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Problem

Which of the following is the same as

\[\frac{2-4+6-8+10-12+14}{3-6+9-12+15-18+21}\]?

$\text {(A) } -1 \qquad \text {(B) } -\frac{2}{3} \qquad \text {(C) } \frac{2}{3} \qquad \text {(D) } 1 \qquad \text {(E) } \frac{14}{3}$

Solution

\begin{align*} 2-4+6-8+10-12+14=-2-2-2+14&=8\\ 3-6+9-12+15-18+21=-3-3-3+21&=12\\ \frac{2-4+6-8+10-12+14}{3-6+9-12+15-18+21}&=\frac{8}{12}=\frac{2}{3} \Rightarrow \text {(C)} \end{align*}

Alternatively, notice that each term in the numerator is $\frac{2}{3}$ of a term in the denominator, so the quotient has to be $\frac{2}{3}$.

See also

2003 AMC 12B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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