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Can we sort 6 numbers with at most 9 comparison? [duplicate]

i know there is an algorithm to sort 5 numbers with 7 comparison. Can we sort 6 numbers with at most 9 comparison? thanks to all.
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2000 Olympiad in Informatics Question on Box

I have an old Olympiad question on informatics. There are 31 boxes. In each box there is one number. We know the number if and only if we open the box. We want to calculate the minimum number of ...
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How prove $ y^2=x^3+x+1370^{1370}$ has at least 6 answers in $ \mathbb{Q}$?

How prove that $ y^2=x^3+x+1370^{1370}$ has at least 6 answers in $ \mathbb{Q}$?
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How find a triangle ABC minimizing $\frac{\sqrt{1 + 2\cos^2 A}}{\sin B} + \frac{\sqrt{1 + 2\cos^2 B}}{\sin C} + \frac{\sqrt{1 + 2\cos^2 C}}{\sin A}$?

How find in triangle $ABC$ the minimum value of : $$\frac{\sqrt{1 + 2\cos^2 A}}{\sin B} + \frac{\sqrt{1 + 2\cos^2 B}}{\sin C} + \frac{\sqrt{1 + 2\cos^2 C}}{\sin A}\text{ ?}$$
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An uncanny inequality with Gamma function

Prove for $x>0$ that $$ \frac{\Gamma^{\prime}(x+1)}{\Gamma(x+1)}>\log x$$ How to prove this inequality? thanks. This is a problem from Miklos Schweitzer Competition.
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What is wrong with the following induction argument?

I found a problem on a note on induction. The problem went like this: "Let $n$ be a non-negative integer. Suppose we are given a triangle and n points inside it, with no three of the given $n + 3$ ...
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Sum involving integer part and cosine function

How to find the close form of sum and eliminate $k$? $$ \sum_{k=1}^{n} \frac{n \left[ \cos \left( \frac{n}{k}- \left[\frac{n}{k} \right]\right) \right]}{k} $$
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After how many steps can compositions of $x\mapsto x+1$ and $x\mapsto x^2+1$ produce the same result starting from $1$ and $3$?

This problem is from a Turkish contest: Let $P(x)=x+1$ and $Q(x)=x^2+1$. Consider all sequences $(x_k,y_k)$ such that $(x_1,y_1)=(1,3)$ and $(x_{k+1},y_{k+1})$ is either $(P(x_k),Q(y_k))$ ...
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Find the 1005th digit after the decimal point expansion of the square root of N.

Let $N$ be the positive integer with $2008$ decimal digits, all of them $1$. That is, $N=1111...1111$, with $2008$ occurrences of the digit $1$. Find the $1005th$ digit after the decimal point ...
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lifting the exponent lemma for $p=2$.

I am trying to understand the proof of theorem 3 (in p.4) of http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Resources/Papers/LTE.pdf However, I dont understand the last sentence "This means the power of $2$ in ...
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Finding the sum of $3+4\cdot 3+4^2\cdot 3+\dots +4^{\log n-1} \cdot 3$

I see this: $$A=3+4\cdot 3+4^2\cdot 3+\dots +4^{\log n-1} \cdot 3=3\cdot ([4^{\log n}-1]/3)=n^2-1$$ The base of logarithm is $2$, and $n$ is $2,4,8,\dots$ Anyone could describe me how this sum was ...
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Prove or disprove that there exists a unique positive integer sequence $\{a_{n}\}$ satisfying a condition

Question: Prove or disprove: there exists a unique positive integer sequence $\{a_{n}\}$ satisfying the following condition: $\forall m\in N^{+}$, there exists a unique integer sequence ...
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how find $\sum_{k \in A} \frac{1}{k-1} $ for $ A = \{ m^n| \text{ } m, n \in Z \text { and } m, n \ge 2 \} $

If $ A = \{ m^n| \text{ } m, n \in Z \text { and } m, n \ge 2 \} $, then how find $\sum_{k \in A} \frac{1}{k-1} $?
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Find the smallest constant K satisfying the inequality

Find the smallest constant $K$satisfying the inequality $$x^{1\over 3}+y^{1\over 3} \le K(x+y)^{1\over 3}$$ The official proof makes the substitution $a=x^{1\over 3}$ and $b=y^{1\over 3}$, which does ...
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How to show that $\frac {q + \frac {1}{2}}{p - \frac {1}{2}} > \sum_{i = p}^q\frac {1}{i}$ if $q\ge p > 0?$ [closed]

How to show that : $$\frac{2q+1}{2p-1}>\sum_{i=p}^q\frac{1}{i}$$ if $q\ge p>0$
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Math competitions for hobbyists?

