# 2011 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 2

## Problem

There are $5$ coins placed flat on a table according to the figure. What is the order of the coins from top to bottom? $[asy] size(100); defaultpen(linewidth(.8pt)+fontsize(8pt)); draw(arc((0,1), 1.2, 25, 214)); draw(arc((.951,.309), 1.2, 0, 360)); draw(arc((.588,-.809), 1.2, 132, 370)); draw(arc((-.588,-.809), 1.2, 75, 300)); draw(arc((-.951,.309), 1.2, 96, 228)); label("A",(0,1),NW); label("B",(-1.1,.309),NW); label("C",(.951,.309),E); label("D",(-.588,-.809),W); label("E",(.588,-.809),S); [/asy]$ $\textbf{(A)}\ (C, A, E, D, B) \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ (C, A, D, E, B) \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ (C, D, E, A, B) \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ (C, E, A, D, B) \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ (C, E, D, A, B)$

## Solution

By careful inspection and common sense, the answer is $\textbf{(E)}$.

## Solution

Note that this image is quite similar to a topological map. This means that the coin that appears closest to us is at the top and the coin that appears farthest from us is at the bottom.

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