1988 AJHSME Problems/Problem 14

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Problem

$\diamondsuit$ and $\Delta$ are whole numbers and $\diamondsuit \times \Delta =36$. The largest possible value of $\diamondsuit + \Delta$ is

$\text{(A)}\ 12 \qquad \text{(B)}\ 13 \qquad \text{(C)}\ 15 \qquad \text{(D)}\ 20\ \qquad \text{(E)}\ 37$

Solution

Since it doesn't take too long, we can just make a table with all the possible values of the sum: \[\begin{array}{|c|c|c|} \multicolumn{3}{}{} \\ \hline \diamondsuit & \Delta & \diamondsuit + \Delta \\ \hline 36 & 1 & 37 \\ \hline 18 & 2 & 20 \\ \hline 12 & 3 & 15 \\ \hline 9 & 4 & 13 \\ \hline 6 & 6 & 12 \\ \hline \end{array}\]

Clearly $37\rightarrow \boxed{\text{E}}$ is the largest.

See Also

1988 AJHSME (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 13
Followed by
Problem 15
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