2021 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 11

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Problem

For which of the following integers $b$ is the base-$b$ number $2021_b - 221_b$ not divisible by $3$?

$\textbf{(A)} ~3 \qquad\textbf{(B)} ~4\qquad\textbf{(C)} ~6\qquad\textbf{(D)} ~7\qquad\textbf{(E)} ~8$

Solution 1

We have \[2021_b - 221_b = 2000_b - 200_b = 2b^3 - 2b^2 = 2b^2(b-1).\] This expression is divisible by $3$ unless $b\equiv2\pmod{3}.$ The only choice congruent to $2$ modulo $3$ is $\boxed{\textbf{(E)} ~8}.$

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Solution 2 (Easy)

Vertically subtracting \[2021_b - 221_b\] we see that the ones place becomes 0, and so does the $b^1$ place. Then, we perform a carry (make sure the carry is in $base b$!). Let $b-2 = A$. Then, we have our final number as \[1A00_b\]

Now, when expanding, we see that this number is simply $b^3 - (b - 2)^2$.

Now, notice that the final number will only be congruent to \[b^3-(b-2)^2\equiv0\pmod{3}\] if either $b\equiv0\pmod{3}$, or if $b\equiv1\pmod{3}$ (because note that $(b - 2)^2$ would become $\equiv1\pmod{3}$, and b^3 would become $\equiv1\pmod{3}$ as well, and therefore the final expression would become $1-1\equiv0\pmod{3}$. Therefore, $b$ must be $\equiv2\pmod{3}$. Among the answers, only 8 is $\equiv\pmod{3}$, and therefore our answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(E)} ~8}.$

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Video Solution (Simple and Quick)

https://youtu.be/1TZ1uI9z8fU

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Video Solution

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XBfRVYx64dA&list=PLexHyfQ8DMuKqltG3cHT7Di4jhVl6L4YJ&index=10

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Video Solution 3

https://youtu.be/zYIuBXDhJJA

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Video Solution by TheBeautyofMath

https://youtu.be/t-EEP2V4nAE

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See Also

2021 AMC 10A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 10
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Problem 12
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