Are there any math competitions for hobbyist / amateur mathematicians? Something like the Putnam or the International Mathematical Olympiad, but open to regular people who are not full-time students?
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Modulo of a large sequence of $1$s

Given two numbers $N$ and $M$, we need to find the remainder when $111 \cdots1$ ($N$ times) is divided by $M$. Here $N$ can go up to $10^{16}$ and $M$ up to $10^9$. How to solve this problem? ...
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How prove that $q \geq b+d$ for $ad-bc = 1$ and $\frac{a}{b} > \frac{p}{q} > \frac{c}{d}$?

Let $a,b,c,d,p$, and $q$ be natural numbers such that $ad-bc = 1$ and $\frac{a}{b} > \frac{p}{q} > \frac{c}{d}$. How prove that $q \geq b+d$?
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How prove that $ x+y+z>4$ for $ a+b+c=4$ and $ ax+by+cz=xyz$?

Given positive reals $ a,b,c,x,y,z$ such that $ a+b+c=4$ and $ ax+by+cz=xyz$. How prove that $ x+y+z>4$?
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Speed dating/networking challenge

I am trying to organise an event with 54 participants. I want them to participate in 9 different activities at stations around a hall. Obviously this will require 9 sessions to allow the participants ...
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Prove that $\frac{a^3}{x} + \frac{b^3}{y} + \frac{c^3}{z} \ge \frac{(a+b+c)^3}{3(x+y+z)}$ a,b,c,x,y,z are positive real numbers.

I stumbled upon it on some olympiad papers. Tried to AM>GM but didn't get any idea to move forward.
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For which real numbers $c$ is there a straight line that intersects the curve $y = x^4 + 9x^3 + c x^2 + 9x + 4$ in four distinct points?

For which real numbers $c$ is there a straight line that intersects the curve $y = x^4 + 9x^3 + c x^2 + 9x + 4$ in four distinct points? I don't quite the understand the solution which is in ...
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$ 1987 \mid \left( n^n + (n+1)^n \right) $

Problem from the 1987 Leningrad Math Olympiad: Is there a positive integer $n$ such that $ n^n + \left( n + 1 \right)^n $ is divisible by $ 1987 $? The provided solution: The answer is ...
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Elementary algebra problem

Consider the following problem (drawn from Stanford Math Competition 2014): "Find the minimum value of $\frac{1}{x-y}+\frac{1}{y-z}+ \frac{1}{x-z}$ for for reals $x > y > z$ given $(x − y)(y − ...
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combinatorics board with digits neat problem

this is a problem I wanted to share with you that I just saw today. There is a board square board (think of chess) with $10$ columns and $n$ rows. Each square contains a digit (an integer between $0$ ...
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If $AB+BA=0$ and $B=AX+XB$, then $B$ is nilpotent.

Suppose $A,B,X \in M_n(\mathbb{R})$ and that $AB+BA=0$ and $B=AX+XA$. Prove that $B$ is a nilpotent matrix.
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Chessboard problem in IMO2014

This is the second problem on the IMO2014 problem list: Let n $\ge 2$ be an integer. Consider an $n \times n$ chessboard consisting of $n^2$ unit squares. A configuration of $n$ rooks on this ...
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Suppose T(k) denotes the smallest number of steps needed to move from k to 100.Find y & z such that T(9)= 1+ min (T(y),T(z)).

Suppose you want to move from 0 to 100 on the number line. In each step, you either move right by a unit distance or you take a shortcut. A shortcut is simply a pre-specified pair of integers i , j ...
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Initial value for a sequence to become periodic.

The following is from the previous Proofathon contest: Let $a_{n}$ be the sequence defined by the recursion $ \sqrt{a_{n+1}}= (2(\sqrt[2014]{a_n})-1)^{2014}. $ Find all the values of $a_1$ ...
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maximum number of independent bishops on a nxn chessboard

So I came across this problem where we have to find the maximum number of independent bishops on a nxn chessboard such that no two bishops attack each other . So after drawing the cases for $3$x$3$ , ...
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How to write Putnam Examination proofs?

