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− | <math>\fbox{C}</math> We can rewrite the left-hand side as <math>\frac{a^2b+a}{b+ab^2}</math> by multiplying the numerator and denominator by <math>ab</math>. Now we can multiply | + | <math>\fbox{C}</math> We can rewrite the left-hand side as <math>\frac{a^2b+a}{b+ab^2}</math> by multiplying the numerator and denominator by <math>ab</math>. Now we can multiply the top part of the fraction by the denominator to give <math>a^2b+a = 13b + 13ab^2 \implies ab(a-13b)=13b-a = -(a-13b) \implies (ab+1)(a-13b) = 0</math>. Now, as <math>a</math> and <math>b</math> are positive, we cannot have <math>ab+1=0</math>, so we must have <math>a-13b=0 \implies a=13b</math>, so the solutions are <math>(13,1), (26,2), (39,3), (52,4), (65,5), (78,6), (91,7)</math>, which is 7 ordered pairs. |
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+ | The equation is equivalent to <math>\frac{a+\frac{1}{b}}{\frac{1}{a}+b}=13</math> or <math>\frac{\frac{ab+1}{b}}{\frac{ab+1}{a}}=13</math>. The <math>ab+1</math>s cancel out leaving us with <math>\frac{a}{b}=13</math>. This is asking us for the positive multiples of <math>13</math> up to <math>100</math>, and we know that <math>13 \cdot 7 = 91</math>, so our answer is <math>\fbox{C}</math>. | ||
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Problem
How many pairs of positive integers (a,b) with satisfy the equation
Solution 1
We can rewrite the left-hand side as by multiplying the numerator and denominator by . Now we can multiply the top part of the fraction by the denominator to give . Now, as and are positive, we cannot have , so we must have , so the solutions are , which is 7 ordered pairs.
Solution 2
The equation is equivalent to or . The s cancel out leaving us with . This is asking us for the positive multiples of up to , and we know that , so our answer is .
See also
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