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#5 National Target: There are 16C4 =
= 1820 ways to select 4 points on the geoboard.
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There are 3 x 3 = 9 one by one squares and 2 x 2 = 4 two by two squares and 1 x 1 = 1 three by three squares. (Do you
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see the pattern?)
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There are 4 other squares that have side length of √ 2
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and 2 other larger squares that have side length of √ 5.
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9 + 4 + 1 + 4 + 2 = 20 and
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AMC prep (5)
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#5: Solution:
AMC-10A: There are 9C3 =
AMC-10 (1)
= 84 ways to chose the three dots and 8 of the lines connecting the three dots
will form straight lines. (Three verticals, three horizontals and two diagonals.) so
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#29: Solution:
Use the length of the two congruent legs to solve this problem systematically.
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There are 16 1 - 1 -
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There are 4
2-2-
There are 4
by
Finally, there are 4
isosceles triangles.
by 2 isosceles triangles.
by
by
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mine in two or more of the three digit-positions, nor that is the same as mine except for switching the
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positions of two digits (so 320 and 203, for example, are forbidden, but 302 is fine). Reckha can
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Solution:
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Do complementary counting. Use total possible ways minus those that are not allowed.
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dimensional change (5)
You can't use two or more of the numbers that are at the same position (given) as 203, which means that you can't
have 0 __ 3, __ 23, or 02__.
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For each of the __, you can use 10 digits (from 0, 1, 2 ... to 9) so 10 + 10 + 10 = 30.
However, you repeat 023 three times in each case so you need to minus 2 back so not to over count.
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distance (1)
elementary school level (1)
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30-2 = 28
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Also, you can't just switch two digits, which means 320, 203 and 032 are not allowed. { but 302 and 230 are allowed
since you are switching all the digits }
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There are 10 x 10 x 10 = 1000 digits total and 1000 - 28 - 3 = 969 The answer
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Solution:
For the integer to be a multiple of 5, there are two cases:
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Case I: The unit digit is 5 : __ __ __ 5
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There are 4 numbers to choose for the thousandth digit [since 5 is the largest digit and you can't have "0" for the
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leading digit so there are 4 numbers 1, 2, 3, 4 that you can use], 4 numbers to choose for the hundredth
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digit (0 and one of the remaining 3 numbers that are not the same number as the one in the thousandth digit) and 3
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numbers to choose for the tenth digit (the remaining 3 numbers) so total 4 x 4 x 3 = 48 ways
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Case II: The unit digit is 0: __ __ __ 0
One of the remaining three numbers has to be 5, and for the remaining 2 numbers, there are 4C2 = 6 ways
to choose the 2 numbers from the numbers 1, 2, 3 or 4.
There are 3! arrangements for the three numbers so 6 x 3! = 36
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48 + 36 = 84 ways
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#24: You can solve this problem using the same technique as counting coins:
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2 ways ( 4 + 2 + 1 or 4 + 1 + 1 + 1)
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0 1
1 ways
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1
2
3 ways ( 3 + 2 + 2, 3 + 2 + 1 + 1 and 3 + 1 + 1 + 1 + 1)
3
4 ways (2 + 2 + 2 + 1, 2 + 2 + 3 ones, 2 + 5 ones and 7 ones.)
1
1
1
1 1
1
Total 15 ways.
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The partitions of 5 are listed below (There are 7 ways total.):
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1
1
1 1
2
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1 way
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There are 22 ways to partition the number 8.
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#1: How many consecutive numbers from 1 to 5 inclusive?
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1 _ 2 _ 3 _ 4 _ 5 There are 5 numbers if you just list them and count them out; however, what if
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the question is:
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#2: How many consecutive numbers from 34 to 200 (SAT type problem)?
Most students would think it's 200 - 34 = 166, but it's not.
Using #1 case, if you do 5 - 1 = 4, you are only getting how many spaces between those consecutive numbers.
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Thus for question #2, the correct answer is 200 - 34 + 1 or 200 - 33 = 167
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#3: What about how many consecutive numbers from 5 to 100 exclusive?
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mental math trick I (1)
Inclusive means including the first and the last numbers; exclusive means not including the first and the last
numbers, so for this question, you do 100 - 5 - 1 = 94.
Use # 1 case to help you figure out and really understand the concepts involved.
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#3: How many numbers from 12 to 34 exclusive?
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#4: How many multiples of 9 from 1 to 200 inclusive?
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#7: How many multiples of 5 from 120 to 218 exclusive?
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#9: How many numbers from -12, -11, -10.........56 inclusive?
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What is their sum?
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#10: How many numbers are in the list: 17.25, 18.25, 19, 25...111.25?
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#1: 100 - 45 + 1 = 100 - 44 = 56
study habits (1)
#2: 127-17 + 1 = 127 - 16 = 111
#3: Exclusive: 34 -12 -1 = 34 - 13 = 21
sum (1)
#4: Multiples of 9 from 1 to 200 starts with 9 and ends in 198.
sum and product of roots. (1)
Sum of all the possible arrangements (1)
Solution I: 9 , 18, 27...198 = 9 (1, 2, 3, ...22) The answer is 22.
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Solution II:
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#5: Just observe one side first. Exclude the 4 corners, the other posts
are similar to those exclusive type problems.
There are
\frac{20}{4} - 1 = 4
posts on each side so 4 * 4 + 4 (corner posts)
= 20
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this week's work 10 (1)
this week's work 11 (1)
this week's work 12 (1)
#6: There are 21 - 13 = 8 space so
\frac{216}{8} = 27
miles. The answer is 27 miles.
this week's work 13 (1)
this week's work 14 (1)
#7: Multiples of 5 from 120 to 218 start with 120 and end in 215.
this week's work 15 (1)
Since it's asking exclusive, 120, 125, ...215 = 5(24, 25, ...43)
this week's work 2 (1)
43 - 24 - 1 = 43 - 25 = 18
this week's work 3 (1)
#8: You only need two cuts to get 3 pieces so 2 * 10 = 20 minutes. The student is right.
this week's work 35 (1)
#9: 56 - ( -12) + 1 = 56 + 13 = 69
The sum is from 13 to 56 since up to 12 it got cancelled with the negative equivalent numbers.
Use average * the term you got
\frac{(13 + 56)}{2}* (56 - 13 +1) = 1518
. The sum is 1518.
#10:111.25 - 117.25 + 1 = 111.25 - 116.25 = 95
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Problem Solving Strategy: Counting Coins
this week's work 8 (1)
Q: How many ways can you make 25 cents if you can use quarters, dimes, nickels or pennies?
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1 Quarter
1 way
2 Dimes, 1 Nickel You can stop here since it implies 2 ways.
2 Dimes, 0 Nickel ( which implies 5 pennies)
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1 Dime, 1 Nickel (10 pennies)
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1 Dime, 0 Nickel ( 15 pennies)
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0 Dime, 5 N, which implies 6 ways.
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: , 0 N (25 pennies)
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#1: a. 6 ways ; b. 9 ways; c 18 ways ;
#2: 9 ways
#3: 22 ways
#4: 5 nickels and 15 quarters
#5: 9 coins (1 half dollar, 1 quarter, 2 dimes, 1 nickel and 4 pennies)
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