Hi All,
We're told that if two 2-digit positive integers have their respective TENS digits exchanged, the difference between the pair of integers changes by 4. We're asked for the GREATEST possible difference between the original pair of integers. There are a few different ways to approach this question (and some of them are incredibly "step heavy"). Thankfully, we can solve it rather easily by TESTing THE ANSWERS.
Since we're looking for the GREATEST possible difference between the two 2-digit integers, we should start with Answer E. However, we can use some Number Properties to quickly eliminate a couple of the possibilities first.
The smallest 2-digit number is 10 and the largest is 99, so the difference between those two numbers is 89 (and can only get smaller). Thus, Answers D and E are NOT possible, so we do not have to consider them. Let's TEST Answer C first....
Answer C: 82
Let's pick two 2-digit numbers that have a difference of 82... the easiest would be 10 and 92.
We already know that the difference between these numbers is 82.
When we switch the TENS digits, we have 90 and 12. The difference between these numbers is 90 - 12 = 78.
The two results (82 and 78) differ by 4 - and this is an exact match for what we were told, so this MUST be the answer.
Final Answer:
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