2016 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 11

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11. Determine how many two-digit numbers satisfy the following property: when the number is added to the number obtained by reversing its digits, the sum is $132.$

$\textbf{(A) }5\qquad\textbf{(B) }7\qquad\textbf{(C) }9\qquad\textbf{(D) }11\qquad \textbf{(E) }12$


Solution

We can write the two digit number in the form of $10a+b$; reverse of $10a+b$ is $10b+a$. The sum of those numbers is: \[(10a+b)+(10b+a)=132\]\[11a+11b=132\]\[a+b=12\] We can use brute force to find order pairs $(a,b)$ such that $a+b=12$. Since $a$ and $b$ are both digits, both $a$ and $b$ have to be integers less than $10$. Thus are ordered pairs are $(3,9); (4,8); (5,7); (6,6); (7,5); (8,4); (9,3)$ or $\boxed{\textbf{(B)} 7}$ ordered pairs.

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