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The above 11 x 11 grid of dots is evenly spaced: each dot is
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Set for yourself a strict 90 second limit for this questions. The above 11 x 11 grid of dots is evenly spaced: each dot is separated by one unit, vertically or horizontally, from its nearest neighbors. Drawn in the diagram is a single right triangle with legs of length 2 & 1. How many right triangles, congruent to this one, of any orientation, can be formed by three dots from this grid? (A) 360 (B) 480 (C) 600 (D) 720 (E) 3600If you are are the type of person that has always felt reasonably comfortable with math, but on GMAT math, you find yourself always running out of time and not able to get to the answer fast enough, then this post is for you: http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/howtodo ... thfaster/BTW, it also contains an elegant solution to this problem. Let me know if anyone has any related questions. Mike Attachment:
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24 Jun 2013, 11:52
for the grid 9 X 9 we can draw 8 triangles for each point i.e 81*8= 648
for the remaining points it is less than 8 so the maximum triangles we can draw is 81*8 + ( < 40*7) so the triangle range is between 648 and 918. in the given option only D satisfies this range so answer is D



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well there are 10 * 9 possible starting places for the triangle.
There are 4 different orientations (IE rotate it 90 degrees four times).
BUt there are twice as many triangles in actuality because we need to invert/flip it.
So 10*9*4*2 = 720



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I did not understand the solution can you please help



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jasu0072005 wrote: I did not understand the solution can you please help Please see the entire blog article: http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/howtodo ... thfaster/You will find a full explanation there. Mike
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Hi Mike,
Suppose i want to go by another approach,one that does not take rectangles into the picture.
Let us make this our XY coordinate system. Let us call the triangle ABC so that A has the right angle AB is parallel to the X axis and AC is parallel to the Y axis(in one of the possible orientations).
Case 1: horizontal is 2 units long and vertical is one unit long(for triangle ABC)
Point A: It has 9 options for its X coordinate and 10 options for the Y coordinate. So 90 possible options for A Point B: will always be restricted by the length given in the question. So only 1 option possible. Point C:will always be restricted by the vertical length given . so only one option.
So total number of triangles possible in this orientation=90.
SImilarly, we will have 90 triangles possible with this fixed orientation and with the vertical length =2units.
Summing, we have 90+90=180 triangles possible. Now, this where I get stuck.
Could you help me how to go ahead with the number of different orientations possible? Maybe with permutations perhaps??
Thanks in advance



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Dear bhang, You are not counting all orientations. For example, for Case I, 2 units hor & 1 units vert  Is B to the right or left of A? Is C above or below A? You see, for any Case I triangle,you are only counting B to the right of A and C above A, but either one of those could still be different. Did you read my full solution on the linked page above? Mike 12bhang wrote: Hi Mike,
Suppose i want to go by another approach,one that does not take rectangles into the picture.
Let us make this our XY coordinate system. Let us call the triangle ABC so that A has the right angle AB is parallel to the X axis and AC is parallel to the Y axis(in one of the possible orientations).
Case 1: horizontal is 2 units long and vertical is one unit long(for triangle ABC)
Point A: It has 9 options for its X coordinate and 10 options for the Y coordinate. So 90 possible options for A Point B: will always be restricted by the length given in the question. So only 1 option possible. Point C:will always be restricted by the vertical length given . so only one option.
So total number of triangles possible in this orientation=90.
SImilarly, we will have 90 triangles possible with this fixed orientation and with the vertical length =2units.
Summing, we have 90+90=180 triangles possible. Now, this where I get stuck.
Could you help me how to go ahead with the number of different orientations possible? Maybe with permutations perhaps??
Thanks in advance
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mikemcgarry wrote: Dear bhang, You are not counting all orientations. For example, for Case I, 2 units hor & 1 units vert  Is B to the right or left of A? Is C above or below A? You see, for any Case I triangle,you are only counting B to the right of A and C above A, but either one of those could still be different. Did you read my full solution on the linked page above? Mike 12bhang wrote: Hi Mike,
Suppose i want to go by another approach,one that does not take rectangles into the picture.
Let us make this our XY coordinate system. Let us call the triangle ABC so that A has the right angle AB is parallel to the X axis and AC is parallel to the Y axis(in one of the possible orientations).
Case 1: horizontal is 2 units long and vertical is one unit long(for triangle ABC)
Point A: It has 9 options for its X coordinate and 10 options for the Y coordinate. So 90 possible options for A Point B: will always be restricted by the length given in the question. So only 1 option possible. Point C:will always be restricted by the vertical length given . so only one option.
So total number of triangles possible in this orientation=90.
SImilarly, we will have 90 triangles possible with this fixed orientation and with the vertical length =2units.
Summing, we have 90+90=180 triangles possible. Now, this where I get stuck.
Could you help me how to go ahead with the number of different orientations possible? Maybe with permutations perhaps??
Thanks in advance Hey mike why didnt you use the number of points (121) and used only orientations and inversion? For eg in case 2<x<4 and 6<y<16, we count all the points?



