1986 AHSME Problems

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1986 AHSME (Answer Key)
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  1. This is a 30-question, multiple choice test. Each question is followed by answers marked A, B, C, D and E. Only one of these is correct.
  2. You will receive 5 points for each correct answer, 2 points for each problem left unanswered, and 0 points for each incorrect answer.
  3. No aids are permitted other than scratch paper, graph paper, ruler, compass, protractor and erasers.
  4. Figures are not necessarily drawn to scale.
  5. You will have 90 minutes working time to complete the test.
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Problem 1

$[x-(y-z)] - [(x-y) - z] =$

$\textbf{(A)}\ 2y \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 2z \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ -2y \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ -2z \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 0$


Problem 2

If the line $L$ in the $xy$-plane has half the slope and twice the $y$-intercept of the line $y = \frac{2}{3} x + 4$, then an equation for $L$ is:

$\textbf{(A)}\ y = \frac{1}{3} x + 8 \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ y = \frac{4}{3} x + 2 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ y =\frac{1}{3}x+4\qquad\\  \textbf{(D)}\ y =\frac{4}{3}x+4\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ y =\frac{1}{3}x+2$


Problem 3

$\triangle ABC$ has a right angle at $C$ and $\angle A = 20^\circ$. If $BD$ ($D$ in $\overline{AC}$) is the bisector of $\angle ABC$, then $\angle BDC =$

$\textbf{(A)}\ 40^\circ \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 45^\circ \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 50^\circ \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 55^\circ\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 60^\circ$


Problem 4

Let S be the statement "If the sum of the digits of the whole number $n$ is divisible by $6$, then $n$ is divisible by $6$."

A value of $n$ which shows $S$ to be false is

$\textbf{(A)}\ 30 \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 33 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 40 \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 42 \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \text{ none of these}$


Problem 5

Simplify $\left(\sqrt[6]{27} - \sqrt{6 \frac{3}{4} }\right)^2$

$\textbf{(A)}\ \frac{3}{4} \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \frac{\sqrt 3}{2} \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \frac{3\sqrt 3}{4}\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \frac{3}{2}\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \frac{3\sqrt 3}{2}$


Problem 6

Using a table of a certain height, two identical blocks of wood are placed as shown in Figure 1. Length $r$ is found to be $32$ inches. After rearranging the blocks as in Figure 2, length $s$ is found to be $28$ inches. How high is the table?

[asy] size(300); defaultpen(linewidth(0.8)+fontsize(13pt)); path table = origin--(1,0)--(1,6)--(6,6)--(6,0)--(7,0)--(7,7)--(0,7)--cycle; path block = origin--(3,0)--(3,1.5)--(0,1.5)--cycle; path rotblock = origin--(1.5,0)--(1.5,3)--(0,3)--cycle; draw(table^^shift((14,0))*table); filldraw(shift((7,0))*block^^shift((5.5,7))*rotblock^^shift((21,0))*rotblock^^shift((18,7))*block,gray); draw((7.25,1.75)--(8.5,3.5)--(8.5,8)--(7.25,9.75),Arrows(size=5)); draw((21.25,3.25)--(22,3.5)--(22,8)--(21.25,8.25),Arrows(size=5)); unfill((8,5)--(8,6.5)--(9,6.5)--(9,5)--cycle); unfill((21.5,5)--(21.5,6.5)--(23,6.5)--(23,5)--cycle); label("$r$",(8.5,5.75)); label("$s$",(22,5.75)); [/asy]

$\textbf{(A) }28\text{ inches}\qquad\textbf{(B) }29\text{ inches}\qquad\textbf{(C) }30\text{ inches}\qquad\textbf{(D) }31\text{ inches}\qquad\textbf{(E) }32\text{ inches}$


Problem 7

The sum of the greatest integer less than or equal to $x$ and the least integer greater than or equal to $x$ is $5$. The solution set for $x$ is

