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  1. If w is the average (arithmetic mean) of the numbers a, b, c and d, then the average of m(a + k), m(b + k), m(c + k) and m(d + k) is given by

    Solution

    w is the mean of a, b, c and d is written as

    w = (a + b + c + d) / 4

    w is the average W of m(a + k), m(b + k), m(c + k) and m(d + k) is given by

    W = [ m(a + k) + m(b + k) + m(c + k) + m(d + k) ] / 4

    W = m [ a + b + c + d + 4 k] / 4 = m [a + b + c + d ] / 4 + m k

    = m (w + k)

    If w is the average of a, b, c and d, then the average W of m(a + k), m(b + k), m(c + k) and m(d + k) is given by

    W = m (w + k)

  2. What is the ratio of the area of the larger circle to the area of the smaller circle such that the radius of the larger circle is three times the radius of the smaller circle?

    Solution

    Let r and R be the radii of the smaller and larger circles respectively. The radius of the larger circle is three times the radius of the smaller circle leads to

    R = 3r

    Areas A1 of smaller and A2 of larger circles are given by

    A1 = Pi r2

    A2 = Pi R2 = Pi (3r)2 = 9 Pi r2

    ratio R of areas larger / smaller is equal to

    R = 9 Pi r2 / Pi r2 = 9

  3. A group of 20 employees in a company have an average (arithmetic mean) salary of $35,000 while a second group of 30 employees in the same company have an average salary of $40,000. What is the average salary of the 50 employees making the two groups?

    Solution

    Let S1 be the total salary of the group of 20 employess. Hence

    35,000 = S1 / 20

    S1 = 20 * 35,000 = $700,000

    Let S2 be the total salary of the group of 30 employess. Hence

    40,000 = S2 / 30

    S2 = $1,200,000

    The average of all 50 employers is given by

    (700,000 + 1,200,000) / 50 = $38,000

  4. Which of the following is equal to √48

    A) 16
    B) 3√4
    C) 4√3
    D) 18√3
    E) 24

    Solution

    Rewrite the given expression using the fact that 48 = 3 16

    √48 = √(3 16)

    Use the formula √(a b) = √a √a to rewite √(3 16) as

    √48 = √(3 16) = √3 √16

    = 4 √3

  5. The sizes of the interior angles A, B and C of a triangle are in the ratio 2:4:3. What is the measure, in degrees, of the smallest angle?

    Solution

    Since the three angles are in the ration 2:4:3, their sizes they may be written in the form

    Size of A = 2 k , Size of B = 4 k and size of C = 3 k , where k is a constant.

    The sum of the angles of a ny triangle is equal to 180; hence

    2 k + 4 k + 3 k = 180

    Solve for k

    9 k = 180 , k = 20

    The smallest angle is A and its size is equal to 2 k

    2 k = 2 20 = 40

  6. If n is even and m is odd, then which of the following is true?

    A) n + m is even
    B) n - m is even
    C) n * m is odd
    D) n2 + m2 + 1 is even
    E) 2n + 3m + 1 is odd

    Solution

    If n is even, it can be written as follows

    n = 2 k , where k is an integer

    If m is odd, it can be written as follows

    m = 2 K + 1 , where K is an integer

    We now express n + m in terms of k and K

    n + m = 2 k + 2 K + 1 = 2(k + K) + 1

    n + m is odd

    We now express n - m in terms of k and K

    n - m = 2 k - (2 K + 1) = 2 k - 2 K - 1

    n - m = 2 (k - K) - 1

    n - m is odd

    We now express n * m in terms of k and K

    n * m = (2 k)(2 K + 1) = 2( k(2K + 1) )

    n * m is even

    We now express n2 + m2 + 1 in terms of k and K

    n2 + m2 + 1 = (2 k)2 + (2 K + 1)2 + 1 = 4 k2 + 4 K2 + 4 K + 1 + 1

    = 2 ( 2 k2 + 2 K2 + 2 K + 1)

    n2 + m2 + 1 is even

    Statement D is true.

  7. 5100 + 2550 + 3(12534 / 25) = Solution

    Use the facts that 25 = 52 and 125 = 53 to rewrite the given expression as follows

    5100 + 2550 + 3(12534 / 25) = 5100 + (52)50 + 3( (53)34 / (52))

    Use formula for exponents to simplify

    = 5100 + 5100 + 3( 5102 / 52)

    = 5100 + 5100 + 3( 5100)

    = 5 * 5100

    = 5101

  8. [ 6x10 - 2x9 ] / (9x2 - 1) =

    Solution

    Factor numerator as follows

    6x10 - 2x9 = 2x9 (3x - 1)

    Factor denominator as follows

    9x2 - 1 = (3x - 1)(3x + 1)

    Substitute numerator and denominator by their factored forms and simplify the given expression

    [ 6x10 - 2x9 ] / (9x2 - 1) = [2x9 (3x - 1) ] / [(3x - 1)(3x + 1)]

    = 2x9 / (3x + 1)

  9. (- 2x + 6)2 =

    Solution

    Expand by multiplication or using the identity (x + y)2 = x2 + 2 x y + y2.

    (- 2x + 6)2 = (-2x)2 + 2 (-2x)(6) + 62

    = 4 x2 - 24 x + 36

  10. The sum of all interior angle of a regular polygon is 1800. How many sides does this polygon have?

    Solution

    The sum of all interior angles of a polygon of n sides is given by.

    (n - 2) * 180

    and is equal to 1800. Hence

    (n - 2) * 180 = 1800

    Solve for n

    (n - 2) = 10

    n = 12



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