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The only one of the answer choices that cannot be expressed in this form is <math>102</math>, as <math>102 + 4</math> is twice a prime. There would then be no way to express <math>106</math> as <math>(a + 2)(b + 2)</math>, keeping <math>a</math> and <math>b</math> as positive integers. | The only one of the answer choices that cannot be expressed in this form is <math>102</math>, as <math>102 + 4</math> is twice a prime. There would then be no way to express <math>106</math> as <math>(a + 2)(b + 2)</math>, keeping <math>a</math> and <math>b</math> as positive integers. | ||
− | Our answer is then <math>\boxed{B}</math> | + | Our answer is then <math>\boxed{B}</math>. |
Note: The original problem only stated that <math>A</math> and <math>P</math> were positive integers, not the side lengths themselves. This rendered the problem unsolvable, and so the AMC awarded everyone 6 points on this problem. This wiki has the corrected version of the problem so that the 2015 AMC 10A test can be used for practice. | Note: The original problem only stated that <math>A</math> and <math>P</math> were positive integers, not the side lengths themselves. This rendered the problem unsolvable, and so the AMC awarded everyone 6 points on this problem. This wiki has the corrected version of the problem so that the 2015 AMC 10A test can be used for practice. |
Revision as of 17:45, 1 January 2018
Problem
A rectangle with positive integer side lengths in has area and perimeter . Which of the following numbers cannot equal ?
Solution
Let the rectangle's length be and its width be . Its area is and the perimeter is .
Then . Factoring, we have .
The only one of the answer choices that cannot be expressed in this form is , as is twice a prime. There would then be no way to express as , keeping and as positive integers.
Our answer is then .
Note: The original problem only stated that and were positive integers, not the side lengths themselves. This rendered the problem unsolvable, and so the AMC awarded everyone 6 points on this problem. This wiki has the corrected version of the problem so that the 2015 AMC 10A test can be used for practice.
See Also
2015 AMC 10A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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