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The figure above shows the dimensions of a living room floor

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The figure above shows the dimensions of a living room floor that is to be covered completely
with two nonoverlapping rectangular pieces of carpet. What is the area, in square feet, of the
largest piece of carpet that can be used?

A: 80 B: 156 C: 208 D: 216 E: 288

The question looks overly simple, but might not be what we thinking after all.
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gmatbull wrote:
The figure above shows the dimensions of a living room floor that is to be covered completely with two nonoverlapping rectangular pieces of carpet. What is the area, in square feet, of the largest piece of carpet that can be used?

A: 80 B: 156 C: 208 D: 216 E: 288

The question looks overly simple, but might not be what we thinking after all.

I'm happy to respond.

As in so many GMAT problems, the diagram is wildly deceiving, and is bound to lead one into all kinds of incorrect assumptions. Here's a scaled diagram:
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floor with rectangular carpet.JPG [ 16.19 KiB | Viewed 2558 times ]

The diagram suggest, for example, that BC and DE are about the same size, as CE and EF would seem. The scaled diagram makes clear that the dimension we aren't given are much bigger and make the difference. Here, BC = 16 - 4 = 12, and AB = 13 + 5 = 18. The biggest piece of carpet has corners A & B & C and the point on AF below D, and it has an area of 12*18 = 216.

Does all this make sense?
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23 Nov 2015, 14:57
mikemcgarry wrote:
gmatbull wrote:
The figure above shows the dimensions of a living room floor that is to be covered completely with two nonoverlapping rectangular pieces of carpet. What is the area, in square feet, of the largest piece of carpet that can be used?

A: 80 B: 156 C: 208 D: 216 E: 288

The question looks overly simple, but might not be what we thinking after all.

I'm happy to respond.

As in so many GMAT problems, the diagram is wildly deceiving, and is bound to lead one into all kinds of incorrect assumptions. Here's a scaled diagram:
Attachment:
floor with rectangular carpet.JPG

The diagram suggest, for example, that BC and DE are about the same size, as CE and EF would seem. The scaled diagram makes clear that the dimension we aren't given are much bigger and make the difference. Here, BC = 16 - 4 = 12, and AB = 13 + 5 = 18. The biggest piece of carpet has corners A & B & C and the point on AF below D, and it has an area of 12*18 = 216.

Does all this make sense?
Mike

what's the significance of the "overlapping part" I did not get that also I don't get why we are subtracting 16-4 for BC and adding 13 and 5 for AB.
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25 Nov 2015, 11:15
Hi sagnik242,

The prompt tells us that the floor has to be covered by 2 different RECTANGLE carpets that do NOT overlap. Since the room is NOT a rectangle, we have two different ways to place rectangle carpets within it.

1) 2 carpets laid down 'left-to-right'
2) 2 carpets laid down 'north-to-south'

For the first option, the dimensions of the two carpets would be 13x16 and 5x20

For the second option, the dimensions of the two carpets would be 18x12 and 5x4

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Re: The figure above shows the dimensions of a living room floor [#permalink]

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05 Oct 2016, 20:23
The common error that usually hits us is when we look at the diagram as two halves divided at the particular segment as made evident by the image.
Thinking like a business solver and look for other possibilities that what meets the eye.
Re: The figure above shows the dimensions of a living room floor   [#permalink] 05 Oct 2016, 20:23
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