# 2005 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 8

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## Problem

For how many values of $a$ is it true that the line $y = x + a$ passes through the vertex of the parabola $y = x^2 + a^2$ ?

$\mathrm{(A)}\ 0 \qquad \mathrm{(B)}\ 1 \qquad \mathrm{(C)}\ 2 \qquad \mathrm{(D)}\ 10 \qquad \mathrm{(E)}\ \text{infinitely many}$

## Solution

We see that the vertex of the quadratic function $y = x^2 + a^2$ is $(0,\,a^2)$. The y-intercept of the line $y = x + a$ is $(0,\,a)$. We want to find the values (if any) such that $a=a^2$. Solving for $a$, the only values that satisfy this are $0$ and $1$, so the answer is $\boxed{\mathrm{(C)}\ 2}$

## See also

 2005 AMC 12B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 7 Followed byProblem 9 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

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