2020 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 15

Problem

Steve wrote the digits $1$, $2$, $3$, $4$, and $5$ in order repeatedly from left to right, forming a list of $10,000$ digits, beginning $123451234512\ldots.$ He then erased every third digit from his list (that is, the $3$rd, $6$th, $9$th, $\ldots$ digits from the left), then erased every fourth digit from the resulting list (that is, the $4$th, $8$th, $12$th, $\ldots$ digits from the left in what remained), and then erased every fifth digit from what remained at that point. What is the sum of the three digits that were then in the positions $2019, 2020, 2021$?

$\textbf{(A)} \text{ 7} \qquad \textbf{(B)} \text{ 9} \qquad \textbf{(C)} \text{ 10} \qquad \textbf{(D)} \text{ 11} \qquad \textbf{(E)} \text{ 12}$

Solution 1

After erasing every third digit, the list becomes $1245235134\ldots$ repeated. After erasing every fourth digit from this list, the list becomes $124235341452513\ldots$ repeated. Finally, after erasing every fifth digit from this list, the list becomes $124253415251\ldots$ repeated. Since this list repeats every $12$ digits and since $2019,2020,2021$ are $3,4,5$ respectively in $\pmod{12},$ we have that the $2019$th, $2020$th, and $2021$st digits are the $3$rd, $4$th, and $5$th digits respectively. It follows that the answer is $4+2+5= \boxed {\textbf{(D)} \text{ 11}}.$

Video Solution

https://youtu.be/t6yjfKXpwDs 16:40 ~IceMatrix

See Also

2020 AMC 10B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 14
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Problem 16
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