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2022 AMC 12A Problems

2022 AMC 12A (Answer Key)
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  1. This is a 25-question, multiple choice test. Each question is followed by answers marked A, B, C, D and E. Only one of these is correct.
  2. You will receive 6 points for each correct answer, 2.5 points for each problem left unanswered if the year is before 2006, 1.5 points for each problem left unanswered if the year is after 2006, and 0 points for each incorrect answer.
  3. No aids are permitted other than scratch paper, graph paper, ruler, compass, protractor and erasers (and calculators that are accepted for use on the test if before 2006. No problems on the test will require the use of a calculator).
  4. Figures are not necessarily drawn to scale.
  5. You will have 75 minutes working time to complete the test.
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Problem 1

What is the value of \[3+\frac{1}{3+\frac{1}{3+\frac13}}?\] $\textbf{(A)}\ \frac{31}{10}\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ \frac{49}{15}\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ \frac{33}{10}\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ \frac{109}{33}\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ \frac{15}{4}$


Problem 2

The sum of three numbers is $96.$ The first number is $6$ times the third number, and the third number is $40$ less than the second number. What is the absolute value of the difference between the first and second numbers?

$\textbf{(A) } 1 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 2 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 3 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 4 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 5$


Problem 3

Five rectangles, $A$, $B$, $C$, $D$, and $E$, are arranged in a square as shown below. These rectangles have dimensions $1\times6$, $2\times4$, $5\times6$, $2\times7$, and $2\times3$, respectively. (The figure is not drawn to scale.) Which of the five rectangles is the shaded one in the middle? [asy] size(150); currentpen = black+1.25bp; fill((3,2.5)--(3,4.5)--(5.3,4.5)--(5.3,2.5)--cycle,gray); draw((0,0)--(7,0)--(7,7)--(0,7)--(0,0)); draw((3,0)--(3,4.5)); draw((0,4.5)--(5.3,4.5)); draw((5.3,7)--(5.3,2.5)); draw((7,2.5)--(3,2.5)); [/asy] $\textbf{(A) }A\qquad\textbf{(B) }B \qquad\textbf{(C) }C \qquad\textbf{(D) }D\qquad\textbf{(E) }E$


Problem 4

The least common multiple of a positive integer $n$ and $18$ is $180$, and the greatest common divisor of $n$ and $45$ is $15$. What is the sum of the digits of $n$?

$\textbf{(A) } 3 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 6 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 8 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 9 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 12$


Problem 5

The $\textit{taxicab distance}$ between points $(x_1, y_1)$ and $(x_2, y_2)$ in the coordinate plane is given by \[|x_1 - x_2| + |y_1 - y_2|.\] For how many points $P$ with integer coordinates is the taxicab distance between $P$ and the origin less than or equal to $20$?

$\textbf{(A)} \, 441 \qquad\textbf{(B)} \, 761 \qquad\textbf{(C)} \, 841 \qquad\textbf{(D)} \, 921  \qquad\textbf{(E)} \, 924$


Problem 6

A data set consists of $6$ (not distinct) positive integers: $1$, $7$, $5$, $2$, $5$, and $X$. The average (arithmetic mean) of the $6$ numbers equals a value in the data set. What is the sum of all possible values of $X$?

$\textbf{(A) } 10 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 26 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 32 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 36 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 40$


Problem 7

A rectangle is partitioned into $5$ regions as shown. Each region is to be painted a solid color - red, orange, yellow, blue, or green - so that regions that touch are painted different colors, and colors can be used more than once. How many different colorings are possible?

[asy] size(5.5cm); draw((0,0)--(0,2)--(2,2)--(2,0)--cycle); draw((2,0)--(8,0)--(8,2)--(2,2)--cycle); draw((8,0)--(12,0)--(12,2)--(8,2)--cycle); draw((0,2)--(6,2)--(6,4)--(0,4)--cycle); draw((6,2)--(12,2)--(12,4)--(6,4)--cycle); [/asy]

$\textbf{(A) }120\qquad\textbf{(B) }270\qquad\textbf{(C) }360\qquad\textbf{(D) }540\qquad\textbf{(E) }720$


Problem 8

The infinite product \[\sqrt[3]{10} \cdot \sqrt[3]{\sqrt[3]{10}} \cdot \sqrt[3]{\sqrt[3]{\sqrt[3]{10}}} \cdots\] evaluates to a real number. What is that number?

$\textbf{(A) }\sqrt{10}\qquad\textbf{(B) }\sqrt[3]{100}\qquad\textbf{(C) }\sqrt[4]{1000}\qquad\textbf{(D) }10\qquad\textbf{(E) }10\sqrt[3]{10}$


Problem 9

On Halloween $31$ children walked into the principal's office asking for candy. They can be classified into three types: Some always lie; some always tell the truth; and some alternately lie and tell the truth. The alternaters arbitrarily choose their first response, either a lie or the truth, but each subsequent statement has the opposite truth value from its predecessor. The principal asked everyone the same three questions in this order.

