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x or y [#permalink]  21 Feb 2018, 03:28
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 Quantity A Quantity B $$x$$ $$y$$

A)The quantity in Column A is greater.
B)The quantity in Column B is greater.
C)The two quantities are equal.
D)The relationship cannot be determined from the information given.
[Reveal] Spoiler: OA

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Re: x or y [#permalink]  21 Feb 2018, 22:16
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Don't use the pythagorean theorem on right triangles. Instead, you should memorize the most common special triangles, two of which are here. The triangle on the left can be recognized as a 30-60-90 triangle because the hypotenuse is double one of the legs. The ratio of the sides is 1-√3-2, which means x on this triangle should be 4√3.

The triangle on the right is a 45-45-90 triangle, recognizable because the two legs are the same length. The ratio of the sides is 1-1-√2, which means y on this triangle should be 4√2.

Since 4√3 is greater than 4√2, the answer is A.
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