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

learn more… | top users | synonyms (2)

9
votes
2answers
262 views

If $f$ is a strictly increasing function with $f(f(x))=x^2+2$, then $f(3)=?$

Bdmo 2014 regionals(a tweaked version of question): If $f$ is a strictly increasing function over the reals with $f(f(x))=x^2+2$, then $f(3)=?$ Obviously,$f(3)=f(1)^2+2$ but I can't see where we ...
6
votes
2answers
114 views

Problem about functional equation (Bulgarian selection team test)

This problem was taken from the bulgarian selection team test for the 47th IMO and appeared in a chinese magazine, I came across it in my own training. http://www.math.ust.hk/excalibur/v10_n4.pdf ...
35
votes
4answers
970 views

How to prove $k!+(2k)!+\cdots+(nk)!$ has a prime divisor greater than $k!$

Question: Let $k$ be a positive integer. Show that there exist $n$ such that $$I=k!+(2k)!+(3k)!+\cdots+(nk)!$$ has a prime divisor $P$ such that $P>k!$. My idea: Let us denote by ...
4
votes
2answers
106 views

Evaluating $\sum_{n=1}^{99}\sin(n)$ [duplicate]

I'm looking for a trick, or a quick way to evaluate the sum $\displaystyle{\sum_{n=1}^{99}\sin(n)}$. I was thinking of applying a sum to product formula, but that doesn't seem to help the situation. ...
0
votes
1answer
60 views

Understanding 2012 AMC 12B #23

Monic quadratic polynomial $P(x)$ and $Q(x)$ have the property that $P(Q(x))$ has zeros at $x=-23$, $-21$, $-17$, and $-15$, and $Q(P(x))$ has zeros at $x=-59$,$-57$,$-51$ and $-49$. What is ...
0
votes
1answer
26 views

HCF and LCM related [closed]

A certain number when succwssively divided by 2ˏ 5 and 7 leaves remainder 1ˏ2 and 3 respectively. When the same number divided by 70. What is the remainder?
1
vote
1answer
51 views

Parallelogram constructed through medians

Bdmo In $\Delta ABC$, Medians AD and CF intersect at P.Let Q be any point on AC.Construct QM and QN parallel to AD and CF respectively.Now the line joining M and N intersects CF and T and AD at ...
1
vote
2answers
64 views

Product identities

I need to use the following identities for poisson integral but i can't guz i don't know how to prove them. $$\alpha^{2n}-1=\prod_{k=0}^{k=2n-1}(\alpha-e^{i\frac{2k\pi}{2n}})$$ ...
7
votes
3answers
384 views

Math Algebra Question with Square Roots

For $a\ge \frac{1}{8}$, we define, $$g(a)=\sqrt[\Large3]{a+\frac{a+1}{3}\sqrt{\frac{8a-1}{3}}}+\sqrt[\Large3]{a-\frac{a+1}{3}\sqrt{\frac{8a-1}{3}}}$$ Find the maximum value of $g(a)$. I ...
9
votes
2answers
845 views

Math Olympiad Algebra Question

If $ax + by = 7$, $ax^2 + by^2 = 49$, $ax^3 + by^3 = 133$, and $ax^4 +$ $by^4 = 406$, find the value of $2014(x+y-xy) - 100(a+b)$. I came across this question in a Math Olympiad Competition and I ...
1
vote
2answers
133 views

Math Olympiad Perfect Square Question

Let $N$ = $(\overline{abcd}) $ be a 4-digit perfect square that satisfies $(\overline{ab}) =3× (\overline{cd}) +1$ Find the sum of all possible values of $N$. (The notation $n= ...
16
votes
2answers
2k views

Math Olympiad Prime Number Question

If $p$, $q$ and $r$ are prime numbers such that their product is $19$ times their sum, find $p^2$ + $q^2$ + $r^2$. I came across this question in a Math Olympiad Competition and had no idea how ...
0
votes
1answer
39 views

Angle Manipulation Contest Math Problem

The problem is as follows: In triangle $ABC$, $BC=2$. Point $D$ is on $\overline{AC}$ such that $AD=1$ and $CD=2$. If $m\angle BDC=2m\angle A$, compute $\sin A$. I tried several ways of making ...
5
votes
4answers
762 views

Math Olympiad Divisor Problem

The sum of the two smallest positive divisors of an integer $N$ is $6$, while the sum of the two largest positive divisors of $N$ is $1122$. Find $N$. I came across this question in a Math ...
0
votes
1answer
136 views

Math Olympiad Geometry Question: Similar Triangles

In the diagram below, △ABC and △CDE are two right-angled triangles with AC = 24, CE =7 and ∠ ACB = ∠ CED. Find the length of the line segment AE. The above is the diagram. I came ...
6
votes
4answers
1k views

