# Difference between revisions of "2002 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 2"

The following problem is from both the 2002 AMC 12B #2 and 2002 AMC 10B #4, so both problems redirect to this page.

## Problem

What is the value of $(3x - 2)(4x + 1) - (3x - 2)4x + 1$ when $x=4$?

$\mathrm{(A)}\ 0 \qquad\mathrm{(B)}\ 1 \qquad\mathrm{(C)}\ 10 \qquad\mathrm{(D)}\ 11 \qquad\mathrm{(E)}\ 12$

## Solution

By the distributive property,

$$(3x-2)[(4x+1)-4x] + 1 = 3x-2 + 1 = 3x-1 = 3(4) - 1 = \boxed{\mathrm{(D)}\ 11}$$

## Comment

It would be nicer if the organizers chose a more difficult substitution, say $x=4.7$, to penalize those solutions that do not take advantage of the distributive property.

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