2016 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 8

Find the value of the expression \[100-98+96-94+92-90+\cdots+8-6+4-2.\]$\textbf{(A) }20\qquad\textbf{(B) }40\qquad\textbf{(C) }50\qquad\textbf{(D) }80\qquad \textbf{(E) }100$

Solution

We can group each subtracting pair together: \[(100-98)+(96-94)+(92-90)+ \ldots +(8-6)+(4-2).\] After subtracting, we have: \[2+2+2+\ldots+2+2=2(1+1+1+\ldots+1+1).\] There are $50$ even numbers, therefore there are $\dfrac{50}{2}=25$ even pairs. Therefore the sum is $2 \cdot 25=\boxed{\textbf{(C) }50}$

Solution 2

Since our list does not end with one, we divide every number by 2 and we end up with \[50-49+48-47+ \ldots +4-3+2-1\] We can group each subtracting pair together: \[(50-49)+(48-47)+(46-45)+ \ldots +(4-3)+(2-1).\] There are now $25$ pairs of numbers, and the value of each pair is $1$. This sum is $25$. However, we divided by $2$ originally so we will multiply $2*25$ to get the final answer of $\boxed{\textbf{(C) }50}$

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