"Are you a truth-teller?" The principal gave a piece of candy to each of the $22$ children who answered yes.

"Are you an alternater?" The principal gave a piece of candy to each of the $15$ children who answered yes.

"Are you a liar?" The principal gave a piece of candy to each of the $9$ children who answered yes.

How many pieces of candy in all did the principal give to the children who always tell the truth?

$\textbf{(A) } 7 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 12 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 21 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 27 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 31$


Problem 10

How many ways are there to split the integers $1$ through $14$ into $7$ pairs such that in each pair, the greater number is at least $2$ times the lesser number?

$\textbf{(A) } 108 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 120 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 126 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 132 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 144$


Problem 11

What is the product of all real numbers $x$ such that the distance on the number line between $\log_6x$ and $\log_69$ is twice the distance on the number line between $\log_610$ and $1$?

$\textbf{(A) } 10 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 18 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 25 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 36 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 81$


Problem 12

Let $M$ be the midpoint of $\overline{AB}$ in regular tetrahedron $ABCD$. What is $\cos(\angle CMD)$?

$\textbf{(A) } \frac14 \qquad \textbf{(B) } \frac13 \qquad \textbf{(C) } \frac25 \qquad \textbf{(D) } \frac12 \qquad \textbf{(E) } \frac{\sqrt{3}}{2}$


Problem 13

Let $\mathcal{R}$ be the region in the complex plane consisting of all complex numbers $z$ that can be written as the sum of complex numbers $z_1$ and $z_2$, where $z_1$ lies on the segment with endpoints $3$ and $4i$, and $z_2$ has magnitude at most $1$. What integer is closest to the area of $\mathcal{R}$?

$\textbf{(A) } 13 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 14 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 15 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 16 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 17$


Problem 14

What is the value of \[(\log 5)^3+(\log 20)^3+(\log 8)(\log 0.25)\] where $\log$ denotes the base-ten logarithm?

$\textbf{(A) } \frac{3}{2} \qquad \textbf{(B) } \frac{7}{4} \qquad \textbf{(C) } 2 \qquad \textbf{(D) } \frac{9}{4} \qquad \textbf{(E) } 3$


Problem 15

The roots of the polynomial $10x^3-39x^2+29x-6$ are the height, length, and width of a rectangular box (right rectangular prism). A new rectangular box is formed by lengthening each edge of the original box by $2$ units. What is the volume of the new box?

$\textbf{(A) } \frac{24}{5} \qquad \textbf{(B) } \frac{42}{5} \qquad \textbf{(C) } \frac{81}{5} \qquad \textbf{(D) } 30 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 48$


Problem 16

A triangular number is a positive integer that can be expressed in the form $t_n=1+2+3+\cdots+n$, for some positive integer $n$. The three smallest triangular numbers that are also perfect squares are $t_1=1=1^2, t_8=36=6^2,$ and $t_{49}=1225=35^2$. What is the sum of the digits of the fourth smallest triangular number that is also a perfect square?

$\textbf{(A)} ~6 \qquad\textbf{(B)} ~9 \qquad\textbf{(C)} ~12 \qquad\textbf{(D)} ~18 \qquad\textbf{(E)} ~27$


Problem 17

Suppose $a$ is a real number such that the equation \[a\cdot(\sin{x}+\sin{(2x)}) = \sin{(3x)}\] has more than one solution in the interval $(0, \pi)$. The set of all such $a$ that can be written in the form \[(p,q) \cup (q,r),\] where $p, q,$ and $r$ are real numbers with $p < q< r$. What is $p+q+r$?

$\textbf{(A) } {-}4 \qquad \textbf{(B) } {-}1 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 0 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 1 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 4$


Problem 18

Let $T_k$ be the transformation of the coordinate plane that first rotates the plane $k$ degrees counterclockwise around the origin and then reflects the plane across the $y$-axis. What is the least positive integer $n$ such that performing the sequence of transformations $T_1, T_2, T_3, \dots, T_n$ returns the point $(1,0)$ back to itself?

$\textbf{(A) } 359 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 360\qquad \textbf{(C) } 719 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 720 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 721$


Problem 19

Suppose that $13$ cards numbered $1, 2, 3, \ldots, 13$ are arranged in a row. The task is to pick them up in numerically increasing order, working repeatedly from left to right. In the example below, cards $1, 2, 3$ are picked up on the first pass, $4$ and $5$ on the second pass, $6$ on the third pass, $7, 8, 9, 10$ on the fourth pass, and $11, 12, 13$ on the fifth pass. For how many of the $13!$ possible orderings of the cards will the $13$ cards be picked up in exactly two passes?

