2022 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 3

Problem

When three positive integers $a$, $b$, and $c$ are multiplied together, their product is $100$. Suppose $a < b < c$. In how many ways can the numbers be chosen?

$\textbf{(A) } 0 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 1\qquad\textbf{(C) } 2\qquad\textbf{(D) } 3\qquad\textbf{(E) } 4$

Solution

The positive divisors of $100$ are \[1,2,4,5,10,20,25,50,100.\] It is clear that $10\leq c\leq50,$ so we apply casework to $c:$

  • If $c=10,$ then $(a,b,c)=(2,5,10).$
  • If $c=20,$ then $(a,b,c)=(1,5,20).$
  • If $c=25,$ then $(a,b,c)=(1,4,25).$
  • If $c=50,$ then $(a,b,c)=(1,2,50).$

Together, the numbers $a,b,$ and $c$ can be chosen in $\boxed{\textbf{(E) } 4}$ ways.

~MRENTHUSIASM

Video Solution

https://youtu.be/Ij9pAy6tQSg?t=142

~Interstigation

See Also

2022 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 2
Followed by
Problem 4
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