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6. Correct answer: (D)
10m2k-1 = 100m where m and k are positve
To find: m-1 in terms of k
Solution: Topic(s): Exponents
Divide both sides with 10m2
7. Correct answer: (E)
Edna and Nancy walked for 4 hours
Edna walked East at 4 km/h
Nancy walked North at 3 km/h
The distance between them at the end of 4 hours
Solution: Topic(s): 3-4-5 triangle
The above diagram shows the paths and distances taken by Edna and Nancy. (Distance = Rate × Time)
It is a 3-4-5 triangle: The ratio of the sides tells us that the hypotenuse would be 5t = 5 × 4 = 20
Answer: (E) 20
8. Correct answer: (C)
The graph with minimum point (1,1) f(b) = f(3)
The value of b
Topic(s): Coordinate geometry
From the graph we find the f(3) = 5.
The other place where the y-coordinate of the graph is also 5 is at x = –1 i.e. f(–1) = 5
Answer: (C) –1
9. Correct answer: 7
A family of 5 planning a 4-day trip
Each person brings one bottle of water for each day
The water is sold in 3-bottle packages
The number of packages the family must buy
The family needs 5 × 4 = 20 bottles.
The water is sold in 3-bottle packages.
The smallest multiple of 3 greater than 20 is 21.
7 × 3 = 21
10. Correct answer: 13
The value of k
Solution: Topic(s): Absolute value
can be rewitten as two equations:
10 – k = 3, 10 – k = –3
We can then get two possible values for k.
10 – k = 3 ⇒ k = 10 – 3 = 7
10 – k = –3 ⇒ k = 10 + 3 = 13
We test out the two values of k for the second equation given in the question.
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