# 2014 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 9

## Problem

For real numbers $w$ and $z$, $$\cfrac{\frac{1}{w} + \frac{1}{z}}{\frac{1}{w} - \frac{1}{z}} = 2014.$$ What is $\frac{w+z}{w-z}$?

$\textbf{(A) }-2014\qquad\textbf{(B) }\frac{-1}{2014}\qquad\textbf{(C) }\frac{1}{2014}\qquad\textbf{(D) }1\qquad\textbf{(E) }2014$

## Solution

Multiply the numerator and denominator of the LHS by $wz$ to get $\frac{z+w}{z-w}=2014$. Then since $z+w=w+z$ and $w-z=-(z-w)$, $\frac{w+z}{w-z}=-\frac{z+w}{z-w}=-2014$, or choice $\boxed{A}$.

## Solution 2

Muliply both sides by $\left(\frac{1}{w}-\frac{1}{z}\right)$ to get $\frac{1}{w}+\frac{1}{z}=2014\left(\frac{1}{w}-\frac{1}{z}\right)$. Then, add $2014\cdot\frac{1}{z}$ to both sides and subtract $\frac{1}{w}$ from both sides to get $2015\cdot\frac{1}{z}=2013\cdot\frac{1}{w}$. Then, we can plug in the most simple values for z and w ($2015$ and $2013$, respectively), and find $\frac{2013+2015}{2013-2015}=\frac{2(2014)}{-2}=-2014$, or answer choice $\boxed{A}$.

~savannahsolver

## See Also

 2014 AMC 10B (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 8 Followed byProblem 10 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 • 16 • 17 • 18 • 19 • 20 • 21 • 22 • 23 • 24 • 25 All AMC 10 Problems and Solutions

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