2021 AMC 12A Problems

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2021 AMC 12A (Answer Key)
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Instructions

  1. This is a 25-question, multiple choice test. Each question is followed by answers marked A, B, C, D and E. Only one of these is correct.
  2. You will receive 6 points for each correct answer, 2.5 points for each problem left unanswered if the year is before 2006, 1.5 points for each problem left unanswered if the year is after 2006, and 0 points for each incorrect answer.
  3. No aids are permitted other than scratch paper, graph paper, ruler, compass, protractor and erasers (and calculators that are accepted for use on the test if before 2006. No problems on the test will require the use of a calculator).
  4. Figures are not necessarily drawn to scale.
  5. You will have 75 minutes working time to complete the test.
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Problem 1

What is the value of\[2^{1+2+3}-(2^1+2^2+2^3)?\] $\textbf{(A) }0 \qquad \textbf{(B) }50 \qquad \textbf{(C) }52 \qquad \textbf{(D) }54 \qquad \textbf{(E) }57$


Solution

Problem 2

Under what conditions is $\sqrt{a^2+b^2}=a+b$ true, where $a$ and $b$ are real numbers?

$\textbf{(A) }$ It is never true. $\textbf{(B) }$ It is true if and only if $ab=0$. $\textbf{(C) }$ It is true if and only if $a+b\ge 0$. $\textbf{(D) }$ It is true if and only if $ab=0$ and $a+b\ge 0$. $\textbf{(E) }$ It is always true.

Solution

Problem 3

The sum of two natural numbers is $17,402$. One of the two numbers is divisible by $10$. If the units digit of that number is erased, the other number is obtained. What is the difference of these two numbers?

$\textbf{(A) }10,272 \qquad \textbf{(B) }11,700 \qquad \textbf{(C) }13,362 \qquad \textbf{(D) }14,238 \qquad \textbf{(E) }15,462$

Solution

Problem 4

Tom has a collection of $13$ snakes, $4$ of which are purple and $5$ of which are happy. He observes that all of his happy snakes can add, none of his purple snakes can subtract, and all of his snakes that can't subtract also can't add.

Which of these conclusions can be drawn about Tom's snakes?


$\textbf{(A) }$ Purple snakes can add. $\textbf{(B) }$ Purple snakes are happy. $\textbf{(C) }$ Snakes that can add are purple. $\textbf{(D) }$ Happy snakes are not purple. $\textbf{(E) }$ Happy snakes can't subtract.

Solution

Problem 5

When a student multiplied the number $66$ by the repeating decimal\[\underline{1}.\underline{a}\underline{b}\underline{a}\underline{b}...=\underline{1}.\overline{\underline{a}\underline{b}},\]where $a$ and $b$ are digits, he did not notice the notation and just multiplied $66$ times $\underline{1}.\underline{a}\underline{b}$. Later he found that his answer is $0.5$ less than the correct answer. What is the $2$-digit number $\underline{a}\underline{b}?$

$\textbf{(A) }15 \qquad \textbf{(B) }30 \qquad \textbf{(C) }45 \qquad \textbf{(D) }60 \qquad \textbf{(E) }75$


Solution

Problem 6

A deck of cards has only red cards and black cards. The probability of a randomly chosen card being red is $\frac13$. When $4$ black cards are added to the deck, the probability of choosing red becomes $\frac14$. How many cards were in the deck originally?

$\textbf{(A) }6 \qquad \textbf{(B) }9 \qquad \textbf{(C) }12 \qquad \textbf{(D) }15 \qquad \textbf{(E) }18$

Solution

Problem 7

What is the least possible value of $(xy-1)^2+(x+y)^2$ for all real numbers $x$ and $y?$

$\textbf{(A) }0 \qquad \textbf{(B) }\frac14 \qquad \textbf{(C) }\frac12 \qquad \textbf{(D) }1 \qquad \textbf{(E) }2$

Solution

Problem 8

A sequence of numbers is defined by $D_0=0,D_0=1,D_2=1$ and $D_n=D_{n-1}+D_{n-3}$ for $n\ge 3$. What are the parities (evenness or oddness) of the triple of numbers $(D_{2021},D_{2022},D_{2023})$, where $E$ denotes even and $O$ denotes odd?

$\textbf{(A) }(O,E,O) \qquad \textbf{(B) }(E,E,O) \qquad \textbf{(C) }(E,O,E) \qquad \textbf{(D) }(O,O,E) \qquad \textbf{(E) }(O,O,O)$


Solution

Problem 9

Which of the following is equilvalent to\[(2+3)(2^2+3^3)(2^4+3^4)(2^8+3^8)(2^{16}+3^{16})(2^{32}+3^{32})(2^{64}+3^{64})?\] $\textbf{(A) }3^{127}+2^{127} \qquad \textbf{(B) }3^{127}+2^{127}+2\cdot 3^{63}+3\cdot 2^{63} \qquad \textbf{(C) }3^{128}-2^{128} \qquad \textbf{(D) }3^{128}+2^{128} \qquad \textbf{(E) }5^{127}$

Solution

Problem 10

These problems will not be posted until the 2021 AMC12A is released on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Solution

Problem 11

A laser is placed at the point $(3,5)$. The laser bean travels in a straight line. Larry wants the beam to hit and bounce off the $y$-axis, then hit and bounce off the $x$-axis, then hit the point $(7,5)$. What is the total distance the beam will travel along this path?

