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2018-11-26 Advanced


As we can see in involving involutions, there are a number of functions f:RRf:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R} that satisfy the relation

f(f(x))=x  xR.{\color{#69047E}f\big(f(x)\big)=}{\color{forestgreen}\, x} \ \ \forall x\in\mathbb{R}.

Is there any function f:RRf:\mathbb{R}\to\mathbb{R} with the property f(f(x))=x  xR?{\color{#69047E}f\big(f(x)\big)=}{\color{#D61F06} -x} \ \ \forall x\in\mathbb{R}?

We form a number triangle by first placing the positive integers along a down-and-right diagonal of an infinite square grid. Then, all other spaces in the triangle are filled by summing the numbers directly up and to the right of that space.

The sequence 1,3,8,20,48,112,256,576,...1,3,8,20,48,112,256,576,... occurs in the leftmost column of this triangle.

If S(x)=x+3x2+8x3+20x4+48x5+112x6+256x7+576x8+,S(x)=x+3{ x }^{ 2 }+{ 8 }x^{ 3 }+{ 20x }^{ 4 }+48{ x }^{ 5 }+112{ x }^{ 6 }+256{ x }^{ 7 }+576{ x }^{ 8 }+\cdots, what is S(13)?S\big(\frac13\big)?

Bonus: Generalize S(n).S(n).

The above curve-stitching is formed by joining (i,0) (i,0) to (0,10i) (0,10-i) for i=1,2,,9 i = 1, 2, \ldots, 9 .

If ii is all the numbers between 1 and 10, not just integers, the outer curve will be smooth rather than kinked.

Now, after a rotation and a translation shown below, this smooth curve can be expressed as y=abx2 y = \frac{\sqrt{a}}{{b}}x^2, where aa and bb are positive integers with aa square-free.

What is the value of b2a? \frac{b^2}{a}?

If a cubic equation has real zeroes ±p\pm p and 0, and its two horizontal tangent points and two non-zero xx-intercepts can be joined together to form a rectangle (as pictured), then the ratio of the rectangle’s larger side to its shorter side can be expressed as a+bc\frac{\sqrt{a} + \sqrt{b}}{c}, where aa, bb, and cc are square-free integers.

What is a+b+c?a + b + c?

  • a3+b3\sqrt[3]{a} + \sqrt[3]{b} is a root of 10x330x2910x^3 - 30x - 29.
  • a5+b5\sqrt[5]{a} + \sqrt[5]{b} is a root of 10x550x3+50x2910x^5 - 50x^3 + 50x - 29.
  • a7+b7\sqrt[7]{a} + \sqrt[7]{b} is a root of n1x7+n2x5+n3x3+n4x+n5n_1x^7 + n_2x^5 + n_3x^3 + n_4x + n_5.

If gcd(n1,n2,n3,n4,n5)=1\gcd(n_1, n_2, n_3, n_4, n_5) = 1 with n1>0n_1 > 0 , what is the value of n1+n2+n3+n4+n5?|n_1|+|n_2|+|n_3|+|n_4|+|n_5|?


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