2013 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 3

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Problem

What is the value of $4 \cdot (-1+2-3+4-5+6-7+\cdots+1000)$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ -10 \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 0 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 1 \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 500 \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 2000$

Solution

Notice that we can pair up every two numbers to make a sum of 1: \begin{eqnarray*}(-1 + 2 - 3 + 4 - \cdots + 1000) &=& ((-1 + 2) + (-3 + 4) + \cdots + (-999 + 1000)) \\ &=& (1 + 1 + \cdots + 1) \\  &=& 500\end{eqnarray*}

Therefore, the answer is $4 \cdot 500= \boxed{\textbf{(E)}\ 2000}$.

See Also

2013 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 2
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Problem 4
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