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The figure shows two squares, and the points W, X, Y, and Z lie on a line. If the distance between W and X is equal to the distance between X and Y and to the distance between Y and Z, then the area of the smaller square is what fraction of the area of the larger square? A. 1/2 B. 1/3 C. 1/4 D. 1/8 E. 1/9 Attachment:
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Originally posted by Finance0402 on 02 Sep 2016, 07:34.
Last edited by Bunuel on 02 Sep 2016, 07:43, edited 1 time in total.
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Finance0402 wrote: How to solve this geometry question? I don't get it Let \(x\) be the diagonal of a square, so the side is \(\frac{x}{\sqrt{2}}\). Area is side * side = \(\frac{x^2}{2}\). Given diagonal of larger square is 3 times the diagonal of the smaller square. So Area of small square : Area of larger square = \(\frac{x^2}{2} : \frac{3^2 * x^2}{2}\) = \(\frac{1}{9}\)



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Senthil1981 wrote: Finance0402 wrote: How to solve this geometry question? I don't get it Let \(x\) be the diagonal of a square, so the side is \(\frac{x}{\sqrt{2}}\). Area is side * side = \(\frac{x^2}{2}\). Given diagonal of larger square is 3 times the diagonal of the smaller square. So Area of small square : Area of larger square = \(\frac{x^2}{2} : \frac{3^2 * x^2}{2}\) = \(\frac{1}{9}\) I dont get to be honest why the side should be \(\frac{x}{\sqrt{2}}\) ?



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Finance0402 wrote: Senthil1981 wrote: Finance0402 wrote: How to solve this geometry question? I don't get it Let \(x\) be the diagonal of a square, so the side is \(\frac{x}{\sqrt{2}}\). Area is side * side = \(\frac{x^2}{2}\). Given diagonal of larger square is 3 times the diagonal of the smaller square. So Area of small square : Area of larger square = \(\frac{x^2}{2} : \frac{3^2 * x^2}{2}\) = \(\frac{1}{9}\) I dont get to be honest why the side should be \(\frac{x}{\sqrt{2}}\) ? It's the property of the square. Diagonal = Side * \(\sqrt{2}\) . Pythogoras theorem



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03 Sep 2016, 00:55
formula for side when diagonal is known s^2 = 2 * d^2
area of small square = 2 (xy)^2 ; area of bigger square = 2 (wz)^2 wz=3*xy area of bigger square = 2 * 9 * xy^2.
ratio of smaller to bigger squares area = 1:9 .



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WX, XY and YZ as hypotenuse, are equal in lengths. So, this means that a case can be made where the two nonhypotenuse sides will also be equal for each of these lengths.
By this analogy, if the side of the larger triangle is 3, then the side of the smaller triangle will be 1.
So, ratio of areas = 1:9



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Finance0402 wrote: The figure shows two squares, and the points W, X, Y, and Z lie on a line. If the distance between W and X is equal to the distance between X and Y and to the distance between Y and Z, then the area of the smaller square is what fraction of the area of the larger square? A. 1/2 B. 1/3 C. 1/4 D. 1/8 E. 1/9 Attachment: Bildschirmfoto 20160902 um 16.33.26.png Attachment: 20160902_1842.png Since \(WX = XY = YZ\), basically \(XY = (1/3)*WZ\) Note that a square is a special type of rhombus. Area of rhombus = (1/2)*diagonal1*diagonal2 Area of smaller square \(= (1/2)*(WZ)^2\) Area of larger square \(= (1/2)*XY^2 = (1/2)*(1/9)*(WZ)^2\) Answer (E) *Edited
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Dear Karishma. You have mentioned areas of smaller and larger squares wrongly.. the small square area has to be : 1/2*1/9*(wz)2 and for larger square it should be what you mentioned for smaller square Sent from my SMG935F using GMAT Club Forum mobile app



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kaushiksamrat wrote: Dear Karishma. You have mentioned areas of smaller and larger squares wrongly.. the small square area has to be : 1/2*1/9*(wz)2 and for larger square it should be what you mentioned for smaller square Sent from my SMG935F using GMAT Club Forum mobile appYeah, I flipped the two. Edited. Thanks.
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