Problem #2154


In the five-sided star shown, the letters $A$, $B$, $C$, $D$, and $E$ are replaced by the numbers $3$, $5$, $6$, $7$, and $9$, although not necessarily in this order. The sums of the numbers at the ends of the line segments $AB$, $BC$, $CD$, $DE$, and $EA$ form an arithmetic sequence, although not necessarily in this order. What is the middle term of the sequence?


$\mathrm{(A) \ } 9\qquad \mathrm{(B) \ } 10\qquad \mathrm{(C) \ } 11\qquad \mathrm{(D) \ } 12\qquad \mathrm{(E) \ } 13$

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Instructions for entering answers:

  • 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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