# 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 1 (Basic)

All of the handshakes will involve at least one person from the $10$ who knows 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 2

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 3 (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 (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 7 Followed byProblem 9 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions
 2017 AMC 12A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 4 Followed byProblem 6 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions

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