2004 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 5

Problem

The losing team of each game is eliminated from the tournament. If sixteen teams compete, how many games will be played to determine the winner?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 4\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 7\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 8\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 15\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 16$

Solution 1

The remaining team will be the only undefeated one. The other $\boxed{\textbf{(D)}\ 15}$ teams must have lost a game before getting out, thus fifteen games yielding fifteen losers.

Solution 2

There will be $8$ games the first round, $4$ games the second round, $2$ games the third round, and $1$ game in the final round, giving us a total of $8+4+2+1=15$ games. $\boxed{\textbf{(D)}\ 15}$.

See Also

2004 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 4
Followed by
Problem 6
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
All AJHSME/AMC 8 Problems and Solutions

The problems on this page are copyrighted by the Mathematical Association of America's American Mathematics Competitions. AMC logo.png

Invalid username
Login to AoPS