2019 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 23
After Euclid High School's last basketball game, it was determined that of the team's points were scored by Alexa and were scored by Brittany. Chelsea scored points. None of the other team members scored more than points What was the total number of points scored by the other team members?
Since and are integers, we have . We see that the number of points scored by the other team members is less than or equal to and greater than or equal to . We let the total number of points be and the total number of points scored by the other team members, which means that , which means . The only value of that satisfies all conditions listed is , so . - juliankuang
Starting from the above equation where is the total number of points scored and is the number of points scored by the remaining 7 team members, we can simplify to obtain the Diophantine equation , or . Since is necessarily divisible by 28, let where and divide by 28 to obtain . Then it is easy to see () is the only candidate, giving . -scrabbler94
Fakesolve: We first start by setting the total number of points as , since . However, we see that this does not work since we surpass the number of points just with the information given (). Next, we assume that the total number of points scored is . With this, we have that Alexa, Brittany, and Chelsea score: , and thus, the other seven players would have scored a total of (We see that this works since we could have of them score points, and the other of them score point) -aops5234
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