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The figure above shows a rectangular garden that is comprised of a central plot and a border surrounding the central plot; the border and the central plot have the same area. The garden has length 25 feet and width 20 feet. If the length and width of the central plot have the same ratio as the length and width of the garden, what is the length of the central plot, in feet?

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let length and bredth of central plot be x and y therefore area =x*y as per the question 25*20-xy=xy 500=2xy > xy=250 now 25/20=x/y x/y=5/4 > 5x*4x=250 > x2 =250/20 > x =(25/2)^1/2

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Let length of central plot = x width of central plot = y

Since , the border and the central plot have the same area . x*y = 25*20 - x*y => 2*x*y = 500 => x*y = 250 --- 1

Length and width of central plot have the same ratio as the length and width of the garden x/y = 25/20 = 5/4

=> y = (4/5)* x --- 2

Using equation 2 in equation 2 , we get (4/5) *x *x = 250 => x^2 = 1250 / 4 => x = [25*(2^(1/2))]/2

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let length and bredth of central plot be x and y therefore area =x*y as per the question 25*20-xy=xy 500=2xy > xy=250 now 25/20=x/y x/y=5/4 > 5x*4x=250 > x2 =250/20 > x =(25/2)^1/2

Hi, you are right upto x=(25/2)^1/2... x=5/(2^1/2).. we are looking for 5x=5*5/(2^1/2)=25/(2^1/2) or 25(2^1/2)/2 ans D
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The length and width of the central plot have the same ratio as the length and width of the garden, Let the length be 5X and width be 4X for central Plot, so central plot area = \(20X^{2}\) Area of central Plot = Area of border surrounding, So Area of border surrounding = \(20X^{2}\) Area of central Plot + Area of border surrounding = Total Area \(20X^{2}\) + \(20X^{2}\) = 20 *25 \(40X^{2}\) = 500 X = \(\frac{5}{\sqrt {2}}\) Length of central plot: 5X = 5*\(\frac{5}{\sqrt {2}}\) = \(\frac{25\sqrt {2}}{2}\)

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I solved it by looking at the answer choices and using logic/educated guessing/Luck.

Because the big rectangle's area is (500 - the little rectangle) = little rectangle. You can guess that the little one going to be about half the size. If it were a perfect square the lengths would be \sqrt{250}. 16^2=256 so we are looking for something that is a little bigger than 15ish.

Answers A, B and E make the length even longer than 25 so cross them out and C makes it 8 which is way too small leaving only D which is 17ish.

This could have been pure luck but I still got it right

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Bunuel wrote:

The figure above shows a rectangular garden that is comprised of a central plot and a border surrounding the central plot; the border and the central plot have the same area. The garden has length 25 feet and width 20 feet. If the length and width of the central plot have the same ratio as the length and width of the garden, what is the length of the central plot, in feet?

Length of the central plot must be less than 25 if we analyse every option we see each one is greater than 25 exept (C)& (D) but option (C) is rather a negative value which is immpossible leaving option(D) as correct one Ans D

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Bunuel wrote:

The figure above shows a rectangular garden that is comprised of a central plot and a border surrounding the central plot; the border and the central plot have the same area. The garden has length 25 feet and width 20 feet. If the length and width of the central plot have the same ratio as the length and width of the garden, what is the length of the central plot, in feet?