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What is the radius of the incircle of the triangle whose sides measure

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What is the radius of the incircle of the triangle whose sides measure 5, 12 and 13 units?

(A) 2 units
(B) 12 units
(C) 6.5 units
(D) 6 units
(E) 7.5 units

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What is the radius of the incircle of the triangle whose sides measure 5, 12 and 13 units?

(A) 2 units
(B) 12 units
(C) 6.5 units
(D) 6 units
(E) 7.5 units


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As 5,12 and 13 are pythagorean triplet ,so It is a right angled triangle.
Radius of Incircle of Right angled triangle is given r =\(\frac{(a+b-c)}{2}\)
Where c is hypotenuse, a and b are other two sides.
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Edit: Reason for AE=AD and EC=CF: length of tangents drawn from an external point to a circle are equal

here putting c = 13, a=5 , b= 12, we get r =\(\frac{(5+12-13)}{2}\)\(=2\)
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itisSheldon wrote:
What is the radius of the incircle of the triangle whose sides measure 5, 12 and 13 units?

(A) 2 units
(B) 12 units
(C) 6.5 units
(D) 6 units
(E) 7.5 units


Incircle, CircumCircle are not the terms that GMA Uses

As represented in figure, AB = 5, BC = 12, AC = 13

First we need to notice that the triangle is a right triangle

Now since the two tangents drawn from the same point on any circle are equal therefore
BP = BN = Radius r
CN = CM = 12-r
AP = AM = 5-r

Also, AM + CM = 13
i.e. (5-r) + (12-r) = 13

i.e. r = 2

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itisSheldon wrote:
What is the radius of the incircle of the triangle whose sides measure 5, 12 and 13 units?

(A) 2 units
(B) 12 units
(C) 6.5 units
(D) 6 units
(E) 7.5 units



For other readers (Who are already less confident in Quant):

Please do NOT bother yourself with learning the formula for Inradius and Circumradius. They are beyond GMAT Scope...

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