# 2010 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 4

## Problem

For a real number $x$, define $\heartsuit(x)$ to be the average of $x$ and $x^2$. What is $\heartsuit(1)+\heartsuit(2)+\heartsuit(3)$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 3 \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 6 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 10 \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 12 \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 20$

## Solution

The average of two numbers, $a$ and $b$, is defined as $\frac{a+b}{2}$. Thus the average of $x$ and $x^2$ would be $\frac{x(x+1)}{2}$. With that said, we need to find the sum when we plug, $1$, $2$ and $3$ into that equation. So:

$$\frac{1(1+1)}{2} + \frac{2(2+1)}{2} + \frac{3(3+1)}{2} = \frac{2}{2} + \frac{6}{2} + \frac{12}{2} = 1+3+6= \boxed{\textbf{(C)} 10}$$

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