2022 AMC 8 Problems/Problem 8

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Problem

What is the value of \[\frac{1}{3}\cdot\frac{2}{4}\cdot\frac{3}{5}\cdots\frac{18}{20}\cdot\frac{19}{21}\cdot\frac{20}{22}?\]

$\textbf{(A) } \frac{1}{462} \qquad \textbf{(B) } \frac{1}{231} \qquad \textbf{(C) } \frac{1}{132} \qquad \textbf{(D) } \frac{2}{213} \qquad \textbf{(E) } \frac{1}{22}$

Solution 1

Note that common factors (from $3$ to $20,$ inclusive) of the numerator and the denominator cancel. Therefore, the original expression becomes \[\frac{1}{\cancel{3}}\cdot\frac{2}{\cancel{4}}\cdot\frac{\cancel{3}}{\cancel{5}}\cdots\frac{\cancel{18}}{\cancel{20}}\cdot\frac{\cancel{19}}{21}\cdot\frac{\cancel{20}}{22}=\frac{1\cdot2}{21\cdot22}=\frac{1}{21\cdot11}=\boxed{\textbf{(B) } \frac{1}{231}}.\]

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Solution 2

The original expression becomes \[\frac{20!}{22!/2!} = \frac{20! \cdot 2!}{22!} = \frac{20! \cdot 2}{20! \cdot 21 \cdot 22} = \frac{2}{21 \cdot 22} = \frac{1}{21 \cdot 11} = \boxed{\textbf{(B) } \frac{1}{231}}.\]

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Video Solution

https://youtu.be/Ij9pAy6tQSg?t=565

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See Also

2022 AMC 8 (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 7
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Problem 9
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