2019 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 25
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Problem 25
Alice has apples. In how many ways can she share them with Becky and Chris so that each of the three people has at least two apples?
Solution 1
It is easier to use Stars and bars when all the numbers are nonnegative, rather than . So we redefine variables so that the sum is and each number is nonnegative. Using apples and bars (to split it up into parts), we get , which is equal to .
Solution 2
Let's say you assume that Alice has 2 apples. There are 19 ways to split the rest of the apples with Becky and Chris. If Alice has 3 apples, there are 18 ways to split the rest of the apples with Becky and Chris. If Alice has 4 apples, there are 17 ways to split the rest. So the total number of ways to split 24 apples between the three friends is equal to 19 + 18 + 17...…… + 1 = 20 (19/2) =
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