SAT Math Multiple Choice Question 672: Answer and Explanation

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Note: Figure not drawn to scale.

In the figure above, if m || l, what is the area, in square units, of the shaded rectangle?

  • A. 156
  • B. 168
  • C. 180
  • D. 192

Correct Answer: D



Special Topics (coordinate geometry) MEDIUM

First, find the slope of l using the points (0, -9) and (12, 0):


Since the two lines are parallel, line m must also have a slope of Images. Now we can solve for k using the slope equation and the two points on line m, (0, 0) and (k, 12):


Cross multiply:

4(12) = 3(k)


48 = 3k

Divide by 3:

16 = k

Notice that the coordinates of the point (16, 12) correspond to the width and the length of the rectangle, respectively. Therefore, the area of the rectangle is 16 × 12 = 192 square units.

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