1999 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 11

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Problem

Each of the five numbers 1,4,7,10, and 13 is placed in one of the five squares so that the sum of the three numbers in the horizontal row equals the sum of the three numbers in the vertical column. The largest possible value for the horizontal or vertical sum is

(A) 20 (B) 21 (C) 22 (D) 24 (E) 30

solution

(D) 24: The largest sum occurs when 13 is placed in the center. This sum is 13 + 10 + 1 = 13 + 7 + 4 = 24. Note: Two other common sums, 18 and 21, are possible.

OR

Since the horizontal sum equals the vertical sum, twice this sum will be the sum of the five numbers plus the number in the center. When the center number is 13, the sum is the largest, [10 + 4 + 1 + 7 + 2(13)]=2 = 48=2 = 24. The other four numbers are divided into two pairs with equal sums.

see also

1999 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 10
Followed by
Problem 12
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