# Difference between revisions of "2021 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 20"

## Problem

In how many ways can the sequence $1,2,3,4,5$ be rearranged so that no three consecutive terms are increasing and no three consecutive terms are decreasing? $\textbf{(A)} ~10\qquad\textbf{(B)} ~18\qquad\textbf{(C)} ~24 \qquad\textbf{(D)} ~32 \qquad\textbf{(E)} ~44$

## Solution 1 (Bashing)

We write out the $120$ cases. These cases are the ones that work: $13254,14253,14352,15243,15342,21435,21534,23154,24153,24351,25143,25341,\linebreak 31425,31524,32415,32451,34152,34251,35142,35241,41325,41523,42315,42513,\linebreak 43512,45132,45231,51324,51423,52314,52413,53412. \linebreak$ We count these out and get $\boxed{\text{D: }32}$ permutations that work. ~contactbibliophile

## Solution 2 (Casework on Two Consecutive Digits)

Reading the terms from left to right, we have two cases, where $+$ means increase and $-$ means decrease: $\textbf{Case \#1: }\boldsymbol{+,-,+,-}$ $\textbf{Case \#2: }\boldsymbol{-,+,-,+}$

For $\text{Case \#1},$ note that for the second and fourth terms, one term must be $5,$ and the other term must be $3$ or $4.$ We have four sub-cases: $(1) \ \underline{\hspace{3mm}}3\underline{\hspace{3mm}}5\underline{\hspace{3mm}}$ $(2) \ \underline{\hspace{3mm}}5\underline{\hspace{3mm}}3\underline{\hspace{3mm}}$ $(3) \ \underline{\hspace{3mm}}4\underline{\hspace{3mm}}5\underline{\hspace{3mm}}$ $(4) \ \underline{\hspace{3mm}}5\underline{\hspace{3mm}}4\underline{\hspace{3mm}}$

For $(1),$ the first two blanks must be $1$ and $2$ in some order, and the last blank must be $4,$ for a total of $2$ possibilities. Similarly, $(2)$ also has $2$ possibilities.

For $(3),$ there are no restrictions for the numbers $1, 2,$ and $3.$ So, we have $3!=6$ possibilities. Similarly, $(4)$ also has $6$ possibilities.

Together, $\text{Case \#1}$ has $2+2+6+6=16$ possibilities. By symmetry, $\text{Case \#2}$ also has $16$ possibilities.

Finally, the answer is $16+16=\boxed{\textbf{(D)} ~32}.$

This problem is a little similar to the 2004 AIME I Problem 6: https://artofproblemsolving.com/wiki/index.php/2004_AIME_I_Problems/Problem_6

~MRENTHUSIASM

## Solution 3 (Similar to Solution 2)

Like Solution 2, we have two cases. Due to symmetry, we just need to count one of the cases. For the purpose of this solution, we will be doing $-,+,-,+$. Instead of starting with 5, we start with 1.

There are two ways to place it:

_1_ _ _

_ _ _1_

Now we place 2, it can either be next to 1 and on the outside, or is place in where 1 would go in the other case. So now we have another two "sub case":

_1_2_(case 1)

21_ _ _(case 2)

There are 3! ways to arrange the rest for case 1, since there is no restriction.

For case 2, we need to consider how many ways to arrange 3,4,5 in a a>b<c fashion. It should seem pretty obvious that b has to be 3, so there will be 2! way to put 4 and 5.

Now we find our result, times 2 for symmetry, times 2 for placement of 1 and times (3!+2!) for the two different cases for placement of 2. This give us $2*2*(3!+2!)=4*(6+2)=32$.

~~Xhte

## Solution 4: Symmetry

We only need to find the # of rearrangements when 5 is the 4th digit and 5th digit. Find the total, and multiply by 2. Then we can get the answer by adding the case when 5 is the third digit.

Case $1$: 5 is the 5th digit. __ __ __ __ 5

Then $4$ can only be either 1st digit or the 3rd digit.

4 __ __ __ 5, then the only way is that $3$ is the 3rd digit, so it can be either $231$ or $132$, give us $2$ results.

__ __ 4 __ 5, then the 1st digit must be $2$ or $3$, $2$ gives us $1$ way, and $3$ gives us $2$ ways. (Can't be $1$ because the first digit would increasing). Therefore, $4$ in the middle and $5$ in the last would result in $3$ ways.

Case $2$: $5$ is the fourth digit. __ __ __ 5 __

Then the last digit can be all of the 4 numbers $1$, $2$, $3$, and $4$. Let's say if the last digit is $4$, then the 2nd digit would be the largest for the remaining digits to prevent increasing order or decreasing order. Then the remaining two are interchangeable, give us $2!$ ways. All of the $4$ can work, so case $2$ would result in $2!+2!+2!+2!=8$ ways.

Case $3$: $5$ is in the middle. __ __ 5 __ __

Then there are only two cases: 1. $42513$, then 4 and 3 are interchangeable, which results in $2!*2!$. Or it can be $43512$, then 4 and 2 are interchangeable, but it can not be $23514$, so there can only be 2 possible ways: $43512$, $21534$.

Therefore, case 3 would result in $4+2=6$ ways. $8+3+2=13$, so the total ways for case 1 and case 2 with both increasing and decreasing would be $13*2=26.$ $26+6=\boxed{\textbf{(D)} ~32}.$

~Michael595

~ pi_is_3.14

## Video Solution by TheBeautyofMath

~IceMatrix

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