2017 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 10


The lines with equations $ax-2y=c$ and $2x+by=-c$ are perpendicular and intersect at $(1, -5)$. What is $c$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ -13\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ -8\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 2\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 8\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 13$


Writing each equation in slope-intercept form, we get $y=\frac{a}{2}x-\frac{1}{2}c$ and $y=-\frac{2}{b}x-\frac{c}{b}$. We observe the slope of each equation is $\frac{a}{2}$ and $-\frac{2}{b}$, respectively. Because the slope of a line perpendicular to a line with slope $m$ is $-\frac{1}{m}$, we see that $\frac{a}{2}=-\frac{1}{-\frac{2}{b}}$ because it is given that the two lines are perpendicular. This equation simplifies to $a=b$.

Because $(1, -5)$ is a solution of both equations, we deduce $a \times 1-2 \times -5=c$ and $2 \times 1+b \times -5=-c$. Because we know that $a=b$, the equations reduce to $a+10=c$ and $2-5a=-c$. Solving this system of equations, we get $c=\boxed{\textbf{(E)}\ 13}$

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