2018 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 5

Problem

What is the value of $1+3+5+\cdots+2017+2019-2-4-6-\cdots-2016-2018$?

$\textbf{(A) }-1010\qquad\textbf{(B) }-1009\qquad\textbf{(C) }1008\qquad\textbf{(D) }1009\qquad \textbf{(E) }1010$

Solution 1

Rearranging the terms, we get $(1-2)+(3-4)+(5-6)+...(2017-2018)+2019$, and our answer is $-1009+2019=\boxed{1010}, \textbf{(E)}$

Solution 2

We can see that the last numbers of each of the sets (even numbers and odd numbers) have a difference of two. So do the second last ones, and so on. Now, all we need to find is the number of integers in any of the sets (I chose even) to get $\boxed{\textbf{(E) }1010}$ ~avamarora

Solution 3

It is similar to the Solution 1: Rearranging the terms, we get $1+(3-2)+(5-4)+(6-5)...(2017-2016)+(2019-2018)$, and our answer is $1+1009=\boxed{1010}, \textbf{(E)}$ ~LarryFlora

See Also

2018 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 4
Followed by
Problem 6
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