20 Jun 2014

Domino Products: Lower Secondary Mathematics Competition Question

Jason is given a set of domino tiles. He is asked to remove all the tiles with a blank square, leaving him with 21 distinct dominoes. He is asked to place two tiles within a 2x2 square grid in such a way that the products of the two numbers along the diagonals are equal.

The diagram shows one solution. In this case, we have 1x4 = 2x2 and we have used the tiles [1,2] and [2,4]. Any solution that is a rearrangement of the same pair of tiles is ignored - we are just interested in which tiles are used.

How many distinct pairs of tiles will solve the above problem?


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