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==Solution== | ==Solution== | ||
− | p | + | Let <math>p</math> be a person seated and <math>o</math> is an empty seat |
− | The pattern of seating that results in the fewest occupied seats is opoopoopoo...po | + | The pattern of seating that results in the fewest occupied seats is <math>\text{opoopoopoo...po}</math>. |
− | + | We can group the seats in 3s like this: <math>\text{opo opo opo ... opo}.</math> | |
− | opo opo opo ... opo | ||
− | + | There are a total of <math>40=\boxed{B}</math> groups | |
==See Also== | ==See Also== |
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Problem
There are seats in a row. What is the fewest number of seats that must be occupied so the next person to be seated must sit next to someone?
Solution
Let be a person seated and is an empty seat
The pattern of seating that results in the fewest occupied seats is . We can group the seats in 3s like this:
There are a total of groups
See Also
1990 AJHSME (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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