2017 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 18
Problem
Let equal the sum of the digits of positive integer . For example, . For a particular positive integer , . Which of the following could be the value of ?
Solution 1
Note that , so . So, since , we have that . The only one of the answer choices is .
Solution 2
One possible value of would be , but this is not any of the choices. Therefore, we know that ends in , and after adding , the last digit carries over, turning the last digit into . If the next digit is also a , this process repeats until we get to a non- digit. By the end, the sum of digits would decrease by multiplied by the number of carry-overs but increase by as a result of the final carrying over. Therefore, the result must be less than original value of , , where is a positive integer. The only choice that satisfies this condition is , since . The answer is .
Solution 3
Another way to solve this is to realize that if you continuously add the digits of the number , we get . Adding one to that, we get . So, if we assess each option to see which one attains , we would discover that satisfies the requirement, because . . The answer is .
See Also
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