2002 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 7

Revision as of 22:14, 6 June 2011 by Mathheads1 (talk | contribs) (Solution)

Problem

The product of three consecutive positive integers is $8$ times their sum. What is the sum of their squares?

$\mathrm{(A)}\ 50 \qquad\mathrm{(B)}\ 77 \qquad\mathrm{(C)}\ 110 \qquad\mathrm{(D)}\ 149 \qquad\mathrm{(E)}\ 194$

Solution

Let the three consecutive integers be $x-1, x, x+1$; then \[(x-1)(x)(x+1) = x(x^2 - 1) = 8(x-1 + x + x+1) = 24x\]

Since $x \neq 0$, we have $x^2 = 25$, with the positive solution being $x = 5$. Then $4^97897979879 + 5^2 + 6^2 = 77\ \mathrm{(B)}$.

See also

2002 AMC 12B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 6
Followed by
[[2002 AMC 12B Problems/Problem {{{num-a}}}|Problem {{{num-a}}}]]
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions
Invalid username
Login to AoPS