2018 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 23

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Problem

How many ordered pairs $(a, b)$ of positive integers satisfy the equation \[a\cdot b + 63 = 20\cdot \text{lcm}(a, b) + 12\cdot\text{gcd}(a,b),\] where $\text{gcd}(a,b)$ denotes the greatest common divisor of $a$ and $b$, and $\text{lcm}(a,b)$ denotes their least common multiple?

$\textbf{(A)} \text{ 0} \qquad \textbf{(B)} \text{ 2} \qquad \textbf{(C)} \text{ 4} \qquad \textbf{(D)} \text{ 6} \qquad \textbf{(E)} \text{ 8}$


Solution

Let $x = lcm(a, b)$, and $y = gcd(a, b)$. Therefore, $a\cdot b = lcm(a, b)\cdot gcd(a, b) = x\cdot y$. Thus, the equation becomes

\[x\cdot y + 63 = 20x + 12y\] \[x\cdot y - 20x - 12y + 63 = 0\]

Using Simon's Favorite Factoring Trick, we rewrite this equation as

\[(x - 12)(y - 20) - 240 + 63 = 0\] \[(x - 12)(y - 20) = 177\]

Since $177 = 3\cdot 59$ and $x > y$, we have $x  - 12 = 59$ and $y - 20 = 3$, or $x - 12 = 177$ and $y - 20 = 1$. This gives us the solutions $(71, 23)$ and $(189, 21)$. Since the $\text{GCD}$ must be a divisor of the $\text{LCM}$, the first pair does not work. Assume $a>b$. We must have $a = 21 \cdot 9$ and $b = 21$, and we could then have $a<b$, so there are $\boxed{2}$ solutions. (awesomeag)

Edited by IronicNinja, Firebolt360, and mprincess0229~

Video Solution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JWGHYUeOx-k

See Also

2018 AMC 10B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 22
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Problem 24
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