2015 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 10
Problem
How many rearrangements of are there in which no two adjacent letters are also adjacent letters in the alphabet? For example, no such rearrangements could include either or .
Solution
The first thing one would want to do is see a possible value that works and then stem off of it. For example, if we start with an , we can only place a or next to it. Unfortunately, after that step, we can't do too much, since:
is not allowed because of the , and is not allowed because of the .
We get the same problem if we start with a , since a will have to end up in the middle, causing it to be adjacent to an or .
If we start with a , the next letter would have to be a , and since we can put an next to it and then a after that, this configuration works. The same approach applies if we start with a .
So the solution must be the two solutions that were allowed, one starting from a and the other with a , giving us:
Video Solution
https://youtu.be/0W3VmFp55cM?t=1055
~ pi_is_3.14
Video Solution
~savannahsolver
See Also
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