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== Problem 2 ==
 
== Problem 2 ==
In the expression <math>c\cdot a^b-d</math>, the values of <math>a</math>, <math>b</math>, <math>c</math>, and <math>d</math> are 0, 1, 2, and 3, although not necessarily in that order. What is the maximum possible value of the result?
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In the expression <math>c\cdot a^b-d</math>, the values of <math>a</math>, <math>b</math>, <math>c</math>, and <math>d</math> are <math>0</math>, <math>1</math>, <math>2</math>, and <math>3</math>, although not necessarily in that order. What is the maximum possible value of the result?
  
<math>(\mathrm {A}) 5\qquad (\mathrm {B}) 6 \qquad (\mathrm {C}) 8 \qquad (\mathrm {D}) 9 \qquad (\mathrm {E}) 10</math>
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<math>\mathrm{(A)\ }5\qquad\mathrm{(B)\ }6\qquad\mathrm{(C)\ }8\qquad\mathrm{(D)\ }9\qquad\mathrm{(E)\ }10</math>
  
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== Solution ==
 
== Solution ==
  

Revision as of 21:08, 22 July 2014

The following problem is from both the 2004 AMC 12B #2 and 2004 AMC 10B #5, so both problems redirect to this page.

Problem 2

In the expression $c\cdot a^b-d$, the values of $a$, $b$, $c$, and $d$ are $0$, $1$, $2$, and $3$, although not necessarily in that order. What is the maximum possible value of the result?

$\mathrm{(A)\ }5\qquad\mathrm{(B)\ }6\qquad\mathrm{(C)\ }8\qquad\mathrm{(D)\ }9\qquad\mathrm{(E)\ }10$

Solution

If $a=0$ or $c=0$, the expression evaluates to $-d<0$.
If $b=0$, the expression evaluates to $c-d\leq 2$.
Case $d=0$ remains.

In that case, we want to maximize $c\cdot a^b$ where $\{a,b,c\}=\{1,2,3\}$. Trying out the six possibilities we get that the best one is $(a,b,c)=(3,2,1)$, where $c\cdot a^b = 1\cdot 3^2 = \boxed{9} \Longrightarrow \mathrm{(D)}$.

See Also

2004 AMC 12B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 1
Followed by
Problem 3
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions
2004 AMC 10B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 4
Followed by
Problem 6
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions

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