2010 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 14
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Problem 14
Let , , , , and be positive integers with and let be the largest of the sum , , and . What is the smallest possible value of ?
Solution
We want to try make , , , and as close as possible so that , the maximum of these, if smallest.
Notice that . In order to express as a sum of numbers, we must split up some of these numbers. There are two ways to do this (while keeping the sum of two numbers as close as possible): or . We see that in both cases, the value of is , so the answer is .
Solution 2
First, note that, simply by pigeonhole, at least one of a, b, c, d, e is greater than or equal to so none of C, D, or E can be the answer. Thus, the answer is A or B. We will show that A is unattainable, leaving us with B as the only possible answer.
Assume WLOG that is the largest sum. So meaning Because we let we must have and Adding these inequalities gives But we just showed that which means that a contradiction because we are told that all the variables are positive.
Therefore, the answer is
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