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Lazy Tennis (Posted on 2006-03-27) Difficulty: 3 of 5
In a game of tennis, the player who puts in the most effort in a match, and wins the majority of points, does not necessarily win the match as a whole.

Imagine two tennis players compete in a 5-set match, with each set following the scoring system of tennis, and a first to 7 point tie-break takes place if the score in a set is 6 games each. Let the total number of points won by the person who wins the match be represented by W, and let the total number of points won by the person who loses the match be represented by L.

If by the end of the match L-W is equal to a POSITIVE integer, then what is the maximum value this integer can be? Furthermore, develop an equation to determine the integer formed from L-W for a match of x number of sets.

Note: Enough information regarding the scoring system in tennis required to solve the problem, can be found at http://tennis.about.com/cs/beginners/a/beginnerscore.htm

No Solution Yet Submitted by Chris, PhD    
Rating: 4.3333 (6 votes)

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re: No Subject | Comment 19 of 23 |
(In reply to No Subject by Chris, PhD)

As in tennis, my having put in the most effort does not seem to win the match.  I do wish to also add that the problem did state "what is the maximum value this integer can be."   To accomplish this, the "No Ad" variation would be used.  99 is definitely larger than 78.  But, as you, Chris, are the poster of the problem, I will acquiesce this match to tomarken.


  Posted by Dej Mar on 2006-03-28 12:58:27
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