$\textbf{(A) }2\sqrt{10} \qquad \textbf{(B) }5\sqrt2 \qquad \textbf{(C) }10\sqrt2 \qquad \textbf{(D) }15\sqrt2 \qquad \textbf{(E) }10\sqrt5$

Solution

Problem 12

All the roots of the polynomial $z^6-10z^5+Az^4+Bz^3+Cz^2+Dz+16$ are positive integers, possibly repeated. What is the value of $B$?

$\textbf{(A) }-88 \qquad \textbf{(B) }-80 \qquad \textbf{(C) }-64 \qquad \textbf{(D) }-41\qquad \textbf{(E) }-40$

Solution

Problem 13

Of the following complex numbers $z$, which one has the property that $z^5$ has the greatest real part?

$\textbf{(A) }-2 \qquad \textbf{(B) }-\sqrt3+i \qquad \textbf{(C) }-\sqrt2+\sqrt2 i \qquad \textbf{(D) }-1+\sqrt3 i\qquad \textbf{(E) }2i$

Solution

Problem 14

What is the value of\[\left(\sum_{k=1}^{20} \log_{5^k} 3^{k^2}\right)\cdot\left(\sum_{k=1}^{100} \log_{9^k} 25^k\right)?\] $\textbf{(A) }21 \qquad \textbf{(B) }100\log_5 3 \qquad \textbf{(C) }200\log_3 5 \qquad \textbf{(D) }2,200\qquad \textbf{(E) }21,000$

Solution

Problem 15

A choir director must select a group of singers from among his $6$ tenors and $8$ basses. The only requirements are that the difference between the numbers of tenors and basses must be a multiple of $4$, and the group must have at least one singer. Let $N$ be the number of groups that could be selected. What is the remainder when $N$ is divided by $100$?

$\textbf{(A) } 47\qquad\textbf{(B) } 48\qquad\textbf{(C) } 83\qquad\textbf{(D) } 95\qquad\textbf{(E) } 96\qquad$

Solution

Problem 16

In the following list of numbers, the integer $n$ appears $n$ times in the list for $1\le n \le 200$.\[1,2,2,3,3,3,4,4,4,...,200,200,...,200\]What is the median of the numbers in this list?

$\textbf{(A) }100.5 \qquad \textbf{(B) }134 \qquad \textbf{(C) }142 \qquad \textbf{(D) }150.5\qquad \textbf{(E) }167$

Solution

Problem 17

Trapezoid $ABCD$ has $\overline{AB}\parallel\overline{CD},BC=CD=43$, and $\overline{AD}\perp\overline{BD}$. Let $O$ be the intersection of the diagonals $\overline{AC}$ and $\overline{BD}$, and let $P$ be the midpoint of $\overline{BD}$. Given that $OP=11$, the length of $AD$ can be written in the form $m\sqrt{n}$, where $m$ and $n$ are positive integers and $n$ is not divisible by the quare of any prime. What is $m+n$?

$\textbf{(A) }65 \qquad \textbf{(B) }132 \qquad \textbf{(C) }157 \qquad \textbf{(D) }194\qquad \textbf{(E) }215$

Solution

Problem 18

Let $f$ be a function defined on the set of positive rational numbers with the property that $f(a\cdot b)=f(a)+f(b)$ for all positive rational numbers $a$ and $b$. Suppose that $f$ also has the property that $f(p)=p$ for every prime number $p$. For which of the following numbers $x$ is $f(x)<0$?

$\textbf{(A) }\frac{17}{32} \qquad \textbf{(B) }\frac{11}{16} \qquad \textbf{(C) }\frac79 \qquad \textbf{(D) }\frac76\qquad \textbf{(E) }\frac{25}{11}$

Solution

Problem 19

These problems will not be posted until the 2021 AMC12A is released on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Solution

Problem 20

These problems will not be posted until the 2021 AMC12A is released on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Solution

Problem 21

These problems will not be posted until the 2021 AMC12A is released on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Solution

Problem 22

These problems will not be posted until the 2021 AMC12A is released on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Solution

Problem 23

These problems will not be posted until the 2021 AMC12A is released on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Solution

Problem 24

These problems will not be posted until the 2021 AMC12A is released on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Solution

Problem 25

These problems will not be posted until the 2021 AMC12A is released on Thursday, February 4, 2021.

Solution

See also

2021 AMC 12A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
2020 AMC 12B Problems
Followed by
2021 AMC 12B Problems
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