Cristiano Ronaldo’s HAT TRICK miracle saved the day tonight! So happy although I am not a Madrid fan. But I do like Ronaldo, Modric, and Sergio Ramos. Can’t sleep and a few more hours to get to work so I decided to post the solution to the exam earlier from this morning. This year’s DSE core math exam paper 2 again isn’t that difficult, although I had a little problem with the very last question (It’s a stat problem, I am not very good at stat and I didn’t do any review or studying before it). Anyhow I managed to finish the whole thing (45 questions) in about 70 minutes.

So let’s begin

Q1) A

Q2) A

Multiple both sides by yields

Q3) D

Q4) C

Obviously!

Q5) A

Solve the system of

Multiple the first equation by 3 and then by the method of elimination,

Q6) B

Q7) A

Q8) C

Q9) D

Let’s say , then the equation becomes

So it’s a “happy face” or “open up” parabola with vertex . Then let , we can find the -int to be which is positive.

Q10) C

Q11) D

Q12) D

Q13) A

Q14) C

Q15) B

Add a parallel line in the middle then it is obvious that

and obviously I and III are wrong!

Q16) D

By inspection, notice that

which form a 3-4-5 right triangle and hence is a right angle as well. By Pythagoras, we have

Q17) A

Q18) C

It’s obvious that there is a 5-12-13 right triangle, hence the volume is

Q19) A

Let

So, I is right, now we can ignore II and check III. If you are smart, you don’t need to calculate the perimeter to know III must be wrong, because the arc length must be an integer over 6 times and the two radii add to an integer. The perimeter must be in the form where .

Q20) C

By mid-point theorem, we can divide those two region as follow and the answer comes out clearly!

Q21) B

Join BE such that point E is on AD and line BE is parallel to the line CD. then

Q22) D

Since rhombus is a parallelogram, . And then by inscribed angle is half the central angle, . Therefore

Q23) A

Obviously!

Q24) B

, so A cannot be right. , hence B is right!

Q25) D

The two lines are perpendicular hence

Intersection lies on x-axis means

Q26) B

Q27) C

By completing the square,

Hence C is a circle with radius about 2.7 centered at .

So II and III are right!

Q28) C

Obviously!

Q29) B

Q30) B

Since mode is 68 and there are two 98 already,

so the data are 32 , 68 , 68 , 68 , 79 , 86 , 88 , 98 , 98 , unknown.

Since the mean is 77 therefore the unknown is

Therefore the median is average of 79 and 85 which is 82.

Q31) C

Obviously

Q32) D

Q33) A

Q34) B

Since can be any real number such as . may not be rational. II doesn’t need to be checked, just check III. III is obviouly wrong. So answer is B.

Q35) D

Let the value be

Draw a family of lines with slope and the line that touches the feasible set with the maximum value of is at S obviously.

Q36) B

I is wrong. So the answer is either B or D, so we can ignore II and check III.

If , then

However if , then

Therefore only II must be true.

Q37) A

means cosine curve is compressed horizontally by a half, so the period is 180 degrees and therefore . Amplitude is obviously 2 and the graph is flipped vertically, so must be negative and hence .

Q38) B

Two solution for the first bracket and one solution for the second bracket.

Q39) A

By 3-4-5 right triangle,

By 3-4-5 right triangle,

By 5-12-13 right triangle,

By cosine law,

Q40) D

By inscribed angle of a semi-circle,

Let the center of the circle be O, then in quadrilateral OBPD,

By inscribed angle is half the central angle,

By angle sum of a triangle,

Q41) C

Plug into gives

So the midpoint is 4, then plug into gives

Q42) A

Q43) D

Q44) B

I is obviously wrong, 55 is lower quartile. Only need to check III. Use a calculator to find the standard deviation is about 11.58. So II only.

Q45) C

Because I forgot (later I read the book). I still remember what standard deviation is. I spent like 10 minutes to do this. Notice that

Therefore variance of the new set of number is .