2012 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 11

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Problem 11

A dessert chef prepares the dessert for every day of a week starting with Sunday. The dessert each day is either cake, pie, ice cream, or pudding. The same dessert may not be served two days in a row. There must be cake on Friday because of a birthday. How many different dessert menus for the week are possible?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 729\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 972\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 1024\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 2187\qquad\textbf{(E)}\2304$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Undefined control sequence.)

Solution


Solutions

We have 4 choices for desserts.

However, the same dessert cannot be served for 2 straight days, meaning that you only have 3 choices for a dessert for the next day. It is also given that there must be cake on Friday.

So,

$4*3*3*3*3*1*3=\boxed{972}$

OR


$\textbf{(B)}$

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