2020 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 17
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Problem
There are people standing equally spaced around a circle. Each person knows exactly of the other people: the people standing next to her or him, as well as the person directly across the circle. How many ways are there for the people to split up into pairs so that the members of each pair know each other?
Solution
Let us use casework on the number of diagonals.
Case 1: diagonals There are ways: either pairs with , pairs with , and so on or pairs with , pairs with , etc.
Case 2: diagonal There are possible diagonals to draw (everyone else pairs with the person next to them.
Note that there cannot be 2 diagonals.
Case 3: diagonals
Note that there cannot be a case with 4 diagonals because then there would have to be 5 diagonals for the two remaining people, thus a contradiction.
Case 4: diagonals There is way to do this.
Thus, in total there are possible ways.
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