2017 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 1

Problem 1

Which of the following values is largest?

$\textbf{(A) }2+0+1+7\qquad\textbf{(B) }2 \times 0 +1+7\qquad\textbf{(C) }2+0 \times 1 + 7\qquad\textbf{(D) }2+0+1 \times 7\qquad\textbf{(E) }2 \times 0 \times 1 \times 7$


Solution 1

We will compute each expression. A) $2+0+1+7=10$. B) $2 \times 0+1+7=8$ C) $2+0\times 1+7=9$ D) $2+0+1\times 7=9$. E)$2\times 0\times 1 \times 7 =0$ Ordering these we get $10,8,9,9,0$ Out of these $10$ is the largest number. Option $(A)$ adds up to ten. Therefore, the answer is $\boxed{(A)  2+0+1+7}$- SBose

Solution 2

We immediately see that every one of the choices, except for A and D, has a number multiplied by $0$. This will only make the expression's value smaller. We are left with A and D, but in D, $1$ is multiplied by $7$ to get $7$, whereas in answer choice A, we get $8$ out of $7$ and $1$, instead of $7$. Therefore, $\boxed{(A) 2+0+1+7}$ is your answer.

See Also

2017 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 2
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