# 2011 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 24

## Problem

A lattice point in an $xy$-coordinate system is any point $(x, y)$ where both $x$ and $y$ are integers. The graph of $y = mx +2$ passes through no lattice point with $0 < x \le 100$ for all $m$ such that $1/2 < m < a$. What is the maximum possible value of $a$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ \frac{51}{101} \qquad\textbf{(B)}\ \frac{50}{99} \qquad\textbf{(C)}\ \frac{51}{100} \qquad\textbf{(D)}\ \frac{52}{101} \qquad\textbf{(E)}\ \frac{13}{25}$

## Solution

We see that for the graph of $y=mx+2$ to not pass through any lattice points its denominator must be greater the than 100. We see that the nearest fraction bigger than $1/2$ that does not have its denominator over 100 is 50/99. :D

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