2019 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 18
- The following problem is from both the 2019 AMC 10A #18 and 2019 AMC 12A #11, so both problems redirect to this page.
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Problem
For some positive integer , the repeating base- representation of the (base-ten) fraction is . What is ?
Solution 1
We can expand the fraction as follows: Notice that this is equivalent to
By summing the geometric series and simplifying, we have . Solving this quadratic equation (or simply testing the answer choices) yields the answer .
Solution 2
Let . Therefore, .
From this, we see that , so .
Now, similar to in Solution 1, we can either test if is a multiple of 7 with the answer choices, or actually solve the quadratic, so that the answer is .
Solution 3 (bash)
We can simply plug in all the answer choices as values of , and see which one works. After legendary, amazingly, historically great calculations, this eventually gives us as the answer.
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Solution 4
Just as in Solution 1, we arrive at the equation .
We can now rewrite this as . Notice that . As is a prime, we therefore must have that one of and is divisible by . Now, checking each of the answer choices, this gives .
Solution 5
Assuming you are familiar with the rules for basic repeating decimals, . Now we want our base, , to conform to and , the reason being that we wish to convert the number from base to base . Given the first equation, we know that must equal 9, 16, 23, or generally, . The only number in this set that is one of the multiple choices is . When we test this on the second equation, , it comes to be true. Therefore, our answer is .
Video Solution
For those who want a video solution: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFfRJolhwN0
See Also
2019 AMC 10A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions |
2019 AMC 12A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
Preceded by Problem 10 |
Followed by Problem 12 |
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All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions |
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