2016 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 7

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Problem

Josh writes the numbers $1,2,3,\dots,99,100$. He marks out $1$, skips the next number $(2)$, marks out $3$, and continues skipping and marking out the next number to the end of the list. Then he goes back to the start of his list, marks out the first remaining number $(2)$, skips the next number $(4)$, marks out $6$, skips $8$, marks out $10$, and so on to the end. Josh continues in this manner until only one number remains. What is that number?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 13 \qquad \textbf{(B)}\ 32 \qquad \textbf{(C)}\ 56 \qquad \textbf{(D)}\ 64 \qquad \textbf{(E)}\ 96$

Solution

Following the pattern, you are crossing out...

Time 1: Every non-multiple of $2$

Time 2: Every non-multiple of $4$

Time 3: Every non-multiple of $8$

Following this pattern, you are left with every multiple of $64$ which is only $\boxed{\textbf{(D)}64}$.

See Also

2016 AMC 12B (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 6
Followed by
Problem 8
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