CAT Practice : Coordinate Geometry

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If a triangle has sides a, b, and c one should be able to say whether the triangle is right, obtuse-angled or acute-angled. If we are told a given triangle is obtuse-angled what might we infer from that?

Triangles - Integer values

    Q.1: x, y, z are integer that are side of an obtuse-angled triangle. If xy = 4, find z.
    1. 2
    2. 3
    3. 1
    4. More than one possible value of z exists


  • Correct Answer
    Choice (B). 3

Detailed Solution

xy = 4
xy could be 2 x 2 or 4 x 1

222     These are the possible triangles.

22x will be a triangle if x is 1, 2 or 3 (trial and error).
44x is a triangle only if x is 1.

  1. 221 is acute. 12 + 22 > 22
  2. 222 is equilateral. So acute.
  3. 223 is obtuse. 22 + 22 < 32
  4. 144 is acute. 12 + 42 > 42
Only triangle 223 is obtuse. Hence, the third side has to be 3.

Correct Answer: 3

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