2017 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 17
- The following problem is from both the 2017 AMC 12B #11 and 2017 AMC 10B #17, so both problems redirect to this page.
Problem
Call a positive integer monotonous if it is a one-digit number or its digits, when read from left to right, form either a strictly increasing or a strictly decreasing sequence. For example, , , and are monotonous, but , , and are not. How many monotonous positive integers are there?
Solution 1
Case 1: monotonous numbers with digits in ascending order
There are ways to choose n digits from the digits 1 to 9. For each of these ways, we can generate exactly one monotonous number by ordering the chosen digits in ascending order. Note that 0 is not included since it will always be a leading digit and that is not allowed. Also, (the empty set) isn't included because it doesn't generate a number. The sum is equivalent to
Case 2: monotonous numbers with digits in descending order
There are ways to choose n digits from the digits 0 to 9. For each of these ways, we can generate exactly one monotonous number by ordering the chosen digits in descending order. Note that 0 is included since we are allowed to end numbers with zeros. However, (the empty set) still isn't included because it doesn't generate a number. The sum is equivalent to We discard the number 0 since it is not positive. Thus there are here.
Since the 1-digit numbers 1 to 9 satisfy both case 1 and case 2, we have overcounted by 9. Thus there are monotonous numbers.
Solution 2
Like Solution 1, divide the problem into an increasing and decreasing case:
Case 1: Monotonous numbers with digits in ascending order.
Arrange the digits 1 through 9 in increasing order, and exclude 0 because a positive integer cannot begin with 0.
To get a monotonous number, we can either include or exclude each of the remaining 9 digits, and there are ways to do this. However, we cannot exclude every digit at once, so we subtract 1 to get monotonous numbers for this case.
Case 2: Monotonous numbers with digits in descending order.
This time, we arrange all 10 digits in decreasing order and repeat the process to find ways to include or exclude each digit. We cannot exclude every digit at once, and we cannot include only 0, so we subtract 2 to get monotonous numbers for this case.
At this point, we have counted all of the single-digit monotonous numbers twice, so we must subtract 9 from our total.
Thus our final answer is .
Solution 3
Unlike the first two solutions, we can do our casework based off of whether or not the number contains a .
If it does, then we know the must be the last digit in the number (and hence, the number has to be decreasing). Because is not positive, is not monotonous. So, we need to pick at least number in the set After choosing our numbers, there will be just way to arrange them so that the overall number is monotonous.
In total, each of the digits can either be in the monotonous number or not, yielding total solutions. However, we said earlier that cannot be by itself so we have to subtract out the case in which we picked none of the numbers . So, this case gives us .
Onto the second case, if there are no s, then the number can either be arranged in ascending order or in descending order. So, for each selection of the digits , there are solutions. This gives possibilities. Note that we subtracted out the because we cannot choose none of the numbers.
However, realize that if we pick just digit, then there is only arrangement. We cannot put a single digit in both ascending and descending order. So, we must subtract out from there (because there are possible ways to select one number and for each case, we overcounted by ).
All in all, that gives monotonous numbers.
Solution 4
Let be the number of digits of a monotonous number. Notice for an increasing monotonous number with , we can obtain 2 more monotonous numbers that are decreasing by reversing its digits and adding a to the end of the reversed digits. Whenever digits are chosen, the order is fixed. There are ways to obtain an increasing monotonous number with digits. So, there are monotonous numbers when . When , there is no reverse but we could add to the end, so there are monotonous numbers.
The answer is:
See Also
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