2004 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 1

Jasmine had $2$ paperclips on Monday, then she had $6$ on Tuesday, and her number of paperclips proceeded to triple on each subsequent day. On what day of the week did she first have more than $100$ paperclips?

Solution

Each day Jenny makes half as many free throws as she does at the next practice. Hence on the fourth day she made $\frac{1}{2} \cdot 48 = 24$ free throws, on the third $12$, on the second $6$, and on the first $3 \Rightarrow \mathrm{(A)}$.

Because there are five days, or four transformations between days (day 1 $\rightarrow$ day 2 $\rightarrow$ day 3 $\rightarrow$ day 4 $\rightarrow$ day 5), she makes $48 \cdot \frac{1}{2^4} = \boxed{\mathrm{(A)}\ 3}$

See Also

2004 AMC 12B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 2
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