2015 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 24
A baseball league consists of two four-team divisions. Each team plays every other team in its division games. Each team plays every team in the other division games with and . Each team plays a game schedule. How many games does a team play within its own division?
On one team they play games in their division and games in the other. This gives .
Since we start by trying . This doesn't work because is not divisible by .
Next, does not work because is not divisible by .
We try work by giving and thus games in their division.
seems to work, until we realize this gives , but so this will not work.
, giving . Since , we have . Since is , we must have equal to , so .
This gives , as desired. The answer is .
Notice that each team plays games against each of the three other teams in its division. So that's .
Since each team plays games against each of the four other teams in the other division, that's .
So , with .
Let's start by solving this Diophantine equation. In other words, .
So (remember: must be divisible by 3 for to be an integer!). Therefore, after reducing to and to (we are doing things in ), we find that .
Since , so the minimum possible value of is . However, remember that ! To find the greatest possible value of M, we assume that and that is the upper limit of (excluding that value because ). Plugging in, . So . Since you can't have games, we know that we can only check since we know that since . After checking , we find that it works.
So . So each team plays 16 games against each team in its division. Select .
This might be too complicated. But you should know what's happening if you read the The Art of Problem Solving: Introduction to Number Theory by Mathew Crawford. Notice how I used chapter 12's ideas of basic modular arithmetic operations and chapter 14's ideas of solving linear congruences. Remember: the Introduction Series books by AoPS are for 6th-10th graders! So make sure to read the curriculum books!
This goes same for high school students as well, and especially for those who want to continue on their path of AIME/USA(J)MO.
https://youtu.be/LiAupwDF0EY - Happytwin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJSWtw91SLs - Oliver Jiang
https://youtu.be/HISL2-N5NVg?t=4968 - pi_is_3.14
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