# Problem #972

 972 From a starting number, Cindy was supposed to subtract 3, and then divide by 9, but instead, Cindy subtracted 9, then divided by 3, getting 43. If the correct instructions were followed, what would the result be? $\text{(A)}\ 15 \qquad \text{(B)}\ 34 \qquad \text{(C)}\ 43 \qquad \text{(D)}\ 51 \qquad \text{(E)} 138$ This problem is copyrighted by the American Mathematics Competitions.
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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).