2010 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 7

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Problem

Using only pennies, nickels, dimes, and quarters, what is the smallest number of coins Freddie would need so he could pay any amount of money less than a dollar?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 6 \qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 10\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 15\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 25\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 99$

Solution

You need $2$ dimes, $1$ nickel, and $4$ pennies for the first $25$ cents. From $26$ cents to $50$ cents, you only need to add $1$ quarter. From $51$ cents to $75$ cents, you also only need to add $1$ quarter. The same for $76$ cents to $99$ cents. Notice that instead of $100$, it is $99$. We are left with $3$ quarters, $2$ dimes, and $4$ pennies. Thus, the correct answer is $3+2+1+4=\boxed{\textbf{(B)}\ 10}$.

See Also

2010 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 6
Followed by
Problem 8
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