$\textbf{(A)}\ \Big\{\frac{5}{2}\Big\}\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \big\{x\ |\ 2 \le x \le 3\big\}\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \big\{x\ |\ 2\le x < 3\big\}\qquad\\  \textbf{(D)}\ \Big\{x\ |\ 2 < x\le 3\Big\}\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \Big\{x\ |\ 2 < x < 3\Big\}$


Problem 8

The population of the United States in $1980$ was $226,504,825$. The area of the country is $3,615,122$ square miles. There are $(5280)^{2}$ square feet in one square mile. Which number below best approximates the average number of square feet per person?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 5,000\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 10,000\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 50,000\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 100,000\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 500,000$


Problem 9

The product $\left(1-\frac{1}{2^{2}}\right)\left(1-\frac{1}{3^{2}}\right)\ldots\left(1-\frac{1}{9^{2}}\right)\left(1-\frac{1}{10^{2}}\right)$ equals

$\textbf{(A)}\ \frac{5}{12}\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \frac{1}{2}\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \frac{11}{20}\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \frac{2}{3}\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \frac{7}{10}$


Problem 10

The $120$ permutations of $AHSME$ are arranged in dictionary order as if each were an ordinary five-letter word. The last letter of the $86$th word in this list is:

$\textbf{(A)}\ \text{A} \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \text{H} \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \text{S} \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \text{M}\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \text{E}$


Problem 11

In $\triangle ABC, AB = 13, BC = 14$ and $CA = 15$. Also, $M$ is the midpoint of side $AB$ and $H$ is the foot of the altitude from $A$ to $BC$. The length of $HM$ is

[asy] defaultpen(linewidth(0.7)+fontsize(10)); pair H=origin, A=(0,6), B=(-4,0), C=(5,0), M=B+3.6*dir(B--A); draw(B--C--A--B^^M--H--A^^rightanglemark(A,H,C)); label("A", A, NE); label("B", B, W); label("C", C, E); label("H", H, S); label("M", M, dir(M)); [/asy]

$\textbf{(A)}\ 6\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 6.5\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 7\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 7.5\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 8$


Problem 12

John scores $93$ on this year's AHSME. Had the old scoring system still been in effect, he would score only $84$ for the same answers. How many questions does he leave unanswered? (In the new scoring system that year, one received $5$ points for each correct answer, $0$ points for each wrong answer, and $2$ points for each problem left unanswered. In the previous scoring system, one started with $30$ points, received $4$ more for each correct answer, lost $1$ point for each wrong answer, and neither gained nor lost points for unanswered questions.)

$\textbf{(A)}\ 6\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 9\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 11\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 14\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \text{Not uniquely determined}$


Problem 13

A parabola $y = ax^{2} + bx + c$ has vertex $(4,2)$. If $(2,0)$ is on the parabola, then $abc$ equals

$\textbf{(A)}\ -12\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ -6\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 0\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 6\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 12$


Problem 14

Suppose hops, skips and jumps are specific units of length. If $b$ hops equals $c$ skips, $d$ jumps equals $e$ hops, and $f$ jumps equals $g$ meters, then one meter equals how many skips?

$\textbf{(A)}\ \frac{bdg}{cef}\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \frac{cdf}{beg}\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \frac{cdg}{bef}\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \frac{cef}{bdg}\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \frac{ceg}{bdf}$


Problem 15

A student attempted to compute the average, $A$, of $x, y$ and $z$ by computing the average of $x$ and $y$, and then computing the average of the result and $z$. Whenever $x < y < z$, the student's final result is

$\textbf{(A)}\ \text{correct}\quad \textbf{(B)}\ \text{always less than A}\quad \textbf{(C)}\ \text{always greater than A}\quad\\ \textbf{(D)}\ \text{sometimes less than A and sometimes equal to A}\quad\\ \textbf{(E)}\ \text{sometimes greater than A and sometimes equal to A}  \quad$


