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A set <math>S</math> of points in the <math>xy</math>-plane is symmetric about the orgin, both coordinate axes, and the line <math>y=x</math>. If <math>(2,3)</math> is in <math>S</math>, what is the smallest number of points in <math>S</math>?
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A set <math>S</math> of points in the <math>xy</math>-plane is symmetric about the origin, both coordinate axes, and the line <math>y=x</math>. If <math>(2,3)</math> is in <math>S</math>, what is the smallest number of points in <math>S</math>?
  
 
<math> \mathrm{(A) \ } 1\qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } 2\qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } 4\qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } 8\qquad \mathrm{(E) \ } 16 </math>
 
<math> \mathrm{(A) \ } 1\qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } 2\qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } 4\qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } 8\qquad \mathrm{(E) \ } 16 </math>

Latest revision as of 20:35, 30 December 2014

Problem

A set $S$ of points in the $xy$-plane is symmetric about the origin, both coordinate axes, and the line $y=x$. If $(2,3)$ is in $S$, what is the smallest number of points in $S$?

$\mathrm{(A) \ } 1\qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } 2\qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } 4\qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } 8\qquad \mathrm{(E) \ } 16$

Solution

If $(2,3)$ is in $S$, then $(3,2)$ is also, and quickly we see that every point of the form $(\pm 2, \pm 3)$ or $(\pm 3, \pm 2)$ must be in $S$. Now note that these $8$ points satisfy all of the symmetry conditions. Thus the answer is $\boxed{\mathrm{(D)}\ 8}$.

See Also

2003 AMC 12A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 8
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Problem 10
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