SAT Practice Test 1, Section 6: Questions 16  18
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16. Correct answer: 1.2
Given:
a Δ b = a + 3b
a □ b = a + 4b
4 Δ (5y) = (5y) □ 4
To find:
The value for y
Solution:
Topic(s): Symbol problems
Given a Δ b = a + 3b
4 Δ (5y) = 4 + 3(5y) = 4 + 15y
Given a □ b = a + 4b
(5y) □ 4 = 5y + 4(4) = 5y + 16
Equating the two expressions
4 + 15y = 5y + 16 ⇒ 10y = 12 ⇒ y = 1.2
Answer: 1.2
17. Correct answer: 1
Given:
The graph x = y 2 – 4 intersects the line l at (0, p) and (5, t)
To find:
The greatest possible value of the slope of line l
Solution:
Topic(s): Coordinate geometry, difference of two squares
To get the values of p for the points (0,p), substitute x = 0 for the graph x = y^{2} – 4.
y^{2} – 4 = 0 (difference of two squares)
(y – 2)(y + 2) = 0
y = ± 2
The possible points are A(0, 2) and A 1(0, –2)
To get the values of t for the points (5,t), substitute x = 5 for the graph x = y^{2} – 4.
5 = y^{2} – 4
y^{2} – 9 = 0 (difference of two squares)
(y – 3)(y + 3) = 0
y = ± 3
The possible points are B(5, 3) and B 1(5, –3)
Answer: 1
18. Correct answer: 18
Given:
She goes to work at 45 mph
She returns home along the same route at 30 mph
Total among of time spent traveling is 1 hour
To find:
The number of miles she drove to work
Solution:
Topic(s): Distance word problem
This is a distance word problem . Use the rtd table.
Let t = time to go to work

r 
t 
d 
to work 
45 
t 
45 × t 
from work 
30 
1 – t 
30(1 – t) 
Distance to work = distance from work
45t = 30(1 – t)
45t = 30 – 30t
75t = 30
Distance to work =
Answer: 18
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