Math Olympiad Algebraic Question Comprising Square Roots

If $m$ and $n$ are positive real numbers satisfying the equation $$m+4\sqrt{mn}-2\sqrt{m}-4\sqrt{n}+4n=3$$ find the value of $$\frac{\sqrt{m}+2\sqrt{n}+2014}{4-\sqrt{m}-2\sqrt{n}}$$ I came ...
3
votes
1answer
61 views

Alphametics Question

In the figure below, each distinct letter represents a unique digit such that the arithmetic sum holds. If the letter L represents 9, what is the digit represented by the letter T? ...
6
votes
3answers
765 views

Math Olympiad Algebraic Question

If both $n$ and $ \sqrt{n^2+204n} $ are positive integers, find the maximum value of $n$. I came across this question during a Math Olympiad Competition. I need help with solving the question. ...
14
votes
4answers
1k views

The number $2^{29}$ has exactly $9$ distinct digits. Which digit is missing?

The number $2^{29}$ has exactly $9$ distinct digits. Which digit is missing? I came across this question in a math competition and I am looking for how to solve this question without working it ...
1
vote
3answers
165 views

Algebra Difference in Roots Question.

Let D be the absolute value of the difference of the 2 roots of the equation 3x^2-10x-201=0. Find [D]. [x] denotes the greatest integer less than or equal to x. I came across this question in a ...
2
votes
3answers
86 views

Logarithm Fraction Contest Math Question

The question is as follows: If $\dfrac{\log_ba}{\log_ca}=\dfrac{19}{99}$ then $\dfrac{b}{c}=c^k$. Compute $k$.
0
votes
1answer
56 views

3D Geometry Contest Math Problem

The problem is as follows: Six solid regular tetrahedra are placed on a flat surface so that their bases form a regular hexagon H with side length 1, and so that the vertices are not lying in the ...
2
votes
2answers
77 views

Algebra Manipulation Contest Math Problem

The question was as follows: The equations $x^3+Ax+10=0$ and $x^3+Bx^2+50=0$ have two roots in common. Compute the product of these common roots. Because $x^3+Ax+10=0$ and $x^3+Bx^2+50=0$ it means ...
2
votes
2answers
111 views

Number of non-decreasing sequences

How do I find the number of non-decreasing sequences of length $N$, such that all number in the sequences lie in the range $[a, b]$. Also, the frequency of the most frequently occurring element should ...
4
votes
2answers
437 views

simple games with cute winning strategies?

Im thinking of games of two players ($A$ goes first and $B$ second) like the following: There are 35 chips in a table, during each turn a player can remove 1,2,3 or 4 chips. Prove player $B$ can ...
0
votes
2answers
55 views

Algebra contest problem

Suppose $x$ and $y$ are integers. Given $2xy+14y=-53-13x$, what does $xy$ equal? The answer is $-15$, but how do I get that? I feel like I should be able to find this.
0
votes
1answer
36 views

Complex Combinatorics Hexagon/Triangle Contest Problem

The problem is as follows: The six sides of convex hexagon $A_1A_2A_3A_4 A_5A_6 $ are colored red. Each of the diagonals of the hexagon is colored either red or blue. Compute the number of colorings ...
2
votes
2answers
100 views

Analytical solution to a nonlinear ODE

How might I analytically solve the following differential equation? $$yy'' = y' + y^3$$ I've tried certain substitutions ($y = ux$ etc.) but none of them work.
1
vote
1answer
40 views

Logarithmic Contest Question

The Problem was as follows: Define $\log*(n)$ to be the smallest number of times the log function must be iteratively applied to $n$ to get a result less than or equal to $1$. For example ...
2
votes
1answer
82 views

Prove that a sequence of $11$ numbers always contains six numbers summing up to a multiple of $6$.

Prove that a sequence of $11$ numbers always contains six numbers summing up to a multiple of $6$. This is a problem from a selection to IMO 2014.
1
vote
0answers
186 views

Math Competitions such as Intel Science Talent Search for High School Freshmen

I am extremely interested in mathematical competitions. I was wondering if there was something like the Intel Science Talent Search, where one can present his/her research, for freshmen in high ...
1
vote
1answer
48 views

Power Factoring Contest Question

The question was as follows: Compute the smallest positive integer $n$ such that $n^n$ has at least $1,000,000$ positive divisors. I did some work, finding that if $n=2^a*3^b*5^c*7^d$ then the $n^n= ...
2
votes
1answer
37 views

Find radius of sphere

Imagine eight spheres of radius 1 that are at $(\pm1,\pm1,\pm1)$. Place sphere A with its center at the origin externally tangent to all of the other spheres. Then place sphere B externally tangent to ...
2
votes
1answer
50 views

Find roots of a function

$f$ is a function defined on the whole real line which has the property that $f(1+x)=f(2-x)$ for all $x$. Assume that the equation $f(x)=0$ has $8$ distinct real roots. Find the sum of these roots. I ...
6
votes
1answer
405 views

What is a simple way of computing the following fraction?

