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==Problem==
 
==Problem==
Suppose that <math>(u_n)</math> is a serquence of real numbers satifying <math>u_{n+2}=2u_{n+1}+u_n</math>,
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Points A and B are on a circle of radius 5 and AB=6. Point C is the midpoint of the minor arc AB. What is the length of the line segment AC?
 
 
and that <math>u_3=9</math> and <math>u_6=128</math>. What is <math>u_5</math>?
 
 
 
(A) 40 (B) 53 (C) 68 (D) 88 (E) 104
 
  
 
==Solution==
 
==Solution==

Revision as of 17:38, 10 August 2008

Problem

Points A and B are on a circle of radius 5 and AB=6. Point C is the midpoint of the minor arc AB. What is the length of the line segment AC?

Solution

We know that $u_6=128$, so we plug in $n=4$ to get $128=2u_5+u_4$. We plug in $n=3$ to get

$u_5=2u_4+9$. Substituting gives

$128=5u_4+18 \rightarrow u_4=22$

This gives $u_5=\frac{128-22}{2}=53$.

Answer B is the correct answer

NOTE: This is my (BOGTRO) solution, not the official one,

and should be ignored in view of a better solution.

See also

2008 AMC 10B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 9
Followed by
Problem 11
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