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Author Archive | Mike MᶜGarry

GMAT Math: Memory vs. Memorizing

A Case Study of the Area of an Equilateral Triangle Fact: on the GMAT Math section, you are likely to find questions about the area of an equilateral triangle, and it would be efficient if you knew the formula.  (BTW, the formula appears a little further below.)   Don’t Merely Memorize I am going to […]

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GMAT Permutations and Combinations

Permutations A permutation is a possible order in which to put a set of objects.  Suppose I had a shelf of 5 different books, and I wanted to know: in how many different orders can I put these 5 books?  Another way to say that is: 5 books have how many different permutations? In order […]

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GMAT Sentence Correction: Parallelism

Parallelism can come in many forms on the GMAT. Here are five famous passages: see if you can identify all the parallel structures, and below, I’ll discuss them. (Kudos, also, for recognizing the sources!)  Each quote is preceded by a difficulty rating, assessing how hard it is to identify the parallelism in that quote. The […]

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GMAT Averages and Sums Formulas

Everyone knows how to find an average, but the power of this formula is often underestimated.  We know: average = (sum of the items)/(number of items) Notice, we can also write this as: sum of items = (average)*(number of items) This latter form can be powerful.  For example, if we add or subtract one item […]

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GMAT Math: Area of a Triangle

As you may remember from high school, , where b is the base and h is the height.  If you are having trouble remembering this, simply remember that a rectangle has an area of  , and that a triangle is half a rectangle.     Practice Question: Using the Area Formula 1) The figure on […]

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The Pythagorean Theorem on the GMAT

There’s a reason this is the most famous theorem in mathematics!  This remarkable theorem is one of the most versatile and highly adaptable formulas in existence.  Of course, I’m sure you remember that it says: For any right triangle,                       Of course, if any question […]

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