Problems from or inspired by mathematics competitions. Questions regarding mathematics competitions.

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How many ways can you draw 17 cards from a deck of cards? [on hold]

Kaggle verification, the answer doesn't seem to be right, no matter what i enter.
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find the complex number $z^4$

Let $z = a + bi$ be the complex number with $|z| = 5$ and $b > 0$ such that the distance between $(1 + 2i)z^3$ and $z^5$ is maximized, and let $z^4 = c + di$. Find $c+d$. I got that the ...
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Partition a square

Compute the smallest positive integer $n$ such that, for any given integer $p\geq n$, we can partition a given square into $p$ number of squares (the small squares are not necessarily congruent) I ...
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Olympiad Problem on Modular Arithmetic

Suppose $a,b,c,d$ are integers such that $$(3a+5b)(7b+11c)(13c+17d)(19d+23a)=2001^{2001},$$ prove that $a$ is even. We have $2001=3\cdot 23\cdot 29$, hence we have $3a+5b=3^{e_1}23^{e_2}29^{e_3}$ ...
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Finding the numbers of zeros at the end of a set of large numbers

The expression $15^{80}\cdot 28^{60}\cdot 55^{70}$ gives a string of zeros. How many consecutive zeros are there at there in the final string.
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Cycle triplets: A beats B beats C beats A. Minimum and maximum number of triplets for round-robin tournament of $2n+1$ teams? (contest question)

From the 2006 Canada National Olympiad: Consider a round-robin tournament with $2n + 1$ teams, where each team plays each other team exactly once. We say that three teams $X, Y\text{ and }Z$, ...
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Probability distribution of number of waiting customers in front of a counter

The number of customers arriving at a bank counter is in accordance with a Poisson distribution with mean rate of 5 customers in 3 minutes. Service time at the counter follows exponential distribution ...
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IMC 2015 - Problem 10 - Inequality between polynomials and exponential

This is problem 10 from the International Mathematical Competition for University Students of 2015, from day 2, in Bulgaria. I think it is an interesting problem! Let $n$ be a positive integer, and ...
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Find the number of “p-safe numbers”

For a positive integer $p$, define the positive integer $n$ to be $p$-safe if $n$ differs in absolute value by more than $2$ from all multiples of $p$. For example, the set of $10$-safe numbers is ...
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Let $T$ be the set of all positive integer divisors of $2004^{100}$. Size of largest subset $S$ of $T$ such that no element in $S$ divides another?

I am getting an answer slightly over $100^2$. Is this right (working below), or is there a better way of selecting elements of S? The following question appeared on the 2004 Canada National Olympiad: ...
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Let $S$ be a set of $n$ points in the plane with min spacing of 1. Prove $S$ has a subset of $\ge n/7$ points with min spacing of $\sqrt{3}$.

I believe I have proven the case $n=8,|T|=2$, but welcome feedback. I need help proving the case for general $|T|>2$. From the 2003 Canada National Olympiad: Let $S$ be a set of $n$ points in ...
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Show that $(1+p/n)^n$ is a Cauchy sequence for arbitrary $p$

It is a generalization of this question. I am looking for a similar derivation as in here. Can we prove that $(1+p/n)^n$ is a Cauchy sequence for any $p \in [a, b]$ by showing that $$ \Bigg| \left( ...
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How to show that this interesting difference of products is $O \left( \frac{1}{n^2} \right) $

Let $k \leq n$. Consider the following difference of products: $$ \prod_{i=1}^{k-1} \left( 1 - \frac{i}{n+1} \right) - \prod_{i=1}^{k-1} \left( 1 - \frac{i}{n} \right)$$ For $n=1,2,3$, this is ...
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Given 4 points with 2 on different radius. Obtain the center of the circle.

I'm struggle on a math question that states the following: Black holes have an overwhelming gravity, such that the nearest stars begin spinning around them (Example). Every affected star keeps ...
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Can you verify the combinatoric recurrence?

There are $2^{10} = 1024$ possible 10-letter strings in which each letter is either an A or a B. Find the number of such strings that do not have more than 3 adjacent letters that are identical. ...
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AMT - Three whole numbers add up to 149 and multiply to give 987. What is the largest of the three number

So about this question I'm not too sure... Can't find out what I should start off with. If anyone can help me I'll be very greatly appreciated. The question is: Three whole numbers add up to 149 ...
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Additional explanation needed for the solution to a spesific sequence

Some of my attempts include trying to use the the term formula for geometric sequences and some other manipulations in hope of getting a more clearer, workable expression, though without success. ...
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Right answer, wrong explanation, probability of grids?

