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## The sum of 5 different positive 2-digit integers is 130.

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#### The sum of 5 different positive 2-digit integers is 130.

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The sum of 5 different positive 2-digit integers is 130. What is the highest possible value of the largest of these integers?

A. 88
B. 84
C. 78
D. 74
E. 68

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Fri Sep 22, 2017 1:33 pm
lheiannie07 wrote:
The sum of 5 different positive 2-digit integers is 130. What is the highest possible value of the largest of these integers?

A. 88
B. 84
C. 78
D. 74
E. 68
Since the 5 numbers are all different, let's let A, B, C, D and E represent the numbers.
Furthermore, let's say A < B < C , D < E, which means E is the biggest value.

We're told that A + B + C + D + E = 130
In order to MAXIMIZE the value of E, we must MINIMIZE the other 4 values.
In other words, we want to MINIMIZE the value of A + B + C + D
Since the numbers must be 2-digit integers, the smallest values for A, B, C and D are 10, 11, 12 and 13 respectively.

So, plugging those values into our equation, we get: 10 + 11 + 12 + 13 + E = 130
Simplify: 46 + E = 130
E = 84

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Brent

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