Difference between revisions of "2001 AMC 10 Problems/Problem 7"

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<math> \textbf{(A) }0.0002\qquad\textbf{(B) }0.002\qquad\textbf{(C) }0.02\qquad\textbf{(D) }0.2\qquad\textbf{(E) }2 </math>
 
<math> \textbf{(A) }0.0002\qquad\textbf{(B) }0.002\qquad\textbf{(C) }0.02\qquad\textbf{(D) }0.2\qquad\textbf{(E) }2 </math>
  
== Solution ==
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== Solution 1 ==
  
 
If <math>x</math> is the number, then moving the decimal point four places to the right is the same as multiplying <math>x</math> by <math>10000</math>. This gives us the equation  
 
If <math>x</math> is the number, then moving the decimal point four places to the right is the same as multiplying <math>x</math> by <math>10000</math>. This gives us the equation  
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This is equivalent to <cmath>x^2=\frac{4}{10000}</cmath>  
 
This is equivalent to <cmath>x^2=\frac{4}{10000}</cmath>  
 
Since <math>x</math> is positive, it follows that <math>x=\frac{2}{100}=\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 0.02}</math>
 
Since <math>x</math> is positive, it follows that <math>x=\frac{2}{100}=\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 0.02}</math>
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== Solution 2 ==
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Alternatively, we could try each solution and see if it fits the problems given statements.
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After testing, we find that <math>\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 0.02}</math> is the correct answer.
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~ljlbox
  
 
== See Also ==
 
== See Also ==

Latest revision as of 14:24, 20 August 2019

Problem

When the decimal point of a certain positive decimal number is moved four places to the right, the new number is four times the reciprocal of the original number. What is the original number?

$\textbf{(A) }0.0002\qquad\textbf{(B) }0.002\qquad\textbf{(C) }0.02\qquad\textbf{(D) }0.2\qquad\textbf{(E) }2$

Solution 1

If $x$ is the number, then moving the decimal point four places to the right is the same as multiplying $x$ by $10000$. This gives us the equation \[10000x=4\cdot\frac{1}{x}\] This is equivalent to \[x^2=\frac{4}{10000}\] Since $x$ is positive, it follows that $x=\frac{2}{100}=\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 0.02}$

Solution 2

Alternatively, we could try each solution and see if it fits the problems given statements.

After testing, we find that $\boxed{\textbf{(C)}\ 0.02}$ is the correct answer.

~ljlbox

See Also

2001 AMC 10 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 8
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