Find all solutions, in positive integers, to the system of equations \[\begin{cases} x^2+y^2+z^2 = xyz+4 \\ xy+yz+xz = 2(x+y+z) \end{cases}\]

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TopNewestI am getting \(x=y=z=2\). – Nihar Mahajan · 1 year, 8 months ago

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– Ryan Tamburrino · 1 year, 8 months ago

That's what I thought, but I am having trouble showing that these are the only solutions. I showed that the first equation implies that \(x=a+\frac{1}{a}, y=b+\frac{1}{b}, z=c+\frac{1}{c}\) with \(abc=1\) (you can input these definitions to verify it works). Then I put those into the second equation but I got stuck.Log in to reply

\[xy+yz+xz=2(x+y+z) \\ \Rightarrow xy-2x+yz-2y+xz-2z=0 \\ \Rightarrow x(y-2)+y(z-2)+z(x-2) = 0\]

For the above expression to be \(0\) , we have two possible cases : \(x=y=z=0 \ or \ x=y=z=2\) of which the case of \(x=y=z=2\) is valid. – Nihar Mahajan · 1 year, 8 months ago

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– Ryan Tamburrino · 1 year, 8 months ago

Now that's Brilliant!Log in to reply

– Nihar Mahajan · 1 year, 8 months ago

But something is wrong since I didn't use the 1st equation at all!Log in to reply

– Ryan Tamburrino · 1 year, 8 months ago

Well, you could use the definition \(x=a+\frac{1}{a}\) which has a minimum of \(2\) only when \(a=1\).Log in to reply