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Problem
Consider the set of 30 parabolas defined as follows: all parabolas have as focus the point (0,0) and the directrix lines have the form with a and b integers such that and . No three of these parabolas have a common point. How many points in the plane are on two of these parabolas?
$\textbf{(A)}\ 720\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 760\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 810\qquad\textbf{(D}}\ 840\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 870$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Extra }, or forgotten $.)
Solution
Being on two parabolae means having the same distance from the common focus and both directrices. In particular, you have to be on an angle bisector of the directrices, and clearly on the same "side" of the directrices as the focus. So it's easy to see there are at most two solutions per pair of parabolae. Convexity and continuity imply exactly two solutions unless the directrices are parallel and on the same side of the focus.
So out of possible intersection points, only fail to exist. This leaves solutions.
See also
2013 AMC 12B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
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