2013 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 22

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Problem

Toothpicks are used to make a grid that is 60 toothpicks long and 32 toothpicks wide. How many toothpicks are used altogether?

[asy] picture corner; draw(corner,(5,0)--(35,0)); draw(corner,(0,-5)--(0,-35)); for (int i=0; i<3; ++i) { for (int j=0; j>-2; --j) { if ((i-j)<3) { add(corner,(50i,50j)); } } } draw((5,-100)--(45,-100)); draw((155,0)--(185,0),dotted+linewidth(2)); draw((105,-50)--(135,-50),dotted+linewidth(2)); draw((100,-55)--(100,-85),dotted+linewidth(2)); draw((55,-100)--(85,-100),dotted+linewidth(2)); draw((50,-105)--(50,-135),dotted+linewidth(2)); draw((0,-105)--(0,-135),dotted+linewidth(2));[/asy]

$\textbf{(A)}\ 1920 \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 1952 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 1980 \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 2013 \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 3932$

Solution

There are $61$ vertical columns with a length of $32$ toothpicks, and there are $33$ horizontal rows with a length of $60$ toothpicks. An effective way to verify this is to try a small case, i.e. a $2 \times 3$ grid of toothpicks. Thus, our answer is $61\cdot 32 + 33 \cdot 60 = \boxed{\textbf{(E)}\ 3952}$.

See Also

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