A circle with a radius of 4 has an equilateral traingle inscribed in it. What is the perimeter of the inscribed equilateral triangle?
A) 6 root 2
B) 6 root 3
C) 12 root 3
D) 12 root2
E) 24
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So, here's what the diagram looks like.RiyaR wrote:A circle with a radius of 4 has an equilateral triangle inscribed in it. What is the perimeter of the inscribed equilateral triangle?
A) 6âˆš2
B) 6âˆš3
C) 12âˆš3
D) 12âˆš2
E) 24
If we draw lines from the center to each vertex, we get the following:
Since the radii have length 4, we can add that here:
Now we'll draw a line from the center that is PERPENDICULAR to one side of the tirangle.
We now have a SPECIAL 306090 right triangle.
Here's the base version of this SPECIAL TRIANGLE
We can see that the each 306090 triangle in the diagram is TWICE as big as the base version. So, each side opposite the 60Âº angle must have length 2âˆš3
This means ONE side of the equilateral triangle has length 4âˆš3, so the PERIMETER = 4âˆš3 + 4âˆš3 + 4âˆš3 = 12âˆš3
Answer: C
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Hi RiyaR,
The answer choices to this question are written in such a way so that you can logically get to the correct answer and avoid most of the math. Here's why:
We're told that the radius of the circle = 4, so the diameter = 8.
An equilateral triangle inscribed into a circle will have 3 equal sides that are each GREATER than the radius but LESS than the diameter. We're asked to figure out the perimeter of the triangle.
3(radius) = 12 > too small
3(diameter) = 24 > too big
With this, we can eliminate A and B (too small) and E (too big)
With the remaining two answers (12root3 and 12root2), we have to think about which root we're likely to be dealing with. An equilateral triangle has three 60 degree angles in it, so we should be able to break this triangle into smaller triangles (probably a bunch of 30/60/90 triangles  which include a root3 in the "math" for figuring out some of the side lengths). It stands to reason that root3 would be part of the final calculation.
Final Answer: C
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The answer choices to this question are written in such a way so that you can logically get to the correct answer and avoid most of the math. Here's why:
We're told that the radius of the circle = 4, so the diameter = 8.
An equilateral triangle inscribed into a circle will have 3 equal sides that are each GREATER than the radius but LESS than the diameter. We're asked to figure out the perimeter of the triangle.
3(radius) = 12 > too small
3(diameter) = 24 > too big
With this, we can eliminate A and B (too small) and E (too big)
With the remaining two answers (12root3 and 12root2), we have to think about which root we're likely to be dealing with. An equilateral triangle has three 60 degree angles in it, so we should be able to break this triangle into smaller triangles (probably a bunch of 30/60/90 triangles  which include a root3 in the "math" for figuring out some of the side lengths). It stands to reason that root3 would be part of the final calculation.
Final Answer: C
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Vertices of a quadrilateral ABCD are A(0, 0), B(4, 5), C(9, 9) and D(5, 4). What is the shape of the quadrilateral?
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IMO, coordinate geometry is more about solutions to equations than it is to geometry.
We (GMAT Prep Now) place it in our Algebra & EquationSolving module (https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat ... onsolving)
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We (GMAT Prep Now) place it in our Algebra & EquationSolving module (https://www.gmatprepnow.com/module/gmat ... onsolving)
See videos #43 to #54
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Hi bakhtawer,
You've mentioned that you can't find certain videos in the materials that you're using  but what resources are you currently using to study for the GMAT?
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You've mentioned that you can't find certain videos in the materials that you're using  but what resources are you currently using to study for the GMAT?
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Hey Guys, maybe there is some concepts I am missing but how did Brent conclude that the angles of the triangle are 120 degrees? From there the vertices would be radii? Is there some rule about inscribed equilateral triangles I don't know? I was trying to imagine the shape of the inscribed triangle in my head and I was thinking hmmmm maybe the base of the triangle could be the diameter of the circle maybe not? thx
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Hi prada,
There are a few specific rules at play in this question that help to make the deductions that come later:
1) The triangle is EQUILATERAL, which means that the 3 sides are the SAME length (and by extension, none of them could be the diameter of the circle  since a diameter is the longest distance between any two points on the circle, you can't make a triangle with three of those lengths).
2) Since the triangle is INSCRIBED, and each of the vertices is the same distance from the center of the circle, that triangle can be 'cut into' three identical ISOSCELES triangles.
3) Those 3 identical isosceles triangles are centered around the center of the circle. Since a circle is 360 degrees, and the triangles are identical, each of those 'central' angles is 120 degrees (and by extension, each of the triangles is a 30/30/120 triangle  and each of THOSE triangles can be cut into two 30/60/90 triangles).
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There are a few specific rules at play in this question that help to make the deductions that come later:
1) The triangle is EQUILATERAL, which means that the 3 sides are the SAME length (and by extension, none of them could be the diameter of the circle  since a diameter is the longest distance between any two points on the circle, you can't make a triangle with three of those lengths).
2) Since the triangle is INSCRIBED, and each of the vertices is the same distance from the center of the circle, that triangle can be 'cut into' three identical ISOSCELES triangles.
3) Those 3 identical isosceles triangles are centered around the center of the circle. Since a circle is 360 degrees, and the triangles are identical, each of those 'central' angles is 120 degrees (and by extension, each of the triangles is a 30/30/120 triangle  and each of THOSE triangles can be cut into two 30/60/90 triangles).
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Cool, thanks Rich. I dont recall ever seeing that info in Magoosh or MGMAT study guides. Of course that can be deduced by knowing the "elementary" rules and properties. These are things I need to study and think about more. thx[email protected] wrote:Hi prada,
There are a few specific rules at play in this question that help to make the deductions that come later:
1) The triangle is EQUILATERAL, which means that the 3 sides are the SAME length (and by extension, none of them could be the diameter of the circle  since a diameter is the longest distance between any two points on the circle, you can't make a triangle with three of those lengths).
2) Since the triangle is INSCRIBED, and each of the vertices is the same distance from the center of the circle, that triangle can be 'cut into' three identical ISOSCELES triangles.
3) Those 3 identical isosceles triangles are centered around the center of the circle. Since a circle is 360 degrees, and the triangles are identical, each of those 'central' angles is 120 degrees (and by extension, each of the triangles is a 30/30/120 triangle  and each of THOSE triangles can be cut into two 30/60/90 triangles).
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Formula for radius of an inscribed equilateral triangle =a/root3
ie r=a/root3
r=4
a=side of the traingle
ie
4=a/root3=4root3=a multiply both the sides by 3(perimeter of a traingle is sum of 3 sides)
ans12root3[/spoiler][/list]
ie r=a/root3
r=4
a=side of the traingle
ie
4=a/root3=4root3=a multiply both the sides by 3(perimeter of a traingle is sum of 3 sides)
ans12root3[/spoiler][/list]

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Totally agree!Brent@GMATPrepNow wrote:IMO, coordinate geometry is more about solutions to equations than it is to geometry.
Also think that geometry seems to be dying on the GMAT: there is so much less of it these days, particularly the more elaborate questions. That can always change, but the more arcane (by GMAT standards) geometric properties seem less relevant than ever.