# Difference between revisions of "2018 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 5"

## Problem

What is the value of $1+3+5+\cdots+2017+2019-2-4-6-\cdots-2016-2018$?

$\textbf{(A) }-1010\qquad\textbf{(B) }-1009\qquad\textbf{(C) }1008\qquad\textbf{(D) }1009\qquad \textbf{(E) }1010$

## Solution 1

Rearranging the terms, we get $(1-2)+(3-4)+(5-6)+...(2017-2018)+2019$, and our answer is $-1009+2019=\boxed{1010}, \textbf{(E)}$

## Solution 2

We can see that the last numbers of each of the sets (even numbers and odd numbers) have a difference of two. So do the second last ones, and so on. Now, all we need to find is the number of integers in any of the sets (I chose even) to get $\boxed{\textbf{(E) }1010}$ ~avamarora