Problem #1080


Let $U=2\cdot 2004^{2005}$, $V=2004^{2005}$, $W=2003\cdot 2004^{2004}$, $X=2\cdot 2004^{2004}$, $Y=2004^{2004}$ and $Z=2004^{2003}$. Which of the following is the largest?

$\mathrm {(A)} U-V \qquad \mathrm {(B)} V-W \qquad \mathrm {(C)} W-X \qquad \mathrm {(D)} X-Y \qquad \mathrm {(E)} Y-Z \qquad$

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  • Reduce fractions to lowest terms and enter in the form 7/9.
  • Numbers involving pi should be written as 7pi or 7pi/3 as appropriate.
  • Square roots should be written as sqrt(3), 5sqrt(5), sqrt(3)/2, or 7sqrt(2)/3 as appropriate.
  • Exponents should be entered in the form 10^10.
  • If the problem is multiple choice, enter the appropriate (capital) letter.
  • Enter points with parentheses, like so: (4,5)
  • Complex numbers should be entered in rectangular form unless otherwise specified, like so: 3+4i. If there is no real component, enter only the imaginary component (i.e. 2i, NOT 0+2i).

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