Compute the value of the expression: $$\frac{(10^4+324)(22^4+324)(34^4+324)(46^4+324)(58^4+324)}{(4^4+324)(16^4+324)(28^4+324)(40^4+324)(52^4+324)}$$
2
votes
2answers
80 views

Tough probability problem

Two numbers $x$ and $y$ are chosen at random without replacement from the set $\{1,2,3,\cdots,100\}$. Find the probability that $x^4 - y^4$ is divisible by $5$. I don't know how to proceed with this ...
10
votes
3answers
177 views

If $a^4+b^4\in\mathbb Q$ and $a^3+b^3\in\mathbb Q$ and $a^2+b^2\in\mathbb Q$, prove that $a+b\in\mathbb Q$ and $ab\in\mathbb Q$.

If $\begin{cases}a^4+b^4\in\mathbb Q\\ a^3+b^3\in\mathbb Q\\ a^2+b^2\in\mathbb Q\end{cases}$, prove that $a+b\in\mathbb Q$ and $ab\in\mathbb Q$. It is given that $a,b\in\mathbb R$. The proof of ...
6
votes
4answers
157 views

Prove that there is an integer $n$ such that $n^{1992}$ starts with $1992$ one's.

This was taken from an old Brazilian Mathematical Olympiad (1992). As the title says, we're supposed to prove that there is an integer $n$ such that $n^{1992}$ starts with $1992$ one's (in the ...
0
votes
0answers
74 views

math student looking to do better in math competitions.

I am currently in my summer vacations. Next year I will star my undergraduate studies in mathematics. I used to be in mathematics competitions. Last year I got a silver medal in my countries national ...
0
votes
2answers
36 views

Inscribed Hexagon Geometry Contest Problem

The problem was as follows: Regular hexagon $HEXAGN$ is inscribed in the circle $O$, and $R$ is a point on minor arc $HN$ of circle $O$. If $RE=10$ and $RG=8$, then $RN$ can be expressed in the form ...
3
votes
1answer
42 views

Solve for “lucky” numbers

A rational number is called "lucky" if it equals both $a+\frac{b}{c}$ and $a\times\frac{b}{c}$ for some positive integers $a,b,c$. How many lucky numbers are there between $5$ and $10$? Here's what I ...
0
votes
2answers
18 views

Equivalent Planes?

The three planes $x=y$, $y=z$, $x=z$ cut the unit cube $0\le x\le1$, $0\le y\le1$, $0\le z\le1$ into $n$ pieces. Find $n$. My question is this: what does $x=y$, $y=z$, $x=z$ mean? If all of the ...
2
votes
4answers
90 views

Algebraic Solving Contest Problem

The problem is as follows If $x^2+x-1=0$, compute all possible values of $\frac{x^2}{x^4-1}$ This was a no-calculator 10 min for 2 problem format contest. I started by using quadratic formula, but ...
1
vote
2answers
70 views

From any list of $131$ positive integers with prime factor at most $41$, $4$ can always be chosen such that their product is a perfect square

Author's note:I don't want the whole answer,but a guide as to how I should think about this problem. BdMO 2010 In a set of $131$ natural numbers, no number has a prime factor greater than 42. ...
1
vote
0answers
45 views

Prove that eventually Hannah and the other swimmer will settle into a pattern where they pass each other (Please refer to the context in my question)

From the 2014 Mathcamp quiz: Hannah is about to get into a swimming pool in which every lane already has one swimmer in it. Hannah wants to choose a lane in which she would have to encounter the other ...
10
votes
1answer
204 views

A finite group containing an element with some property is a $p$-group

Let $G$ be a finite group. Suppose there exists a non-trivial element $g \in G$ such that $gxg^{-1}=x^{p+1}$ for all $x\in G$. Prove that $G$ is a $p$-group.
3
votes
1answer
46 views

Prove the sequences $\lfloor \alpha n\rfloor $ and $\lfloor \beta n\rfloor $ are disjoint

Here is another problem from a problem set that I can't solve. Let $\alpha$ and $\beta$ be irrational positive numbers such that $\frac{1}{\alpha}+\frac{1}{\beta}=1$ Prove that the sets $\{ ...
0
votes
3answers
55 views

Logic Question with who has a key and truth

Four people are standing infront of a treasure chest, each makes a statement. One statement is false, the other three are true. Ann: "I do not have the key and Cal does not have the key." Ben: "I do ...
2
votes
3answers
94 views

Bisector of angle formed at the orthocentre passes through the circumcentre

BdMO 2012 In an acute angled triangle $ABC$, $\angle A= 60$. We have to prove that the bisector of one of the angles formed by the altitudes drawn from $B$ and $C$ passes through the center of the ...
1
vote
1answer
53 views

Inscribed Angles in Two Cyclic Quadrilaterals

This problem is driving me crazy. It's from Andreescu's Mathematical Olympiad Challenges: Let $AB$ be a chord in a circle and $P$ a point on the circle. Let $Q$ be the projection of $P$ onto $AB$ ...