2005 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 17
Problem
In the five-sided star shown, the letters and are replaced by the numbers and , although not necessarily in this order. The sums of the numbers at the ends of the line segments , , , , and form an arithmetic sequence, although not necessarily in that order. What is the middle term of the arithmetic sequence?
Solution 1
Each corner goes to two sides/numbers. ( goes to and , goes to and ). The sum of every term is equal to
Since the middle term in an arithmetic sequence is the average of all the terms in the sequence, the middle number is
Solution 2
We know that the smallest number in this sequence must be , and the biggest number must be . Since there are terms in this sequence, we know that , or that . Thus, we know that the middle term must be ~yk2007 (Daniel K.)
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