Problem 16

In $\triangle ABC, AB = 8, BC = 7, CA = 6$ and side $BC$ is extended, as shown in the figure, to a point $P$ so that $\triangle PAB$ is similar to $\triangle PCA$. The length of $PC$ is

[asy] defaultpen(linewidth(0.7)+fontsize(10)); pair A=origin, P=(1.5,5), B=(8,0), C=P+2.5*dir(P--B); draw(A--P--C--A--B--C); label("A", A, W); label("B", B, E); label("C", C, NE); label("P", P, NW); label("6", 3*dir(A--C), SE); label("7", B+3*dir(B--C), NE); label("8", (4,0), S); [/asy]

$\textbf{(A)}\ 7\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 8\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 9\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 10\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 11$


Problem 17

A drawer in a darkened room contains $100$ red socks, $80$ green socks, $60$ blue socks and $40$ black socks. A youngster selects socks one at a time from the drawer but is unable to see the color of the socks drawn. What is the smallest number of socks that must be selected to guarantee that the selection contains at least $10$ pairs? (A pair of socks is two socks of the same color. No sock may be counted in more than one pair.)

$\textbf{(A)}\ 21\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 23\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 24\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 30\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 50$


Problem 18

A plane intersects a right circular cylinder of radius $1$ forming an ellipse. If the major axis of the ellipse of $50\%$ longer than the minor axis, the length of the major axis is

$\textbf{(A)}\ 1\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \frac{3}{2}\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 2\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \frac{9}{4}\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 3$


Problem 19

A park is in the shape of a regular hexagon $2$ km on a side. Starting at a corner, Alice walks along the perimeter of the park for a distance of $5$ km. How many kilometers is she from her starting point?

$\textbf{(A)}\ \sqrt{13}\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \sqrt{14}\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \sqrt{15}\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \sqrt{16}\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \sqrt{17}$


Problem 20

Suppose $x$ and $y$ are inversely proportional and positive. If $x$ increases by $p\%$, then $y$ decreases by

$\textbf{(A)}\ p\%\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \frac{p}{1+p}\%\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \frac{100}{p}\%\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \frac{p}{100+p}\%\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \frac{100p}{100+p}\%$


Problem 21

In the configuration below, $\theta$ is measured in radians, $C$ is the center of the circle, $BCD$ and $ACE$ are line segments and $AB$ is tangent to the circle at $A$.

[asy] defaultpen(fontsize(10pt)+linewidth(.8pt)); pair A=(0,-1), E=(0,1), C=(0,0), D=dir(10), F=dir(190), B=(-1/sin(10*pi/180))*dir(10); fill(Arc((0,0),1,10,90)--C--D--cycle,mediumgray); fill(Arc((0,0),1,190,270)--B--F--cycle,mediumgray); draw(unitcircle); draw(A--B--D^^A--E); label("$A$",A,S); label("$B$",B,W); label("$C$",C,SE); label("$\theta$",C,SW); label("$D$",D,NE); label("$E$",E,N); [/asy]

A necessary and sufficient condition for the equality of the two shaded areas, given $0 < \theta < \frac{\pi}{2}$, is

$\textbf{(A)}\ \tan \theta = \theta\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \tan \theta = 2\theta\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \tan\theta = 4\theta\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \tan 2\theta =\theta\qquad\\  \textbf{(E)}\ \tan\frac{\theta}{2}=\theta$


Problem 22

Six distinct integers are picked at random from $\{1,2,3,\ldots,10\}$. What is the probability that, among those selected, the second smallest is $3$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ \frac{1}{60}\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \frac{1}{6}\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \frac{1}{3}\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \frac{1}{2}\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \text{none of these}$


Problem 23

Let $N = 69^{5} + 5 \cdot 69^{4} + 10 \cdot 69^{3} + 10 \cdot 69^{2} + 5 \cdot 69 + 1$. How many positive integers are factors of $N$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 3\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 5\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 69\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 125\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 216$


