First of all, if you’re taking the May SAT tomorrow then I wish you the best of luck. You might want to sit this one out, at least until after your test. The prize this week for the first correct answer: domesticated animals will be able to understand what you say to them for 24 hours. Use this opportunity to tell dogs how awesome they are, cats what ingrates they are, and goldfish how sad and lonely their lives are as if they didn’t already know. I have no idea what to say to your ferret. Right, onwards:
If the difference between the areas of two circles is 10π and the sum of their diameters is 4√5, the radius of the larger circle is how much bigger than the radius of the smaller circle?
Post your answers in the comments. I’ll post the solution on Monday.
UPDATE: Commenter John Gutsch nailed it. Solution below the cut.
Say the radius of the larger circle is m, and the radius of the smaller circle is n. Write an equation to represent the first thing the question tells you: the difference between the areas of the circles is 10π:
Now what? Well, remember what else the question told us, that “the sum of their diameters is 4√5.” In other words:
Wow. Substitute 2√5 for m + n, and you get:
Or, as commenter John Gutsch put it, about 2.236. Great job!