2014 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 20
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Problem
For how many integers is the number negative?
Solution 1
First, note that , which motivates us to factor the polynomial as . Since this expression is negative, one term must be negative and the other positive. Also, the first term is obviously smaller than the second, so . Solving this inequality, we find . There are exactly 12 integers that satisfy this inequality, .
Thus our answer is
Solution 2
Since the part of has to be less than (because we want to be negative), we have the inequality --> . has to be positive, so is negative. Then we have . We know that if we find a positive number that works, it's parallel negative will work. Therefore, we just have to find how many positive numbers work, then multiply that by 2. If we try , we get , and 0 therefore doesn't work. Test two on your own, and then proceed. Since two works, all numbers above that satisfy work, that is the set. That equates to numbers. Since each numbers' parallel counterparts work, .
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