# 2018 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 1

## Problem

What is the value of $$\left(\left((2+1)^{-1}+1\right)^{-1}+1\right)^{-1}+1?$$ $\textbf{(A) } \frac58 \qquad \textbf{(B) }\frac{11}7 \qquad \textbf{(C) } \frac85 \qquad \textbf{(D) } \frac{18}{11} \qquad \textbf{(E) } \frac{15}8$

## Solution

For all nonzero numbers $a,$ recall that $a^{-1}=\frac1a$ is the reciprocal of $a.$

The original expression becomes \begin{align*} \left(\left((2+1)^{-1}+1\right)^{-1}+1\right)^{-1}+1 &= \left(\left(3^{-1}+1\right)^{-1}+1\right)^{-1}+1 \\ &= \left(\left(\frac13+1\right)^{-1}+1\right)^{-1}+1 \\ &= \left(\left(\frac43\right)^{-1}+1\right)^{-1}+1 \\ &= \left(\frac34+1\right)^{-1}+1 \\ &= \left(\frac74\right)^{-1}+1 \\ &= \frac47+1 \\ &= \boxed{\textbf{(B) }\frac{11}7}. \end{align*} ~MRENTHUSIASM

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