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International Mathematical Olympiad '60, First Day

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Here are the problems from the first day of the 1960 International mathematical Olympiad. They range from easy to harder Number Theory, Algebra and Geometry. Try your hand at them. Don't be discouraged if you can completely solve them. Do post your inspirations and ideas towards the problems. The discussion for these questions will be held soon. Happy Problem Solving!

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.

This is part of the set International Mathematical Olympiads

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Q#2 For 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. .............................................................................................................................................................................................

Abdur Rehman Zahid - 2 years ago

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

Sualeh Asif - 2 years ago

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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.

Aakash Khandelwal - 2 years ago

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Can you post your solution?

Calvin Lin Staff - 2 years ago

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

Calvin Lin Staff - 2 years ago

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

Sualeh Asif - 1 year, 12 months ago

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Third one can be done by applying coordinates

Aakash Khandelwal - 2 years ago

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  1. Let the 3 digit number be \( \overline{abc} \). The remainder when it is divided by 11 is \( a - b + c \). We are told that this is equal to \( a^2 + b^2 + c ^2 \), thus \( a - b + c = a^2 + b^2 + c^2 \). Multiplying by 4 and completing the square, we obtain:
\[ (4a^2 - 4a + 1 ) + ( 4b^2 + 4b + 1 ) + ( 4 c^2 - 4c + 1) = 3 \]

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?

Calvin Lin Staff - 2 years ago

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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 \(11\)?

Mursalin Habib - 2 years ago

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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.

Calvin Lin Staff - 2 years ago

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

Nihar Mahajan - 2 years ago

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

Sualeh Asif - 2 years ago

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