2001 AMC 12 Problems/Problem 2

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Problem

Let $P(n)$ and $S(n)$ denote the product and the sum, respectively, of the digits of the integer $n$. For example, $P(23) = 6$ and $S(23) = 5$. Suppose $N$ is a two-digit number such that $N = P(N)+S(N)$. What is the units digit of $N$?

$\text{(A)}\ 2\qquad \text{(B)}\ 3\qquad \text{(C)}\ 6\qquad \text{(D)}\ 8\qquad \text{(E)}\ 9$

Solution

Denote $a$ and $b$ as the tens and units digit of $N$, respectively. Then $N = 10a+b$. It follows that $10a+b=ab+a+b$, which implies that $9a=ab$. Since $a\neq0$, $b=9$. So the answer is $\text{(E)}$.

See Also

2001 AMC 12 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 1
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Problem 3
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