1991 AHSME Problems/Problem 1

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Problem

If for any three distinct numbers $a$, $b$, and $c$ we define $f(a,b,c)=\frac{c+a}{c-b}$, then $f(1,-2,-3)$ is

$\textbf {(A) } -2 \qquad \textbf {(B) } -\frac{2}{5} \qquad \textbf {(C) } -\frac{1}{4} \qquad \textbf {(D) } \frac{2}{5} \qquad \textbf {(E) } 2$

Solution

If we plug in $1$ as $a$, $-2$ as $b$, and $-3$ as $c$ in the expression $\frac{c+a}{c-b}$, then we get $\frac{-3+1}{-3-(-2)}=\frac{-2}{-1}=2$, which is choice $\boxed{\textbf{E}}$.

See also

1991 AHSME (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 1
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Problem 2
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