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==Problem==
 
A square with integer side length is cut into 10 squares, all of which have integer side length and at least 8 of which have area 1. What is the smallest possible value of the length of the side of the original square?
 
A square with integer side length is cut into 10 squares, all of which have integer side length and at least 8 of which have area 1. What is the smallest possible value of the length of the side of the original square?
  
<math> \textbf{(A)}\hspace{.05in}3\qquad\textbf{(B)}\hspace{.05in}4\qquad\textbf{(C)}\hspace{.05in}5\qquad\textbf{(D)}\hspace{.05in}6\qquad\textbf{(E)}\hspace{.05in}7 </math>
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<math> \text{(A)}\hspace{.05in}3\qquad\text{(B)}\hspace{.05in}4\qquad\text{(C)}\hspace{.05in}5\qquad\text{(D)}\hspace{.05in}6\qquad\text{(E)}\hspace{.05in}7 </math>
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==Solution==
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The first answer choice <math> {\textbf{(A)}\ 3} </math>, can be eliminated since there must be <math> 10 </math> squares with integer side lengths. We then test the next smallest sidelength which is <math> 4 </math>. The square with area <math> 16 </math> can be partitioned into <math> 8 </math> squares with area <math> 1 </math> and two squares with area <math> 4 </math>, which satisfies all the conditions of the problem. Therefore, the smallest possible value of the length of the side of the original square is <math> \boxed{\textbf{(B)}\ 4} </math>.
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==See Also==
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{{AMC8 box|year=2012|num-b=16|num-a=18}}
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Latest revision as of 17:46, 16 January 2021

Problem

A square with integer side length is cut into 10 squares, all of which have integer side length and at least 8 of which have area 1. What is the smallest possible value of the length of the side of the original square?

$\text{(A)}\hspace{.05in}3\qquad\text{(B)}\hspace{.05in}4\qquad\text{(C)}\hspace{.05in}5\qquad\text{(D)}\hspace{.05in}6\qquad\text{(E)}\hspace{.05in}7$

Solution

The first answer choice ${\textbf{(A)}\ 3}$, can be eliminated since there must be $10$ squares with integer side lengths. We then test the next smallest sidelength which is $4$. The square with area $16$ can be partitioned into $8$ squares with area $1$ and two squares with area $4$, which satisfies all the conditions of the problem. Therefore, the smallest possible value of the length of the side of the original square is $\boxed{\textbf{(B)}\ 4}$.

See Also

2012 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 16
Followed by
Problem 18
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