# 1989 AIME Problems/Problem 2

## Problem

Ten points are marked on a circle. How many distinct convex polygons of three or more sides can be drawn using some (or all) of the ten points as vertices?

## Solution

Any subset of the ten points with three or more members can be made into exactly one such polygon. Thus, we need to count the number of such subsets. There are $2^{10} = 1024$ total subsets of a ten-member set, but of these ${10 \choose 0} = 1$ have 0 members, ${10 \choose 1} = 10$ have 1 member and ${10 \choose 2} = 45$ have 2 members. Thus the answer is $1024 - 1 - 10 - 45 = \boxed{968}$.

Note ${n \choose 0}+{n \choose 1} + {n \choose 2} + \dots + {n \choose n}$ is equivalent to $2^n$

## See also

 1989 AIME (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 1 Followed byProblem 3 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 All AIME Problems and Solutions

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