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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 $\frac 1{1+\sqrt2+\sqrt3} + \frac 1{1-\sqrt2+\sqrt3} + \frac 1{1+\sqrt2-\sqrt3} + \frac 1{1-\sqrt2-\sqrt3}$

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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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 ...
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Maximum and minimum of a sum involving floor functions of rational numbers (contest question)

This question originates from the 1996 Canada National Olympiad. Let $r_1, r_2, \dots, r_m$ be a given set of $m$ positive rational numbers such that $\sum\limits^{m}_{k=1}{r_k} = 1 \tag{1}$ ...
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How to solve “ways of seating around a circular table”

Recently I asked a question about seating, here it is again: The Annual Interplanetary Mathematics Examination (AIME) is written by a committee of five Martians, five Venusians, and five ...
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A sequence of polynomials [duplicate]

I posted this question a while back, and I think I may not have made myself clear or shown what I got so far. So let me post this question again with more information and clarification. I have a ...
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How many ways to arrange the seating?

The Annual Interplanetary Mathematics Examination (AIME) is written by a committee of five Martians, five Venusians, and five Earthlings. At meetings, committee members sit at a round table with ...
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A Summation Challenge

I am trying to understand the solution of problem from its editorial by djdolls' answer,I am not able to understand a particulare step which is as follows: $$S(n)=\sum_0^D (-1)^i \cdot ...
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How find all finite sets $ M$ such that $ |M|\ge 2$ and $ \frac {2a}{3} - b^2\in M$ for all $ a,b\in M$

How find all finite sets of real numbers $ M$ such that $ |M|\ge 2$ and $ \frac {2a}{3} - b^2\in M$ for all $ a,b\in M$?
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Olympiad inequality

I want to prove that for $a, b, c > 0$ we have $\frac{a}{2a + b} + \frac{b}{2b + c} + \frac{c}{2c + a} \leq 1$. My approach: I know that each of the individual terms is lesser than $\frac{1}{2}$ ...
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$\sum_{i=1}^n \frac{x_i}{\sqrt[n]{x_i^n+(n^n-1)\prod _{j=1}^nx_j}} \ge 1$, for all $x_i>0$

Can you help with the following inequality? I found it experimentally. Prove that, for all $x_1,x_2,\ldots,x_n>0$, $$\sum_{i=1}^n\frac{x_i}{\sqrt[n]{x_i^n+(n^n-1)\prod _{j=1}^nx_j}} \ge ...
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Find all integers $a,b,c$ [duplicate]

This question comes from the 2007 IMO shortlist: Find all integers $a,b,c$ such that $ab-c$, $bc-a$ and $ca-b$ are powers of two (of the form $2^k$ where $k \geq0$). What are some methods of ...
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Graph Theory number of handshakes of couples

This is an Olympiad question which I now know the answer to, but I am a bit unsatisfied with it. So maybe someone can shed some light: Question: $5$ couples go to a party. Each person shakes the ...
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Find all real solutions to the following system of equations (involving fixed point iteration)

From the 1996 Canada National Olympiad. I have emphasised the real point of the question. Find all real solutions to the following system of equations. Carefully justify your answer. ...
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Largest sum of compatible triples

A triple $(a,b,c)$ of distinct integers is called compatible if at least one of them, say $b$ has the property that either $n\mid b$ or $b\mid n,$ for each $n\in\{a,c\}.$ Let $X$ be the set of all ...
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How many such polynomial exist?

Find the number of second-degree polynomials $f(x)$ with integer coefficients and integer zeros for which $f(0)=2010$. I got: $$P(x) = ax^2 + bx + c \implies P(0) = c = 2010$$ Let $P(r_1, r_2) ...
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Probability of not making a shoe pair.

Ten adults enter a room, remove their shoes, and toss their shoes into a pile. Later, a child randomly pairs each left shoe with a right shoe without regard to which shoes belong together. The ...
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Why doesnt this Combinatoric work two ways?

There are two distinguishable flagpoles, and there are $19$ flags, of which $10$ are identical blue flags, and $9$ are identical green flags. Let $N$ be the number of distinguishable arrangements ...
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What can be said about triangle with certain condition?