Two unit squares are selected at random without replacement from an $n\times n$ grid of unit squares. Find the least positive integer $n$ such that the probability that the two selected squares are ...
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Finding all real numbers x such that $x \lceil x \lceil x \lceil x \rceil \rceil \rceil = 88$

Question: Find all real numbers x such that $x \lceil x \lceil x \lceil x \rceil \rceil \rceil = 88$. The notation $\lceil x \rceil$ means: The least integer which is not less than $x$. My ...
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Find the maximum value of the fraction

Let $a$ and $b$ be positive integers satisfying $\frac{ab+1}{a+b}<\frac{3}{2}$. The maximum possible value of $\frac{a^3b^3+1}{a^3+b^3}$ is $\frac{p}{q}$, where $p$ and $q$ are relatively prime ...
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ind $\tan \alpha$ in the square

let say the square has sides of 2 units, $DM = DN = AN = AP = 1$, $NP = \sqrt 2$, $NQ = QP = \frac{\sqrt 2}{2}$, and $AR \ne AP$ (?) we have know that $\tan \alpha = \frac 2{RP}$, but what's the ...
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Find a recursion (combinatorial)

Consider sequences that consist entirely of $ A$'s and $ B$'s and that have the property that every run of consecutive $ A$'s has even length, and every run of consecutive $ B$'s has odd length. ...
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Difficult nonlinear system based on max value

Let $ (a,b,c)$ be the real solution of the system of equations $ x^3 - xyz = 2$, $ y^3 - xyz = 6$, $ z^3 - xyz = 20$. The greatest possible value of $ a^3 + b^3 + c^3$ can be written in the form $ ...
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find x in $\sqrt[3]{6+\sqrt x} + \sqrt[3]{6-\sqrt x} = \sqrt[3] {3}$

Which one satisfies the equation $\sqrt[3]{6+\sqrt x} + \sqrt[3]{6-\sqrt x} = \sqrt[3] {3}$ (A)$27$ (B)$32$ (C)$45$ (D)$52$ (E)$63$ let $a = 6+\sqrt x , b=6-\sqrt x$ cube each side ...
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Find $x$ in the triangle

the triangle without point F is drawn on scale, while I made the point F is explained below So, I have used $\sin, \cos, \tan$ to calculate it Let $\angle ACB = \theta$, $\angle DFC = \angle ...
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Values of the sums $\sum\limits_{k=1}^{n}\cos^4(πk/(2n+1))$

I have been given a question which asks you to prove that $$ \sum_{k=1}^{n}\cos^4\left(\frac{πk}{2n+1}\right)=\frac{6n-5}{16} $$ The main problem I have with solving this is that since the summands ...
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remainder of $a^2+3a+4$ divided by 7

If the remainder of $a$ is divided by $7$ is $6$, find the remainder when $a^2+3a+4$ is divided by 7 (A)$2$ (B)$3$ (C)$4$ (D)$5$ (E)$6$ if $a = 6$, then $6^2 + 3(6) + 4 = 58$, and $a^2+3a+4 ...
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Determine all functions $f:\mathbb{N}\rightarrow\mathbb{N}$ such that $xf(y)+yf(x)=(x+y)f(x^2+y^2)$ for all $x,y\in\mathbb{N}$ (contest question)

The question below is from the 2002 Canada National Olympiad. I have found one family of functions but need help in finding (or proving the non-existence) of others. Suggestions on how to improve the ...
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Probability the range is disjoint

Let $A=\{1,2,3,4\}$, and $f$ and $g$ be randomly chosen (not necessarily distinct) functions from $A$ to $A$. The probability that the range of $f$ and the range of $g$ are disjoint is ...
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coefficient of $x^{17}$ in the expansion of $(1+x^5+x^7)^{20}$

I found this questions from past year maths competition in my country, I've tried any possible way to find it, but it is just way too hard. find the coefficient of $x^{17}$ in the expansion of ...
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find $\left( \frac{x}{x+y} \right)^{2007} + \left( \frac{y}{x+y} \right)^{2007}$

I found this questions from past year maths competition in my country, I've tried any possible way to find it, but it is just way too hard. if $x, y$ are non-zero numbers satisfying $x^2 + xy + ...
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evaluate $\frac 1{1+\sqrt2+\sqrt3} + \frac 1{1-\sqrt2+\sqrt3} + \frac 1{1+\sqrt2-\sqrt3} + \frac 1{1-\sqrt2-\sqrt3}$ [on hold]

Evaluate $\frac 1{1+\sqrt2+\sqrt3} + \frac 1{1-\sqrt2+\sqrt3} + \frac 1{1+\sqrt2-\sqrt3} + \frac 1{1-\sqrt2-\sqrt3}$ How to evalute this equation without using calculator?
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High computation in probability

Six men and some number of women stand in a line in random order. Let $p$ be the probability that a group of at least four men stand together in the line, given that every man stands next to at ...
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Inequality - Cauchy Schwarz

Let $a, b, c, d > 0 \in \mathbb{R}$ such that $a^2 + b^2 + c^2 + d^2 = 4$. Show that: $S = \frac{a^2}{b} + \frac{b^2}{c} + \frac{c^2}{d} + \frac{d^2}{a} \geq 4$ My approach: I used the ...
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Choose 8 distinct integers from $\{1, 2,\dots,16,17\}$. Show that the eight contain at least three pairs with a common difference for _any_ choice.

