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# Triangle PQR has angle PRQ equal to 90 degrees. What is the value of P

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Triangle PQR has angle PRQ equal to 90 degrees. What is the value of PR + RQ?

A. Diameter of the inscribed circle of the triangle PQR is equal to 10 cm.
B. Diameter of the circumscribed circle of the triangle PQR is equal to 18 cm.
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Triangle PQR has angle PRQ equal to 90 degrees. What is the value of PR + RQ?

A. Diameter of the inscribed circle of the triangle PQR is equal to 10 cm.
B. Diameter of the circumscribed circle of the triangle PQR is equal to 18 cm.

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Given that $$\angle{PRQ}$$ = 90 degrees.

This question uses a very non standard relation between the incircle's radius (r) and the sides (a,b,c, c being the hypotenuse). Let A be the area of the triangle = 0.5*a*b,

Thus, $$r = \frac{2*Area of the triangle}{Perimter of the triangle}$$ --->$$r = \frac {2*0.5*a*b}{a+b+c}$$ ...(1)

Per statement 1, r is given but without a,b and c , we wont be able to find a+b. Not sufficient.

Per statement 2, the diameter of the circumcircle will become the hypotenuse (--> c=18) of the triangle but without a or b , this statement is not sufficient.

Combining, you get, r=5, c=18, and from the relation (1), you can clearly calculate a+b. C is the correct answer.

For the sake of completeness, once you get r=5, c=18, substituting in (1) you get,

--->$$r = \frac {2*0.5*a*b}{a+b+c}$$ ---> $$5 = \frac {2*0.5*a*b}{a+b+18}$$ ...(2) and from the pythogoras theorem for triangle PQR, $$a^2+b^2=c^2$$---> $$(a+b)^2-2ab = c^2$$ ...(3)

Solving, 2 and 3, will give you a quadratic equation, $$(a+b)^2-10(a+b)-504 = 0$$ ---> a+b = 28 or -18 (rejecting negative as sides can not sum to a ngeative number).

Thus the only value you get is a+b = 28.

Hope this helps.
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04 Jul 2017, 07:52
Engr2012: Can you tell how did you arrive at Formula 1?
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04 Jul 2017, 08:27
I think the answer should be B. The length pq should be equal to the diameter (18cm) of the circumscribed circle. Which then means that the right triangle is 30:60:90 triangle with sides equal to 2x9:3^0.5x9:9

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I think the answer should be B. The length pq should be equal to the diameter (18cm) of the circumscribed circle. Which then means that the right triangle is 30:60:90 triangle with sides equal to 2x9:3^0.5x9:9

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Let me ask you a question: why should it be 30:60:90 triangle? Why not 10-80-90 triangle? Or any other type of a right triangle?
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gauravprashar17 wrote:
Engr2012: Can you tell how did you arrive at Formula 1?

Refer to http://www.mathalino.com/reviewer/deriv ... f-incircle
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05 Jul 2017, 03:02
Bunuel wrote:
Sebastian Shoaib wrote:
I think the answer should be B. The length pq should be equal to the diameter (18cm) of the circumscribed circle. Which then means that the right triangle is 30:60:90 triangle with sides equal to 2x9:3^0.5x9:9

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Let me ask you a question: why should it be 30:60:90 triangle? Why not 10-80-90 triangle? Or any other type of a right triangle?

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Yes I see...dia of inscribed circle (10) = sum of two sides minus the hypo...so the answer is C. Thanks

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