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# What is the value of k?

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GMATH practice exercise (Quant Class 15)

What is the value of $$k$$ ?

(1) $$x = 2$$
(2) $$y^2 = 3$$

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28 Feb 2019, 14:33
From the value of x we cannot come to any point(insufficient). Hence A and D option eliminated.

From the value of y, we can find smaller triangle hypotenuse which will be 2. But still alone we cannot tell the value of k. (insufficient). Hence B and D eliminated.

Thus Options can be then either C or E.

Combining both statements, we see that the other triangle has two sides of length 2 and one angle is 120 , hence other two angles should be 30 each (being isosceles)...

Hence together they are sufficient. Hence C is the option.

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28 Feb 2019, 17:43
fskilnik wrote:
GMATH practice exercise (Quant Class 15)

What is the value of $$k$$ ?

(1) $$x = 2$$
(2) $$y^2 = 3$$

I like to approach problems like this by imagining 'stretching' and 'squishing' the diagram. If I can draw the diagram in two different ways, the statement I'm working with is insufficient.

Here's statement 1:

If y is small, k could be somewhere around 30 degrees. And if y is much bigger than 2 (notice how in the second drawing, x looks a lot smaller than y), k could be much smaller than 30 degrees. Not sufficient.

statement 2:

(I used the 30-60-90 rule to fill out the remaining sides of the bottom triangle, just for clarity.)

[b]Combining the statements[b]:

Fill in all of the known lengths. Then, notice that you have an isosceles triangle on top, with two sides that equal 2. So, you could split it into two identical right triangles with the red dotted line. The angle that's split in half by the red dotted line measures 180-60=120, so half of that angle is 60. Therefore, the missing angle is 30, which is the value of k.

(Also, you might notice that having two sides of 2+1 = 3 and sqrt(3) makes the larger triangle a 30-60-90.)
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01 Mar 2019, 06:38
fskilnik wrote:
GMATH practice exercise (Quant Class 15)

What is the value of $$k$$ ?

(1) $$x = 2$$
(2) $$y^2 = 3$$

$$? = k\,\,\,\left[ {{\rm{degrees}}} \right]$$

$$\left( {1 + 2} \right)\,\,\left\{ \matrix{ \,\Delta \,{\rm{below}}\,\,{\rm{unique}}\,\,\left( {{{30}^ \circ },{{60}^ \circ },{{90}^ \circ } + \,\,y\,\,{\rm{given}}} \right) \hfill \cr \,\Delta \,{\rm{big}}\,\,{\rm{unique}}\,\,\left( {{\rm{legs}}\,\,{\rm{known + Pythagoras}}} \right)\,\, \hfill \cr} \right.\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\,{30^ \circ } + {k^ \circ }\,\,{\rm{unique}}\,\,\,\,\,\, \Rightarrow \,\,\,\,\,\,{\rm{SUFF}}.$$

We follow the notations and rationale taught in the GMATH method.

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Fabio.
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