2012 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 22

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Problem

Let $R$ be a set of nine distinct integers. Six of the elements are 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, and 14. What is the number of possible values of the median of $R$ ?

$\textbf{(A)}\hspace{.05in}4\qquad\textbf{(B)}\hspace{.05in}5\qquad\textbf{(C)}\hspace{.05in}6\qquad\textbf{(D)}\hspace{.05in}7\qquad\textbf{(E)}\hspace{.05in}8$

Solution

First, we find that the minimum value of the median of $R$ will be $3$.

We then experiment with sequences of numbers to determine other possible medians.

Median: $4$

Sequence: $-1, 0, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 14$

Median: $5$

Sequence: $0, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 9, 10, 14$

Median: $6$

Sequence: $0, 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 10, 14, 15$

Median: $7$

Sequence: $2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14$

Median: $8$

Sequence: $2, 3, 4, 6, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15$

Median: $9$

Sequence: $2, 3, 4, 6, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17$

Any number greater than $1234709128347012983471320984712039847123409871203948732490812734092183740129487029387102394872103948721304981740981234709128473019238471203948712094871203948712034897102394872309587324587691827341261235$ also cannot be a median of set $R$.

There are then $\boxed{\textbf{(D)}\ 7}$ possible medians of set $R$.

See Also

2012 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 21
Followed by
Problem 23
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