1984 AIME Problems/Problem 4
Problem
Let be a list of positive integers--not necessarily distinct--in which the number appears. The average (arithmetic mean) of the numbers in is . However, if is removed, the average of the remaining numbers drops to . What is the largest number that can appear in ?
Solution 1 (Two Variables)
Suppose that has numbers other than the and the sum of these numbers is
We are given that Clearing denominators, we have Subtracting the equations, we get from which It follows that
The sum of the twelve remaining numbers in is To maximize the largest number, we minimize the other eleven numbers: We can have eleven s and one
~JBL (Solution)
~MRENTHUSIASM (Reconstruction)
Solution 2 (One Variable)
Suppose that has numbers other than the We have the following table: We are given that from which It follows that the sum of the remaining numbers in is We continue with the last paragraph of Solution 1 to get the answer
~MRENTHUSIASM
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