2004 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 13
Let be the set of points in the coordinate plane, where each of and may be , , or . How many distinct lines pass through at least two members of ?
Let's count them by cases:
- Case 1: The line is horizontal or vertical, clearly .
- Case 2: The line has slope , with through and additional ones one unit above or below those. These total .
- Case 3: The only remaining lines pass through two points, a vertex and a non-vertex point on the opposite side. Thus we have each vertex pairing up with two points on the two opposites sides, giving lines.
These add up to .
There are ways to pick two points, but we've clearly overcounted all of the lines which pass through three points. In fact, each line which passes through three points will have been counted times, so we have to subtract for each of these lines. Quick counting yields horizontal, vertical, and diagonal lines, so the answer is distinct lines.
First consider how many lines go through and hit two points in . You can see that there are such lines. Now, we cross out and make sure to never consider consider lines that go through it anymore (As doing so would be double counting). Repeat for , making sure not to count the vertical line as it goes through the crossed out . Then cross out . Repeat for the rest, and count lines in total.
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