2011 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 5

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Problem

In multiplying two positive integers $a$ and $b$, Ron reversed the digits of the two-digit number $a$. His erroneous product was $161$. What is the correct value of the product of $a$ and $b$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 116 \qquad\textbf{(B)}\  161 \qquad\textbf{(C)}\  204 \qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 214 \qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 224$

Solution

We have $161 = 7 \cdot 23.$ Since $a$ has two digits, the factors must be $23$ and $7,$ so $a = 32$ and $b = 7.$ Then, $ab = 7 \times 32 = \boxed{\mathrm{(E) \ } 224}.$

Video Solution

https://youtu.be/b3Vorx_bnpU

~savannahsolver

See Also

2011 AMC 10B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 4
Followed by
Problem 6
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