2020 AIME I Problems/Problem 3

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A positive integer $N$ has base-eleven representation $\underline{a}\kern 0.1em\underline{b}\kern 0.1em\underline{c}$ and base-eight representation $\underline1\kern 0.1em\underline{b}\kern 0.1em\underline{c}\kern 0.1em\underline{a},$ where $a,b,$ and $c$ represent (not necessarily distinct) digits. Find the least such $N$ expressed in base ten.


From the given information, $121a+11b+c=512+64b+8c+a \implies 120a=512+53b+7c$. Since $a$, $b$, and $c$ have to be positive, $a \geq 5$. Since we need to minimize the value of $n$, we want to minimize $a$, so we have $a = 5$. Then we know $88=53b+7c$, and we can see the only solution is $b=1$, $c=5$. Finally, $515_{11} = 621_{10}$, so our answer is $\boxed{621}$.

~ JHawk0224

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