2021 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 3

Problem

Suppose\[2+\frac{1}{1+\frac{1}{2+\frac{2}{3+x}}}=\frac{144}{53}.\]What is the value of $x?$

$\textbf{(A) }\frac34 \qquad \textbf{(B) }\frac78 \qquad \textbf{(C) }\frac{14}{15} \qquad \textbf{(D) }\frac{37}{38} \qquad \textbf{(E) }\frac{52}{53}$

Solution

Subtracting $2$ from both sides and taking reciprocals gives $1+\frac{1}{2+\frac{2}{3+x}}=\frac{53}{38}$. Subtracting $1$ from both sides and taking reciprocals again gives $2+\frac{2}{3+x}=\frac{38}{15}$. Subtracting $2$ from both sides and taking reciprocals for the final time gives $\frac{x+3}{2}=\frac{15}{8}$ or $x=\frac{3}{4} \implies \boxed{\text{A}}$.

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Video Solution by Punxsutawney Phil

https://youtube.com/watch?v=qpvS2PVkI8A&t=127s

Video Solution by OmegaLearn (Algebraic Manipulations)

https://youtu.be/WskJI8_7Gk0

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Video Solution by Hawk Math

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VzwxbsuSQ80

Video Solution by TheBeautyofMath

https://youtu.be/EMzdnr1nZcE?t=384

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See Also

2021 AMC 12B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 2
Followed by
Problem 4
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