# HSPT Quantitative : How to make geometric comparisons

## Example Questions

### Example Question #11 : Geometric Comparison

Examine (a), (b), and (c) to find the best answer:

a) the diameter of a circle

b) twice the radius of a circle

c) the circumference of a circle divided by (a), (b), and (c) are all not equivalent

(a) is equivalent to (b) but not (c)

(a) is equivalent to (c) but not (b)

(a), (b), and (c) are all equivalent

(a), (b), and (c) are all equivalent

Explanation:

Diameter is found using this formula, which shows that it is twice the radius: Circumference is found using this formula: Manipulate this to find that diameter is also circumference divided by : Therefore, all of these expressions are the same.

### Example Question #12 : How To Make Geometric Comparisons

Examine (a), (b), and (c) to find the best answer:

a) perimeter of a square with an area of b) perimeter of a square with an area of c) perimeter of a square with a side length of (a) is equal to (c)

(c) is two times (b)

(c) is two times (a)

(b) is equal to (c)

(c) is two times (b)

Explanation:

If you have the area of a square, you can find the side length by finding the square root. Then multiply by four to find the perimeter:

a)  b)  If you are given the side length, simply multiply by : ### Example Question #13 : How To Make Geometric Comparisons

Examine (a), (b), and (c) to find the best answer:

(a) area of an equilateral triangle

(b) area of an isoceles triangle

(c) area of a right triangle

(c) is the greatest

(b) is the greatest

It is impossible to say which is greatest.

(a) is the greatest

It is impossible to say which is greatest.

Explanation:

The shape of a triangle does not affect its size. Without knowing any dimensions, we cannot determine how large any of the areas are.

### Example Question #14 : How To Make Geometric Comparisons

Circle has a radius of inches, a circumference of inches, and an area of inches squared.

Now imagine three other circles:

a) Circle has a radius of b) Circle has a circumference of c) Circle has an area of Circle is equivalent to Circle but not Circles  , and are all nonequivalent

Circle is equivalent to Circle but not Circles  , and are all equivalent

Circle is equivalent to Circle but not Explanation:

Radius and circumference are related to each other by a direct proportion ( ). This means that if you cut one in half, you cut the other in half. For this reason, circles and are both related to by the same proportion and are thus equivalent.

Area is related to radius exponentially ( ). Cutting the area in half does not cut the radius in half. Circle therefore cannot be equivalent to .

To test this out, try substituting some numbers in for  , and .

### Example Question #11 : How To Make Geometric Comparisons

Examine (a), (b), and (c) to find the best answer:

a) volume of a cube with side length of inches

b) area of a square with a perimeter of inches

c) perimeter of a square with a side length of inches  Impossible to compare Impossible to compare

Explanation:

Voume would be measured in inches cubed, area in inches squared, and perimeter in inches. These are different types of measurements and cannot be compared.

### Example Question #16 : How To Make Geometric Comparisons

Examine (a), (b), and (c) to find the best answer:

a) area of a circle with a circumference of b) area of a circle with a radius of c) area of a circle with a diameter of (b) is equal to (c) but not (a)

(a), (b), and (c) are all equal

(a) is equal to (c) but not (b)

(a), (b), and (c) are all unequal

(a), (b), and (c) are all equal

Explanation:

The diameter of a circle is twice its radius. Since the diameter in (c) is twice the radius in (b), these two are equal.

The circumference is the diameter multiplied by . Since the circumfrence in (a) is the diameter in (c) multiplied by , this is also equal.

### Example Question #11 : How To Make Geometric Comparisons

Examine (a), (b), and (c) to find the best answer:

a) perimeter of a square with a side length of b) circumference of a circle with a diameter of c) perimeter of an equilateral triangle with a side length of (a) is greater than (b) and (c).

(b) is equal to (c).

(a) is equal to (c).

(b) is greater than (a) and (c).

(a) is equal to (c).

Explanation:

Find perimeter by adding up the lengths of the sides of the shape. Find circumference by multiplying the diameter by :

a) perimeter of a square with a side length of  b) circumference of a circle with a diameter of  c) perimeter of an equilateral triangle with a side length of  Therefore (a) and (c) are equal, and they are greater than (b).

### Example Question #18 : How To Make Geometric Comparisons

Examine (a), (b), and (c) to find the best answer:

a) perimeter of an equilateral triangle with a side length of b) perimeter of a square with an side length of c) circumference of a circle with a diameter of      Explanation:

Find the perimeter from side length of an equilateral triangle by multiplying by three:

a) Find perimeter from side length of a square by multiplying by four:

b) Find circumference from diameter of a circle by multiplying by pi:

c) It is now evident that (c) is smaller than (a), which is smaller than (b)

### Example Question #19 : How To Make Geometric Comparisons

Examine (a), (b), and (c) to find the best answer:

a) the sum of the areas of a square and a triangle

b) the sum of the areas of two squares

c) the sum of the areas of two triangles Not enough information to know  Not enough information to know

Explanation:

We are not given any information about the sizes of the shapes. There could be two tiny squares, one huge triangle, we're not sure. Without any dimensions, we cannot say which area is bigger.

### Example Question #20 : How To Make Geometric Comparisons

Compare the values of (a), (b), and (c):

(a) The area of a square with a perimeter of (b) The area of a square with a side length of (c) The area of a square with a perimeter of (a), (b), and (c) are all unequal

(a), (b), and (c) are all equal

(b) is equal to (c), but not (a)

(a) is equal to (b), but not (c)

(a) is equal to (b), but not (c)

Explanation:

Find the areas of all the squares. To find an area from a perimeter, divide the perimeter by to find the side length, then square the side length.

(a)  (b) (c)  (a) is equal to (b), but not equal to (c). 