### Hi brent,

Hi brent,

https://gmatclub.com/forum/what-is-the-area-of-rectangular-region-r-166186.html

Is my assumption that diagonals of a rectangle are angle bisectors incorrect?

Is that valid only for square and rhombus?

Unless the rectangle in question has 4 equal sides (i.e., the rectangle is a square), then the diagonals do not bisect the angles.

For example, in the following diagonal, you can see that the angles are not bisected:
https://www.math.nmsu.edu/~pmorandi/math112f00/graphics/RectangleWithDia...

As you suggest, the diagonals bisect the angles in squares and rhombuses only.

Cheers,
Brent

### Hi, I can't understand the

Hi, I can't understand the area of a circle: if the area is 4a²π, why the radius is 2a, not 4a? An area of a circle should be Pi (radius)^2? I think I have just missed something..

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In the figure above the square has two sides which are tangent to the circle. If the area of the circle is 4a²π, what is the area of the square?

A. 2a²
B. 4a
C. 4a²
D. 16a²
E. 64a²

We're told the area = 4a²π
NOTE: the a is squared but the 4 is not. That is, the area = 4(a²)π

Take 4(a²)π and make the following EQUIVALENCIES:
4(a²)π = (π)(4)(a²)
= (π)(2²)(a²)
= (π)(2a)²

Since the area of circle = (π)(radius)², we can see that the radius must have length 2a

Does that help?

Here's my full solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-the-figure-above-the-square-has-two-sides-...

Cheers,
Brent

### Came here for this! Thank you

Came here for this! Thank you. I got the right answer but couldn't make sense of why/how I knew it and it was actually driving me insane lol. Thanks for this explanation!

### Hi Brent,

Hi Brent,

In the figure above, what is the perimeter of rectangle ABPQ?

(1) The area of rectangular region ABCD is 3 times the area of rectangular region ABPQ.
(2) The perimeter of rectangle ABCD is 54.

https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-the-figure-above-what-is-the-perimeter-of-rectangle-abpq-2821.html

### I'm happy to help.

I'm happy to help.

Here's my step-by-step solution (with diagrams!): https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-the-figure-above-what-is-the-perimeter-of-...

Cheers,
Brent

### Thanks Brent!

Thanks Brent!

https://gmatclub.com/forum/pqrs-is-a-parallelogram-and-st-tr-what-is-the-ratio-of-the-area-of-218625.html

### Hi Brent, in your solution to

Hi Brent, in your solution to the below question, I did not understand one part - why is x/y = y/(x/2)?
Shouldn't it be x/y - x/2/y?

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A project requires a rectangular sheet of cardboard satisfying the following requirement: When the sheet is cut into identical rectangular halves, each of the resulting rectangles has the same ratio of length to width as the original sheet. Which of the following sheets comes closest to satisfying the requirement?

(A) A sheet measuring 7 inches by 10 inches
(B) A sheet measuring 8 inches by 14 inches
(C) A sheet measuring 10 inches by 13 inches
(D) A sheet measuring 3 feet by 5 feet
(E) A sheet measuring 5 feet by 8 feet

Here's an algebraic solution:

Let x be length of the LONG side of the original rectangle
Let y be length of the SHORT side of the original rectangle
Then cut the rectangle into two pieces
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We want the resulting rectangles to have the same ratio of length to width as the original sheet.
In other words, we want x/y = y/(x/2)
Cross multiply to get: x²/2 = y²
Multiply both sides by 2 to get: x² = 2y²
Divide both sides by y² to get: x²/y² = 2
Take square root of both sides to get: x/y = √2

IMPORTANT: For the GMAT, everyone should know the following APPROXIMATIONS: √2 ≈ 1.4, √3 ≈ 1.7, √5 ≈ 2.2

So, we know that x/y ≈ 1.4
In other words, the ratio (LONG side)/(SHORT side) ≈ 1.4
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### We need the ratio of the

We need the ratio of the sides of the BIG rectangle to equal the ratio of the sides of a SMALL rectangle.
In other words, we want:
(longest length of BIG rectangle)/(shortest length of BIG rectangle) = (longest length of SMALL rectangle)/(shortest length of SMALL rectangle)

BIG RECTANGLE:
longest length = x
shortest length = y
So, ratio = x/y

SMALL RECTANGLE:
longest length = y
shortest length = x/2
So, ratio = y/(x/2)

The resulting EQUATION is: x/y = y/(x/2)

Does that help?

Cheers,
Brent

### Hi Brent,

Hi Brent,

The question specifically mentions "the ratio of length to width", does it have any bearing on how we tackle the question? We used the longest length to shortest length ratio which essentially is length : width (big rectangle) = width : length (small rectangle), reversing the order for the shorter rectangle.

Thanks so much for all the help!

### Good question!

Good question!

Since the length to width ratios for BOTH rectangles need to be the same, the ONLY way to accomplish this is to "reverse the order"
That is, for both rectangles, we the equation MUST be one of the following:

1) (longer side of BIG rectangle)/(shorter side of BIG rectangle) = (longer side of SMALL rectangle)/(shorter side of SMALL rectangle)

2) (shorter side of BIG rectangle)/(longer side of BIG rectangle) = (shorter side of SMALL rectangle)/(longer side of SMALL rectangle)

Does that help?

Cheers,
Brent

### Hi Brent, just a question in

Hi Brent, just a question in terms of Rhombus'.