This problem is from the 1999 Canada National Olympiad. I am stuck trying to prove the first part using the pigeonhole principle. Is there a refinement that will allow it to be used more sharply, or ...
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Sum of remainders of $2^n$

Hints Only Let $R$ be the set of all possible remainders when a number of the form $2^n$, $n$ a nonnegative integer, is divided by $1000$. Let $S$ be the sum of all elements in $R$. Find the ...
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Triangle Geometry and Circles Problem

I have discovered something using Geogebra and I am positive it is true. I have tried to prove and my solution works but it is extremley convoluted. I'm hoping someone can provide a simple proof of ...
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find total integer solutions for $(x-2)(x-10)=3^y$

I found this questions from past year maths competition in my country, I've tried any possible way to find it, but it is just way too hard. How many integer solutions ($x$, $y$) are there of the ...
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Evaluate $a^2+b^2+c^2$

I found this questions from past year maths competition in my country, I've tried any possible way to find it, but it is just way too hard. If $a, b, c$ are distinct numbers such that $a^2 - bc = ...
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given 3 circles, find relation of the regions

I found this questions from past year maths competition in my country, I've tried any possible way to find it, but it is just way too hard. I had no idea how to find it nor where to start Note ...
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given $2f(x) + f(1-x) = x^2$ find $f(-5)$

I found this questions from past year maths competition in my country, I've tried any possible way to find it, but it is just way too hard. A function $f$ has property that $2f(x)+ f(1-x) = x^2$ ...
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(Putnam) Let $f:[1,3] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ such that $-1 \leq f(x) \leq 1 $ for all x and

The following is a Putnam math competition problem: Let $f:[1,3] \rightarrow \mathbb{R}$ such that $-1 \leq f(x) \leq 1 $ for all x and $ \int_{1}^{3}f(x)dx = 0 $. What is the max value of ...
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Show that ordered pairs are solutions to an equation if and only if they are consecutive elements of a recursive sequence (contest question)

The following question appeared on the 1998 Canada National Olympiad. I need help proving that the only solutions to the equation are consecutive elements of the recursively-defined sequence. I ...
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Number of ways to invite people to dinner

So I have this maths contest problem which goes like this: Alfred has seven friends (we'll call them A,B,C,D,E,F and G). Each night for a week/7 days he can invite any group of three friends over to ...
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Minimize Value of Function with Constrain

Let $x$ and $y$ be real number with $xy\neq-1$ and $$\frac{x^7y+xy^7}{1+x^5y^5}=4$$ What is the minimum value of $x^2+y^2?$ I've been trying to solve it by Lagrange Multiplier but it's getting ...
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Find $x$ if $\frac {1} {x} + \frac {1} {y+z} = \frac {1} {2}$ [closed]

I found this question from past year's maths competition in my country. I've tried any possible way to find it, but it is just way too hard. Find $x$ if \begin{align}\frac {1} {x} + \frac {1} ...
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What is $k$ so that $\frac {1001\times 1002 \times … \times 2008} {11^k}$ will be an integer?

I found this question from last year's maths competition in my country. I've tried any possible way to find it, but it is just way too hard. What is the largest integer $k$ such that the following ...
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$\frac {1} {ab} + \frac {1} {ac} + \frac {1} {ad} + \frac {1} {bc} + \frac {1} {bd} + \frac {1} {cd}$

I found this questions from past year maths competition in my country, I've tried any possible way to find it, but it is just way too hard. given $$ \frac {1} {a} + \frac {1} {b} + \frac {1} {c} + ...
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$ x^2 + \frac {x^2}{(x-1)^2} = 2010 $

I found this question from last year's maths competition in my country. I've tried any possible way to find it, but it is just way too hard. Given $$ x^2 + \frac {x^2}{(x-1)^2} = 2010,$$ find ...
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Number theory with binary quadratic

I found this questions from past year maths competition in my country, I've tried any possible way to find it, but it is just way too hard. Given $$ \frac {x^2-y^2+2y-1}{y^2-x^2+2x-1} = 2$$ find ...