2010 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 19
- The following problem is from both the 2010 AMC 12B #19 and 2010 AMC 10B #24, so both problems redirect to this page.
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Problem
A high school basketball game between the Raiders and Wildcats was tied at the end of the first quarter. The number of points scored by the Raiders in each of the four quarters formed an increasing geometric sequence, and the number of points scored by the Wildcats in each of the four quarters formed an increasing arithmetic sequence. At the end of the fourth quarter, the Raiders had won by one point. Neither team scored more than points. What was the total number of points scored by the two teams in the first half?
Solution 1
Let be the quarterly scores for the Raiders. We know because the sequence is said to be increasing. We also know that each of is an integer. We start by showing that must also be an integer.
Suppose not, and say where , and . Then must all divide so for some integer . Then and we see that even if and , we get , which means that the only option for is . A quick check shows that even this doesn't work. Thus must be an integer.
Let be the quarterly scores for the Wildcats. Let . Let . Then implies that , so . The Raiders win by one point, so
- If we get which means , which is not possible with the given conditions.
- If we get which means , which is also not possible with the given conditions.
- If we get which means . Reducing modulo 6 we get . Since we get . Thus . It then follows that .
Then the quarterly scores for the Raiders are , and those for the Wildcats are . Also . The total number of points scored by the two teams in the first half is .
Note if you don't realize while taking the test that might not be an integer: since an answer is achieved through casework on the integer value of and since there is only one right answer, the proof of being an integer can be skipped on the test (it takes up time).
Solution 2
Let be the quarterly scores for the Raiders. We know that the Raiders and Wildcats both scored the same number of points in the first quarter so let be the quarterly scores for the Wildcats. The sum of the Raiders scores is and the sum of the Wildcats scores is . Now we can narrow our search for the values of , and . Because points are always measured in positive integers, we can conclude that and are positive integers. We can also conclude that is a positive integer by writing down the equation:
Now we can start trying out some values of . We try , which gives
We need the smallest multiple of (to satisfy the <100 condition) that is . We see that this is , and therefore and .
So the Raiders' first two scores were and and the Wildcats' first two scores were and .
Solution 3 (Quick Solve?)
It should become apparent that the geometric ratio is less than or equal to (try the first quarter , ratio ). Obviously, the ratio is more than , so we naively try the ratio of
- The Raiders
- The Wildcats
To find the s, we need the sum of the raiders, which is . , and . So the last term is . But, now we can't have integrated 2nd and 3rd quarter scores, so we stop.
- The Raiders, this also fails (try it out)
The same goes for , and . With we get:
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- The wildcats
, , ,
- The Wildcats.
Now, we can finish the arithmetic progression:
- The Wildcats
Thus our answer is
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