## When a certain tree was first planted, it was 4 feet tall

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### When a certain tree was first planted, it was 4 feet tall

by BTGmoderatorLU » Sat Dec 01, 2018 5:27 am

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When a certain tree was first planted, it was 4 feet tall and the height of the tree increased by a constant amount each year for the next 6 years. At the end of 6 years the tree was 1/5 taller then it was at the end of 4 years. By how many feet did the height of the tree increase each year?

A. 3/10
B. 2/5
C. 1/2
D. 2/3
E. 6/5

The OA is D

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by GMATGuruNY » Sat Dec 01, 2018 7:39 am
BTGmoderatorLU wrote:Source: GMAT Paper Tests

When a certain tree was first planted, it was 4 feet tall and the height of the tree increased by a constant amount each year for the next 6 years. At the end of 6 years the tree was 1/5 taller then it was at the end of 4 years. By how many feet did the height of the tree increase each year?

A. 3/10
B. 2/5
C. 1/2
D. 2/3
E. 6/5
Let x = the yearly increase.
Height after 4 years = 4 + 4x.
Height after 6 years = 4 + 6x.

At the end of the 6th year, the tree was 1/5 taller than it was at the end of the 4th year.
The phrase in red implies the following:
The height in the 6th year was 6/5 of the height in the 4th year.

Since the height in the 6th year was 6/5 of the height in the 4th year, we get:
(4 + 6x) = (6/5)(4 + 4x)
20 + 30x = 24 + 24x
6x = 4
x = 4/6 = 2/3.

An alternate approach is to plug in the answers, which represent the increase each year.
When the correct answer choice is plugged in, (6th-year height)/(4th-year height) = 6/5.

Height after 4 years = 4 + 4(2/3) = 20/3.
Height after 2 more years = 20/3 + 2(2/3) = 24/3.
(6th-year height)/(4th-year height) = (24/3) / (20/3) = 24/20 = 6/5.
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by Brent@GMATPrepNow » Sat Dec 01, 2018 10:04 am
BTGmoderatorLU wrote:Source: GMAT Paper Tests

When a certain tree was first planted, it was 4 feet tall and the height of the tree increased by a constant amount each year for the next 6 years. At the end of 6 years the tree was 1/5 taller then it was at the end of 4 years. By how many feet did the height of the tree increase each year?

A. 3/10
B. 2/5
C. 1/2
D. 2/3
E. 6/5

The OA is D
Height of tree on day 0 = 4
Let d = the height increase each year
Height of tree at the end of the 1st year = 4+d
Height of tree at the end of the 2nd year = 4+d+d = 4 + 2d
Height of tree at the end of the 3rd year = 4+d+d+d = 4 + 3d
Height of tree at the end of the 4th year = 4+d+d+d+d = 4 + 4d
Height of tree at the end of the 5th year = 4+d+d+d+d+d = 4 + 5d
Height of tree at the end of the 6th year = 4+d+d+d+d+d+d = 4 + 6d

At the end of the 6th year, the tree was 1/5 taller than it was at the end of the 4th year
In other words, 6th year height = 4th year height + 1/5(4th year height)
Or we can write 4 + 6d = (4 + 4d) + 1/5(4 + 4d)
Simplify: 4 + 6d = 6/5(4 + 4d)
Multiply both sides by 5 to get: 5(4 + 6d) = 6(4 + 4d)
Expand: 20 + 30d = 24 + 24d
Simplify: 6d = 4
d = 4/6 = 2/3

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by [email protected] » Sat Dec 01, 2018 12:07 pm
Hi All,

TESTing the ANSWERS is a great way to tackle this question. The "fast" way to solve a problem can still sometimes take time, but regardless of how you approach a prompt, you still need to take notes and stay organized.

From the screen capture, you chose answer C (1/2). If you jot down some quick notes, here's what you'd have:

Start = 4 ft
Yr. 1 = 4 1/2
Yr. 2 = 5
Yr. 3 = 5 1/2
Yr. 4 = 6
Yr. 5 = 6 1/2
Yr. 6 = 7

It doesn't make much time/effort to take these notes. Now, compare Year 6 to Year 4....Is it 1/5 greater? 7 to 6 is 1/6 greater, so answer C is not what we're looking for. It also gives us a "nudge" in the right direction. We need a 1/5 increase, but we only have a 1/6 increase right now....so we need a bigger increase.....so we need a bigger absolute increase each year. The correct answer has to be D or E.

Looking at all 5 choices as a group, I'm pretty sure the answer is D, but we can certainly prove it...

Start = 4 ft
Yr. 1 = 4 2/3
Yr. 2 = 5 1/3
Yr. 3 = 6
Yr. 4 = 6 2/3
Yr. 5 = 7 1/3
Yr. 6 = 8

This comparison requires a bit more math, but isn't "crazy" by any definition.

6 2/3 = 20/3
8 = 24/3

Ignore the denominators....24 to 20..... 1/5 of 20 = 4.....24 IS 1/5 greater than 20.

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by Scott@TargetTestPrep » Sun Mar 24, 2019 5:18 pm
BTGmoderatorLU wrote:Source: GMAT Paper Tests

When a certain tree was first planted, it was 4 feet tall and the height of the tree increased by a constant amount each year for the next 6 years. At the end of 6 years the tree was 1/5 taller then it was at the end of 4 years. By how many feet did the height of the tree increase each year?

A. 3/10
B. 2/5
C. 1/2
D. 2/3
E. 6/5

The OA is D

When a certain tree was first planted, it was 4 feet tall, and the height of the tree increased by a constant amount each year for the next 6 years. Since we know that the growth is by a constant amount, we have a linear growth problem. Thus, we can let x = the yearly growth amount in feet:

Starting height = 4

Height after year one = 4 + x

Height after year two = 4 + 2x

Height after year three = 4 + 3x

Height after year four = 4 + 4x

Height after year five = 4 + 5x

Height after year six = 4 + 6x

We are also given that at the end of the 6th year the tree was 1/5 taller than it was at the end of the 4th year. This means the height of the tree at the end of the 6th year is 6/5 times as tall as its height at the end of the 4th year. Thus, we can create the following equation:

(6/5)(4 + 4x) = 4 + 6x

To eliminate the fraction 6/5, we multiply the entire equation by 5:

6(4 + 4x) = 20 + 30x

24 + 24x = 20 + 30x

6x = 4

x = 4/6 = 2/3 feet

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### Re: When a certain tree was first planted, it was 4 feet tall

by sarahlison » Wed May 22, 2024 8:02 pm
Very nice

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