# Problem #1164

 1164 For how many values of $a$ is it true that the line $y = x + a$ passes through the vertex of the parabola $y = x^2 + a^2$ ? $\mathrm{(A)}\ 0 \qquad \mathrm{(B)}\ 1 \qquad \mathrm{(C)}\ 2 \qquad \mathrm{(D)}\ 10 \qquad \mathrm{(E)}\ \text{infinitely many}$ This problem is copyrighted by the American Mathematics Competitions.
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