I am studying for the Putnam exam and I have learned that the graders are quite strict and will cut off points for a variety of reasons. I want to know exactly how to write a Putnam proof. How ...
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Solve in $\mathbb{R}$: $(x^2-3x-2)^2-3(x^2-3x-2)-2-x=0$

Solve in $\mathbb{R}$: $(x^2-3x-2)^2-3(x^2-3x-2)-2-x=0$ I'm supposed to solve this equation. It's from a math contest so solving it by hand would be preferable (no quartic formulas). I thought ...
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An arctan problem including a diophantine equation

This is a follow-up question to An equation of the form A + B + C = ABC . I totally messed up with making the equation from the question specification . Actually the question was $$ ...
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On a strange pigeonhole principle problem

Given distinct integers $a_1, a_2, \cdots, a_{63}$. Prove that there exists $a_i, a_j, a_m, a_n$ such that $(a_i - a_j)(a_m - a_n)$ is divisible by $1984$. I have no idea of how to create the ...
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Select elements from $N$ sets

$N$ sets are given which can have any number of elements from $1-100$ each. Now we need to count arrangements in which we select $1$ element from each set under the condition that we can not choose ...
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An equation of the form A + B + C = ABC

So I was on a SPOJ spree until I came across this question . The question says $$\tan(\frac{1}{A}) = \tan(\frac{1}{B}) + \tan(\frac{1}{C})$$ where we have to find the $\min(B+C)$ for a fix $A$ where ...
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Math Olympiads: Hard work or talent? [closed]

I have a question regarding Math Olympiads. I always asked myself if Math Olympiads need natural intelligence or rigorous hard work (or both) in order to reach levels such as the IMO. I always hear ...
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The number of functions $f: {\cal P}_n \to \{1, 2, \dots, m\}$ such that $f(A \cap B) = \min\{f(A), f(B)\}$ (Putnam 1993)

Let ${\cal P}_n$ be the set of subsets of $\{1, 2, \dots, n\}$. Let $c(n, m)$ be the number of functions $f: {\cal P}_n \to \{1, 2, \dots, m\}$ such that $f(A \cap B) = \min\{f(A), f(B)\}$. Prove that ...
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Arithmetic Mean and Geometric Mean Question, Guidance Needed

I am super new to olympiad-style math which focuses on a lot of inequalities, and tough problems which highschool students do not go over. I'm in 9th grade, and am trying to get into all of this stuff ...
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On a differential equation problem of international mathematical competition for university students

I am trying to solve problem 2 of this competition: http://www.imc-math.org.uk/imc2009/imc2009-day2-solutions.pdf I have other thought but i couldn't fill in the detail. Consider the initial value ...
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Solve the following equation: $\frac{1}{x^2}+\frac{1}{(4-\sqrt{3}x)^2}=1$

Solve the following equation: $$\frac{1}{x^2}+\frac{1}{(4-\sqrt{3}x)^2}=1$$ I know it's from a Math Olympiad but I don't know which and I couldn't find it on the internet. Expanding everything ...
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Ratio of angles in a right triangle

P.S: I only want a hint,not the whole solution. BdMO 2009 Problem 5 Secondary In triangle ABC, $\angle A = 90$. M is the midpoint of BC. Choose D on AC such that AD = AM. The circumcircles ...
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Solving a system of equation and finding the largest possible value of one of the variables

This problem comes from question 5 in the PUMAC Algebra A competition (link here): Suppose $w, x, y, z$ satisfy $$w+x+y+z=25$$ $$wx+wy+wz+xy+xz+yz=2y+2x+193$$ The largest possible value of $w$ can ...
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If one plays $132$ games in $77$ days, there is a span of consecutive days with exactly $21$ games

This is a high school contest question. Simple answers are required A chess player has $77$ days to prepare for a tournament. During this time he wants to have a match everyday and to have $132$ ...
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Last 7 digits of 7th powers

Alice and Bob play the following game. They alternately select distinct nonzero digits from $1$ to $9$, until they have chosen seven such digits. Consider the resulting seven-digit number by joining ...
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Mediteranean Mathematics Olympiad 2014 number theory problem.

I paraphrase it slightly to make it shorter. Prove for every integer $S\geq100$ there exists a positive integer $P$ such that there are at least two different solutions in positive integers(up to ...
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Roots Of Monic Cubic

I'm currently preparing for the USA Mathematical Talent Search competition. I've been brushing up my proof-writing skills for several weeks now, but one area that I have not been formally taught about ...
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An equilateral triangle formed using points of tangency

P.S:I am looking for a hint and not the whole solution. BdMO 2012 nationals secondary: The vertices of a right triangle $ABC$ inscribed in a circle divide the circumference into three arcs. The ...
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Equation $a^{n}+b^{n}=2008$ has no integers solutions. [closed]

Prove that the equation $a^{n}+b^{n}=2008$ has no solutions for $a,b,n\in\mathbb{Z}, n\geq2.$
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Olympiad number theory question

Let $p,q$ and $r$ be prime numbers. It is given that $p$ divides $qr − 1$, $q$ divides $rp − 1$, and $r$ divides $pq − 1$. Determine all possible values of $pqr$. I think I'm missing something in ...