[asy] size(11cm); draw((0,0)--(2,0)--(2,3)--(0,3)--cycle); label("7", (1,1.5)); draw((3,0)--(5,0)--(5,3)--(3,3)--cycle); label("11", (4,1.5)); draw((6,0)--(8,0)--(8,3)--(6,3)--cycle); label("8", (7,1.5)); draw((9,0)--(11,0)--(11,3)--(9,3)--cycle); label("6", (10,1.5)); draw((12,0)--(14,0)--(14,3)--(12,3)--cycle); label("4", (13,1.5)); draw((15,0)--(17,0)--(17,3)--(15,3)--cycle); label("5", (16,1.5)); draw((18,0)--(20,0)--(20,3)--(18,3)--cycle); label("9", (19,1.5)); draw((21,0)--(23,0)--(23,3)--(21,3)--cycle); label("12", (22,1.5)); draw((24,0)--(26,0)--(26,3)--(24,3)--cycle); label("1", (25,1.5)); draw((27,0)--(29,0)--(29,3)--(27,3)--cycle); label("13", (28,1.5)); draw((30,0)--(32,0)--(32,3)--(30,3)--cycle); label("10", (31,1.5)); draw((33,0)--(35,0)--(35,3)--(33,3)--cycle); label("2", (34,1.5)); draw((36,0)--(38,0)--(38,3)--(36,3)--cycle); label("3", (37,1.5)); [/asy] $\textbf{(A) } 4082 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 4095 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 4096 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 8178 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 8191$


Problem 20

Isosceles trapezoid $ABCD$ has parallel sides $\overline{AD}$ and $\overline{BC},$ with $BC < AD$ and $AB = CD.$ There is a point $P$ in the plane such that $PA=1, PB=2, PC=3,$ and $PD=4.$ What is $\tfrac{BC}{AD}?$

$\textbf{(A) }\frac{1}{4}\qquad\textbf{(B) }\frac{1}{3}\qquad\textbf{(C) }\frac{1}{2}\qquad\textbf{(D) }\frac{2}{3}\qquad\textbf{(E) }\frac{3}{4}$


Problem 21

Let \[P(x) = x^{2022} + x^{1011} + 1.\] Which of the following polynomials is a factor of $P(x)$?

$\textbf{(A)} \, x^2 -x + 1 \qquad\textbf{(B)} \, x^2 + x + 1 \qquad\textbf{(C)} \, x^4 + 1 \qquad\textbf{(D)} \, x^6 - x^3 + 1  \qquad\textbf{(E)} \, x^6 + x^3 + 1$


Problem 22

Let $c$ be a real number, and let $z_1$ and $z_2$ be the two complex numbers satisfying the equation $z^2 - cz + 10 = 0$. Points $z_1$, $z_2$, $\frac{1}{z_1}$, and $\frac{1}{z_2}$ are the vertices of (convex) quadrilateral $\mathcal{Q}$ in the complex plane. When the area of $\mathcal{Q}$ obtains its maximum possible value, $c$ is closest to which of the following?

$\textbf{(A) }4.5 \qquad\textbf{(B) }5 \qquad\textbf{(C) }5.5 \qquad\textbf{(D) }6\qquad\textbf{(E) }6.5$


Problem 23

Let $h_n$ and $k_n$ be the unique relatively prime positive integers such that \[\frac{1}{1}+\frac{1}{2}+\frac{1}{3}+\cdots+\frac{1}{n}=\frac{h_n}{k_n}.\] Let $L_n$ denote the least common multiple of the numbers $1, 2, 3, \ldots, n$. For how many integers with $1\le{n}\le{22}$ is $k_n<L_n$?

$\textbf{(A) }0 \qquad\textbf{(B) }3 \qquad\textbf{(C) }7 \qquad\textbf{(D) }8\qquad\textbf{(E) }10$


Problem 24

How many strings of length $5$ formed from the digits $0$, $1$, $2$, $3$, $4$ are there such that for each $j \in \{1,2,3,4\}$, at least $j$ of the digits are less than $j$? (For example, $02214$ satisfies this condition because it contains at least $1$ digit less than $1$, at least $2$ digits less than $2$, at least $3$ digits less than $3$, and at least $4$ digits less than $4$. The string $23404$ does not satisfy the condition because it does not contain at least $2$ digits less than $2$.)

$\textbf{(A) }500\qquad\textbf{(B) }625\qquad\textbf{(C) }1089\qquad\textbf{(D) }1199\qquad\textbf{(E) }1296$


Problem 25

A circle with integer radius $r$ is centered at $(r, r)$. Distinct line segments of length $c_i$ connect points $(0, a_i)$ to $(b_i, 0)$ for $1 \le i \le 14$ and are tangent to the circle, where $a_i$, $b_i$, and $c_i$ are all positive integers and $c_1 \le c_2 \le \cdots \le c_{14}$. What is the ratio $\frac{c_{14}}{c_1}$ for the least possible value of $r$?

$\textbf{(A)} ~\frac{21}{5} \qquad\textbf{(B)} ~\frac{85}{13} \qquad\textbf{(C)} ~7 \qquad\textbf{(D)} ~\frac{39}{5} \qquad\textbf{(E)} ~17$


See also

2022 AMC 12A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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2021 Fall AMC 12B Problems
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