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100 points for $49 worth of Veritas practice GMATs FREE VERITAS PRACTICE GMAT EXAMS Earn 10 Points Per Post Earn 10 Points Per Thanks Earn 10 Points Per Upvote ## Three men sit at a table. One dollar is placed in front of tagged by: BTGmoderatorLU ##### This topic has 1 expert reply and 1 member reply ### Top Member ## Three men sit at a table. One dollar is placed in front of ## Timer 00:00 ## Your Answer A B C D E ## Global Stats Difficult Source: EMPOWERgmat Three men sit at a table. One dollar is placed in front of each of them. When a buzzer sounds, the first man to touch the money in front of him keeps the money that is in front of him, while the other two receive nothing. If none of the three men touches the money in front of them, then the amount of money doubles for the next round. After five rounds of this activity, what is the maximum amount of money that any one man could receive? A.$4
B. $5 C.$10
D. $15 E.$16

The OA is E

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Three men sit at a table. One dollar is placed in front of each of them. When a buzzer sounds, the first man to touch the money in front of him keeps the money that is in front of him, while the other two receive nothing. If none of the three men touches the money in front of them, then the amount of money doubles for the next round. After five rounds of this activity, what is the maximum amount of money that any one man could receive?

A. $4 B.$5
C. $10 D.$15
E. $16 The OA is E Let's see what happens if a man waits until the last (5th) round to take the money. Round #1:$1 placed in front of the man (but he doesn't take it)
Round #2: Now, $2 placed in front of the man (but he doesn't take it) Round #3: Now,$4 placed in front of the man (but he doesn't take it)
Round #4: Now, $8 placed in front of the man (but he doesn't take it) Round #5: Now,$16 placed in front of the man, and this time he takes it

So, it's POSSIBLE for 1 man to receive $16, but is is possible to receive MORE THAN$16?
Fortunately, we need not concern ourselves with this question, since $16 is the biggest possible answer choice. So, the correct answer must be E Cheers, Brent _________________ Brent Hanneson â€“ Creator of GMATPrepNow.com Use our video course along with Sign up for our free Question of the Day emails And check out all of our free resources GMAT Prep Now's comprehensive video course can be used in conjunction with Beat The GMATâ€™s FREE 60-Day Study Guide and reach your target score in 2 months! ### Top Member Legendary Member Joined 29 Oct 2017 Posted: 684 messages Followed by: 4 members The maximum amount of money collected at the end of the 5 turns will be when the first 4 turns end up in no one touching it. After 1st:$1 becomes $2 After 2nd:$2 becomes $4 After 3rd:$4 becomes $8 After 4th:$8 becomes $16 Thus the maximum amount of money =$16. E is the correct answer.

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