2009 AIME I Problems/Problem 11

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Consider the set of all triangles $OPQ$ where $O$ is the origin and $P$ and $Q$ are distinct points in the plane with nonnegative integer coordinates $(x,y)$ such that $41x + y = 2009$. Find the number of such distinct triangles whose area is a positive integer.


Solution 1 (This solution requires linear algeber knowledgw)

Let the two points be point P and Q

and $P=(x_1,y_1),Q=(x_2,y_2)

We cna calculate the area of the parallelogram span with the determinant of matrix PQ, P above Q, since triangle is half of the area of the parallelogram. We just need the determinant to be even

The deteminant is



since 2009 is not even,$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Missing $ inserted.)((x_1)-(x_2))$must be even

Thus the two x's have to be both odd or even.

Also note that the maximum value for x is$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Missing $ inserted.)49$and minimum is$0$.

There are$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Missing $ inserted.)25$even and$25$odd number

Thus, there are$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Missing $ inserted.)(_{25}C_2)+(_{25}C_2)=\boxed{600}$of such triangle

See also

2009 AIME I (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 10
Followed by
Problem 12
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