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− | On one team they play <math>\binom{3}{2}N</math> games in their | + | On one team they play <math>\binom{3}{2}N</math> games in their division and <math>4(M)</math> games in the other. This gives <math>3N+4M=76</math> |
Since <math>M>4</math> we start by trying <math>M=5</math>. This doesn't work because <math>56</math> is not divisible by <math>3</math>. | Since <math>M>4</math> we start by trying <math>M=5</math>. This doesn't work because <math>56</math> is not divisible by <math>3</math>. |
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A baseball league consists of two four-team divisions. Each team plays every other team in its division games. Each team plays every team in the other division games with and . Each team plays a 76 game schedule. How many games does a team play within its own division?
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Solution 1
Note that the equation rewrites to .
Now remark that if is a solution to this equation, then so is . This is because Thus, we can now take an "edge case" solution and work upward until both conditions ( and ) are met.
We see by inspection that is a solution. By the above work, we can easily deduce that and are solutions. The last one is the intended answer (the next solution fails ) so our answer is .
Solution 2
On one team they play games in their division and games in the other. This gives
Since we start by trying . This doesn't work because is not divisible by .
Next , does not work because is not divisible by
We try this does work giving and thus games in their division.
Solution 3
, giving . Since , we have Since is , we must have equal to , so .
This gives , as desired. The answer is .
See Also
2015 AMC 8 (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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