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**Q1. (BUL)** Find all the three-digit numbers for which one obtains, when dividing the number by 11, the sum of the squares of the digits of the initial number.

**Q2. (HUN)** For which real numbers \(x\) does the following inequality hold: \[\dfrac{4x^2}{(1−\sqrt{1+2x})^2} < 2x +9\]?

**Q3. (ROM)** A right-angled triangle \(ABC\) is given for which the hypotenuse \(BC\) has length \(a\) and is divided into \(n\) equal segments, where \(n\) is odd. Let \(\alpha\) be the angle with which the point \(A\) sees the segment containing the middle of the hypotenuse. Prove that
\[\tan{\alpha} = \dfrac{4nh}{ (n^2 −1)a},\]
where \(h\) is the height of the triangle.

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TopNewestQ#2For the L.H.S to be defined, \((1-\sqrt{1+2x})^2\neq 0 \implies x\neq 0\) Also,for the inequality to be defined, \(\sqrt{1+2x}\geq 0 \rightarrow 1+2x\geq 0\rightarrow x\geq \frac{-1}{2}\). Moreover, either \(\sqrt{1+2x}>1\) or \(\sqrt{1+2x}<1\).Case #1\[\sqrt{1+2x}>1\\ 1+2x>1 \\ 2x >0\rightarrow x>0\]Case #2\[\sqrt{1+2x}<1\\ 1+2x<1\\ 2x<0 \rightarrow x <0\] Therefore, either \(\frac{-1}{2}\leq x <0\) or \(x>0\) Now: \[\frac{4x^2}{(1-\sqrt{1+2x})^2}<2x+9\\ \frac{4x^2 \times (1+\sqrt{1+2x})^2}{(1-\sqrt{1+2x})^2\times (1+\sqrt{1+2x})^2}<2x+9\\ \frac{4x^2 \times (1+\sqrt{1+2x})^2}{(1-1-2x)^2} < 2x+9\\ (1+\sqrt{1+2x})^2<2x+9\] Simplifying further,we get: \[1+1+2x+2\sqrt{1+2x}<2x+9\\ 2\sqrt{1+2x}<7\\ \sqrt{1+2x}<\frac{7}{2}\\ 1+2x<\frac{49}{4} \\ 2x<\frac{45}{4} \\ x<\frac{45}{8}\] If \(x>0\) we get \(0 <x<\frac{45}{8}\) If \(\frac{-1}{2}\leq x<0\) ,then \(\frac{-1}{2}\leq x<\frac{45}{8},x\neq 0\). Hence,all \(x\) where \(\frac{-1}{2}\leq x<\frac{45}{8},x\neq 0\) satisfy the inequality. .............................................................................................................................................................................................Log in to reply

Really good solution other than a few typos in the calculation and rationalisation!

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In third question I am getting an answer (4nh/n^2-1)*b/a^2. Where b is length of other leg. Also if we put n=3 we do not get alpha as 3h/2a. Please post a solution as early as possible. I have checked my solution a lot of times.

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Can you post your solution?

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@Sualeh Asif Can you post what we discussed for Q1? Thanks!

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I was really busy the last whole week! I will In Sha Allah post it in a few days!

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Third one can be done by applying coordinates

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Hence, we must have \( |2a-1 | = |2b+1 | = |2c - 1 | = 1 \), or that \( a = 1, b = 0 , c = 1 \).

Conversely, we can verify that \( 101 \) satisfies the conditions of the question, since \( 101 \equiv 2 \pmod{11} \) and \( 1^2 + 0^2 + 1 ^2 = 2 \).

Is the above solution correct?

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In addition to what Nihar said, while it is true that \(a-b+c \equiv \overline{abc} \pmod{11}\), that does not necessarily mean that the remainder is \(a-b+c\). For example, what is the remainder when \(909\) is divided by \(11\)?

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Great! That's the point I was trying to make. I slid the "seemingly obvious fact" without substantiating why it is true. As it turns out, that is not the remainder and we often have to add / subtract 11 from it.

Didn't realize that I misinterpreted the question lol.

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I think not the remainder , but the quotient since \(11 \ | \ \overline{abc}\) (The problem statement is a bit ambiguous)

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I thought so too! And the problem statement seems to imply this too

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