2000 AIME I Problems/Problem 10


A sequence of numbers $x_{1},x_{2},x_{3},\ldots,x_{100}$ has the property that, for every integer $k$ between $1$ and $100,$ inclusive, the number $x_{k}$ is $k$ less than the sum of the other $99$ numbers. Given that $x_{50} = m/n,$ where $m$ and $n$ are relatively prime positive integers, find $m + n$.


Let the sum of all of the terms in the sequence be $\mathbb{S}$. Then for each integer $k$, $x_k = \mathbb{S}-x_k-k \Longrightarrow \mathbb{S} - 2x_k = k$. Summing this up for all $k$ from $1, 2, \ldots, 100$,

\begin{align*}100\mathbb{S}-2(x_1 + x_2 + \cdots + x_{100}) &= 1 + 2 + \cdots + 100\\ 100\mathbb{S} - 2\mathbb{S} &= \frac{100 \cdot 101}{2} = 5050\\ \mathbb{S}&=\frac{2525}{49}\end{align*}

Now, substituting for $x_{50}$, we get $2x_{50}=\frac{2525}{49}-50=\frac{75}{49} \Longrightarrow x_{50}=\frac{75}{98}$, and the answer is $75+98=\boxed{173}$.

Solution 2

Consider $x_k$ and $x_{k+1}$. Let $S$ be the sum of the rest 98 terms. Then $x_k+k=S+x_{k+1}$ and $x_{k+1}+(k+1)=S+x_k.$ Eliminating $S$ we have $x_{k+1}-x_k=-\dfrac{1}{2}.$ So the sequence is arithmetic with common difference $-\dfrac{1}{2}.$

In terms of $x_{50},$ the sequence is $x_{50}+\dfrac{49}{2}, x_{50}+\dfrac{48}{2},\cdots,x_{50}+\dfrac{1}{2}, x_{50}, x_{50}-\dfrac{1}{2}, \cdots, x_{50}-\dfrac{49}{2}, x_{50}-\dfrac{50}{2}.$ Therefore, $x_{50}+50=99x_{50}-\dfrac{50}{2}$.

Solving, we get $x_{50}=\dfrac{75}{98}.$ The answer is $75+98=\boxed{173}.$

- JZ

- edited by erinb28lms

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