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The prime factorization of <math>2009</math> is <math>2009 = 7\cdot 7\cdot 41</math>. As <math>a<b<2009</math>, the ratio must be positive and larger than <math>1</math>, hence there is only one possibility: the ratio must be <math>7</math>, and then <math>b=7\cdot 41</math>, and <math>a=41\Rightarrow\fbox{B}</math>. | The prime factorization of <math>2009</math> is <math>2009 = 7\cdot 7\cdot 41</math>. As <math>a<b<2009</math>, the ratio must be positive and larger than <math>1</math>, hence there is only one possibility: the ratio must be <math>7</math>, and then <math>b=7\cdot 41</math>, and <math>a=41\Rightarrow\fbox{B}</math>. | ||
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+ | We know that this is important because the complete equation would be a*x^2=2009, and the only possible outcome for "x" is 7. | ||
+ | -Edited slightly by RealityWrites | ||
== See Also == | == See Also == |
Latest revision as of 10:51, 8 September 2021
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Problem
Positive integers , , and , with , form a geometric sequence with an integer ratio. What is ?
Solution
The prime factorization of is . As , the ratio must be positive and larger than , hence there is only one possibility: the ratio must be , and then , and .
We know that this is important because the complete equation would be a*x^2=2009, and the only possible outcome for "x" is 7. -Edited slightly by RealityWrites
See Also
2009 AMC 10A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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