2017 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 5

Problem

At a gathering of $30$ people, there are $20$ people who all know each other and $10$ people who know no one. People who know each other hug, and people who do not know each other shake hands. How many handshakes occur?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 240\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 245\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 290\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 480\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 490$

Solution - Basic

All of the handshakes will involve at least one person from the $10$ who know no one. Label these ten people $A$, $B$, $C$, $D$, $E$, $F$, $G$, $H$, $I$, $J$.

Person $A$ from the group of 10 will initiate a handshake with everyone else ($29$ people). Person $B$ initiates $28$ handshakes plus the one already counted from person $A$. Person $C$ initiates $27$ new handshakes plus the two we already counted. This continues until person $J$ initiates $20$ handshakes plus the nine we already counted from $A$ ... $I$.

$29+28+27+26+25+24+23+22+21+20 = \boxed{(B)=\ 245}$

Solution

Let the group of people who all know each other be $A$, and let the group of people who know no one be $B$. Handshakes occur between each pair $(a,b)$ such that $a\in A$ and $b\in B$, and between each pair of members in $B$. Thus, the answer is

$|A||B|+{|B|\choose 2} = 20\cdot 10+{10\choose 2} = 200+45 = \boxed{(B)=\ 245}$

Solution - Complementary Counting

The number of handshakes will be equivalent to the difference between the number of total interactions and the number of hugs, which are ${30\choose 2}$ and ${20\choose 2}$, respectively. Thus, the total amount of handshakes is ${30\choose 2} - {20\choose 2} = 435 - 190= \boxed{(B)=\ 245}$

Solution #4

Each of the 10 people who do not know anybody will shake hands with all 20 of the people who do know each other. This means there will be at least $20 * 10 = 200$ handshakes. In addition, those 10 people will also shake hands with each other, giving us another $9+8+7+6+5+4+3+2+1 = 45$ handshakes. Therefore, there is a total of $200+45 = \boxed{(B) = 245}$ handshakes.

See Also

2017 AMC 10A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 7
Followed by
Problem 9
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All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions
2017 AMC 12A (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 4
Followed by
Problem 6
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All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions

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