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## Challenge:

If a side of a square is increased by \(20\%\), what percent of the area of the square will be increased?

**A-** \(20\%\)

**B-** \(40\%\)

**C-** \(44\%\)

**D-** \(100\%\)

**E-** \(200\%\)

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The correct answer is C.

Area of a square = side times side.

Let X be the side of a square. Then, the side of the square is \(X^2\).

If a side of a square is increased by \(20\%\), then the area of the square will be increased by 44 percent:

\(1.2X × 1.2X = 1.44X^2\)

\(1.44X^2\) is 0.44 or \(44\%\) bigger than \(X^2\)