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Which of the following can be the ratio of sides of a triangle?

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Which of the following can be the ratio of sides of a triangle?

I. \(3:\sqrt{4}:5\)
II. \(\sqrt{3}:4:5\)
III. \(3:4:\sqrt{5}\)

A. II only
B. I and II only
C. I and III only
D. II and III only
E. I, II, and III
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For any triangle with sides a,b,c, the following rules for sides MUST be followed:

|a-b| << c << a+b (this has to be true for ALL the sides!)

II and III: both satisfy the conditions
Hence, Ans: D

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Which of the following can be the ratio of sides of a triangle?

I. \(3:\sqrt{4}:5\)
II. \(\sqrt{3}:4:5\)
III. \(3:4:\sqrt{5}\)

A. II only
B. I and II only
C. I and III only
D. II and III only
E. I, II, and III


The sum of any two sides of a triangle must be greater than the third side.

I. \(3:\sqrt{4}:5\)
The ratio of sides are 3, 2 and 5
But 3 + 2 = 5 which is not acceptable. The sum of any two sides must be greater than the third side.
Hence these cannot be the ratio of the sides of the triangle.

II. \(\sqrt{3}:4:5\)

The ratio of sides are 1.7, 4 and 5.
The sum of any two is greater than the third.
So these can be the ratio of the sides of the triangle.

III. \(3:4:\sqrt{5}\)

The ratio of sides are 3, 4 and 2.2
The sum of any two is greater than the third.
So these can be the ratio of the sides of the triangle.

Answer (D)
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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
Which of the following can be the ratio of sides of a triangle?

I. \(3:\sqrt{4}:5\)
II. \(\sqrt{3}:4:5\)
III. \(3:4:\sqrt{5}\)

A. II only
B. I and II only
C. I and III only
D. II and III only
E. I, II, and III


The sum of any two sides of a triangle must be greater than the third side.

I. \(3:\sqrt{4}:5\)
The ratio of sides are 3, 2 and 5
But 3 + 2 = 5 which is not acceptable. The sum of any two sides must be greater than the third side.
Hence these cannot be the ratio of the sides of the triangle.

II. \(\sqrt{3}:4:5\)

The ratio of sides are 1.7, 4 and 5.
The sum of any two is greater than the third.
So these can be the ratio of the sides of the triangle.

III. \(3:4:\sqrt{5}\)

The ratio of sides are 3, 4 and 2.2
The sum of any two is greater than the third.
So these can be the ratio of the sides of the triangle.

Answer (D)


VeritasPrepKarishma, Bunuel,

Is it sufficient to just check for condition - The sum of any two is greater than the third.

or do we also have to check that the difference of any two sides should be less than the third side

Thanks

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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:
Bunuel wrote:
Which of the following can be the ratio of sides of a triangle?

I. \(3:\sqrt{4}:5\)
II. \(\sqrt{3}:4:5\)
III. \(3:4:\sqrt{5}\)

A. II only
B. I and II only
C. I and III only
D. II and III only
E. I, II, and III


The sum of any two sides of a triangle must be greater than the third side.

I. \(3:\sqrt{4}:5\)
The ratio of sides are 3, 2 and 5
But 3 + 2 = 5 which is not acceptable. The sum of any two sides must be greater than the third side.
Hence these cannot be the ratio of the sides of the triangle.

II. \(\sqrt{3}:4:5\)

The ratio of sides are 1.7, 4 and 5.
The sum of any two is greater than the third.
So these can be the ratio of the sides of the triangle.

III. \(3:4:\sqrt{5}\)

The ratio of sides are 3, 4 and 2.2
The sum of any two is greater than the third.
So these can be the ratio of the sides of the triangle.

Answer (D)


VeritasPrepKarishma, Bunuel,

Is it sufficient to just check for condition - The sum of any two is greater than the third.

or do we also have to check that the difference of any two sides should be less than the third side

Thanks


These are just different ways of saying the same thing.

a + b > c
or
a > c - b

Say sides are 2, 3 and 6.
Sum of 2 and 3 is not greater than 6.
Also difference of 6 and 3 is not less than 2.
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VeritasPrepKarishma wrote:

These are just different ways of saying the same thing.

a + b > c
or
a > c - b

Say sides are 2, 3 and 6.
Sum of 2 and 3 is not greater than 6.
Also difference of 6 and 3 is not less than 2.


Oh.. i see now.. always had this stupid doubt..
Thankyou for clearing this

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