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In order to estimate the value of <math>x-y</math> where <math>x</math> and <math>y</math> are real numbers with <math>x > y > 0</math>, Xiaoli rounded <math>x</math> up by a small amount, rounded <math>y</math> down by the same amount, and then subtracted her rounded values. Which of the following statements is necessarily correct?  
 
In order to estimate the value of <math>x-y</math> where <math>x</math> and <math>y</math> are real numbers with <math>x > y > 0</math>, Xiaoli rounded <math>x</math> up by a small amount, rounded <math>y</math> down by the same amount, and then subtracted her rounded values. Which of the following statements is necessarily correct?  
  
<math>\textbf{(A)}\ \text{Her estimate is larger than} x-y \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \text{Her estimate is smaller than} x-y \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \text{Her estimate equals} x-y \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \text{Her estimate equals} x-y \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \text{Her estimate is} 0</math>
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<math>\textbf{(A)}\ \text{Her estimate is larger than } x-y \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \text{Her estimate is smaller than } x-y \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \text{Her estimate equals } x-y \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \text{Her estimate equals } x-y \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \text{Her estimate is } 0</math>
  
 
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<math>\left(x+z\right) - \left(y-z\right) = x+z-y+z = x-y+2z</math>
 
<math>\left(x+z\right) - \left(y-z\right) = x+z-y+z = x-y+2z</math>
  
We can see that <math>x-y+2z</math> is greater than <math>x-y</math>, and the answer is <math>\textbf{(A)} \text{Her estimate is larger than} x-y</math>
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We can see that <math>x-y+2z</math> is greater than <math>x-y</math>, and so the answer is <math>\textbf{(A)} \text{Her estimate is larger than } x-y</math>.
  
  

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Problem

In order to estimate the value of $x-y$ where $x$ and $y$ are real numbers with $x > y > 0$, Xiaoli rounded $x$ up by a small amount, rounded $y$ down by the same amount, and then subtracted her rounded values. Which of the following statements is necessarily correct?

$\textbf{(A)}\ \text{Her estimate is larger than } x-y \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ \text{Her estimate is smaller than } x-y \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ \text{Her estimate equals } x-y \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ \text{Her estimate equals } x-y \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ \text{Her estimate is } 0$

Solution

Let's define $z$ as the amount rounded up by and down by.

The problem statement tells us that Xiaoli performed the following computation:

$\left(x+z\right) - \left(y-z\right) = x+z-y+z = x-y+2z$

We can see that $x-y+2z$ is greater than $x-y$, and so the answer is $\textbf{(A)} \text{Her estimate is larger than } x-y$.


See Also

2012 AMC 10B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 5
Followed by
Problem 7
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