2010 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 5

Problem 5

Lucky Larry's teacher asked him to substitute numbers for $a$, $b$, $c$, $d$, and $e$ in the expression $a-(b-(c-(d+e)))$ and evaluate the result. Larry ignored the parenthese but added and subtracted correctly and obtained the correct result by coincidence. The number Larry substituted for $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$ were $1$, $2$, $3$, and $4$, respectively. What number did Larry substitute for $e$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ -5 \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ -3 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 0 \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 3 \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 5$

Solution

We simply plug in the numbers \[1 - 2 - 3 - 4 + e = 1 - (2 - (3 - (4 + e)))\] \[-8 + e = -2 - e\] \[2e = 6\] \[e = 3 \;\;(D)\]

Video Solution

https://youtu.be/I3yihAO87CE?t=303

~IceMatrix


See also

2010 AMC 12B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 4
Followed by
Problem 6
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All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions
2010 AMC 10B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 8
Followed by
Problem 10
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All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions

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