This question comes from 1988 Irish Mathematical Olympiad, for all those interested. A mathematical moron is given the values $b,c,\alpha$ for a triangle $ABC$ and is required to find $a$. He does ...
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Let $f : [0,1] \to \mathbb{R}$, prove that $2 \int_{0}^{1} f(x)dx \ge f\Big(\frac{1}{n}\Big) + \sum_{k=1}^{n-1}\frac{1}{k} f\Big(\frac{k}{n}\Big)$

Let $f : [0,1] \to \mathbb{R}$ be a differentiable function with a continuous derivative such that $f(x) \ge xf'(x), \forall x \in [0,1]$. Prove that: $$2 \int_{0}^{1} f(x)dx \ge ...
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How many possible guesses?

A game show offers a contestant three prizes A, B and C, each of which is worth a whole number of dollars from $ 1$ to $ 9999$ inclusive. The contestant wins the prizes by correctly guessing the ...
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Prove that $(\sqrt2 − 1)^n, \forall n \in \mathbb{Z^+}$ can be represented as $\sqrt{m} − \sqrt{m−1}$ for some $m \in \mathbb{Z^+}$ (no induction).

From the 1994 Canada National Olympiad: Prove that $(\sqrt2 − 1)^n, \forall n \in \mathbb{Z^+}$ can be represented as $\sqrt{m} − \sqrt{m−1}$ for some $m \in \mathbb{Z^+}$. I think one ...
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BMO1 2003/04 Question 2 - Geometry Prolem

$ABCD$ is a rectangle, $P$ is the midpoint of $AB$, and $Q$ is the point on $PD$ such that $CQ$ is perpendicular to $PD$. Prove that the triangle $BQC$ is isosceles. Clearly, we need to prove that ...
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How many ways are there to shake hands?

In a group of $9$ people, each person shakes hands with exactly $2$ of the other people from the group. Let $X$ be the number of possible ways to perform these handshakes. Take $2$ handshake ...
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Is it possible to choose $10$ distinct numbers from the set $\{0, 1, 2, . . . , 14\}$ so that various differences are all distinct?

From the 1991 Canada National Olympiad: Can ten distinct numbers $a_1, a_2, b_1, b_2, b_3, c_1, c_2, d_1, d_2, d_3$ be chosen from $\{0, 1, 2, \dotsc, 14\}$ so that the $14$ differences $$ ...
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Cover the grid graph with simple cycles

I have a two dimensional n x m grid graph. And I want to find in how many ways this grid can be covered with simple cycles (it can be a one cycle or it can be many ...
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Consider the 1000-element subsets

Consider all 1000-element subsets of the set $A = \{ 1, 2, 3, ... , 2015 \}$. From each such subset choose the least element. The arithmetic mean of all of these least elements is $\frac{p}{q}$, ...
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Infinite number of ways to write $1=\frac{1}{n}+\frac{1}{a_1}+\cdots+\frac{1}{a_k}$

How can I show that there is an infinite number of ways in which $1$ can be written in the form $$1=\frac{1}{n}+\frac{1}{a_1}+\cdots+\frac{1}{a_k},$$ where $n>1$ is an integer (this number is ...
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IMO 2015 #1: “Balanced” and “Centre-Free” sets of points in the plane [closed]

International Mathematical Olympiad 2015, Problem 1: We say that a finite set $S$ of points in the plane is $\color{\red}{\text{balanced}}$ if, for any two different points $A$ and $B$ in $S$, ...
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Create a recursion here [duplicate]

Ten chairs are arranged in a circle. Find the number of subsets of this set of chairs that contain either exactly two adjacent chairs or no adjacent chairs. I had this question before, but I ...
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Unfairish Probability

Charles has two six-sided dice. One of the dice is fair, and the other die is biased so that it comes up six with probability $\frac{2}{3}$ and each of the other five sides has probability ...
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Ten chairs arranged in a circle

Ten chairs are arranged in a circle. Find the number of subsets of this set of chairs that contain either exactly two adjacent chairs or no adjacent chairs. Let $1$ be chair, and $0$ be an empty ...
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Why doesn't combinatorics work here?

A while ago I asked one-to-one in combinatorics and then using one-to-one I'll repeat my answer here: There are two distinguishable flagpoles, and there are $19$ flags, of which $10$ are ...