2013 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 7
- The following problem is from both the 2013 AMC 12B #7 and 2013 AMC 10B #13, so both problems redirect to this page.
Problem
Jo and Blair take turns counting from to one more than the last number said by the other person. Jo starts by saying , so Blair follows by saying . Jo then says , and so on. What is the number said?
Solution
We notice that the number of numbers said is incremented by one each time; that is, Jo says one number, then Blair says two numbers, then Jo says three numbers, etc. Thus, after nine "turns", numbers have been said. In the tenth turn, the eighth number will be the 53rd number said, because . Since we are starting from 1 every turn, the 53rd number said will be .
Faster Solution
We notice that the number of numbers said is incremented by one each time; that is, Jo says one number, then Blair says two numbers, then Jo says three numbers, etc. We notice that the number of numbers is every time we finish a "turn" we notice the sum of these would be the largest number under 53, we can easily see that if we double this it's , and we immediately note that 10 is too high, but 9 is perfect, meaning that at 9, 45 numbers have been said so far, and
Solution 3
Let denote the th triangle number. Then, observe that the th number said is . It follows that the th number is (as ). Thus, the rd number is , which is answer choice .
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See also
2013 AMC 10B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
Preceded by Problem 12 |
Followed by Problem 14 | |
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All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions |
2013 AMC 12B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
Preceded by Problem 6 |
Followed by Problem 8 |
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All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions |
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