# 2002 AIME I Problems/Problem 3

## Problem

Jane is 25 years old. Dick is older than Jane. In $n$ years, where $n$ is a positive integer, Dick's age and Jane's age will both be two-digit number and will have the property that Jane's age is obtained by interchanging the digits of Dick's age. Let $d$ be Dick's present age. How many ordered pairs of positive integers $(d,n)$ are possible?

## Solution

Let Jane's age $n$ years from now be $10a+b$, and let Dick's age be $10b+a$. If $10b+a>10a+b$, then $b>a$. The possible pairs of $a,b$ are: $(1,2), (1,3), (2,3), (1,4), (2,4), (3,4), \dots , (8,9)$

That makes 36. But $10a+b>25$, so we subtract all the extraneous pairs: $(1,2), (1,3), (2,3), (1,4), (2,4), (1,5), (2,5), (1,6), (1,7), (1,8),$ and $(1,9)$. $36-11=\boxed{025}$

## See also

 2002 AIME I (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 2 Followed byProblem 4 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 All AIME Problems and Solutions

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