1997 PMWC Problems

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Problem I1

Evaluate $29 \dfrac{27}{28} \times 27 \frac{14}{15}$


Problem I2

In the multiplication in the image, each letter and each box represent a single digit. Different letters represent different digits but a box can represent any digit. What does the five-digit number HAPPY stand for?

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Problem I3

Peter is ill. He has to take medicine A every 8 hours, medicine B every 5 hours and medicine C every 10 hours. If he took all three medicines at 7 a.m. on Tuesday, when will he take them altogether again?


Problem I4


Problem I5


Problem I6

John and Mary went to a book shop and bought some exercise books. They had <dollar/>100 each. John could buy 7 large and 4 small ones. Mary could buy 5 large and 6 small ones and had <dollar/>5 left. How much was a small exercise book?


Problem I7

40% of girls and 50% of boys in a class got an 'A'. If there are only 12 students in the class who got 'A's and the ratio of boys and girls in the class is 45, how many students are there in the class?


Problem I8



Problem I9

A chemist mixed an acid of 48% concentration with the same acid of 80% concentration, and then added 2 litres of distilled water to the mixed acid. As a result, he got 10 litres of the acid of 40% concentration. How many millilitre of the acid of 48% concentration that the chemist had used? (1 litre = 1000 millilitres)


Problem I10

Mary took 24 chickens to the market. In the morning she sold the chickens at $$7 each and she only sold out less than half of them. In the afternoon she discounted the price of each chicken but the price was still an integral number in dollar. In the afternoon she could sell all the chickens, and she got totally $$132 for the whole day. How many chickens were sold in the morning?


Problem I11

A rectangle $ABCD$ is made up of five small congruent rectangles as shown in the given figure. Find the perimeter, in cm, of $ABCD$ if its area is $6750 \text{cm}^2$. ABCD.gif


Problem I12

In a die, 1 and 6,2 and 5,3 and 4 appear on opposite faces. When 2 dice are thrown, product of numbers appearing on the top and bottom faces of the 2 dice are formed as follows:

  number on top face of 1st die x number on top face of 2nd die
  number on top face of 1st die x number on bottom face of 2nd die
  number on bottom face of 1st die x number on top face of 2nd die
  number on bottom face of 1st die x number on bottom face of 2nd die

What is the sum of these 4 products ?


Problem I13

A truck moved from A to B at a speed of $50$ km/h and returns from B to A at $70$ km/h. It traveled $3$ rounds within 18 hours. What is the distance between A and B?


Problem I14

If we make five two-digit numbers using the digits $0, 1, 2,...9$ exactly once, and the product of the five numbers is maximized, find the greatest number among them.


Problem I15

How many paths from A to B consist of exactly six line segments (vertical, horizontal or inclined)? 1997 PMWC-I15.png


Problem T1


Problem T2


&& 1 \left(\dfrac{1}{1}+\dfrac{1}{2}+\dfrac{1}{3}+\dfrac{1}{4}+\dfrac{1}{5}+\dfrac{1}{6}+\dfrac{1}{7}+\dfrac{1}{8}+\dfrac{1}{9}+\dfrac{1}{10}\right) \\
&+& 3\left(\dfrac{1}{2}+\dfrac{1}{3}+\dfrac{1}{4}+\dfrac{1}{5}+\dfrac{1}{6}+\dfrac{1}{7}+\dfrac{1}{8}+\dfrac{1}{9}+\dfrac{1}{10}\right)\\
&+&17\left(\dfrac{1}{9}+\dfrac{1}{10}\right)+19\left(\dfrac{1}{10}\right) (Error compiling LaTeX. ! LaTeX Error: \begin{eqnarray*} on input line 20 ended by \end{document}.)


Problem T3

To type all the integers from 1 to 1997 using a typewriter on a piece of paper, how many does the key '9' needed to be pressed?


Problem T4

In one morning, a ferry traveled from Hong Kong to Kowloon and another ferry traveled from Kowloon to Hong Kong at a different speed. They started at the same time and met first time at 8:20. The two ferries then sailed to their destinations, stopped for 15 minutes and returned. The two ferries met again at 9:11. Suppose the two ferries traveled at a uniform speed throughout the whole journey, what time did the two ferries start their journey?


Problem T5

During recess, one of five pupils wrote something nasty on the chalkboard. When questioned by the class teacher, the following ensued:

'A': It was 'B' or 'C'

'B': Neither 'E' nor I did it.

'C': You are both lying.

'D': No, either A or B is telling the truth.

'E': No, 'D', that's not true.

The class teacher knows that three of them never lie while the other two cannot be trusted. Who was the culprit?


Problem T6

During a rebuilding project by contractors 'A', 'B' and 'C', there was a shortage of tractors. The contractors lent each other tractors as needed. At first, 'A' lent 'B' and 'C' as many tractors as they each already had. A few months later, 'B' lent 'A' and 'C' as many as they each already had. Still later, 'C' lent 'A' and 'B' as many as they each already had. By then each contractor had 24 tractors. How many tractors did each contractor originally have?


Problem T7

Color the surfaces of a cube of dimension 5*5*5 red, and then cur the cube into smaller cubes of dimension 1*1*1. Take out all the smaller cubes which have at least one red surface and fix a cuboid, keeping the surfaces of the cuboid red. Now what is the maximum possible volume of the cuboid?


Problem T8

Among the integers 1, 2, ..., 1997, what is the maximum number of integers that can be selected such that the sum of any two selected numbers is not a multiple of 7?


Problem T9

Find the two 10-digit numbers which become nine times as large if the order of the digits is reversed.


Problem T10

The twelve integers 1, 2, 3,..., 12 are arranged in a circle such that the difference of any two adjacent numbers is either 2, 3 or 4. What is the maximum number of the difference '4' can occur in any such arrangement?


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