wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
Official Solution:

If $$x = 80.0127^2$$, which of the following is true about $$x$$?

A. $$6400.0 \lt x \lt 6400.5$$
B. $$6400.5 \lt x \lt 6401.0$$
C. $$6401.0 \lt x \lt 6401.5$$
D. $$6401.5 \lt x \lt 6402.0$$
E. $$6402.0 \lt x \lt 6402.5$$

$$80.0127^2$$ is slightly larger than $$80.0125^2 = (80 + 0.0125)^2 = 80^2 + 2*80*0.0125 + 0.0125^2 =$$

$$=6400 + 2 + 0.0125^2 = 6402 + 0.0125^2$$.

Among the listed choices only in E is $$x$$ larger than 6402.

Hi Bunuel,

Where is the part highlighted?

What do you mean by "where"?
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