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− | + | In an All-Area track meet, <math>216</math> sprinters enter a <math>100-</math>meter dash competition. The track has <math>6</math> lanes, so only <math>6</math> sprinters can compete at a time. At the end of each race, the five non-winners are eliminated, and the winner will compete again in a later race. How many races are needed to determine the champion sprinter? | |
− | <math>(A)\mbox{ }36\ | + | <math>\textbf{(A)}\mbox{ }36\qquad\textbf{(B)}\mbox{ }42\qquad\textbf{(C)}\mbox{ }43\qquad\textbf{(D)}\mbox{ }60\qquad\textbf{(E)}\mbox{ }72</math> |
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− | From any | + | From any <math>n-</math>th race, only <math>\frac{1}{6}</math> will continue on. Since we wish to find the total number of races, a column representing the races over time is ideal. |
Starting with the first race: | Starting with the first race: | ||
<cmath>\frac{216}{6}=36</cmath> | <cmath>\frac{216}{6}=36</cmath> |
Revision as of 12:42, 23 November 2016
In an All-Area track meet, sprinters enter a meter dash competition. The track has lanes, so only sprinters can compete at a time. At the end of each race, the five non-winners are eliminated, and the winner will compete again in a later race. How many races are needed to determine the champion sprinter?
Solution
From any th race, only will continue on. Since we wish to find the total number of races, a column representing the races over time is ideal. Starting with the first race: Adding all of the numbers in the second column yields
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