2010 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 6

Problem 6

For positive numbers $x$ and $y$ the operation $\spadesuit (x,y)$ is defined as

\[\spadesuit (x,y) = x-\dfrac{1}{y}\]

What is $\spadesuit (2,\spadesuit (2,2))$?

$\mathrm{(A)}\ \dfrac{2}{3} \qquad \mathrm{(B)}\ 1 \qquad \mathrm{(C)}\ \dfrac{4}{3} \qquad \mathrm{(D)}\ \dfrac{5}{3} \qquad \mathrm{(E)}\ 2$

Solution

$\spadesuit (2,2) =2-\frac{1}{2} =\frac{3}{2}$. Then, $\spadesuit (2,\frac{3}{2})$ is $2-\frac{1}{\frac{3}{2}} = 2- \frac{2}{3} = \frac{4}{3}$ The answer is $\boxed{C}$


See Also

2010 AMC 10A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 5
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Problem 7
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