Here’s and example of a SMART MATH problem for GEOMETRY.

Geometry Problems

Geometry Problem 1

Find the distance between points P (-3, 2) and Q (-5, 8).

  1. \sqrt{40}units
  2. 4 units
  3. 6 units
  4. \sqrt{60}units
  5. \sqrt{30}units

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The Usual Way

Using formula of distance between two points = \sqrt{(x_{1}-x_{2})^{2}+(y_{1}-y_{2})^{2}}

= \sqrt{((-3)-(-5))^{2}+((2)-(8))^{2}}

= \sqrt{4+36}

= \sqrt{40} units

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Estimated Time to arrive at the answer = 30 seconds.

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The Smart Way

Difference between x_{1}and x_{2}= 2 units

Difference between y_{1}and y_{2}= 6 units

Since, the lines PQ, (x_{1}-x_{2}) and (y_{1}-y_{2})form a right angled triangle with PQ as the hypotenuse. We already know that the hypotenuse of any right triangle should be more than the longest right side but less than the sum of the right sides. Thus length of PQ should be lying between 6 < PQ < (6 + 2). The only value satisfying this range is \sqrt{40} \approx 6.3 units.

(Ans: 1)

Estimated Time to arrive at the answer = 15 seconds.

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