2016 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 24
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Problem
How many four-digit integers , with , have the property that the three two-digit integers form an increasing arithmetic sequence? One such number is , where , , , and .
Solution 1
The numbers are and . Note that only can be zero, the numbers , , and cannot start with a zero, and .
To form the sequence, we need . This can be rearranged as . Notice that since the left-hand side is a multiple of , the right-hand side can only be or . (A value of would contradict .) Therefore we have two cases: and .
Case 1
If , then , so . This gives . If , then , so . This gives . If , then , so , giving . There is no solution for . Added together, this gives us answers for Case 1.
Case 2
This means that the digits themselves are in an arithmetic sequence. This gives us answers, Adding the two cases together, we find the answer to be .
Solution 2 (Brute Force, when you have lots of time)
Looking at the answer options, all the numbers are pretty small so it is easy to make a list.
Counting all the cases we get our answer of which is -srisainandan6
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