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The outline of a sign for an ice-cream store is made by placing 3/4 of the circumference of a circle with radius 2 feet on top of an isosceles triangle with height 5 feet, as shown above. What is the perimeter, in feet, of the sign? (A) 3(pie) + 3(sqrt3) (B) 3(pie) + 6(sqrt3) (C) 3(pie) + 2(sqrt33) (D) 4(pie) + 3(sqrt3) (E) 4(pie) + 6(sqrt3)

Exactly the same way I got to the answer, with only 1 difference.

Instead of using \(\sqrt{8}\) I used \(2\sqrt{2}\) and then half of that was \(\sqrt{2}\) to use for finding the length of the hypotnuse.
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Almost all geometry questions on GMAT involving triangles will involve some form of special triangle if you have to calculate the lengths of the sides or hypotnuse.

rao_1857 wrote:

Thanks .. never thought about the 45/45/90 traingle inside the circle. Thanks guys!

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We're told that "3/4 of a circle is placed on a triangle". This means that 270 degrees of the 360 is represented by the ice cream part of the sign. 90 degrees (1/4th of the 360) represents the measurement of the interior angle that gives us the base of the traingle where it connects to the circle. Becuase this is 90 degrees and we know the distance between the end points of the base to the center of the circule is the radius and the length is equal, it creates a 45:45:90 triangle, or a \(1:1:\sqrt{2}\)

If the radius is 2 and we have to two of them, it's 2^2 + 2^2 = base of triange ^2

4 + 4 = base^2 so base is \(\sqrt{8}\)
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------------------------------------ J Allen Morris **I'm pretty sure I'm right, but then again, I'm just a guy with his head up his a$$.

perimeter of the circular part 3/4* circumference 3/4 * 2 *pi * 2 = 3 * pi

calculate the base of the isosceles triangle, connect the base of the triangle to centre of circle to form triangle.

the arc = 1/4th of circumference so the central angle is 90 => right angle triangle two sides of the triangle = radius of circle = 2 each

so base of isosceles triangle sqrt(8)

height of external isoceles triangle= 5

length of the side of external traingle a: a2 = 5^2 + [sqrt(8)/2]^2 = 25 + 2 = 27 i.e length of side = 3* sqrt(3)

perimeter = 3* pi + 2* 3 * sqrt(3)

How did you get the base of isosceles triangle sqrt(8) ?

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I am bad at drawing, but the attached image may help you.

Arc AB = 1/4 ( since remaining part is 3/4 of circumference)

therefore the central angle is 1/4 of 360 = 90 degrees. making OAB right angle triangle. sides of the triangle are radii of circle = 2 and the hypotenuse = \(sqrt (2^2 + 2^2)\)

The outline of a sign for an ice-cream store is made by placing 3/4 of the circumference of a circle with radius 2 feet on top of an isosceles triangle with height 5 feet, as shown above. What is the perimeter, in feet, of the sign? (A) 3(pie) + 3(sqrt3) (B) 3(pie) + 6(sqrt3) (C) 3(pie) + 2(sqrt33) (D) 4(pie) + 3(sqrt3) (E) 4(pie) + 6(sqrt3)

good question agree with B.
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I am bad at drawing, but the attached image may help you.

Arc AB = 1/4 ( since remaining part is 3/4 of circumference)

therefore the central angle is 1/4 of 360 = 90 degrees. making OAB right angle triangle. sides of the triangle are radii of circle = 2 and the hypotenuse = \(sqrt (2^2 + 2^2)\)

Thanks for the drawing. Really made things clear. KUDOS !
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