Main content

## Problem solving

Current time:0:00Total duration:10:59

# GMAT: Math 5

## Video transcript

We're on problem 24. A rope 40 feet long is
cut into two pieces. Let's draw that. Let's say that's where
I cut them. If one piece is 18 feet longer
than the other, what is the length in feet of the
shorter piece? So let's say this is
the shorter piece. This is the longer piece. x plus 18. And they also tell us that both
pieces combined-- it's a 40-foot long rope, so if I add
these together it should be equal to 40. So x plus x, plus 18
is equal to 40. x plus x is equal to 2x,
plus 18 is equal to 40. And then I get 2x is equal to--
subtract 18 from both sides, that's what? 22. x is equal to 11. Next problem. Let me switch colors. 25. The Earth travels around
the sun at a speed of approximately 18.5
miles per second. This approximate speed is
how many miles per hour? So how many seconds are
there in a mile? So you have 60 seconds
per minute. And then you have times
60 minutes per hour. So you get 60 times
60 is 3,600. And the units work out, too. Minutes in the denominator. Minutes in the numerator. So you get 3,600 seconds
per hour. So 18.5 miles per second, you're
going to go 3,600 times as far in an hour. So let's multiply that times
3,600 seconds per hour. And you'll get whatever
this number is. So let's multiply it out. 18.5. I'm going to multiply it times
36 and then add two 0's later. 6 times 5 is 30. 6 times 8 is 48, plus 3 is 51. 6 times 1 is 6, plus 5 is 11. 3 times 5 is 15. 3 times 8 is 24, plus 1 is 25. 3 times 1 is 3, plus 2 is 5. And so you get a 0,
a 6, a 6, and a 6. And then I have one number
behind the decimal point. So 18.5 times 36 is 666. But I'm multiplying it not
by 36 but by 3,600. So 18.5 times 3,600 is going to
be equal to this times 100. So 66,600. And the units work out. Second in the denominator. Second in the numerator. Miles per hour. And that's choice D. And they didn't even let you
approximate it, because choice C is really close. You really have to, as far as
I can tell, go through the multiplication. Next problem. 26. If the quotient a/b is
positive-- that's what they're telling us-- which of the
following must be true? So if a/b is positive, that
essentially tells us that a and b have to have the
same sign, right? The only way you can get a
positive number when you divide two numbers is if they're
both positive, or they're both negative. If they were different signs--
if one was positive and one was negative, or one was
negative and one was positive-- then this would
be a negative number. So this tells us that they're
the same sign. So statement A, choice A, tells
us a is greater than 0. No, this doesn't have
to be true. They both could be
less than 0. B tells us that b is
greater than 0. Once again, this isn't
necessarily true. They both could be less than 0
and this would still be true. Choice C. ab is greater than 0. Well, think about it. This implies that both a and b
have to have the same sign. If a and b have the same sign
when I multiply them, I'm still going to get a number
bigger than 0, right? A positive times a positive
is a positive. A negative times a negative
is a positive. So it's choice C. Problem 27. And I saw this coming, so I
drew this ahead of time. Actually, no I didn't. Well, I thought I had drawn
it ahead of time. Let me actually open it up. I thought I had drawn it. Oh, well, it must have
gotten erased. Well, let's just do it
in real time, then. So it says, the dots on the
graph above indicate the weights and fuel efficiency
ratings for 20 cars. How many of the cars weigh more
than 2,500 pounds-- so weight is more than 2,500--
and also get more than 25 miles per gallon? So fuel efficiency is more
than 22 miles per gallon. And notice, they said more than
22, not 22 miles or more. And they said more than 2,500,
not 2,500 pounds or more. Let me just draw the part of the
graph that seems relevant. So if that's the weight axis--
so they have a couple at 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30. And then, we want to
know above 22. So let me actually
draw all of it. So that's 25. I'm only drawing part of the
graph because I don't want to go through the exercise. Because I actually already
did it and I can't find it, all of a sudden. But I don't want to stop
recording this video. So 20. This is 22. This is 24. They don't label the 22
on their drawing. This is 26. This is 28. And so they want to know
everything that weighs more than 2,500 pounds. So everything to the
right of that. Because all of these tend to
be on integer numbers. None of them are in between. And they say, and get more
than 22 miles per gallon. So let me draw all of the
ones that apply there. So let's see, at 2,600 pounds,
there's two, at 24 and 26 miles per gallon. At 2,600 there's two
points right there. At 2,700 there are
three points. 1, 2, but the other one falls
on the 22 miles per gallon, but we're talking about
greater than that. And then-- let's see, that's 26,
27-- 28 has one down here and one up here. When I say 28, I mean
2,800 pounds. I'm just trying to
draw it for you. And then the rest of them. There's two here and
there's one here. But all we care about
is the ones in this. There's a bunch more
over here. I could draw them real fast, if
you want me to, just so you can visualize the graph. So it looks something
like that. And then there's
one more here. But all we care about
is this range, and there's 1, 2, 3, 4, 5. Five of those. So the answer is B. A lot of work for a fairly
straightforward problem. Let me get some clean space. Problem 28. How many minutes does it take
John to type y words if he types at a rate of x
words per minute? Now, this is a fairly
straightforward thing, but it can get confusing. Do I divide x by y? Y by x? I think a lot of times this
becomes a lot simpler if you just pick numbers. So if we just phrased it, how
long does it take him to type 100 words if he can type,
I don't know, 50 words per minute? Now your brain would say, oh,
if I can do 50 words per minute, it's going to take me
2 minutes to do 100 words. And how did you get 2 minutes? You said 100 divided by 50. So if you need to type y words
and you can type at x words per minute, the answer
is y divided by x. Let's see, that's not
one of the choices. But I think they've made a
mistake, because this is a simple enough problem that
I have conviction. And if you look at the choices,
choice A and choice B, at least in the book I have,
they wrote x/y, so I think that's a typo. One of those probably should
have read y/x. So I'm going to stick
by my answer. I think this was another
mistake in the book. y/x. You might want to check the
answer key, just to make sure, but I have no doubt in my
conviction on this one. Let me see, do I have time
for the next one? Well, sure. Problem 29. I'm running out of space. The square root-- this is just
to make sure you know how to do square roots-- of 16 times
20, in order of operations, plus 8 times 32. So there's a bunch of ways we
could think about this, but the easiest way, instead
of doing all of the multiplication, let's see if we
can factor 16 out of both of these numbers. You could multiple them out
and try to figure out the square root, but it'll
take you a long time. So if we rewrite this as
16 times 20 plus, what? This could also be written
if we took-- 32 is 16 times 2, right? So 8 times 32 is the same thing
as 8 times 16 times 2, which is the same thing
as 16 times 16. So we could have rewritten
this as 8 times 32 is 16, times 16. So if we're factoring
a 16 out, that's 16 times 20, plus 16. If you were to just multiply
this out it would be 16 times 20, plus 16 times 16, which is
the same thing as 8 times 32. And I'm doing all of this. You could just do the math
yourself, but it takes a lot of time if you don't
have a calculator. Well now, you can say, well,
this is the same thing as the square root of 16 times the
square root of 20 plus 16. Well, this is plus or minus 4,
although I don't think they're going to make us worry about
the negative square root. So let's just say it's 4. Looking at the choices--yeah,
everything 's positive. So it's 4 times. And then, what's this? The square root of 36. So that equals 4 times 6,
which is equal to 24. And that's choice B. Se you in the next video.