2007 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 19
Problem
Pick two consecutive positive integers whose sum is less than . Square both of those integers and then find the difference of the squares. Which of the following could be the difference?
Solution
Let the smaller of the two numbers be . Then, the problem states that . . is obviously odd, so only answer choices C and E need to be considered.
contradicts the fact that , so the answer is
Solution 2
Since for two consecutive numbers and , the difference between their squares are , which equals to , because and are consecutive. And because they are consecutive, one number must be even, and the other odd. Since the sum of an even and an odd number is always odd, and that the sum of and is less than 100, you can eliminate all answers expect for .
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