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The measures of the interior angles in a polygon are consecutive integers. The smallest angle measures 136 degrees. How many sides does this polygon have?

A) 8
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D) 11
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The measures of the interior angles in a polygon are consecutive integers. The smallest angle measures 136 degrees. How many sides does this polygon have?

A) 8
B) 9
C) 10
D) 11
E) 13

Sum of Interior Angles of a polygon is $$180(n-2)$$ where $$n$$ is the number of sides (so is the number of angles);

We are told that the smallest angle is 136 degrees, the next will be 136+1 degrees, ..., and the largest one, $$n_{th}$$ angle, will be $$136+(n-1)$$ degrees. The sum of the $$n$$ consecutive integers (the sum of $$n$$ angles) is given by $$\frac{first+last}{2}*# \ of \ terms=\frac{136+(136+n-1)}{2}*n=\frac{271+n}{2}*n$$;

So we have that $$180(n-2)=\frac{271+n}{2}*n$$ --> $$360(n-2)=(271+n)*n$$, now try the answer choices: in order RHS to end with zero (as LHS is because of 360) then $$n$$, out of the options listed, could be either 10 or 9, $$n=9$$ fits.

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The measures of the interior angles in a polygon are consecutive integers. The smallest angle measures 136 degrees. How many sides does this polygon have?

A) 8
B) 9
C) 10
D) 11
E) 13

When I look at this question, I say, "I know how to find the Interior angle of a regular polygon. But this is not a regular polygon since it has angles 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142 ....etc."

Also,
Interior angle of 8 sided regular polygon = 180*6/8 = 135
Interior angle of 9 sided regular polygon = 180*7/9 = 140
Interior angle of 10 sided regular polygon = 180*8/10 = 144
etc

The average of the given angles can only match 140 (such that effectively, all the angles are 140) Hence, the polygon must have 9 sides.

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tough one. simple solution, but its not an ez one.
am i right?
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tough one. simple solution, but its not an ez one.
am i right?

Actually, I wouldn't say it is very tough if we know that the sum of interior angles of a polygon is 180(n -2) (I explained above why it is so). We can also use a very straight forward but long approach.

Interior angles of the given polygon: 136, 137, 138, 139, 140, 141, 142, 143....

Using options:

If the polygon had 8 sides, it would have had 8 interior angles. Their sum: (8-2)180 = 1080
Sum of 8 angles: 136 +137 + 138 + 139 + 140 + 141 + 142 + 143 is more than 1080 hence this polygon does not have 8 sides.

If the polygon had 9 sides, it would have had 9 interior angles. Their sum: (9-2)180 = 1260
Sum of 9 angles: 136 +137 + 138 + 139 + 140 + 141 + 142 + 143 + 144 is 1260. Hence this polygon does have 9 sides.
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06 Feb 2011, 07:45
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tough one. simple solution, but its not an ez one.
am i right?

I wouldn't say it's very hard either, though I wouldn't recommend trial and error in this cases:

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Calculating the sum of the interior angles of a polygon with 7 sides then checking whether 7 consecutive integers starting from 136 add up to that value;
Calculating the sum of the interior angles of a polygon with 8 sides then checking whether 8 consecutive integers starting from 136 add up to that value;
Calculating the sum of the interior angles of a polygon with 9 sides then checking whether 9 consecutive integers starting from 136 add up to that value;

Whereas equating two formulas and working on answer choices should give an answer in less time: $$180(n-2)=\frac{271+n}{2}*n$$ --> $$360(n-2)=(271+n)*n$$ --> $$n=9$$.
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ye... well i guess i need to work on my geometry more so the way i process these things will be better...

thanks both as usual.
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Hey guys...please let me know whether this method is correct or not.
the stem says that the angles are consecutive integers, 136 being the smallest one. Also going by the formula of sum of interior angles, we know atleast this much that sum of angles cant be number like 729, 847, 653, 542 but it can be a number of the form xx0. So going by this knowledge, if the smallest angle is 136 then the sum of angles can only be of the form xx0 when the largest angle is 144. That is 9 sides.
Yeah the largest angle could be 154, 164 but in that case the number of sides must be 19 and 29 respectively.
Since the largest option is 13, hence the answer is 9.
Please correct me if I am wrong.
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But a polygon has sum of sides equal to (n-2)*180, thus sum will always have 0 as units digit.

