2015 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 23
- The following problem is from both the 2015 AMC 10B #25 and 2015 AMC 12B #23, so both problems redirect to this page.
Problem
A rectangular box measures , where , , and are integers and . The volume and the surface area of the box are numerically equal. How many ordered triples are possible?
Solution 1
We need Since , from the first equation we get . Thus . From the second equation we see that . Thus .
- If we need . We get five roots .
- If we need . We get three roots .
- If we need . We get one root .
- If we need . We get one root .
Thus, there are solutions.
Solution 2
The surface area is , and the volume is , so equating the two yields
Divide both sides by to obtain
First consider the bound of the variable . Since we have , or .
Also note that , hence . Thus, , so .
So we have or .
Before the casework, let's consider the possible range for if . From , we have . From , we have . Thus .
When , we get , so . We find the solutions , , , , , for a total of solutions.
When , we get , so . We find the solutions , , , for a total of solutions.
When , we get , so . The only solution in this case is .
When , is forced to be , and thus .
Thus, there are solutions.
Simplification of Solution 2
The surface area is , the volume is , so .
Divide both sides by , we have: First consider the bound of the variable . Since we have , or .
Also note that , we have . Thus, , so .
So we have or .
We can say , where .
Notice that . This is our key step. Then we can say , . If we clear the fraction about b and c (do the math), our immediate result is that . Realize also that .
Now go through cases for and you end up with the same result. However, now you don't have to guess solutions. For example, when , then and .
See Also
2015 AMC 10B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
Preceded by Problem 24 |
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All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions |
2015 AMC 12B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
Preceded by Problem 22 |
Followed by Problem 24 |
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All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions |
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