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If (x + 3)2 = 225, which of the following could be the value

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If (x + 3)2 = 225, which of the following could be the value [#permalink] New post 17 Jul 2018, 11:37
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If \((x + 3)^2 = 225\), which of the following could be the value of \(x - 1\)?

(A) 13
(B) 12
(C) –12
(D) –16
(E) –19
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Re: If (x + 3)2 = 225, which of the following could be the value [#permalink] New post 18 Jul 2018, 12:25
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sandy wrote:
If \((x + 3)^2 = 225\), which of the following could be the value of \(x - 1\)?

(A) 13
(B) 12
(C) –12
(D) –16
(E) –19



Given

\((x + 3)^2\) = 225

x + 3 = 15 or -15

Note: 15*15 =225 or -15*(-15) =225

So we will have 2 sets of values here.

Case 1 :

x + 3 = 15

x = 12

Case 2 :

x + 3 = -15

x = -18.

Question : the value of x-1.

-18 -1 = -19

Option E fits.
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Re: If (x + 3)2 = 225, which of the following could be the value [#permalink] New post 10 Apr 2019, 06:02
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I tried a different approach:

If A) x-1=13 > x=14


Then,


B) x=13
C) x=-11
D) x=-15
E) x=-18

As (x+3)^2=225, I need to pick one option equal to 225
A) (14+3)^2= 225
B) (13+3)^2 =225
C) (-11+3)^2= 225
D) (-15+3)^2= 225

E) (-18+3)^2= 225

So the answer is E
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Re: If (x + 3)2 = 225, which of the following could be the value [#permalink] New post 08 May 2020, 04:32
I'm wondering why this one has so few correct answers. A lot of the time on the GRE quant I start to think diagnosing why so many get something wrong is better than diagnosing how they got it right.

Guessing most just root each side, see their answer of 11 doesn't exist, and guess. Key here is that when you take the root of a variable you have to set whatever was rooted to an absolute value. The absolute value must be considered as both possibly being positive and possibly being negative. Solve for each.
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Re: If (x + 3)2 = 225, which of the following could be the value [#permalink] New post 29 May 2020, 00:31
If 15-3=12
Then x-1 = 12-1=-11 is the right ans which is not visible in ans choices.

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