1985 AJHSME Problems/Problem 25


Five cards are lying on a table as shown.

\[\begin{matrix} & \qquad & \boxed{\tt{P}} & \qquad & \boxed{\tt{Q}} \\  \\ \boxed{\tt{3}} & \qquad & \boxed{\tt{4}} & \qquad & \boxed{\tt{6}} \end{matrix}\]

Each card has a letter on one side and a whole number on the other side. Jane said, "If a vowel is on one side of any card, then an even number is on the other side." Mary showed Jane was wrong by turning over one card. Which card did Mary turn over? (Each card number is the one with the number on it. For example card 4 is the one with 4 on it, not the fourth card from the left/right)

$\text{(A)}\ 3 \qquad \text{(B)}\ 4 \qquad \text{(C)}\ 6 \qquad \text{(D)}\ \text{P} \qquad \text{(E)}\ \text{Q}$

Solution 1

Logically, Jane's statement is equivalent to its contrapositive,

If an even number is not on one side of any card, then a vowel is not on the other side.

For Mary to show Jane wrong, she must find a card with an odd number on one side, and a vowel on the other side. The only card that could possibly have this property is the card with $3$, which is answer choice $\boxed{\textbf{(A)}}$

Solution 2

Using the answer choices, we see that P and Q are logically equivalent (both are non-vowel letters) and so are $4$ and $6$ (both are even numbers). Thus, if one of these is correct, then the other option in its pair must also be correct. There can't be 2 answers. So, the only remaining answer choice is $\boxed{\textbf{(A) }3}$

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Problem 24
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