Hopefully you were able to find some time and a quiet place this weekend to try our Five Problems for Your Weekend (3/6/15). Below you’ll find the fully worked-out solutions to those problems.

11. B

The two numbers need to satisfy the equation *xy* + 8 = 44. Subtracting 8 from each side of the equation tells you that the product of *x* and *y *must be 36. Of the answer choices, the only one that doesn’t give you that product is B (8 x 4 = 32, not 36).

26. J

To solve an absolute value equation, you should write and solve two separate equations. If the absolute value of some quantity is 5, then the quantity must equal either 5 or -5.

*x* – 4 = 5 or *x* – 4 = -5

*x* – 4 + 4 = 5 + 4 *x* – 4 + 4 = -5 + 4

*x* = 9 or *x* = -1

Alternatively, you could have simply tried each of the answer choices to see which one worked. Beware of Choice G, however. Although 9 is a solution, it is not the *only* solution. After you determined that 9 was a solution, you would need to test any other answer choice that included *x* = 9.

35. A

Let’s first lay out what we have. We know that the third term is 18 and the sixth term is 39. The remaining terms can be represented with blanks.

____ _____ 18 _____ _____ 39

To go from the third term to the sixth term, we would need to add the *common difference *three times. If we increased 21 units (39 – 18) in three additional terms, the difference between the terms must be 7 (21 ÷ 3). Now we can fill in the remaining terms.

4 7 18 25 32 39

The first term is 4.

44. G

Let’s first use the perimeter formula for a rectangle to find the width of the rectangle (which is also the radius of the circle).

2*L* + 2*W* = *P*

2(10) + 2*W* = 28

20 + 2*W* = 28

2*W* = 8

*W* = 4

Now you can use the fact that the radius of the circle is 4 to find the area of the circle.

*A* = π*r*²

*A = *π(4)²

*A* = 16π

The shaded portion of the circle is a quarter circle because ∠*CAB* is an angle of the rectangle and, therefore, 90 degrees. So the shaded region is equal to 1/4(16π) = 4π.

53. E

The equation of a circle is (*x* – h)² + (*y* – k)² = *r*², where (h, k) is the center of the circle and *r* is the radius of the circle. The equation of our circle is (*x* + 4)² + (*y* + 2)² = 9, which can be thought of as (*x* – (-4))² + (*y* – (-2))² = 3². This tells you that the center of the circle is (-4, -2) and that the radius is 3. You can now sketch the circle in the standard *xy*-coordinate plane. Doing so will show you that the circle lies in Quadrant II and Quadrant III.

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