2002 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 12

Problem

For which of the following values of $k$ does the equation $\frac{x-1}{x-2} = \frac{x-k}{x-6}$ have no solution for $x$?

$\textbf{(A) } 1\qquad \textbf{(B) } 2\qquad \textbf{(C) } 3\qquad \textbf{(D) } 4\qquad \textbf{(E) } 5$


Solution

The domain over which we solve the equation is $\mathbb{R} \setminus \{2,6\}$.

We can now cross-multiply to get rid of the fractions, we get $(x-1)(x-6)=(x-k)(x-2)$.

Simplifying that, we get $7x-6 = (k+2)x - 2k$. Clearly for $k=5$ we get the equation $-6=-10$ which is never true. The answer is $\boxed{\mathrm{ (E)}\ 5}$

For other $k$, one can solve for $x$: $x(5-k) = 6-2k$, hence $x=\frac {6-2k}{5-k}$. We can easily verify that for none of the other 4 possible values of $k$ is this equal to $2$ or $6$, hence there is a solution for $x$ in each of the other cases.

-Edited by XxHalo711 (typo within the solution)

See Also

2002 AMC 10B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 11
Followed by
Problem 13
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