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In the figure above, what fraction of the circle with center

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In the figure above, what fraction of the circle with center O is shaded?

A. 1/8
B. 1/4
C. 2/3
D. 3/4
E. 5/6

OA=D

Source: Princeton Review

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Angles opposite one another have the same measurement. Thus, both non-shaded regions measure 45 degrees from the center of the circle, for a total of 90 degrees.

A circle is 360 degrees, so 90 degrees is 1/4 of the circle that is unshaded. That leaves 3/4 of the circle shaded.

The answer is D.

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Gmat_mission wrote:

In the figure above, what fraction of the circle with center O is shaded?

A. 1/8
B. 1/4
C. 2/3
D. 3/4
E. 5/6

OA=D

Source: Princeton Review
Since the central angle of each white region is 45 degrees, the central angle of each shaded region is 180 - 45 = 135. Thus, (135 + 135)/360 = 270/360 = 3/4 is shaded.

Alternate Solution:

A sector corresponding to 45° will have an area which is 1/8 of the complete circle. The unshaded region consists of two such sectors; therefore, the unshaded region is 1/8 + 1/8 = 1/4 of the whole circle. Thus, the shaded region is 1 - 1/4 = 3/4 of the whole circle.

Answer: D

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