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# Consider three distinct positive integers a, b, c all less than 100

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Consider three distinct positive integers $$a$$, $$b$$, $$c$$ all less than $$100$$. If $$|a - b| + |b - c| = |c – a|$$, what is the maximum value possible for $$b$$ ?

A. 95
B. 96
C. 97
D. 98
E. 99

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Consider three distinct positive integers $$a$$, $$b$$, $$c$$ all less than $$100$$. If $$|a - b| + |b - c| = |c – a|$$, what is the maximum value possible for $$b$$ ?

A. 95
B. 96
C. 97
D. 98
E. 99

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|a - b| + |b - c| = |c – a| the equation means that the sum of distance between B & A and C & B is equal to distance between C & A. Which means B is between C & A.

.....0........a...........b..........c . Since the maximum value of C can be 99(1<=A,B,C<100 and distinct), 98 is the maximum value of B.
Hence D.
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