2011 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 11
Problem
A frog located at , with both and integers, makes successive jumps of length and always lands on points with integer coordinates. Suppose that the frog starts at and ends at . What is the smallest possible number of jumps the frog makes?
Solution
Since the frog always jumps in length and lands on a lattice point, the sum of its coordinates must change either by (by jumping parallel to the x- or y-axis), or by or (3-4-5 right triangle).
Because either , , or is always the change of the sum of the coordinates, the sum of the coordinates will always change from odd to even or vice versa. Thus, it can't go from to in an even number of moves. Therefore, the frog cannot reach in two moves.
However, a path is possible in 3 moves: from to to to .
Thus, the answer is .
See also
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