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Fool's problem of the day, How many ordered pair of \((x,y)\) are there such that \(x, y \in \mathbb{Z} \) and \( \frac 2 x - \frac 3 y = \frac 1 4 \) Good luck!

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  1. ParthKohli
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    Oops, maybe this involves some trial and error :P

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  2. ParthKohli
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    What is \(\mathbb{Z}\) in here?

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  3. FoolForMath
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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Integer

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  4. ParthKohli
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    This works with -8 and -6

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  5. ParthKohli
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    If b is -8 then a will be -16

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  6. ParthKohli
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    I see a lot of solutions to this :/

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  7. FoolForMath
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    Not many, less than 25 I believe ;)

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  8. ParthKohli
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    24 or 23 or 22.. I guess

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  9. ParthKohli
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    The minimum of b is I guess -36 maximum is 84

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  10. FoolForMath
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    Don't guess, try to form a analytic approach :)

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  11. ParthKohli
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    Oh wait, it goes further.

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  12. ParthKohli
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    Your problem is hard.

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  13. FoolForMath
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    No spoiler please :)

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  14. ParthKohli
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    How do we do it by the way?

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  15. FoolForMath
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    It's problem of the day, it's supposed to be interesting. However my approach takes less than 10 seconds ;) I will post it later though.

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  16. Arnab09
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    is the answer 5? @FoolForMath ?

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  17. ParthKohli
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    No Arnab.

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    okay, we can get after simplification.. x=8y/(y+12) as x is an integer, 8y must be a multiple of y+12 8y=2*2*2*y so, here are possible equations y+12=1 y+12=2 y+12=4 y+12=8 y+12=2y y+12=4y y+12=8y as y +12 is a factor of 8y all the equations except the last one will satisfy for an integral value of y so, the answer is.. 6 ordered pairs

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  19. Arnab09
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    not 5^^

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  20. Arnab09
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    sorry, there will be other options too if RHS is negative y+12=-1 y+12=-2 ................. and so on.. for y to be an integer, there are another 5 solutions so, total 11

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  21. rfig.khalil
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    8?

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  22. rfig.khalil
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    is it right?

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  23. ParthKohli
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    No, not right

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  24. rfig.khalil
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    the equation is equivalent to (x-8)*(y+12)=-96 so the answer is 11

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  25. ParthKohli
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    Na na

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    is all the way wrong or just the 11?

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    22

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  28. rfig.khalil
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    I m pretty sur it's 22

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    24

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    is 24 correct answer.?

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  31. ParthKohli
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    No, you are close by the way

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  32. joemath314159
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    I was able to find 11 ordered pairs that are solutions: (7, 84) (6,36) (5,20) (4,12) (2,4) (-4,-4) (-8,-6) (-16,-8) (-24,-9) (-40,-10) (-88,-11) I think there might be more, but im missing an idea.

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  33. FoolForMath
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    HINT: There are 23 of them.

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  34. FoolForMath
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    Real challenge is to find a quick analytic approach :)

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  35. joemath314159
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    yeah i just found the other 12, making 23.

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  36. joemath314159
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    Most people probably got that:\[8y-12x-xy = 0\]There is a way you can factor this to get an idea of how many solutions there are...

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  37. FoolForMath
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    That's right joe! Congrats man!

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  38. joemath314159
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    ty :)

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