1950 AHSME Problems/Problem 45
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Problem
The number of diagonals that can be drawn in a polygon of 100 sides is:
Solution
Each diagonal has its two endpoints as vertices of the 100-gon. Each pair of vertices determines exactly one diagonal. Therefore the answer should be . However this also counts the 100 sides of the polygon, so the actual answer is .
Solution 2
For each vertex we can choose vertices to draw the diagonal, as we cannot connect a vertex to itself or either adjacent vertices. Thus, the answer is , as we are overcounting by a factor of (we are counting each diagonal twice - one for each endpoint). Thus our answer is .
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