For each positive integer \(n\), let \(a_n = 2^n + 3^n + 6^n - 1\). Find all positive integers \(m\) where \(m<a_n\) such that \(gcd(m,a_n)=1\) for all positive integers \(n\).

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TopNewestIMO 2005? O.o – Manuel Kahayon · 4 months, 1 week ago

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I've seen this problem before, so I already know the answer. :\ Nevertheless, I'll post a solution here.

We will prove that \(m = 1\) is the only such integer. Let \(p\) be a prime number. If we prove that there exists an \(n\) such that \(p|a_n\), we are done, since that means \(m\) can't have any prime factors, so it is equal to 1.

First, \(2, 3|48 = a_2\). Now, let's assume \(p > 3\). Then,

\[ \begin{align*} 6a_{p - 2} &\equiv 6(2^{p - 2} + 3^{p - 2} + 6^{p - 2} - 1) \\ &\equiv 3(2^{p - 1}) + 2(3^{p - 1}) + 6^{p - 1} - 6 \\ &\equiv 3 + 2 + 1 - 6 \\ &\equiv 0 \pmod{p}. \end{align*} \]

So, \(p|6a_{p - 2}\). Since \(p\) is not 2 or 3, we must have \(p|a_{p - 2}\), and our proof is complete. – Steven Yuan · 1 year, 5 months ago

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Wolfram Alpha to check this out. – Lakshya Sinha · 1 year, 4 months ago

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I think for a more general ans. let's try putting values. – Anmol Agarwal · 1 year, 5 months ago

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For every positive integer \(n\) there will be I think there would infinitely many \(m\) as:-

\[\large{a_{n}=(2^{n}+1)(3^{n}+1)-2}\]

We see that for all \(n\) the sequence Input will be even and there will be infinitely many \(m\) which will satisfy it.

Sharky Kesa , If I am wrong somewhere please enlighten me.

Well after the editing of question done by Sharky Kesa , I believe there will be no specific answer for any \(n\) because there is no specific pattern for \(a_{n}\), the Euler's Totient Function of \(a_{n}\) will keep changing, by using wolfram alpha. – Lakshya Sinha · 1 year, 5 months ago

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– Sharky Kesa · 1 year, 5 months ago

Sorry, I forgot to mention that it was for all positive integers \(n\).Log in to reply

– Lakshya Sinha · 1 year, 5 months ago

I think this will also give infinity until you mention \(m\) is a positive integer less than \(n\)Log in to reply

– Sharky Kesa · 1 year, 5 months ago

Sorry once more. Edited.Log in to reply

– Lakshya Sinha · 1 year, 5 months ago

Can you help me find the no. of factors of \((2^{n}+1)(3^{n}+1)\)Log in to reply