1) You state that a Rhombus has 4 equal sides and that the diagonals of a Rhombus are perpendicular bisectors. Could you kindly explain as to what advantage we hold in terms of knowing that the diagonals of a rhombus are perpendicular bisectors? I.E. How would this concept be tested?

2) Also, later in the video (around 5:25) you demonstrate another equation to find the area of a rhombus where you set one diagonal to 7 and the other to 4. Given that a rhombus has 4 equal sides, wouldn't both diagonals always be the same length?

Thank you as always! P.S. Happy Happy Halloween.

### Happy Halloween, brownpure!

Happy Halloween, brownpure!

We're taking our son out trick or treating shortly, but I thought I'd respond before leaving :-)

1) If you were told that quadrilateral ABCD has perpendicular bisectors, then you'd know that the quadrilateral is a rhombus.

2) Be careful. The term "perpendicular bisector" doesn't mean the diagonals are equal; it means each diagonal cuts the other diagonal into 2 equal length. If you check out the link that follows, you can see that the 2 diagonals of the given rhombus don't have equal lengths: https://goo.gl/images/N5dzNU

Cheers,
Brent

### Awesome thank you! Hope you

Awesome thank you! Hope you and your family enjoy :).

### We had a great time - thanks!

We had a great time - thanks!

### Hi Brent,

Hi Brent,

Thanks a lot
Fatima-Zahra

I started by recognizing that:
Area of shaded region = (area of large 8 x 9 rectangle) - (area of unshaded trapezoid)

That is, I took the area of the large 8 x 9 rectangle, and then subtracted area of unshaded trapezoid.

The UNSHADED trapezoid has height 3, and the two parallel sides (the bases) have lengths 4 and 6.

At this point, I applied the formula for area of a trapezoid (see video for formula)

We get: Area of trapezoid = (4 + 6)(3)/2 = 15, which I then subtracted from the area of large 8 x 9 rectangle

Does that help?

Cheers,
Brent

### https://gmatclub.com/forum

Couldn't we have proved sufficiency for Statement 1 by this:

Area of unshaded region = 1/2 of area of rectangle as the width and length represent height and base?

That makes total sense. In fact, it's the same reasoning that @Princ used above my solution.
My solution presents an alternative approach.

Cheers,
Brent

### https://gmatclub.com/forum

https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-figure-above-represents-an-l-shaped-garden-what-is-the-value-of-k-207705.html

I understand the algebraic method to prove statement 2 is insufficient. But visually, could the diagram have been drawn differently with more clues to make the statement sufficient? If so how?

### Here's my full solution (with

Here's my full solution (with diagrams): https://gmatclub.com/forum/the-figure-above-represents-an-l-shaped-garde...

Please let me know if that helps.

Cheers,
Brent

### https://gmatclub.com/forum

https://gmatclub.com/forum/pqrs-is-a-parallelogram-and-st-tr-what-is-the-ratio-of-the-area-of-218625.html

I'm wondering if we could just eyeball this one? Since ST is equal to TR (i.e. QT is the midpoint), we get two equal triangles SQT and QRT). QS divides the parallelogram into half and if we cut QPS into two triangles equal to SQT and QRT then the parallelogram has got 4 triangles, the area which equals the parallelogram. So the proportion of one area of triangle to the entire parallelogram (i.e. 4 triangles) would 1:4?

Does that work or has my mind just dangerously conceived of an easy way out of this which really isn't valid?

That's a perfectly valid/fast (GMAT-style) solution - nice work!!

Cheers,
Brent

### Hi Brent,

Hi Brent,

Would you please explain how did we calculate that Angle JQM to be 60 degrees?
https://gmatclub.com/forum/properties-of-polygons-questions-254633.html

Thanks!

### I think you posted the wrong

I think you posted the wrong link.
https://gmatclub.com/forum/properties-of-polygons-questions-254633.html is just a list of linked questions pertaining to polygons.
Cheers,
Brent

### Hey Brent,

Hey Brent,

considering this Q:

https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-the-figure-shown-above-line-segment-qr-has-length-12-and-rectangle-165552.html

isn´t there a faster way to solve it than with a quadratic equation?

Cheers,

Philipp

### I can't think of a faster

I can't think of a faster approach.
Here's my full solution: https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-the-figure-shown-above-line-segment-qr-has...

Cheers,
Brent

### Hi brent in questions like

Hi brent in questions like this below it is easy to get into the trap of selecting c as the answer. Can you tell how should i pick numbers in question like this.

In the figure above, what is the perimeter of rectangle ABPQ?

(1) The area of rectangular region ABCD is 3 times the area of rectangular region ABPQ.
(2) The perimeter of rectangle ABCD is 54.

Since ABCD and ABPQ have the same height, statement 1 tells us that the base of ABCD is 3 times the base of ABPQ.
In other words, AD = 3(AQ)
So, it could be the case that AQ = 1 and AD = 3, OR AQ = 2 and AD = 6, OR AQ = 3 and AD = 9, etc

When we combine these possible values with statement 1, we get a variety of dimensions, and each of them yields a different answer to the target question (What is the perimeter of rectangle ABPQ?).

Does that help?

yes thanks

### Hi Brent,

Hi Brent,

Regarding your solution for this question, were you able to conclude the blue line divides parallelogram URPT into 2 equal pieces because that side is along the diagonal and we know the top and bottom parallelogram base are equal?

https://gmatclub.com/forum/in-the-figure-shown-pqrs-is-a-square-t-is-the-midpoint-of-side-ps-311046.html