2016 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 16
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Problem 16
The graphs of and are plotted on the same set of axes. How many points in the plane with positive -coordinates lie on two or more of the graphs?
Solution
Setting the first two equations equal to each other, .
Solving this, we get and .
Similarly with the last two equations, we get and .
Now, by setting the first and third equations equal to each other, we get .
Pairing the first and fourth or second and third equations won't work because then .
Pairing the second and fourth equations will yield , but since you can't divide by , it doesn't work.
After trying all pairs, we have a total of solutions
Solution 2
Note that .
Then
Therefore, the system of equations can be simplified to:
where . Note that all values of correspond to exactly one positive value, so all intersections will correspond to exactly one intersection in the positive-x area.
Graphing this system of functions will generate a total of solutions
See Also
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