# Tagged Questions

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

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### Expected Number of Coin Tosses to Get Five Consecutive Heads

A fair coin is tossed repeatedly until 5 consecutive heads occurs. What is the expected number of coin tosses?
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### Compositeness of $n^4+4^n$ [duplicate]

My coach said that for all positive integers $n$, $n^4+4^n$ is never a prime number. So we memorized this for future use in math competition. But I don't understand why is it?
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### Undergraduate/High-School-Olympiad Level Introductory Number Theory Books For Self-Learning

I don't know whether the books metioned in Best ever book on Number Theory are beyond undergraduate/high-school-olympiad level. Please recommend your favourite.
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### How many rationals of the form $\large \frac{2^n+1}{n^2}$ are integers?

This was Problem 3 (first day) of the 1990 IMO. A full solution can be found here. How many rationals of the form $\large \frac{2^n+1}{n^2},$ $(n \in \mathbb{N} )$ are integers? The possible ...
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### “If $1/a + 1/b = 1 /c$ where $a, b, c$ are positive integers with no common factor, $(a + b)$ is the square of an integer”

If $1/a + 1/b = 1 /c$ where $a, b, c$ are positive integers with no common factor, $(a + b)$ is the square of an integer. I found this question in RMO 1992 paper ! Can anyone help me to prove ...
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### Integral Contest

Before you answer this OP, please read all the terms and conditions below. Thank you... Today I hold an unofficial little contest on brilliant.org. Now, I will hold it here on Math S.E. It's just for ...
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### Arc length contest! Minimize the arc length of $f(x)$ when given three conditions.

Contest: Give an example of a continuous function $f$ that satisfies three conditions: $f(x) \geq 0$ on the interval $0\leq x\leq 1$; $f(0)=0$ and $f(1)=0$; the area bounded by the graph of $f$ and ...
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### Integral $\int_0^\pi \theta^2 \ln^2\big(2\cos\frac{\theta}{2}\big)d \theta$.

I am trying to calculate $$I=\frac{1}{\pi}\int_0^\pi \theta^2 \ln^2\big(2\cos\frac{\theta}{2}\big)d \theta=\frac{11\pi^4}{180}=\frac{11\zeta(4)}{2}.$$ Note, we can expand the log in the integral to ...
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### Find all polynomials $P$ such that $P(x^2+1)=P(x)^2+1$

Find all polynomials $P$ such that $$P(x^2+1)=P(x)^2+1$$
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### 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 out ...
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### A Putnam Integral $\int_2^4 \frac{\sqrt{\ln(9-x)}\,dx}{\sqrt{\ln(9-x)} + \sqrt{\ln(x+3)}}.$

This is a Putnam Problem that I have been trying to solve (on and off) for two years, but I have failed. I am in Calculus BC. This problem comes from the book "Calculus Eighth Edition by Larson, ...
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### Prove that $\gcd(3^n-2,2^n-3)=\gcd(5,2^n-3)$

Prove that $\gcd(3^n-2,2^n-3)=1$ if and only if $\gcd(5,2^n-3)=1$ where $n$ is a natural number. I didn't see an easy way to prove this using the Euclidean algorithm, but it seems true that both gcd'...
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### Let $k$ be a natural number . Then $3k+1$ , $4k+1$ and $6k+1$ cannot all be square numbers.

Let $k$ be a natural number . Then $3k+1$ , $4k+1$ and $6k+1$ cannot all be square numbers. I tried to prove this by supposing one of them is a square number and by substituting the corresponding $k$ ...
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### Contest problems with connections to deeper mathematics

We all know that problems from for example the IMO and the Putnam competition can sometimes have lovely connections to "deeper parts of mathematics". I would want to see such problems here which you ...