Therefore if we begin with 136+137 etc... only 9 fits the bill since 4 is not a valid answer choice

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rxs0005 wrote:
The measures of the interior angles in a polygon are consecutive integers. The smallest angle measures 136 degrees. How many sides does this polygon have?

A) 8
B) 9
C) 10
D) 11
E) 13

Sum of Interior Angles of a polygon is $$180(n-2)$$ where $$n$$ is the number of sides (so is the number of angles);

We are told that the smallest angle is 136 degrees, the next will be 136+1 degrees, ..., and the largest one, $$n_{th}$$ angle, will be $$136+(n-1)$$ degrees. The sum of the $$n$$ consecutive integers (the sum of $$n$$ angles) is given by $$\frac{first+last}{2}*# \ of \ terms=\frac{136+(136+n-1)}{2}*n=\frac{271+n}{2}*n$$;

So we have that $$180(n-2)=\frac{271+n}{2}*n$$ --> $$360(n-2)=(271+n)*n$$, now try the answer choices: in order RHS to end with zero (as LHS is because of 360) then $$n$$, out of the options listed, could be either 10 or 9, $$n=9$$ fits.

Hi Bunnel,

In above post, i could not get " in order RHS to end with zero (as LHS is because of 360) then $$n$$, out of the options listed, could be either 10 or 9, $$n=9$$ fits'.
Why are you saying that LHS is 0.

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Bunuel wrote:
rxs0005 wrote:
The measures of the interior angles in a polygon are consecutive integers. The smallest angle measures 136 degrees. How many sides does this polygon have?

A) 8
B) 9
C) 10
D) 11
E) 13

Sum of Interior Angles of a polygon is $$180(n-2)$$ where $$n$$ is the number of sides (so is the number of angles);

We are told that the smallest angle is 136 degrees, the next will be 136+1 degrees, ..., and the largest one, $$n_{th}$$ angle, will be $$136+(n-1)$$ degrees. The sum of the $$n$$ consecutive integers (the sum of $$n$$ angles) is given by $$\frac{first+last}{2}*# \ of \ terms=\frac{136+(136+n-1)}{2}*n=\frac{271+n}{2}*n$$;

So we have that $$180(n-2)=\frac{271+n}{2}*n$$ --> $$360(n-2)=(271+n)*n$$, now try the answer choices: in order RHS to end with zero (as LHS is because of 360) then $$n$$, out of the options listed, could be either 10 or 9, $$n=9$$ fits.

Hi Bunnel,

In above post, i could not get " in order RHS to end with zero (as LHS is because of 360) then $$n$$, out of the options listed, could be either 10 or 9, $$n=9$$ fits'.
Why are you saying that LHS is 0.

Regards,
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Because the left hand side (LHS) is 360(n-2) = 10*(36(n-2)) = 10*integer = something with the units digit of 0.

Does this make sense?
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Hi Bunnel,

In above post, i could not get " in order RHS to end with zero (as LHS is because of 360) then $$n$$, out of the options listed, could be either 10 or 9, $$n=9$$ fits'.
Why are you saying that LHS is 0.

Regards,
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Because the left hand side (LHS) is 360(n-2) = 10*(36(n-2)) = 10*integer = something with the units digit of 0.

Does this make sense?[/quote]

I understood it now. Thank you
Actually I had misinterpreted it . I thought you were saying "RHS to end with zero -->(271+n)*n= 0" . Its my Bad.
Thanks for clarification.

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The measures of the interior angles in a polygon are consecutive integers. The smallest angle measures 136 degrees. How many sides does this polygon have?

A) 8
B) 9
C) 10
D) 11
E) 13

oh..nice question..
i haven't reviewed the geometry and i took some additional time to solve it...
total sum of the interior angle of a polygon is 180(n-2)
i started by trial...
suppose we have 10 sides, then 180(10-2) = 180*8 = 1440
sum of the angles in this case...
i solved this way - 10*136 = 1360
then, since we have consecutive numbers, let's find the sum of the numbers from 1 to 9. best way, to use the formula n(n+1)/2 -> 9*10/2 = 45.
1360+45 = 1405.
the sum doesn't match with what we need.
in this case, we know for sure that C, D, and E are not correct.
we are left with 2 answers, and we need to test one more time...

9 sides -> 180(9-2) = 1260
now..don't need to go all the way through with what we did earlier...
sum of the consecutive numbers is 1405, and the greatest number is 136+9 or 145.
1405 - 145 = 1260.

we have a match!

woah, so many more ways to solve it here! awesome!
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