Who wins : Calvin or Hobbes?

Algebra Level 3

Written on a blackboard is the polynomial \[{ x }^{ 2 }+x+2014.\] Calvin and Hobbes take turns alternatively (starting with Calvin) in the following game. During his turn, Calvin should either increase or decrease the coefficient of x by 1. And during his turn, Hobbes should either increase or decrease the constant coefficient by 1. Calvin wins if at any point of time the polynomial on the blackboard at that instant has integer roots.Who do you think has a winning strategy?

(The question is a modified form of one which appeared in INMO 2014.)

×

Problem Loading...

Note Loading...

Set Loading...