2010 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 8
- The following problem is from both the 2010 AMC 12B #8 and 2010 AMC 10B #17, so both problems redirect to this page.
Every high school in the city of Euclid sent a team of students to a math contest. Each participant in the contest received a different score. Andrea's score was the median among all students, and hers was the highest score on her team. Andrea's teammates Beth and Carla placed th and th, respectively. How many schools are in the city?
There are schools. This means that there are people. Because no one's score was the same as another person's score, that means that there could only have been median score. This implies that is an odd number. cannot be less than , because there wouldn't be a th place if there were. cannot be greater than either, because that would tie Andrea and Beth or Andrea's place would be worse than Beth's. Thus, the only possible answer is .
Let be Andrea's place. We know that she was the highest on our team, so .
Since is the median, there are to the left and right of the median, so the total number of people is and the number of schools is . This implies that .
Also, since is the rank of the last-place person, and one of Andrea's teammates already got 64th place, .
Putting it all together: and , so clearly , and the number of schools as we got before is .
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