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# lengths of two sides of a triangle are 5 and 9

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lengths of two sides of a triangle are 5 and 9 [#permalink]  16 Dec 2015, 04:18
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If the lengths of two sides of a triangle are 5 and 9, respectively, which of the following could be the length of the third side of the triangle?

Indicate all such lengths.

A. 3
B. 5
C. 8
D. 15

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[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: lengths of two sides of a triangle are 5 and 9 [#permalink]  16 Dec 2015, 04:24
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Solution

Knowing the rule that the third side of a triangle must be no longer than the sum of the other two and not shortest of their difference

So the answer is $$B$$ and $$C$$
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Re: lengths of two sides of a triangle are 5 and 9 [#permalink]  10 Apr 2016, 21:16
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Third Side Rule for Triangles:

If a and b represent two sides of a triangle, then the third side c must lie between their absolute-value difference $$(a-b)$$ and their sum $$(a+b)$$.

$$(a-b) < c < (a+b)$$
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Re: lengths of two sides of a triangle are 5 and 9 [#permalink]  08 Jul 2017, 14:18
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sandy wrote:
If the lengths of two sides of a triangle are 5 and 9, respectively, which of the following could be the length of the third side of the triangle?

Indicate all such lengths.

A. 3
B. 5
C. 8
D. 15

[Reveal] Spoiler: OA
B and C

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Question: 13
Page: 154
Difficulty: medium

IMPORTANT RULE: If two sides of a triangle have lengths A and B, then . . .
DIFFERENCE between A and B < length of third side < SUM of A and B

So, in this case we get: 9 - 5 < third side < 9 + 5
Simplify to get: 4 < third side < 14

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