Problem 24

Let $p(x) = x^{2} + bx + c$, where $b$ and $c$ are integers. If $p(x)$ is a factor of both $x^{4} + 6x^{2} + 25$ and $3x^{4} + 4x^{2} + 28x + 5$, what is $p(1)$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 0\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 1\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 2\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 4\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 8$


Problem 25

If $\lfloor x\rfloor$ is the greatest integer less than or equal to $x$, then $\sum_{N=1}^{1024} \lfloor \log_{2}N\rfloor =$

$\textbf{(A)}\ 8192\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 8204\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 9218\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \lfloor\log_{2}(1024!)\rfloor\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \text{none of these}$


Problem 26

It is desired to construct a right triangle in the coordinate plane so that its legs are parallel to the $x$ and $y$ axes and so that the medians to the midpoints of the legs lie on the lines $y = 3x + 1$ and $y = mx + 2$. The number of different constants $m$ for which such a triangle exists is

$\textbf{(A)}\ 0\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 1\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 2\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 3\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \text{more than 3}$


Problem 27

In the adjoining figure, $AB$ is a diameter of the circle, $CD$ is a chord parallel to $AB$, and $AC$ intersects $BD$ at $E$, with $\angle AED = \alpha$. The ratio of the area of $\triangle CDE$ to that of $\triangle ABE$ is

[asy] defaultpen(fontsize(10pt)+linewidth(.8pt)); pair A=(-1,0), B=(1,0), E=(0,-.4), C=(.6,-.8), D=(-.6,-.8), E=(0,-.8/(1.6)); draw(unitcircle); draw(A--B--D--C--A); draw(Arc(E,.2,155,205)); label("$A$",A,W); label("$B$",B,C); label("$C$",C,C); label("$D$",D,W); label("$\alpha$",E-(.2,0),W); label("$E$",E,N); [/asy]

$\textbf{(A)}\ \cos\ \alpha\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \sin\ \alpha\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \cos^2\alpha\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \sin^2\alpha\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 1-\sin\ \alpha$


Problem 28

$ABCDE$ is a regular pentagon. $AP, AQ$ and $AR$ are the perpendiculars dropped from $A$ onto $CD, CB$ extended and $DE$ extended, respectively. Let $O$ be the center of the pentagon. If $OP = 1$, then $AO + AQ + AR$ equals

[asy] defaultpen(fontsize(10pt)+linewidth(.8pt)); pair O=origin, A=2*dir(90), B=2*dir(18), C=2*dir(306), D=2*dir(234), E=2*dir(162), P=(C+D)/2, Q=C+3.10*dir(C--B), R=D+3.10*dir(D--E), S=C+4.0*dir(C--B), T=D+4.0*dir(D--E); draw(A--B--C--D--E--A^^E--T^^B--S^^R--A--Q^^A--P^^rightanglemark(A,Q,S)^^rightanglemark(A,R,T)); dot(O); label("$O$",O,dir(B)); label("$1$",(O+P)/2,W); label("$A$",A,dir(A)); label("$B$",B,dir(B)); label("$C$",C,dir(C)); label("$D$",D,dir(D)); label("$E$",E,dir(E)); label("$P$",P,dir(P)); label("$Q$",Q,dir(Q)); label("$R$",R,dir(R)); [/asy]

$\textbf{(A)}\ 3\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 1 + \sqrt{5}\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 4\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 2 + \sqrt{5}\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 5$


Problem 29

Two of the altitudes of the scalene triangle $ABC$ have length $4$ and $12$. If the length of the third altitude is also an integer, what is the biggest it can be?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 4\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 5\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 6\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 7\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \text{none of these}$


Problem 30

The number of real solutions $(x,y,z,w)$ of the simultaneous equations $2y = x + \frac{17}{x}, 2z = y + \frac{17}{y}, 2w = z + \frac{17}{z}, 2x = w + \frac{17}{w}$ is

$\textbf{(A)}\ 1\qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 2\qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 4\qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 8\qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 16$


See also

1986 AHSME (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
1985 AHSME
Followed by
1987 AHSME
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