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mikemcgarry wrote: Set for yourself a strict 90 second limit for this questions. Attachment: The attachment 11 x 11 grid with 2 by 1 triangle.JPG is no longer available The above 11 x 11 grid of dots is evenly spaced: each dot is separated by one unit, vertically or horizontally, from its nearest neighbors. Drawn in the diagram is a single right triangle with legs of length 2 & 1. How many right triangles, congruent to this one, of any orientation, can be formed by three dots from this grid? (A) 360 (B) 480 (C) 600 (D) 720 (E) 3600If you are are the type of person that has always felt reasonably comfortable with math, but on GMAT math, you find yourself always running out of time and not able to get to the answer fast enough, then this post is for you: http://magoosh.com/gmat/2013/howtodo ... thfaster/BTW, it also contains an elegant solution to this problem. Let me know if anyone has any related questions. Mike this can be solved pretty quickly by visualizing the possible orientations of letter 'L' . as shown in picture, there are 8 possible ways to rotate letter L and for each position we will have 10*9 = 90 such triangles. so 8*90 = 720 is answer . Answer D
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My take on this one.. can be solved in the 90 sec time... Congruent triangles will fit on each other perfectly essentially triangles of same dimensions. the only orientations possible are picking 2 spaces i.e.,3 dots horizontally or vertically. If you see diagonally the length of the sides will be longer. hence only two possible orientations. Horizontally out of 10 spaces we need 2 continuous spaces...so 9c2(we need two continuous spaces hence 2 spaces will be considered as 1) the one space 10c1 Total :9c2 * 10C1 =360 Vertically same :360 total 360*2=720
*Please feel free to point out any errors in my reasoning*



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@ goforgmat wrote: My take on this one.. can be solved in the 90 sec time... Congruent triangles will fit on each other perfectly essentially triangles of same dimensions. the only orientations possible are picking 2 spaces i.e.,3 dots horizontally or vertically. If you see diagonally the length of the sides will be longer. hence only two possible orientations. Horizontally out of 10 spaces we need 2 continuous spaces...so 9c2(we need two continuous spaces hence 2 spaces will be considered as 1) the one space 10c1 Total :9c2 * 10C1 =360 Vertically same :360 total 360*2=720
*Please feel free to point out any errors in my reasoning* Can you please explain why we need 10 spaces horizontally? (or vertically)? can you please walk me through the way of thinking??



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georgekaterji wrote: @ goforgmat wrote: My take on this one.. can be solved in the 90 sec time... Congruent triangles will fit on each other perfectly essentially triangles of same dimensions. the only orientations possible are picking 2 spaces i.e.,3 dots horizontally or vertically. If you see diagonally the length of the sides will be longer. hence only two possible orientations. Horizontally out of 10 spaces we need 2 continuous spaces...so 9c2(we need two continuous spaces hence 2 spaces will be considered as 1) the one space 10c1 Total :9c2 * 10C1 =360 Vertically same :360 total 360*2=720
*Please feel free to point out any errors in my reasoning* Can you please explain why we need 10 spaces horizontally? (or vertically)? can you please walk me through the way of thinking?? We need to connect three dots (horizontally or vertically), three dots continuously has 2 spaces continuously. We cant select any two spaces we need to select two continuous ones so we need to treat 2 continuous as 1 hence selecting 9c2.



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